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Sun, snorkeling, and scenic national parks await in this gateway to the islands of the Andaman sea.

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From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

1. From Krabi: Phi Phi Islands Speedboat Day Tour

Enjoy a full-day of relaxation on this speedboat trip to Phi Phi Islands, lapped by turquoise waters and shaded by towering limestone rocks. Scene of the blockbuster movie “The Beach,” Phi Phi is a paradise destination just 30 miles from mainland Thailand. Composed of 2 islets, Phi Phi Don is the larger, known for its fine beaches and coral formations. Tourist facilities are available along the 2 beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Lodalam. During the day you can visit Maya Bay, where “The Beach” was filmed, walk along some of the world's clearest water, snorkel at beautiful Hin Klang, and explore Viking Cave, where thousands of swallows nest. Notable rules at Maya Bay include no swimming, no single-use plastics, using reef-safe sunscreen and no use of drones without permission. Please remember that the Mu Koh Phi Phi Marine Park will be closed every year for 2 months during low season, usually in August and September. Discover the hidden coves of Phi Phi Lee, such as Phi Lee Bay, where the limestone cliffs rise straight up from the waters and are only reachable by boat. Snorkel among the coral gardens of Ao Lo Sama. Surrounded by flawless sand beaches, expect to see abundant reef fish and even the occasional leopard shark.For those who want to explore more coves, lagoons and beaches around Phi Phi Leh, book a longtail boat ride directly on site at a small extra fee. This optional activity is operated by local fishermen from the community and is not part of the tour. You will also slowly cruise past Monkey Beach, which is located on the southwestern side of Ton Sai Bay. It is a simply stunning 150-meter-long strip of white powdery sand fringed by emerald water. The beach can only be accessed during low tide, when a colony of monkeys having their breakfast down on the beach. The morning session will end on Phi Phi Don, the larger of the 2 sister islands. A rich Thai buffet lunch is served in the restaurant of Phi Phi Cliff Beach Resort. Then it is time to explore the island path of Ton Sai along the beautiful curved bays of Ton Sai and Loh Dalum Bay. In the afternoon you will have to chance to swim and snorkel at Bamboo Island, a tiny and flat island covered by lush vegetation and entirely surrounded by a strip of white sand and a reef that spreads up to 500 meters from the shore. The uninhabited paradise located 3 miles (5 km) off the northern tip of Koh Phi Phi Don provides visitors with the feeling of swimming in an aquarium.

Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

2. Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

Enjoy an island-hopping adventure to 7 beautiful islands near Krabi on a long tail boat tour. Visit a variety of picturesque islands and enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner as you watch the magical sunset on Koh Poda. Start the 7 island sunset tour with pickup from your hotel in Krabi, or at one of several meeting points in the area. Depart by traditional longtail boat from Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang, with a short stopover at Railay Beach to pick up fellow travelers. Continue to Koh Yawasam and dive into a paradise of large shallow gardens of coral surrounded by flat sandy areas. Cruise around the chicken-shaped rock at Koh Kai. Enjoy an excellent photo opportunity at this oddly-shaped natural landmark. The next stop is at Koh Tub for some beach time or (at low tide) a walk across the spectacular sandbank that connects it to Chicken and Mor Islands nearby. Swim in the crystal-clear water at Koh Tan Ming, a small rock islet in front of Koh Poda. After plenty of exertion and activity, you will then enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner right on the beach of Koh Poda as the sun goes down. Complete the evening with a short swim amidst the bio-luminescent plankton in the surrounding ocean of Koe Raeng before returning to the pier in Ao Nang.

Phuket: One-Way Ferry Transfer to/from Koh Phi Phi

3. Phuket: One-Way Ferry Transfer to/from Koh Phi Phi

Take the worry out of your transfer between Koh Phi Phi and Phuket with an open ticket for any time slot available with a ferry that takes you across the Andaman Sea.  If you are in Phuket, you can access the meeting point at Rassada Habour 30 minutes before the departure or select the option to be picked up from Patong, Kata, Karon, or the Phuket City area. Sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the views of Thailand's beautiful seaside. After the boat journey, get ready to begin your perfect holiday on the beautiful island. One-way ticket or roundtrip ticket are available for purschase and are open ticket for any time slot.

Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speed Boat with Lunch

4. Phuket: James Bond Island Day Trip by Speed Boat with Lunch

Enjoy pickup and drop-off to and from your hotel to the pier, where your journey across emerald waters and the blue ocean takes place for this day tour around the island and caves. Refresh yourself with a complementary buffet lunch. Cruise along Phang Nga Bay and stop for sightseeing at Panak Island, famous for its emerald lagoons and deep caves. Take in the scenery of stalactite formations and high limestone cliffs. Next, travel to Hong, or Talu Island and enjoy canoeing inside an ancient cave. See all the mysterious rock formations, some shaped by nature that look like animals. After a canoeing session and sightseeing, you will have the chance to visit the floating Muslim village of Panyee Island. Enjoy a buffet lunch and a walk around the village, full of friendly locals. Next, visit the iconic James Bond Island, also known as Khao Ping Kan. The unique formation of this nail-shaped island is nature's mystery and has made it the icon of Phang Nga Bay. After sightseeing on James Bond Island, explore Ice Cream Cave to see the phenomenal stalagmite and crystal formations inside. Try canoeing in the cave, full of emerald green water. Finally, you'll arrive at Lawa Island, or Naka Island (one of the islands will be chosen depending on the weather). Go for a swim, or relax on the island with free time to enjoy the ocean before heading back to the pier.

Thailand: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

5. Thailand: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Thailand hassle-free with an iPhone and Android supported eSIM. Stay connected with high-speed coverage anywhere in Thailand, or upgrade for coverage in eight additional countries, including Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.  Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Choose between 3 to 30 days of coverage, ranging from 1GB to 30GB options to use over your chosen duration. Alternatively, enjoy the option to receive 500MB renewed daily for 7, 14, or 30 days. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with a zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and easily purchase and activate additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone models launched after iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Androids, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photos for eligibility.

Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

6. Krabi: Hong Islands Day Trip by Speedboat with Lunch

Get picked up by minivan from your hotel in Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Ao Nam Mao, Klong Muang and Tubkaek Beach, or by speed boat if you stay at Railay Beach. Meet the boat crew of Sea Eagle at Nopparat Thara Pier and start the trip with a cruise to the four superb islands of the Hong Island group. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Phang Nga Bay, with its countless rocky outcrops, the islands are rightly considered to be among the most beautiful in Krabi province. The first stop will be at the main island itself. The half-circle shaped Hong Island is uninhabited, except for the birds, white-faced gibbons and giant monitor lizards that can be often spotted on the main white sand beach. Enjoy a delicious lunch including seasonal fruits and refreshments at the magnificent twin bays of Koh Hong. You will have a plenty of time to take in the beauty of this superb island including the spectacular panoramic 360° viewpoint. Its interior is home to a large lagoon, where you can find yourself at one with nature. The entrance to the lagoon is through a dramatic cliff passage that should be photographed on your way out. The tour will also include at least two pretty decent snorkeling stops of 40 minutes each. The most impressive one is at Lading Island, a small limestone island with high cliffs and sandy sheltered beaches. Continue to Pakbia Island for taking photos and have a swim at the impressive sandbars revealed at low tide. Cruise back to the pier in Ao Nang where the van driver will give you a safe ride to your hotel.

From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

7. From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

Be the first to arrive at Similan Islands with our original Similan Early Bird! The boat leaves the pier at 7:00 AM, and pick-ups in Phuket start as early as 4:00 AM. It's an early start but it will be worth it if you want to beat the crowd. Set sail for an exhilarating speedboat tour to snorkel through the pristine waters of Donald Duck, Honeymoon, and Princess Bay. Relish a delightful picnic lunch by the sea at Honeymoon Bay. Opt for tour packages that offer convenient pickup and drop-off locations in Phuket or Khaolak. Your early bird journey to the Similan Islands will take off in Khaolak. Setting out early ensures that you get to Donald Duck Bay in time to hike the short trail to Sail Rock and snap those jaw-dropping photos from the viewpoint. On this tour, you'll also get two extended snorkeling breaks to explore the vibrant underwater world, with a chance to even spot a sea turtle. Your next destination will be Island no 4, where you'll enjoy your picnic lunch beside the scenic Honeymoon Bay. Follow that up with a leisurely walk through a nature trail leading to the breath-taking beach at Princess Bay. There, you'll have ample time to unwind and take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. To cap off your day, enjoy one more snorkeling adventure at Similan Islands.

