Neither hustle and bustle as Phukhet, nor a paradise on earth as the Maldives, Krabi brings in itself something very private, gentle and peaceful of a mountainous and sea region of Southern Thailand with the beautiful islands and smooth white sand beaches, people of a tourism region but always hospitable, smiling friendly and honest, impressing me – a tourist who have traveled quite a lot of places – still found new things. So, what to do and how to spend 4 days in Krabi perfectly? Let’s check out our Krabi blog (Krabi travel blog, Krabi trip blog, Krabi island blog, Krabi island travel blog) with the fullest Krabi guide (Krabi travel guide, Krabi island travel guide) and the detailed Krabi itinerary 4 days (Krabi 4d3n, 4 days 3 nights in Krabi) from how to get Krabi, where to stay, things to do, what to eat.. to find out the answer!
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Krabi travel blog: When is the best time to go to Krabi?
Krabi is located in the hot tropical region of Thailand where outdoor temperatures rarely go below 27 degrees Celsius. This region has only two main seasons: The dry season (from December to May) and the rainy season (from June to November).
The best time to visit Krabi is in late January to March, when the outdoor temperatures are acceptable, quite pleasant, the sky is clear and avoid the peak months of Christmas and New Year. In contrast, many visitors prefer to come in the rainy season, simply when Krabi is very cool and also less touristy.
Krabi travel guide: Getting to Krabi
If you going from Vietnam, there is currently no direct flight to Krabi but still have to transit in Bangkok. From Bangkok, there are many ways to get to Krabi such as plane, train or bus. In the above ways, the plane and bus are more popular because the train looks quite bad but more expensive than the bus. During my last trip, I took a Nok Air flight from Bangkok to Krabi, when return to Bangkok I took the bus.
I fly with Nok Air, the airline I think is very good because of the quality of service, cheap price and free checked baggage up to 15kg, they also serve a light meal. Nok Air is based at Don Muaeng airport, but if you fly with this airline, you can refer to the article on how to getting around Bangkok to know how to go from central Bangkok to Don Mueang Airport. If you buy cheap tickets of Nok Air to Krabi, the ticket price is only 1,000 Baht. In addition to Nok Air, there are many other airlines with routes to Krabi such as Air Asia, Thai Airways, etc. You should check the fare often and early to hunt cheap tickets.
If you traveling by plane, you will landing at Krabi Airport, about 20km from Krabi Town and 25km from Ao Nang Beach. To getting from the airport to the above two locations, the best way is that you take the shuttle bus with the corresponding fare of 90 Baht to Krabi town and 150 Baht to Ao Nang, the shuttle buses park right outside the door of the airport terminal. Note that when you come to Krabi and want to take the boat to Koh Phi Phi island, you can buy tickets of the travel agency right at the airport, then take the bus to the ferry pier. The bus from the airport will not go straight to the pier but take you to the travel agency office in the center of Krabi, from here you take a break for a while, close to the departure time of ferry they will take you to the pier by Songthaew.
Bus in Thailand is big car, very convenient and good service, bus tickets can be bought in advance via the website https://12go.asia/en, priced at over 600 Baht and can be reserved seat. Return from Krabi by bus you can buy tickets directly from your hotel at 600 Baht/way. There is air conditioning, warm blankets on the bus, free snacks are two boxes of milk, water and cakes. It takes about 12 hours to traveling, departure time you can free to choose, in the middle of the road they also serve a free meal. Although the meal is not very good for me because of Islam food is not suitable, but I appreciate their service quality, completeness and comfort. When taking the bus, I choose the night bus running from 4:40pm and arrive Bangkok at 5pm, sleeping on the bus to save a night at the hotel.
How to get to the bus station
- If you take the bus from Bangkok to Krabi, you will have to go to Bangkok Southern Terminal, also known as Sai Tai Mai (with the location on the map on page https://12go.asia/) located quite far on the other side of Chao Phraya River from the city center, by taxi (cost about 200 Baht) or take the bus number 28, 35, 66, 146, 507, 511. To get to Krabi bus station you can take Songthaew for 60 Baht to Ao Nang or Krabi town.
- If you take the bus from Krabi to Bangkok, you can take Songthaew from Ao Nang or Krabi to the bus station (the bus always runs on the road, so you can stand and wave or ask your hotel helps you). When the bus arrives in Bangkok, it will usually drop off at Mochit, the bus station is close to Chatuchak market, you can take the bus from the station to catch the Skytrain (about 2km from the bus station) into the city center or if you are familiar with the bus, you can take a bus go straight to the hotel (bus 515 to Khao San and Rachatewi BTS station).
