Welcome to Krabi! With help from our local gurus plus the talented team at The Peaks, here are our top tips on everything from driver recommendations and tour guides to cafes and shopping suggestions.
The Peaks Approved Cafes & Restaurants
Open daily 12pm to 8pm Nestled under an ancient limestone cliff on the edge of beautiful Phranang Beach, The Grotto is perfect for a leisurely lunch and sunset accompanied by a cocktail and/or delicious dinner, enjoyed with sand under foot. Sumptuous barbecues are arranged each evening with advance reservation.
Open daily 10.30am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm Located amidst sugarcane and banana plantations, emphasized by traditional architecture, this cute restaurant offers traditional Southern Thai, quality food, based around vegetables and herbs grown on site.
Open daily from 11am to 11pm Sunset views! The restaurant is located with one of the most phenomenal settings for panoramic sunset. The restaurant offers an extensive menu of classic Thai dishes, a fresh selection of seafood cooked on the grill and a great selection of wine that will compliment every meal or occasion.
Open daily from 11am to 10pm Local Thai cuisine and fresh seafood – flip flops are very much allowed.
Open daily from 7am to 11pm Coffee and healthier modern western dishes. Café 8.98 is also the place to chill out with a cool cocktail or glass of wine in the evening.
The Peaks Approved Spas
Open daily from 10am to 10pm Thai healing traditions. Choose between revitalizing facials and scrubs, energizing body wraps, soothing massages and a variety of salon treatments or combine several offerings into a package, individually-tailored to your needs.
Open daily from 9am to 11pm Slightly less fancy and more affordable, Ao Nang Heaven Massage offers high quality, Thai inspired treatments in a comfortable and clean setting. Make sure you stay for the Aroma Thai herbal tea.
The Peaks Approved Shops
The Rayavadee Boutique offers Krabi's only five-star shopping experience with a treasure trove of over 2,500 striking and beautiful items, ranging from jewellery, clothes, ceramics, home accessories and antiques, that have been hand-selected to represent the best of Asian craft, design and ingenuity.
Offering local and international handicrafts, food and souvenirs, Sri Krabi sells all the greatest locally made goods under one roof. Keep an eye out for the café, for mid-shopping breaks.
Offering local souvenirs and crafts, this little shop offers a platform for locals to share their art and products.
The Peaks Approved Activities
From bathing in the waters of the Emerald Pool at Thung Teo Forest Natural Park (before exploring forest trails and waterfalls), enjoying the mineral-rich waters of Klong Thom Hot Springs and seeing the landscape of the beautiful Khao Phanom Bencha National Park to roaming the prehistoric landscapes at Susan Hoi and seeing its thousands of fossils and exploring the ancient caves at the base of Khao Khanab Nam, there is something to suit every mood in Krabi.
Less well known than neighbouring Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh, Bamboo Island boasts gorgeous scenery, crystal clear waters and white sand beaches and is an ideal destination for those looking to 'escape' for just a few hours. Swim, snorkel or just lie on the beach as you relax and leave the world behind. Perfect if you have already visited Phi Phi Island or prefer a half-day island experience.
A hike up the mountainside to the park's highest peak called 'Hang Nak' is strenuous but rewarding, offering stunning views over Hong Island towards Phang Nga Bay and Ta Lane Nature Reserve's winding mangrove forest far below. The hike (7 kilometres) takes approximately 4 hours up and back depending on your fitness level and the pace you set. This is a fantastic adventure for those looking for a physical challenge surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.
Phang Nga Bay's otherworldly seascape was formed over thousands of years by the shifting of plates deep in the earth. Today the bay's limestone cliffs and islands, weathered by the elements, appear to melt into strange shapes that invite you to dream of a time long ago when locals believe that mythical creatures inhabited the area alongside legendary pirates and princesses. Cruise the bay in the comfort of one of Rayavadee's luxurious two-engine speedboats and explore a cave and mangrove forest
Dragon Crest Mountain in the north of Krabi offers a four kilometres trail that takes you up a steep peak. The reward? A stunning panoramic view of the gulf and Krabi’s stunning landscape. A jutting rock at the summit is a famous ‘insta’ spot.
A small town roughly 50 kilometres north of Krabi Town, Ban Bor Thor offers lagoons, mangrove forests and limestone caves. Best seen by sea kayak, caves feature a large number of ancient paintings, proving the existence of prehistoric seafarers who would take shelter here when sea conditions were not suitable for trading.
Due to the rugged coastline, Krabi offers the perfect place to paddle alongside stunning shores and sea caves. Rock formations and beautiful views can be found all around, from hidden lagoons to rich mangroves, there’s plenty to discover. Ao Thalane is the most popular and pretty spot for kayaking – tours can be arranged through the concierge teams at the hotels.
Surrounded by four beach bays, Railay is riddled with watery caves, hidden lagoons and jagged limestone cliff, perfect for hiking, exploring and rock-climbing.
Located in Koh Lanta, the most southern part of Krabi, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are huge underwater rock formations teeming with colourful corals and rich marine life. These sunken sanctuaries are home to millions of fish, turtles, reef sharks, mantas and moray eels. As the currents can be strong, these sites are more suited to advanced divers. Beginners or snorkelers can visit Poda, Rok and Chicken Island with a guide.
The Peaks Approved Drivers/Tour Guides
Rayavadee’s Tour guides
Phi Phi Tours
Ao Nang Travel
Wangsai Speed Boat Tour (Ao Nang)
Sea Eagle Tour