In our #AmazingThailand series, one destination we could not miss was Krabi. Situated on Thailand’s West Coast, the Krabi province is marked by sheer limestone cliffs, dense jungle and mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore islands – the most well-known being Phi Phi Island.
Couples looking for a relaxing and quiet beach escape for your honeymoon will find Krabi to be an ideal pick. This island paradise features a more tranquil, serene and untouched experience compared to its Phuket counterpart. Yet, it can be exciting just as you like it. A wide array of outdoor activities such as rock climbing, sea kayaking, jungle trekking and scuba diving are just among the destination’s most popular leisure activities. Just 1.5 hours from Bangkok and 2+ hours from Chiang Mai by plane, head over to Krabi to discover these Top 17 Things to Do on your Krabi Honeymoon.
Read our #AmazingThailand series:
- Top 16 Things to do on your Bangkok Honeymoon
- Top 18 Things to Do on your Chiang Mai Honeymoon
- Top 16 Things to Do on your Phuket Honeymoon
In this issue, let us take you on a journey to discover the Top 17 Things to Do on your Krabi Honeymoon. First, let’s get started with a video we took on our trip to #AmazingThailand!
Top 17 Things to Do on your Krabi Honeymoon
1. Live luxuriously in the heart of nature, Rayavadee Resort
Located on the famous Railay Beach, Rayavadee Resort is bestowed with an incredible landscape surrounding it. Nestled in lush verdant greenery and surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, this beachfront resort is uniquely nestled between three private beaches and can only be accessed by boat. This exclusive estate has 100-pavilions. The hut-styled pavilions blend in with its natural surroundings, giving guests an authentic yet comfortable stay in the heart of nature. Home to breathtaking ocean and sunset views, Rayavadee gives you the perfect secluded honeymoon getaway you desire.
2. Visit Krabi’s most-sought-after beach, Railay Beach
Just south of Ao Nang beach, around a rocky headland is Railey Beach. Surrounded by limestone cliffs that cut off access from the mainland, this small peninsula (that counts 4 beaches) enjoys a unique location accessible only by boats. Despite so, it remains one of the most sought-after beach destinations in Thailand. Here you will find gorgeous white sand beaches, soaring limestone cliffs, beautiful viewpoints, caves, clear waters and even a lagoon hidden inside the cliffs – all within walking distance. On Railay, there are no roads, no vehicles, only footpaths and long-tail boats. This tropical paradise exudes a carefree and relaxing atmosphere.
3. Get extreme with rock climbing
Despite Krabi’s laidback charm, there are tons of adrenaline thumping activities to seek at this destination. One of the famous activities in Krabi is rock climbing, thanks to its towering and craggy limestone cliffs that pose the challenge. Many popular rock climbing spots include Railay Beach. Beginners are welcome. Click here to find out more.
Other exciting activities in Krabi include tree-top adventures such as zip-lining, canopy walk, whitewater-rafting at Songprak River and even bicycle-riding 8 meters above the ground! Click here for more information.
4. Embark on the popular 4-island tour in Krabi
With over 150 islands in the province, island-hopping is one of the must-do activities in Krabi. When on your Krabi honeymoon, be sure to embark on the classic 4-island tour which brings you to the famous landmarks of Krabi – Koh Poda, Koh Tub and Koh Mor, and Koh Gai.
Koh Poda is famous for its white sand beach, turquoise waters, and the iconic huge rock in front of the beach that is found often on postcards and travel brochures. It is also an ideal spot to snorkel, thanks to its coral reefs and clear waters. The islands of Koh Mor and Koh Tub are connected by a narrow strip of sand that you can walk across. The sandbar also leads to Koh Kai at low tide. There is not much to do here, but you can take a short hike at Koh Tup to the summit to see the view from the top. Lastly on the tour, visit Koh Gai, popularly known as Chicken Island because of its peculiar island shape.
5. Climb up the 1237 steps to the Tiger Cave Temple
Wat Tham Sua, commonly known as ‘Tiger Cave Temple’ is one of the unforgettable experiences we had in Krabi. We climbed up 1,237 steps to see a huge golden Buddha, titled ‘footprint of the Buddha’, overlooking the entire town. It was a hard and steep climb, but reaching the top felt incredibly fulfilling. It unveiled a breathtaking 360-degree view, and we were amazed by how people could have built this monument at the summit. There is also a temple complex in a cave nearby, where monks live and worship within a maze of natural caves surrounded by jungle. In one of the caves, there is what appears to be tiger paw prints, embedded on the stone walls. Do check it out if you have the time. Click here for the tour.