Krabi blog: How to get around Krabi?
The most convenient means of transportation on the island and getting around the main areas is by motorbike. You can rent a motorbike right at your hotel at the price of 150 Baht/day, very cheap, add more fuel, you can riding comfortably. If you buy a tour, usually the tour agents will pick you up at the hotel, and after the tour they also will take you your hotel.
When getting from Krabi airport if you buy bus tickets to go to the pier to get to Koh Phi Phi island, the bus will take you to Krabi Town first and drop you right at the transport company office, then the bus continues take the others to Ao Nang. You stay here for a while until before the ferry runs, they will have Songthaew to take you to the pier (free). Ferry tickets to Koh Phi Phi you can buy at the airport is also OK, price at 400 Baht/way and round-trip is 700 Baht but the return ferry trip will take you to the wharf in Krabi Town. If when you return from Phi Phi and you stay in Ao Nang, you should only buy one-way tickets for the departure trip, and for the return trip you can buy right on the island only 300 Baht/return-trip that go straight to Ao Nang. There are Songthaew or minibus at every pier, you can bargain freely, do not hear any people, they often say incorrectly.
To traveling between the islands in Krabi, you just go to the piers in Ao Nang, Krabi or islands in this area, if you travel between the remote islands, you will go by high speed boat (ferry), and the near islands, the bays then take the longtail boat. For longtail boat, you just buy a ticket of around 100 Baht/way to the nearby islands and bays. When return, you also take these longtail boats. Details of each island will be mentioned below.
Krabi travel blog: Where to stay in Krabi?
Krabi has two main areas, Ao Nang and Krabi town (about 20km from each other). Ao Nang is more bustling in town (in the evening in the town, only has the night market is noticeable) but hotel room rates will be a bit more expensive, but actually wherever you stay, you have to rent a motorbike to getting around, because these areas are very wide, the beach is also long, so walking only around the area you are staying and can not going far. You do not have to hesitate because wherever you stay, there always will be shuttle transfer service of the travel agents pick up at your hotel.
In Krabi Town
You can choose stay at Hotel Sleep Whale Express (Agoda.com or Booking.com) that is rated 9.0 scores on Booking.com with beautiful and very clean rooms, room rate is not too high, decorated in modern style with full amenities of the best hotel, prime location because it located only 200m from Krabi night market, 300m from Vogue shopping mall. There are coffee, tea, hot water, hairdryer and private bathroom. On the ground floor, there is a separate bar area serving cafe and restaurant. Alternatively you can choose many other rooms in Krabi Town on Booking.com or Agoda.com.
In Ao Nang
Ao Nang has a lot of hotel options that stretch all along the coast, but the best location is that you should choose hotel on the main road that runs perpendicular to the beach, where tourists often choose to swim and catch boat to getting to Railay beach. The Nine Hotel @ Ao Nang (Agoda.com or Booking.com) with the room is quite nice, given a high score on Booking.com, only 5 minutes walk to the beach, clean private bathroom. Other hotels in Ao Nang you also can booking via on Booking.com or Agoda.com.
Stay on Phi Phi Island or Railay Beach
In addition to the two main areas above, tourists come to Krabi often choose to spend a few nights on Koh Phi Phi island or Railay beach. On Phi Phi island, the room rate is a bit higher than in Ao Nang, the hotels are located near the pier, so it is quite convenient. I stayed at the Marine House hostel (Agoda.com or Booking.com), the room rate is good on the island, like a stilt house, a beautiful clean wooden room, a 5-minute walk to the pier. And Railay beach is an isolated area you have to take a boat if you want to stay here, this area many visitors like because there is a beautiful beach to watch the sunset.
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All hotel reservations you can book on reputable booking websites such as Booking.com, Agoda.com or AirBnb.com. I still recommend booking at Booking.com because the interface is clear, friendly, easy to book, loyalty guests get 10% discount and the room rate is always show full from the beginning unlike Agoda.com, you only know the total room rate at the final step.
Krabi trip blog: What to eat in Krabi?
In Krabi Town in the evening you can go to the night market for eating and drinking, during the day there are also quite a lot of restaurants open with pretty good food right near the night market area near the lake. In general, the food in Krabi are similar to those in Bangkok, the most popular is still Pad Thai.
