DISCOVER THE BEST BEACHES IN KRABI!
I spent 3 days exploring the majority of the beaches in Krabi and I was absolutely blown away at each location. White sand beaches surrounded by towering cliffs and turquoise water are just some of the things to expect when visiting the beaches in Krabi.
I have put together this ultimate guide of the 5 Best Beaches In Krabi including where to find them and what to expect.
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TOP 5 BEACHES IN KRABI
#1 AO NANG BEACH
Ao Nang Beach is a 20-minute drive from Krabi Town and it’s the main hub for all things happening. A long stretch of white sand beach welcomes you when you arrive at Ao Nang Beach and it’s the best pick of beaches in Krabi to watch the sunset!
WHAT TO DO IN AO NANG
Apart from enjoying the calm waters at Ao Nang Beach, there are dozens of restaurants, bars, cafes and retail stores that line the Esplanade strip. My favorite cafe for reasonably priced food and coffee is the Lion & Shark.
If you plan to do some island and beach hopping, the majority of the longtail taxi boats operate out of Ao Nang Beach, bound for the neighboring islands and other beaches that are only accessible by boat.
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AO NANG NIGHTLIFE
After a day of island and beach hopping, you’ll want to experience the Ao Nang Nightlife, which is when this small beach town comes to life.
The most reputable bar in Ao Nang is Smile Bar Central Point for great cocktails and all-around good vibes!
If partying is not your thing, I recommend heading over to the night markets located at Noppharat Thara Beach, a short 15-minute walk from Ao Nang.
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Sunset at Ao Nang Beach – Beaches in Krabi
Ao Nang Beach – Best beaches in Krabi
Night markets at Noppharat Thara Beach in Krabi
#2 RAILAY BEACH WEST
Railay Beach West is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in Krabi. West Railay Beach is where the majority of longtail boats zip in and out of the bay doing the dropping and picking up of beach-goers.
The earlier you arrive at Railay Beach West the better, that is to say, if you want to enjoy this beautiful white sand beach prior to the midday crowds.
WHAT TO DO AT WEST RAILAY BEACH
West Railay Beach is the perfect spot to cool off by jumping in for a swim in the netted off area in the bay. There is also a dozen beachside cafes and bars, so you won’t have to travel too far for some food and beverages after a swim.
Another fun adventure to be had at Railay Beach West is to rent a kayak and explore the bay and nearby beaches in Krabi.
There are many kayaks available for rent along the beach for around 2oo Baht per hour. You can leave your bags safely with the kayak rental operators while you are out enjoying your paddle.
At the western end of the bay is the access point for Tonsai Beach, which is the next beach over from West Railay Beach.
On low-tide, it is possible to walk for a few minutes around the rocky headland to Tonsai Beach. Alternatively, on high-tide, there is a bush trail that leads over the headland that takes approximately 10-minutes to walk before emerging on the sand at Tonsai Beach.
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Railay Beach West – Beaches in Krabi
Railay Beach Bars – Beaches in Krabi
Towering cliffs at Railay Beach West – Beaches in Krabi
#3 TONSAI BEACH – BEACHES IN KRABI
Tonsai Beach is by far my favorite beach in Krabi. I think the entire adventure of getting to Tonsai Beach was what made this spot so exciting and favorable to me.
When I visited Tonsai Beach it was high-tide so I ventured on the bush trail from West Railay Beach to get there.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TONSAI BEACH
When I arrived at Tonsai Beach the first thing I spotted was half a dozen rock climbers scaling the cliff face. Not knowing previously that this region is popular for rock climbing enthusiasts, I was very intrigued and watched on for a good 15-minutes.
I continued on to explore the entire Tonsai Beach which is surrounded by a bowl of massive cliffs in a half-moon shaped bay.
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Tonsai Beach seemed to be one of the most unspoiled and uncrowded beaches in Krabi which makes this location even more enjoyable.
There happens to be a sports bar just back from the shoreline on Tonsai Beach, serving up decent food complimented by a cold beer and there is even a billiards table off to the side. Only in Thailand right?!
Tonsai Beach is visually pleasing with a number of awesome viewpoints to take photos. My favorite photo location is at the east end of the bay on top of a large boulder that sits on the sand beneath the cliffs.
Rock climbers at Tonsai Beach – Beaches in Krabi
Tonsai Beach – Beaches in Krabi
#4 RAILAY BEACH EAST
Railay Beach East is more of a photogenic location as opposed to a swimming spot, though it is still one of the best beaches in Krabi.
You can find seaside restaurants serving up western and Thai cuisine with awesome views of Railay Beach East and distant mountains. There is also a small pier for resort guests coming in an out of the bay.
THINGS TO DO AT RAILAY BEACH EAST
The best adventure to be had on Railay Beach East is hiking to the Railay Viewpoint, which offers panoramic views overlooking the entire region!
It’s more of a muddy climb than a hike to reach the Railay Viewpoint, but if you are fit and able, this adventure is a MUST.
It takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to reach the viewpoint on a trail that is a combination of rocks, ropes, tree vines and steps. Trust me, the view is incredibly rewarding at the top and an adventure you will not regret.
Railay Viewpoint – Beaches in Krabi
East Railay Beach – Best beaches in Krabi
#5 PHRA NANG – BEACHES IN KRABI
Phra Nang Beach, also known as the Princess Cave Beach, is one of the most unique and beautiful beaches in Krabi. A number of caves can be found at the foot of the cliffs and a huge islet sits not too far off the beach, creating an incredible postcard-worthy backdrop.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PHRA NANG BEACH
Phra Nang Beach I believe would have once been a hidden gem, but now due to the popularity of the unique caves on the white sand beach and the incredible surrounding scenery, this location is no longer untouched.
However, if you are exploring on a kayak there are smaller beaches to seek out just around the corner from Phra Nang Beach and you will most likely have them entirely to yourself.
Inside the caves themselves, are shrines full of wooden penises… I have seen these hand-crafted wooden penises quite a lot throughout my travels in South East Asia and it is said that the offerings of penises at these shrines are that the belief shall create fertility and prosperity to the whole earth and mankind. Most people didn’t seem too interested in the meaning of this concept, but rather just wanted to take a selfie with all the wooden penises stacked high inside the cave.
Phra Nang Beach – Beaches in Krabi
Phra Nang Cave – Epic beaches in Krabi
Wooden penis shrine – Beaches in Krabi
WHERE TO STAY IN KRABI
Krabi has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near beaches in Krabi to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Krabi Resort
Mid Range: Vipa Tropical Resort
Budget: Popeye Guesthouse
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BEACHES IN KRABI
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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