If you’re planning a trip down to Krabi and it’s your first time, this 4 day Krabi itinerary is the perfect place to start. Krabi has plenty of things to offer for all types of travellers. You’ll be able to island hop some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, hike incredible viewpoints or just relax at one of the many laid back beaches.
Getting to Krabi
Krabi is a large province in southern Thailand but tourists will most likely be heading to Ao Nang which is a small town on the coast. Here you’ll have access to the ferry port which will take you to the various islands as well as access to longtail boats and speed boats for daily tours. You can get to Krabi with a quick flight from Bangkok or from most domestic airports. Flights during the peak season cost around $50 -60 AUD but you can get them for almost half price during non-peak seasons or if you book early enough. Additionally, there is a night bus from Bangkok which can be a cheaper but much longer option. You can book the night bus from Bangkok to Krabi on 12Go here.
Getting around Krabi
The best way to explore Krabi is by renting a motorbike. You can rent one almost anywhere for 250-300 Baht ($13-$15 AUD) per day. If you’re only looking to relax by the beaches in Ao Nang and do some island hopping, you probably won’t need one. Everything in Ao Nang, like the beaches, restaurants and tours are all in walking distance.
Krabi Itinerary – 4 Days
Take the first day to settle in, explore the nearby beaches and familiarise yourself with nearby markets and restaurants. Here are a few things to check out on your first day!
Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang Beach is the main tourist beach in the area and is where you’ll find most people lounging for the day. There are plenty of beachside restaurants, massages and water activities to keep you busy. There is also a kayak rental towards the southern end of the beach near the massive limestone formations. You’ll be able to rent one for a couple of dollars and head out to the limestone tower out in the middle of the ocean. The unique cliff formations are incredible to check up close!
Pai Plong Beach
Although Ao Nang Beach is the most popular, we recommend heading over to the beach outside Grand Centara Resort. To get there, just follow the short 10-minute hike along the Monkey Trail which is at the southern end of Ao Nang Beach. Pai Plong Beach is much smaller but also a lot less busy and much more beautiful. The sand at this beach is a lot nicer and the water is more clear. You also won’t find any boats pulling up, meaning you’ll have more room to enjoy a relaxing swim.
The beach is actually part of the resort so it feels very private and secluded which is why it’s not as busy. Many people don’t realise that anyone can use the beach. You’ll just have to sign in and out at the entrance to the beach. It won’t cost you anything so we definitely recommend heading over!
No place in Thailand is complete without checking out a few night markets. There are a few in Ao Nang, so depending on where you’re staying, there should be one nearby. One of our favourite night markets was the AoNang Muslim Street. It’s a little further back from the main strip but the food there is delicious. There are plenty of Thai classics as well as popular muslim dishes and smoothies. Everything is super cheap, ranging from about $2 – $4 AUD.
The second day of the Krabi itinerary is all about exploring the nearby islands. There are plenty of island hopping tours to choose from. The 4 Island hopping tour and the Hong Island day tour are the two most popular and are a must for your Krabi itinerary.
You can book a tour from any of the small tour agencies which should include a hotel pickup. However, we recommend booking at the main boat ticket booth which can be found at both ends of Ao Nang Beach. For convenience, you can also book tours online through Klook. They have the cheapest prices and a variety of options to choose from.
Book your island hopping tours: Hong Island Day Tour From Krabi
We’ve done both island tours on 2 different trips to Krabi and our favourite was the Hong Island Tour. We decided to pay extra for a private longtail boat so that we could leave earlier and beat the crowds. It was so worth it and we definitely recommend it to anyone that’s looking to do the same.
The Hong Island tour will first take you to Hong Island Beach where you’ll find some of the whitest sand and clearest water! Next you’ll jump back on the boat and head through a small opening in the limestone cliffs which opens up to a beautiful lagoon. This hidden lagoon was incredible and you’ll even be able to jump off the boat for a quick swim. After the lagoon, you’ll head to two other small islands. You can read our full blog post here for our Hong Island Tour experience.
One of our favourite things to do in Krabi was hiking the Hang Nak Nature Trail, although this isn’t for everyone. The Hang Nak Nature trail has some of the most breathtaking views over Krabi. It definitely shouldn’t be missed out on when planning your 4 day Krabi itinerary.
Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail
This hike is one of the most challenging but also one of the most rewarding. It’ll take you 2.5 hours just to reach the top but the views are incredible. You’ve probably already seen photos online of people sitting on a hanging rock and never would’ve thought it was in Krabi.