If you stay in Ao Nang, you will have to ride a little far away if you want to have many options and cheap. In general, Western food, fast food such as Mc Donald, KFC, Burger King have a lot on the main street in Ao Nang, but traveling, after get boring with local food, then you should eat fast food. The streetfood stalls in Ao Nang you can find on the main street perpendicular to Ao Nang Beach (at the end of Ao Nang Beach, turn left), passing Mc Donald is a short distance is an area with quite a lot of restaurants on the right. Another area is near Wang Sai Seafood, a row with lots of good streetfood restaurants and good prices, but this area is mostly bustling at night.
Krabi travel blog: What to do?
Traveling to Krabi is still mainly going to the beach, taking island hopping tours or you will go to Koh Phi Phi island and taking tours there. Krabi or Ao Nang tours you can book in advance via the website of Klook or buy from your hotel. The most popular tour in Krabi that people often buy is the 4 Islands Tour, in addition to many other tours such as Hong Island, Koh Phi Phi Island, etc. Some tourist attraction in Krabi as below.
Krabi Town and around
Tiger Cave Temple: In Krabi Town during the day you can go to some tourist places such as Tiger Cave Temple about 30km from Krabi Town, to reach here you will have to climb the top of the mountain with 1300 steps to see a temple and a quite large Buddha statue that formerly was a cave with footprints of tiger, from the top of the mountain, you can see whole majestic and peaceful scenery of Krabi. Come here to watch the sunrise to see the beauty of Krabi mountains.
Hot Springs and Emerald Pool: In addition you can visit the hot springs and blue pool, one of the specialties of Krabi, but to getting to Emerald hot spring and Tiger Cave Temple you will have to go quite far. In town there is also the longtail boat service on the Krabi River, the river is located at the edge of the town but also near the center.
Fossil Shell Beach: About 8km from Ao Nang beach, this beach has many ancient fossils, the entrance fee is 200B/person. Nearby there is a restaurant called 7HEAVEN (Agoda.com or Booking.com) built as a fun playing and staying complex, quite nice, which is also suitable for watching sunset, but the food here is also quite expensive.
Krabi Town: In the daytime in Krabi town (the center of the town) is quite peaceful, before I go, I thought Krabi was just a small village, but when I came here, it was different, quite bustling, many shops, especially there are many nice hostels combine cafes. In the evening you can walking around the lake (which looks like a long but quite small and narrow river), duck pedal boat, explore the crowded and interesting night market. The roads in the town are as wide and as many vehicles as the medium-size cities, it’s gentle and quiet.
Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang is a large area with beaches stretching for many kilometers, restaurants, hotels or resorts are often concentrated here. You can imagine the beach in Ao Nang is similar to Mui Ne beach in Vietnam, but it seems more concentrating and Mui Ne is more spread.
Some main beaches in Ao Nang:
Ao Nang Beach: The main beach in Ao Nang, a gathering point of tourists and is the most bustling spot in Krabi. The beach is quite beautiful and there are many eateries, with a pier to take longtail boat to get to Railay beach.
Nopparat Thara beach: Located on the upper part of Ao Nang, a bit more peaceful and quiet than Ao Nang beach, in the afternoon when the tide recedes, you will see shallow white sand beaches and you can reach the very beautiful limestone mountains nearby. At this point, you will have to walk to the shallow beach, so you can leave your motorbike at the beach embankment without having to worry.
Railay Beach: This is a beach located in the South and isolated from Ao Nang. To getting here, you have to take a speedboat or longtail boat, the fare is about 100B/way and can be bargained, coming to Railay you can play, sun bathing, swimming and come back to Ao Nang at anytime because there are many longtail boats ready to take you to Ao Nang. This area is also known as Railay Village because here is actually a village in Krabi, with rocky mountains, caves, thrilling activities like climbing. The beach is more beautiful in Ao Nang and especially Railay is the only place to watch the sunset fully because the sun is not obscured, so that is why the Western backpackers love to come here to relax. In Railay, there are many sports such as skydiving, kayaking… For skydiving tours, you must be present before 9 am to start, the tour price is 1000 Baht including lunch. Near Railay beach, there is also Ton Sai beach which is also very beautiful, if you like you can take a boat to the beach to have fun.
