While many people travel to Phuket and Koh Samui while travelling, many more people are choosing to visit Krabi because of its tropical feel and the fact that it hasn’t been touched by tourism quite as much..
For families, it is an idyllic beach location that provides the balance between culture and learning and vacationing and relaxing. This is definitely a place for all types of families and everyone can find something to do.
Here are the ten best things to do with your family in Krabi:
1. Rock Climbing / Cliff Climbing
For adventurous families who want to do something sporty, there are plenty of outdoor acitvities in Krabi.
Rock climbing is one of the most popular activities at Phra Nang Beach. You can scale limestone cliffs (with safety equipment) at any level, from beginner to harder ones. There are people to help you if you are completely confused about what to do.
Cliff Climbing is something similar, but it gives you a bit more of an adrenaline rush. This is an activity where you have to take a boat to a cliff, swim to the cliff, and then climb up the wall. There isn’t any safety equipment, so it is definitely for older people. However, if you fall, you just fall back into the water. You can wear a life-jacket to make it even safer.
2. Take a Sunset Cruise
For something that isn’t quite as active, taking a sunset cruise can be beautiful. The boat takes you to a vantage point in the sea where you will be able to take in the sunset. Make sure to bring a camera because this view is absolutely amazing. As the sun sets, you get different colors splaying across the sky.
Some cruises come with a buffet dinner while others just have drinks, so you’ll have to choose which one works better for your family.
3. Visit Phi Phi islands
The Phi Phi Islands have long been a popular destination for people visiting Krabi. There are two main islands: Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh. The rest of the islands really aren’t much of anything for tourists.
Still, these absolutely beautiful islands were hidden until a Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Beach” brought them into the public view. Since them, the islands have become increasingly popular and more friendly to tourists. If you go during the off season, you are more likely to see the beauty and they can get very full with tourists.
Most tourists get there on speedboat tours that include trips between Krabi and Phi Phi, snorkeling equipment, photos, and food and drinks. The speedboat tour takes an hour to get there. One thing to be careful about is to take a traditional boat and not a longtail boat if you have children – they can get dangerous for people who don’t weigh more than 100 pounds.
There is also a local ferry that is a more economical choice and safer for people with children. The ferry departs from Nopparat Thara Port in Ao Nang and arrives at Tonsai pier in Phi Phi islands.
4. Ao Nang & Nopparat Thara Beach
Of course, if you are in Krabi, you will want to go to the beach. There are touristy beaches in Phuket, but the Ao Nang Beach and Nopparat Thara Beach are more peaceful and give you a chance to actually relax. People love it because the long coastline and emerald-green waters are inviting while the sand is soft and the sea breeze doesn’t overwhelm. Parents love that there aren’t as many tourists and that the water is shallower so that children have more room to run and play.
In the background of the beach, towering limestone cliffs give you amazing photo opportunities. This place is also more popular with locals, so expect to see them in the water.
Both of these beaches are within walking distance of each other, so you can visit both in one day.
5. Watch the beautiful sunsets
We already talked about taking a sunset cruise, but if that isn’t your speed, you can also go find a place to watch it from land. Go to Ao Nang Beach to catch the best sunset and people watching on the island. The wispy clouds are easily visible and you will see the oranges, yellows, pinks, blues, and even purples meld together. When you are on the beach, you can see the sunset reflected into the water, giving it even more beauty.
Typically, the beach will fill with people. Some will be playing instruments, others will dance. Turn around and you will see something beautiful as well – the shoreline comes alive with light and laughter as people start to enter restaurants for dinner.
While eating might not really seem like an “activity,” in Krabi, it is. There are tons of great locations to try fresh seafood, cultural foods, and even Americanized versions of foods. The seafood is really top notch here because it is freshly caught. The two most popular places to try new foods are The Longtail Boat and Ban Lay Thai Kitchen. Both fill up quickly but have many options that suit children. Since they are so popular, you may want to make reservations before you go.