To get to the start of the hike you’ll have to rent a motorbike and drive about 30 minutes from Ao Nang to the national park. Entrance into the national park and the hike is completely free, although tips are appreciated to help maintain the grounds. The hike is challenging as most of it is uphill. The path is also covered with tree roots and dirt making the ground uneven so definitely wear comfortable shoes. We also recommend going as early as possible to avoid the midday heat. Doing it in the morning when the air is cool makes it a lot easier.
Once at the top you’ll have some of the best views overlooking the whole of Krabi. You’ll be able to see the oceanside and beaches, as well as the limestone mountains off in the distance. If you’re up for a bit of a challenge, definitely add this to your 4 day Krabi itinerary!
Make sure to read our full Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail Blog for all the information you need.
Day 4 of the Krabi itinerary will take you over to Railay for the day. There are plenty of things to do on Railay to keep you busy, depending on what you like. You can get to Railay by booking a longtail boat at the official ticket booth at both ends of Ao Nang Beach. They run daily from 8AM and it’ll cost you 200 Baht ($10 AUD) per person return.
One of the coolest spots on Railay is the hidden lagoon which not many people go to. It’s a short hike which involves scaling vertical rock walls. There are ropes to assist you when climbing up and down so you’ll have to take it slow. It’ll take you about 20 minutes until you reach the incredible lagoon.
The lagoon is hidden amongst the limestone cliffs and light rays shine through the trees above. As the tide comes up you’ll even be able to go for a dip in the water to cool off. This place definitely feels like something straight out of a movie.
Click here to read our full blog post on the Railway Lagoon. It includes all the details frome best time to visit and how to find it.
The Railay Viewpoint is right next to the lagoon so you can tick them both off at the same time. The viewpoint looks out over the whole of Railay. You’ll be able to spot the various beaches, limestone cliffs and plenty of palm trees.
Railay Beach is where you’ll be dropped off and is where you’ll find all the restaurants and bars. There is a walking strip full of places to eat and grab a drink. The beach is also nice to relax on and enjoy the sun.
Phra Nang Cave Beach
Phra Nang Beach is the nicest beach on Railay and also the busiest. It’s a 15 minute walk from Railay Beach through the walking strip. The beach is super popular as it’s one of the stops on the 4 island day tour. However, it is still a beautiful beach with plenty of places to enjoy a swim.
If you’re into rock climbing or are looking to give it a go, you can do it here. The limestone cliffs are perfect for rock climbing and you’ll always see people scaling the wall right above you!
Additional things to add to your 4 day Krabi Itinerary
If you have longer than 4 days in Krabi, here are some other things that you can add to your Krabi itinerary. These activities are all out of Ao Nang so it’s best to rent your own motorbike or book a tour.
The Emerald Pools in Krabi are a unique way to enjoy a swim away from the beaches. Getting there will take you roughly 1.5 hours but the long journey is worth it! A short 800m walk from the entrance will lead you through the forest until you reach the beautiful emerald pools. The most unique thing about the pools, as you can tell from it’s name, is the colour. Depending on the time of the day, the water will glow a bright blue/emerald colour.
Tiger Cave Temple
The Tiger Cave Temple is another popular temple in Krabi. It’s known for its 1,236 steps to reach the top. However, the challenging climb offers some beautiful views over the region. You’ll be able to see the Andaman Sea, forest landscape as well as the prominent limestone formations. There is also a cave and a massive golden Buddha statue to check out.
Where to Stay in Krabi
Pakasai Resort – Best Value: Pakasai Resort is located amongst a tropical garden right near Ao Nang Beach. The rooms are beautiful and incredibly large with some even offering stunning panoramic ocean views. There is a large and delicious selection of food at the breakfast buffet. The resort also features an outdoor swimming pool as well as a fitness centre and free bicycle hire to explore the area.
Centara Grand Beach Resort – Luxury: This beautiful resort is located on it’s own beach with beachfront dining options and even 2 outdoors swimming pools. The rooms have their own private balconies with either ocean or garden views and are decorated in a modern Thai style. Centara Grand Beach Resort is the ultimate luxury holiday getaway to unwind and enjoy the beach.
The Moon Night Ao Nang Hotel – Budget: The Moon Night Ao Nang Hotel is located a little further back from the main strip but it’s great value for money. The rooms are super clean and modern with TV’s, good air-con as well as a large bathroom with hot water. There are cheap restaurants close by and it’s also walking distance from the Muslim Street night market which sells delicious food and drinks. It’ll take you roughly 20 minutes to walk down to Ao Nang Beach.
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