I recently spent a week exploring Krabi and its surrounding islands, and I was surprised to find what this place has to offer. Here’s our guide to where to stay and what to do (plus a few insider tips) once you’re there!
WHEN TO GO
Krabi’s climate is tropical and therefore warm throughout the year. Bear in mind though that Krabi is also affected by the monsoon winds that bring about seasonal changes. November to March is the most popular time to visit the area.
Fortunately, there are direct flights available from Singapore to Krabi, which can be booked online here. Without a stopover in between your journey, you can savour every minute of soaking up the suns rays whilst lounging on the beach!
WHAT TO DO
Krabi’s coasts have a double whammy in that they are lined with impressive limestone outcrops ideal for rock climbing, whilst the sea is a beautiful turquoise green, unique to this area. Ao Nang beach area (central Krabi) is party central and home to many hotels and a vibrant nightlife scene; however, if you venture a little further afield to Klong Muang beach or Railay Beach, you’ll discover a truly amazing beach experience.
As an athlete, I always look for outdoor activities when I’m on vacation. Krabi is a very hands-on destination, full of adventure activities from caving, rock-climbing and mountain trekking to diving in Thailand’s most pristine reefs… perfect for someone like me! Unlike Phuket or Koh Samui, Krabi dispenses with commercial and tacky touristy activities, instead replacing them with a natural playground for you to explore or just kick back with a cocktail and admire. If you are into rock climbing, I highly recommend taking a day trip to Railay Beach – and make sure you stay there for the beautiful sunset!
SASSY TIP: Once you arrive at Railay Beach, take the hike/climb up to the hidden lagoon that is known as ‘Princess Lagoon’. No rock climbing experience or equipment is required, but it is a pretty physical scramble up and over to the inside of this rocky mountain! Once you arrive, the secluded lagoon is an oasis away from the rest of the world (well, apart from a few curious monkeys!) and an ideal spot for a refreshing swim.
WHERE TO STAY
Phulay-Bay by Ritz Carlton (Klong Muang beach area)
Home to The Hangover II’s wedding scene, this resort with only 50 private villa/suites takes luxury to the next level. You could easily spend your entire holiday within the resort’s grounds and be completely satisfied. The opulent villas are stylishly decorated, combining Thai and North African architecture and decors. I thought I was in the Middle East!
SASSY TIP: The resort’s own baby elephant (yes… you read right… baby elephant!) greets guests each night at the sunset-bar, which looks out over a stunning private beach. The bar staff have even come up with their own Mango-Mojito and they have a Mojito happy hour every day from 5-7pm. It’s the perfect way to end the day sipping on one of these, looking out at the archipelago of islands on your doorstep.
Rayavadee (Railay Beach area)
Rayavadee’s setting at the heart of a stunning peninsula on the edge of Krabi National Marine Park blends lush foliage, limestone cliffs, three beaches and the emerald waters of the Andaman Sea. It can only be accessed via the resort’s private motor-boat and this property screams location, location, location – which explains the abundance of day trippers! But you do have the beaches to yourself in the early morning and late afternoon.
SASSY TIP: Enjoy dinner or lunch at the ‘Grotto’, the resort’s private restaurant in its very own beachside cave. The cave even has Wifi so you can catch up on some work or brag to the outside world via Facebook… a true 21st century caveman!
Make sure to contact your local travel provider for help with booking everything travel-related, as well as making excellent recommendations.