The island is so famous and a highlight destination when traveling to Krabi, where the hotel price and all living costs are more expensive than in Krabi or Ao Nang. From Koh Phi Phi, you can buy tours to visit nearby beaches, islands such as Bamboo Island, Long beach, Monkey Island, etc. On the island, it is always bustling, vibrant, especially at night filled with bar, fire dance performance, pool party extremely fun. During the day you should try climbing the island’s highest mountain to reach the Viewpoint points to see the whole island. There are 3 Viewpoint points according to the higher level, the ticket for all 3 viewpoints is 30 Baht.
In Thailand in general or in Krabi in particular, they are mainly strong on private tours, that is, you come to Krabi to play, visit the beaches in Ao Nang, in addition you have a multitude of tour options to explore the sea, islands in this land. It can be mentioned here as 4 Islands Tour, Hong Island Tour, Krabi Nature & Adventure Tour, …. All about the tours you can find on Klook. Phi Phi Island is the largest and most famous island in Krabi, you can buy a daytrip to explore Phi Phi or take a ferry and spend a few nights on the island.
I just experienced the 4 Islands Tour, the tour pick up me from the hotel at 9am and returned at 3pm, generally they would take you to some islands near Krabi by Longtail boat, not much special things compare to the island tours in Vietnam like Binh Ba island tour or Cu Lao Cham island tour. These islands are very small, not so beautiful, you can snorkeling to watch corals, corals here are also quite beautiful, and the beach is normal (maybe because of I had been to the Maldives, so I see any island is ugly now, LOL!). Anyway, with the tour price of 600 Baht/person with pick up and drop off service and have fun for all day like that is too good already.
Suggested Krabi itinerary 4 days (4 days in Krabi) for you refer to
Traveling to Krabi, you can spend 4 days 3 nights is just beautiful for the trip, if you have plenty of time, you can stay longer because Krabi has so many islands that you should explore. Details of my trip you can see in the article: My field trip to Bangkok – Krabi – Phi Phi.
Here I summarize the Krabi itinerary 4 days as follows:
Day 1: Hanoi/Bangkok – Krabi
- 11am: Fly Nok Air to Krabi Airport, take the bus to Krabi Town
- 1pm – 3pm: Take a ferry to Phi Phi island
- 3pm: Check-in my hotel, go to the beach to play. Evening: Walking around the island, watching fire dancing, go to bar, ..
Day 2: Koh Phi Phi – Ao Nang
- In the early morning I go to the top of the mountain to watch the sunrise in Koh Phi Phi
- 9am: Explore some nearby beaches and islands such as Bamboo Island, Long Island, ..
- 1pm: Take a ferry to Krabi, if you go to Ao Nang can take the later ferry.
- Afternoon: Rent a motorbike to watch sunset at Nopparat Thara beach, wandering around Ao Nang beach and enjoy BBQ.
Day 3: Ao Nang and take the Krabi 4 Island Tour
- 8.30am: Tour agent pick up at my hotel to start 4 island tour, lunch on the island.
- 3pm: Return hotel, take motorbike to Ao Nang beach.
- Evening: Go around Ao Nang beach, enjoy Krabi cuisine, or you can ride into Krabi town to hang out and explore the night market.
Day 4: Krabi – Bangkok
- Morning: Check-out the hotel, send the luggage and then take the motorbike to Krabi Town to play.
- Lunch at Krabi or return to Ao Nang early, take the longtail boat to Railay beach.
- 4pm: Take Songthaew to get to the bus station to back to Bangkok.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in and from Krabi you can refer to
- Private Krabi/Phuket Airport Transfers (KBV/HKT) for Krabi & More
- Private Krabi (KBV) or Phuket Airport Transfers (HKT) for Krabi, Phuket, and More
- Private Krabi Airport Transfers (KBV) for Krabi by Thai Rhythm
- Private City Transfers for Krabi, Thailand
- Ao Nang Princess One Way Ferry Ticket between Ao Nang and Phuket (with Transfers)
- Ao Nang Princess Ferry Ticket (One Way) between Phuket and Ao Nang (with Transfers)
- Krabi 4 Islands Day Tour by Speedboat or Longtail Boat
- Krabi 4-Islands Day Tour with Snorkeling Activity from Phuket by Big Boat
- Krabi to Phi Phi Day Tour by Speedboat or Speed Catamaran (Operated by TTD)
- Koh Hong Day Tour from Krabi by Speedboat or Longtail Boat
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