Book a flight to Krabi with Qatar Airways and discover an archipelago of more than 130 islands with clear blue seas and white sandy beaches. Located on Thailand's south west coast, Krabi Town is a small city in the larger Krabi province, home to around 25,000 people. The province itself is filled with spectacular beaches, limestone rock formations perfect for climbing and some of the best dive sites around.
Whether you plan a break to Krabi or stop off here on your tour of Thailand, the area's natural attractions can't fail to impress. You can fly to Krabi from most international departure points, and it's best to visit between November and April, as the climate is cooler then.
On your trip to Krabi, make sure you explore some of the caves in the province. A good place to start is the caves at Ban Ao Luek, just north of Krabi Town. The limestone caves of Khao Khanap Nam can be reached by boat from Khong Kha pier. Tham Phra Nang, also known as 'Diamond Cave', is a series of illuminated caverns with stunning limestone formations and a gold-coloured quartz 'waterfall'.
A day out at Khao Phanom Bencha National Park is perfect if you fancy some al fresco swimming away from the area's beaches. Huay Toh Waterfall has plenty of large pools that are great for swimming, while Huay Sadeh Falls and Khlong Heung Falls are also nearby.
People travel to Krabi from across the globe for its rock climbing, and it's considered one of the world's best rock climbing destinations. Rai Leh, a rocky limestone peninsula, is one of the best spots.
Diving is also popular here and Krabi has a number of renowned dive sites that rival Ko Tao on the East coast. Head for Ko Lanta or Ko Phi Phi where you'll find dive shops and instructors. You can also take a boat trip and visit some of the islands or secluded white sandy beaches on the mainland. For a relaxing way to start your day, book a tour and experience bird watching on an early-morning boat trip through Krabi's mangroves.
The cuisine of Southern Thailand features plenty of seafood and milder coconut-milk curries. Specialities here include Panaeng Curry, a dry curry with Malaysian influences and Massaman, a coconut curry with potatoes and peanuts.
For a taste of authentic local street food, head for the Night Market near Khong Kha Pier. Here you can enjoy dishes such as satay, Tom Yum Goong, a prawn and lemongrass soup, and Som Tam, a spicy green papaya salad. The Day Market is a popular spot for lunch if you need refuelling.
You’ll find a wide range of international restaurants here, due to the high numbers of tourists visiting the province each year.
When you travel to Krabi, you'll find that shopping in Krabi Town is a great experience. Here you'll find amazing local food that's reasonably priced, alongside clothing and local art and handicrafts. Unless you are looking for the usual tourist trap shops selling T-shirts and shorts, avoid Ao Nang, where prices can be higher.
For souvenirs unique to Southern Thailand, Nielloware boxes, vases and trays are perfect. Nielloware has been practiced here for centuries and involves decorating silver and gold objects with intricately etched designs. Seashell ornaments and jewellery are also widely available and often incredibly beautiful.
For fabrics and textiles inspired by the natural surroundings, head for the Thai Batik Shop and Phi Phi Gallery, where you'll find Batik skirts, bags and shirts.
Qatar Airways’ daily flights to Krabi arrive at Krabi International Airport, 15 kilometres from the city centre.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So, before you fly to Krabi, please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type A / C
International dialing code: +66
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