Krabi Town is the administrative capital of Krabi province in Southern Thailand. The town itself is not the top destination but it‘s still a charming local town located along the banks of a river. Krabi Town is an important port for local fishermen and for tourists taking boats to the islands of province or other nearby attractions. Only few tourists spend time in this riverside town as most of them hurry to the big name destinations - Railay, Ao Nang, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta. That makes Krabi Town a perfect place to stay if you want to escape the crowds and be not too far from all the natural attractions the province has to offer.
Attractions in Krabi Town
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Suea is located close to Krabi town, not far from the road running to Krabi airport. The temple is built in stunning natural surroundings consisting of tropical rain forest, caves and mountains. Wat Tham Suea is a Thai Buddhist meditation centre and home to monks who worship and live in this scenic environment.
In the main cave of the temple you can find interesting icons and relics including the most sacred thing in Wat Tham Suea – the footprint of Buddha.
Another important attraction in Wat Tham Suea is the stairs leading up to the top of the mountain. To get to the top you need to hike 1,237 steps up and it can be a challenging climb if you are not in a fairly good shape. Thai climate makes the climb much tougher so it‘s better to choose cooler time of the day for this challenge.
If you can make it to the top, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of scenic limestone cliff formations, jungles and the Andaman Sea with its tropical islands. The scenery is especially stunning at sunrise and sunset.
Wat Tham Suea is definitely worth a visit if you are staying in Krabi.
Khao Khanab Nam
Khao Khanab Nam mountains are one of Krabi’s most famous landmarks. The main river is running between these two 100 metres high stunning cliffs making them look like the gateway to Krabi Town. If you will come to visit Khao Khanab Nam, inside the mountains you will find caves with stalagmites and stalactites and will be able to climb one of the mountains.
Krabi Riverside walk is a large promenade starting at Chao Fah Park and ending at Thara Park. The promenade is a perfect place for walking or jogging along the river. Krabi Riverside walk is also good for just sitting and relaxing while watching the Krabi River flows to the Andaman Sea.
Wat Kaew Korawaram
Wat Kaew Korawaram is a temple located on a hill in the middle of Krabi Town. It‘s a large temple situated on a large terrace with majestic staircase lined by golden Nagas leading to it. Wat Kaew Korawaram is an unusual Thai temple with white walls and blue roof. The inside walls of the temple are beautifully decorated with various Buddhist paintings. The temple also houses a large golden Buddha statue.
Where to Stay in Krabi Town
If you don't want to be surrounded by crowds of tourists or just want to stay cheap in Krabi, you can stay in Krabi Town. In the town you will enjoy life in real Thai town and won't be too far from the beaches and islands as they all are easily reached from the capital of Krabi province. For choosing a place to stay in Krabi Town check Hotels in Krabi Town on Booking.com or Hotels in Krabi Town on Agoda.com.
How to get to Krabi Town?
You can get to Krabi by plane or by bus.
Buses to Krabi Town
Krabi Bus Terminal is the main bus station of Krabi province and most of the buses and minivans stop there.
There are regular bus services from Bangkok Southern (Sai Tai Mai) Bus Terminal to Krabi. Schedule can be found here - Buses from Bangkok to Krabi. There are buses running to Krabi from Surat Thani (takes more than 3 hours) and from Phuket airpot. There are also minivans going from these cities and they are usually faster.
Flights to Krabi Town
Krabi International Airport (KBV) is served by a number of domestic (from Bangkok, Koh Samui) and international (from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Russia and few other countries seasonally) flights. The airport is about 15 km from Krabi Town.
If you are taking international flight to Krabi and need Visa on Arrival, you can get Thailand Visa on Arrival at Krabi International Airport.
Weather in Krabi Town
Krabi has only two seasons - the wet and the dry. Weather conditions are at their best in Krabi province from November to March, when a cooling wind keeps the heat at bay and humidity level is low here. From March to May the temperature rises as the cooling wind departs and the humidity rises.
In April monsoonal weather usually arrives, which is expected to last until October. Peak rainfall levels are usually experienced in September and October. Outside of these months, the rain can often come in a short, heavy shower, usually in the afternoon.
Krabi has similar weather conditions with other West coast destinations throughout the year as they all experience the impact of the Andaman sea. Temperatures and weather conditions in these locations might differ a bit in short term but in long term it's not notable so you can easily combine a visit to Krabi with other nearby destinations like Phuket or islands in Krabi province.
For the best time to visit destinations in Krabi province check our West coast of Southern Thailand weather ratings chart.
You are planning to continue your trip up north or to visit islands on the East Coast after visiting Krabi? Check when is the best time to visit Thailand's other destinations and choose destination with the best possible weather conditions.