Some restaurants even offer shuttle service so that you can have an extra glass or wine or two and you don’t have to worry.
While the restaurants are popular with couples, the street food in Krabi is popular for families. There are tons of street vendors around that sell almost any kind of food you can imagine. They have tacos, Chinese food, Thai food, Mexican food, fried foods, mac and cheese, chocolate banana pancakes, carnival food, and so much more. If you want, there are tons of local favorites here as well, including the always famous Pad Thai.
7. Krabi Four Islands Tour
One of the most popular things to do in Krabi is to go on the Krabi Four Islands Tour. This is an island hopping tour that will take you to the “Four Islands” of Krabi and Phra Nang Beach. You will see all of the beautiful beaches that you’ve seen on television and give you a little bit of history about each one.
Typically this tour will take you to the four islands: Turtle Island, Chicken Island, Tub Island, and Mor Island. These are known locally as Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Tub, and Koh Mor. It will also take you to Phra Nang Beach.
The first locations are the four islands. They are located on the Mu Koh Poda archipelago and are a quick boat ride away. They are named because they look like the items described. Tub and Mor are just two very small islands that are connected.
The bridge is a very popular tourist destination that is sometimes there and it sometimes isn’t. In order to see the bridge, you have to go during low tide.
Phra Nang beach isn’t an island, but it is always included on the tours because of how beautiful it is. The soft white sand will forever stay with you.
Whenever on these tours, make sure to bring a lot of sunblock because being on the beach and on the boat will double the sun’s rays. Remember that you will probably get wet on the tour, so a change of clothes will be good a idea.
8. Visit Railay Beach
Railay Beach deserves its own category because it is really something to see on its own. This is a beautiful beach that has limestone rocks everywhere, gorgeous sand, amazing views, and a lot of restaurants and pubs. This is a tourist-heavy area where you will see a lot of boats coming and going. You should definitely get there early if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet or time to yourself.
There are four areas: Railay West, Railay East, Phra Nang Beach, and Tonsai Bay. Railay West is the most popular by far with tourists, so it has the most to do. Railay East doesn’t really have a lot to do and sometimes it doesn’t even have a beach. Still, it is interesting to watch the tide come in and out. Phra Nang Beach has been talked about before, but you are able to see the Rayavadee Resort, the most popular (and expensive) resort in Krabi. Tonsai Bay is a popular area for backpackers and those on a budget. The beach isn’t as nice and you need to walk over some sea rocks, but you can do it for the cheaper foods and souveniers.
9. Krabi Town
Krabi Town is one of the most developed parts of Krabi and it is home to the rustic and laid-back parts of a vacation that people adore. There are quite a few different attractions in Krabi Town.
The first is the Khao Kanab Nam Mountains, which is home to the famous Mud Crab Statues which symbolize the importance of marine life. You can also see the Khao Kanab Nam Mountains, which are the most distinctive landmarks in all of Krabi. These stand 100 meters tall and look different atevery angle.
If you love the Thai culture, you will get a lot of walking down Krabi Town Walking Street, also known as Thanon Khon Dern. This is a night market that is only open on weekends from 6 pm to 9:30 pm. It is a wonderful place for sampling foods, talking with locals, watching performances, and shopping for souvenirs.
Some of the other famous attractions include the Tiger Cave, a Buddhist temple, and two other night markets that are open daily.
While this might not seem like a family activity, in Krabi it is! You can enjoy massages from the best masseurs in the world. There are many different parlors in Ao Nang Beach. There are world-renowned foot and leg massages that definitely help after walking and swimming all day.
You can take your pick, but there are fancy salons that will cost you more money or public places where anyone can watch your legs and back getting massaged. There are even child-friendly places that will help with calming them down. There are many different options for soaps and scrubs that will make your skin feel amazing. Of course, you can do some shopping here as well. The saltwater and sand can really do a number on your skin, so be proactive.
There are many things you can do in Krabi, and most of them are outside. This is truly a place where you don’t want to spend any time in your hotel.