Krabi: Tiger Cave Temple, Emerald Pool and Hot Springs Tour

8. Krabi: Tiger Cave Temple, Emerald Pool and Hot Springs Tour

Get picked up at your hotel on Krabi and enjoy your first stop at the stunning Emerald Pool. Beat the morning heat in the middle of a lush forest and swim in the clear blue-green waters of the mineral pool. Walk along the path to your next stop at the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy this gorgeous gem surrounded by large, overhanging trees with roots that extend across the water. Have a break for lunch at a local restaurant and then take some time to relax at the Hot Springs Waterfall. Soak in the soothing feeling of the warm water as it swirls around you. Our last stop for the day is the majestic Tiger Cave Temple, called Wat Tham Seua by the locals, While the walk to the mountaintop temple may be a bit strenuous (expect a lot of stairs), the view once we reach the top is worth it. Take in the gleaming Buddha statue, see the tiger prints at the cave (hence the temple’s name), and behold spectacular views of Krabi before we make our way back to your accommodation. Enjoy a low-impact way of exploring. On this tour, you explore sustainable experiences that prioritize providing water in glass bottles and offsetting carbon emissions in every tour, reducing your environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Krabi: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

9. Krabi: 4 Islands Tour by Longtail Boat

Discover some of the most picturesque islands near Krabi on a day trip by longtail boat, with stops for swimming and snorkeling in clear blue waters. Relax on tranquil beaches and snap fantastic photos of the stunning scenery. Start the tour directly from your hotel in Krabi with pickup by minivan. Meet the crew and board the wooden longtail boat at Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang. Head over to the first of the four islands, with a short stopover at Railay Beach to pick up fellow explorers. Visit the world-renowned Phra Nang Cave Beach on Railay. Admire views of vertical limestone cliffs, lush green jungle, white beaches, and clear turquoise waters. Visit the Princess Cave at the end of the beach, where fishermen make offerings in the form of incense and flowers to ensure safe voyages. Continue to Poda Island, famous for its white beaches and turquoise water. Spot the huge rock in front of the island, featured on countless postcards, so don’t miss the opportunity to snap your own photo memory here. After some swimming and snorkeling, enjoy a Thai-style boxed picnic lunch on the beach. Next, cruise around the “head” of Chicken Island, notable for the oddly-shaped rocky outcrop that gave it its name. Here also makes for an excellent photo opportunity. The next stop is at Koh Tub where you can walk across the spectacular sandbar that connects it to the Chicken and Mor Islands nearby. After your stroll, head back on the return leg of your adventure to the pier in Ao Nang.

Krabi: Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour

10. Krabi: Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour

Interact with majestic elephants on this day tour from Krabi to the Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned vehicle and enjoy a snack, seasonal fruit, and a drink. Learn about these incredible creatures and join them in the water.  Be picked up from your accommodation and drive to Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary. There, you will be met by your English-speaking guide and learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, their behavior, what they eat, and their individual stories. Receive bananas to feed to feed free-roaming elephants and learn about their individual stories. Touch, feed, photograph, and interact with the elephants at your leisure while your guide tells you about their lifestyle, and behaviors.  Listen as your guide tells you about how these elephants are rescued from lives of logging or carrying people. After you have met all the elephants, join them in applying mud on the skin as a healthy sunscreen and mud treatment.  Walk with the elephants, bathe them, and join them in the water for a refreshing cool-off. Brush the elephants while they frolic and play in the water and watch them enjoy being pampered. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways and change into some dry clothes. Finally, enjoy some seasonal fresh fruits and coconut water before your transfer back to the hotel.

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Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Krabi

Martina and Jürgen, the authors of PlacesofJuma, share their travel experiences from around the globe. With a passion for photography, they are constantly in search of the most stunning destinations and places.

What should I do on my first trip to Krabi?

On your first trip to Krabi, be sure to visit Railay Beach. This beach is located on a peninsula and can only be reached by boat from the mainland. You can relax on the incredible beach, go rock climbing, or take boat trips to neighboring islands. One of the absolute best things to do in Krabi is a visit to the Tiger Cave Temple. This Buddhist temple is situated on a limestone hill and offers breathtaking views of the Krabi region from the top. The climb to this temple is a rewarding challenge.

What are some hidden gems to see in Krabi?

Hidden gems in Krabi include the Emerald Pool and the Hot Spring. The Emerald Pool is a natural pool with emerald green water, surrounded by lush jungle. The area is a national park and an ideal place to cool off on a hot day. It's also fantastic for photography. Nearby, you'll find the Hot Spring, a natural thermal spring where you can relax in warm, healing water. The minerals in the water are believed to have health benefits. Both places are nestled in nature and offer a relaxing environment away from the tourist crowds.

How much time should I spend in Krabi?

To fully enjoy Krabi's beautiful beaches, impressive natural wonders like the Phi Phi Islands, and the breathtaking limestone cliffs of Railay Beach, you need to stay for a week. Seven days is enough time to also immerse yourself in Thai culture, visit the Tiger Cave Temple , or explore the Krabi Town Night Market. Excursions to nearby islands like Hong Island, water sports activities like kayaking, and relaxing in the hot springs and Emerald Pools complete the Krabi experience.

