5 BEST BEACHES IN KRABI – ADVENTURE GUIDE

5 BEST BEACHES IN KRABI – ADVENTURE GUIDE

I spent 3 days exploring the best 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 you visit Krabi. I have put together this guide of the 5 best beaches in Krabi including how to get there and what to expect.

5 BEST BEACHES IN KRABI

#1 AO NANG BEACH

Ao Nang Beach is a 20-minute drive from Krabi Town and it is 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 is one of the best beaches in Krabi to watch the sunset, in my opinion.

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 favourite 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 neighbouring islands and other beaches that are only accessible by boat. To book a longtail boat, head down to the end of Ao Nang Beach Esplanade to the ‘Ao Nang Longtail Boat Service Club’ ticket office to organise a trip. The office is open 7 days a week from 8am-5pm and all boat services are set at fixed prices, so there is no bartering with the operators.

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 15-minute walk from Ao Nang.

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Sunset at Ao Nang Beach – Best beaches in Krabi

The longtail taxi boats on Ao Nang Beach – Best beaches in Krabi

Night markets at Noppharat Thara Beach

#2 RAILAY BEACH WEST

Railay Beach West is undoubtedly the most popular and up there as one of the best 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 down by having 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. There are many kayaks available for rent along the beach for around 2oo Baht ($7) 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 – Best beaches in Krabi

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Towering cliffs at Railay Beach West – Things to do in Krabi

#3 TONSAI BEACH

Tonsai Beach is by far my favourite beach in Krabi. I think the entire adventure of getting to Tonsai Beach was what made this spot so exciting and favourable 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.

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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. Tonsai Beach seemed to be one of the most unspoilt and uncrowded beaches in Krabi which makes this location even more enjoyable. There happens to be what I would call it 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 favourite photo location is at the east end of the bay on top of a large boulder that sits on the sand beneath the cliffs.

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Tonsai Beach – Best beaches in Krabi

#5 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 10-15 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.

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#5 PHRA NANG BEACH

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.

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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 is 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.

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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KRABI

Krabi has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay in Krabi to suit budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Krabi Resort

Mid Range: Vipa Tropical Resort

Budget: Popeye Guesthouse

For all other accommodations in Krabi, you can click HERE to search on booking.com

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