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 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.
The Peaks Approved Spas
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.
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
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.
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
The Peaks Krabi Hotels