Get away from the urban city.
Sitting on the southern tip of Thailand, facing the Andaman Sea, Krabi is the place to go if you are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s known for craggy, limestone cliffs, mangrove forests and hundreds of offshore islands – ideal for a little island-hopping.
Or, spend the day getting acquainted with Railay Beach’s magnificent limestone karst walls, known as one of the best spots to try natural climbing. Half to three-day climbing courses are available at King Climbers and Hot Rock.
The next morning, eat where locals eat at the Maharaj Market, a morning market with cheap, authentic local fare like beef ball noodles, braised pork leg on rice and more.
It’s not like Krabi Town is jumping through hoops to get you to visit it, but that’s exactly why you should. It’s bustling with local activity and lined with the most authentic Thai restaurants; but should you be looking to buy some souvenirs, you’ll find gift shops peppered here and there, too.
On the way, take a page from the wise words in the form of graffiti sprawled across the walls near the main roads. Oh, and monkeys. Cute.
Explore the smaller islands via longtail boat. The resort can arrange a Sangria Sunset sea excursion for you – a late-afternoon trip to the outlying islands, swim and snorkel on quiet Poda Island, then watch the sunset with sangria and canapes.
By Jaclynn Seah and Pinky Chng, The Finder (Issue 284), July 2017 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, September 2019