Krabi Town - Krabi
Krabi, the provincial capital, is a small market town located near the Andaman coast. Nestled among iconic limestone rock formations, thick mangroves and jungle, this small town’s vibrant culture and authentic charm are worth a few days exploration. Krabi is also the gateway to the famous beaches and islands that make up the province. Local and international tourists flock to Krabi to use as a base for their travels.
Historically the main income for Krabi was fishing from the local river and sea. Tourism, both local and international, makes up a large part of the economy today. The government provincial office is also a major employer. Fishing is still an important part of life though and you will find its influence everywhere.
Krabi River is where most of the action is. Catch a long tail boat to nearby islands, or visit the famous rock climbing beaches of Railay. Fast ferries leave for Phi Phi, Jum, and Lanta islands. You can also arrange to snorkel, dive, mangrove kayak, white water raft and more..
Khao Khanap Nam is Krabi’s most famous limestone landmark. Nearly 100m high it acts as a natural gateway to Krabi. Inside you’ll find a number of impressive caves. Take a long-tail boat from Chao Fa Pier through the mangroves and follow the stairs up to the caves. The area is rich in wildlife including bats and monkeys. From Khoa Khanap Nam you can take a long tail tour through the traditional Khoa Klang village. There is also a small museum and handicraft centre there.
The possibilities for fun are endless inland too. Ride quad bikes, go-karts, play minigolf, trek or even zip line through the dense jungle.
Krabi town is packed with tourist information, travel agencies and gift shops. There are restaurants and bars to suit all budgets. For a truly local experience explore the markets selling fresh fish, street food and household items. Walking street market held Friday to Sunday is by far the most popular weekend event. Street food, locally made arts and crafts, jewellery and clothes are on offer at great prices.
Krabi bustles with workers during the day; at night the locals come out to eat, sing karaoke and enjoy live music. Tourists are welcome to join in the fun and there are a number of western themed venues.
Accommodation ranges from five-star to the most basic backpacker dorms. Prices are generally much cheaper here than the beach areas.