MJ Travel Tips: Do remember to bring water with you on the climb. Though at the top there is a water cooler, it is during the uphill climb when you most need the hydration. The entire duration of the climb is about 1+ hour. There are dozens of monkeys lurking about at the start of your climb, so be sure to keep your belongings with you and food in your bag. Also, as this area is a sacred and religious zone, no shorts are allowed. Be appropriately dressed, and if you need, there is a booth renting scarves for you to tie around your waist.
6. Take a refreshing dip in the Emerald Pool
Nestled in a lush forest of Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, is a mineral pool. Take a short 15-20 minute walk on a wooden path to the heart of the forest where you can take a dip in the beautiful Emerald Pool (also known as Sa Morakot in Thai). The clear turquoise waters of the pool sparkle under the sun, making it look surreal and beautiful. Take a refreshing swim in the waters after hiking the trail. 600m further upstream is a Blue Pool, which is also worth a visit if you have the time for it is the opposite of the Emerald pool – it is hot and surrounded by quicksand, so no bathing is allowed. Unfortunately, on our trip, it was closed for maintenance. This area is also popular with bird waters, as the forest is home to many rare species, including the endangered Gurney’s Pitta. There are also many other trails here, so a full day could easily be spent.
MJ travel tips: This natural attraction is one of Krabi’s most popular tourist spots, so be sure to head there early to avoid a crowd. Surrounding the emerald pool is a lot of algae, so be sure to watch your step.
7. Island hop at Phi Phi Island
We also mentioned visiting the lovely Phi Phi Islands in our Phuket travel guide. It is equidistant to Phuket and Krabi, and is one of the major must-sees when in Thailand, for its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters paint the picture of an island paradise. It is no wonder Phi Phi Islands are titled as “the jewels of the Andaman Sea”.
It shot to fame after being used as the filming location for the movie ‘The Beach’, starring Leonardo Dicaprio. Take a 45-minute speedboat or a 90-minute ferryboat to this tropical paradise. The two islands, Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh are most popular, and when at Phi Phi Leh, be sure to visit Maya Beach for snorkeling. It’s coral reefs and diverse marine life will not fail to wow you. Be awed by the stunning scenery on this tour via Klook that takes you around Phi Phi Islands and Maya Bay, as well as Monkey Island, Mosquito Island and Pileh Cove.
8. Chill out on an uninhabited island, Koh Lanta
Two hours away from Krabi town is the exotic island of Koh Lanta. Known for coral-fringed beaches, crystal clear water, balmy weather, mangroves, limestone, and rainforests, Koh Lanta is another popular destination for tourists visiting Thailand. It’s uninhabited and remote location makes it an ideal spot for an idyllic getaway. During our trip, we got to see underwater marine life and stunning coral reefs in the waters of Koh Lanta. There are many diving schools on the island that can deliver a fantastic scuba diving experience to you. As this island is relatively remote, be glad that prices are relatively lower as compared to other islands! Currently, a bridge is being built and will soon link Koh Lanta to Koh Lanta Noi, giving you more places to discover.
9. Kayak through Krabi’s marshy mangroves
Krabi’s landscape brings you a unique beach honeymoon experience, mainly due to its towering cliffs and dense mangrove forests. On your Krabi honeymoon, hop aboard a kayak to explore one of Krabi’s beautiful hidden bays – Ao Thalane Bay. Only 20km north of Krabi Town, this section of coastline has many small inlets, caves and hidden lagoons for your kayaking exploration. Paddle around quiet canyons and groves as you meander the mangroves. Towering karst formations are in the background and you may even be visited by some wildlife like kingfishers, lizards, and monkeys!
Ao Luk Mangrove and Caves is also another popular spot for kayak exploration. The natural environment is surprisingly well-preserved. Ao Talane also has mangroves and canyons, Bor Thor has ancient limestone caves and Koh Hong has a hidden lagoon in its center. Click here for tour information.