What food is Krabi known for?

Krabi is a great place to enjoy traditional Thai cuisine. Local specialties include khao mok gai, a delicious dish of seasoned chicken and flavored rice, as well as khua kling, a spicy meat mixture, often made from beef or pork, prepared with various spices and herbs. Another popular element in Krabi's cuisine is curry paste with red chilis and shrimp paste, which imparts the characteristic spiciness and flavor to many dishes.

What is the best way to get around in Krabi?

One of the best ways to get around Krabi is by using shared taxis known locally as songthaews. These converted pick-up trucks offer a cost-effective transportation option and run on fixed routes, such as between Krabi Town and Ao Nang. Longtail boats are an excellent and affordable choice for exploring the coastal areas and reaching small islands like Koh Hong, Koh Poda, and Chicken Island.

What are the best months to visit Krabi?

The dry season, November to March, is the best time to visit Krabi. The temperatures are moderate, providing ideal conditions for outdoor activities and beach days. The peak season is from December to February when prices are also at their highest. Nevertheless, it's advisable to travel during the high season to enjoy the best weather and optimal conditions for exploration.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Krabi?

The best neighborhoods to visit in Krabi are Ao Nang and Krabi Town. Ao Nang is the perfect vacation destination in Krabi, offering numerous hotels, and is known for its lively nightlife and party scene. It is also an excellent starting point to explore the surrounding islands and beaches. Krabi Town is a great place to immerse yourself in Thai culture, visit markets, and engage in sightseeing. Here, you'll find numerous temples and cultural sites that provide insights into local ways of life and history. It's also got the best places to eat in Krabi, with many restaurants, street vendors, and markets.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Krabi?

Staying in Ao Nang is a top choice for a vacation in the Krabi region. It is the most well-known tourist destination, offering a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly hotels to upscale resorts, catering to travelers with different budgets. Its location is perfect for those looking to explore the surrounding islands and beaches, as it serves as a major departure point for boat excursions. Additionally, there are numerous restaurants, bars, and shops nearby, ensuring that you have amenities and entertainment readily available.

What are your 4 best tips for a person traveling to Krabi?

• Explore the islands of Krabi with boat tours. A great option is the four-island tour, where you get to discover four of the best ones.

• The Krabi region, known for its stunning limestone cliffs, has a cool rock climbing scene. Some routes are suitable for beginners, and you can enjoy breathtaking views.

• If you're looking for tranquility, consider spending your vacation in Klong Muang, a relaxed and less touristy place near Krabi.

• Use Krabi as a starting point to explore the islands of the southern Andaman Sea. From Krabi, you can travel to Koh Lipe by speedboat or ferry.

What are your top 5 favorite GetYourGuide experiences in Krabi?

• Krabi: Emerald Pool, Blue Pool and Tiger Cave Temple Tour

• Krabi: 7 Islands Sunset Tour with BBQ Dinner and Snorkeling

• Krabi: Ao Nang Elephant Sanctuary Half-Day Tour

• Krabi: Traditional Thai Cooking Class

• Krabi: Private Luxury Longtail Boat Island Hopping Tour

What is one thing that surprised you about Krabi?

What surprised me in Krabi was the breathtaking landscape featuring majestic limestone cliffs rising from the jungle and turquoise sea. The numerous small islands just off the coast of Krabi create a unique island paradise, perfect for exploration, and you could theoretically visit a new island every day. The dreamy beaches of Krabi, with their fine sand and crystal-clear waters, are also impressive and, in my opinion, among the most beautiful in Thailand.

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What people are saying about Krabi

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We had a very cool guide - Nadia. She made us laugh and surrounded us with attention. The beaches are very beautiful: white sand, clear water of unreal colors. You shouldn’t expect anything incredible from plankton; it’s not like in the photos: it’s only slightly visible. But still cool! You need to be prepared that there will be quite a lot of people everywhere, this is the only negative. But that's how tourist places are. We were satisfied!

The trip was seamless. Hong Island is beautiful. The weather was on the hotter side but it was fun nonetheless. The views after the hike were the highlight of the tour. Food was okayish. Vegetarian and vegan options were provided.

Nice boat and perfect organisation. The boat is not overcrowded and very comfortable. Staff also nice

Driver was on time. Journey from Airport to Hotel was pleasant

Wonderful experience, memorable trip So happy with this trip