10. Have a warm soak in the Klong Thom Hot Springs
In the heart of a jungle near Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve, is the Klong Thom Hot Springs. These thermal springs contain mineral salts are believed by the locals to ease ailments such as rheumatism, which leads to many tourists coming here to give it a try. Though no scientific ground proves these medical claims, it is still interesting to experience these natural springs that are heated by ancient volcanic chambers. Take a warm therapeutic soak as you surround yourself with lush rainforest.
MJ Travel tips: When we got here, the main spring was really crowded so we did not stay long. Outside are other bigger springs that you can soak in comfort without having to nudge shoulders with other tourists.
11. Visit the charming Krabi town & markets
For an authentic Thai experience, I suggest for you to visit the old Krabi town. This charming, laid-back town has a provincial feel and is filled with markets, local bars and eating spots. Sit by the river running through the town, and spend a lazy afternoon just staring at the fishing boats bring in their daily catch. The genuine, authentic feel to the town is quite irreplaceable. When visiting the town, do visit Wat Kaew. This temple sits in the middle of Krabi town and is quite a sight. The architecture and details are intricate and well-maintained. The focal point of the temple is the large golden Buddha. There are food and vendor stalls outside the temple selling light bites and amulets.
12. Relax on the tranquil Ao Nang Beach
Though it does not have the prettiest beach in Krabi, Ao Nang has a unique vibe. This small town just takes 30-minutes to stroll from one end to another. There is some nightlife to enjoy and a vibrant, lively atmosphere to tag along with its bars and restaurants. In the day, its relaxed ambience makes it a great spot to spend a lazy afternoon. Tours here are also fairly cheaper as there are many operators fighting for business. Ao Nang is 20 minutes away from Krabi Town by boat.
13. Hike up to Khao Ngon Nak Viewpoint
Khao Ngon Nak, also known as Dragon Crest Mountains stands at 565 meters above sea level offers you one hell of a good view. You can take a 3.7 km hike to the very top and take a spectacular photo such as the one above! The picturesque trail has a stream, two viewpoints, a waterfall and the summit. The first viewpoint comes into sight after 1.5 hours of climbing, overlooking the Andaman Sea between Krabi and Phuket. The jungle trek also takes you through beautiful views of jungles, plantations, mountains and even a waterfall (take the path on the right when you reach the fork to see the waterfall).
MJ Travel tip: The climb will take you about 2-2.5 hours, and goes through steep jungle terrain, so be sure to use good shoes and bring enough water! Read a fellow traveller’s experience here.
14. See stalagmite formations in the caves of Khao Khanap Nam Mountains
Khao Khanap Nam Mountains forms a dramatic backdrop for Krabi town, and is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Krabi. Explore the inside of the mountains to find stalagmites and stalactites formations in the caves.
15. Learn scuba diving in Krabi
If you find yourself fascinated by marine life, it is time for you to learn scuba diving. Krabi is an ideal place to begin your underwater journey. With over 32 dive sites and many diving schools, it comes as no surprise that scuba divers all around the world come to this destination for underwater explorations. The rich marine environment opens your eyes to corals, underwater caves, interesting rock formations, and many underwater sea creatures. Krabi is a great place to learn scuba diving, for many of the dive sites are shallow.
16. Take a romantic luxury sunset cruise
Spend a relaxing day cruising the Andaman Sea as you eat, drink and feel the wind in your hair. This cruise tour on Klook will make you feel like a celebrity on a luxury yacht. Enjoy your day frolicking in the waters and broad the ship to enjoy a lunch of canapés and barbecue. The yacht will also take you past iconic landmarks like Koh Gai, aka, Chicken Island.
17. Pamper yourselves with a soothing massage
No vacation in Thailand is complete without a pampering spa experience. When on your Krabi honeymoon, be sure to try a traditional Thai massage and feel your muscles get stretched, pulled and rejuvenated. The Thai therapists are known to put firm and solid pressure on you, so be sure to let them know if you prefer a gentle approach. Check out the spa package on Klook here.
Best Time to Visit Krabi:
We suggest visiting Krabi in the fringe months of May and April in between the peak and monsoon season. Between November and March is when Krabi experiences the best weather – cooling temperatures and blue skies, but it is also the peak tourist season. During June to October, it is the monsoon season so expect rainfall. The wetest months are May, September and October, but continuous days of heavy rainfall are rare. Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year happens in April, so prices are expected to rise during this period, but in my opinion, Songkran is worth a visit in your lifetime!
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