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Krabi Town

Krabi has a charming local town and is the provincial capital, Krabi town still manages to retain its identity in the face of developing tourism. As the main commercial and transit point for the province, the town plays less attention to tourism. Just as in years gone by, the river still provides the hub of activity with fishing boats and river taxis ferrying both locals and visitors to the coast and islands.

Using Krabi as a central base is a good idea as there are dozens of interesting places to visit. It's the place to catch your taxi boat for beaches around Railay or Ao Nang to the west and for islands further away like Ko Lanta and Koh Phi Phi.

krabi town

Things to Do
It's an interesting place to get a glimpse of local life and as a base for visiting the outlying areas, but there's not too much to do in the town itself. Wander around, visit the market, sample some local food and take a boat out around the surrounding places of interest. Across the river from town are extensive mangrove forests that draw birdwatchers from all over the world.

You can hire a longtail boat to explore some of the mangrove canals, or visit Khao Kanab Nam. Rising from the water, this 100 metre high limestone tower formation, is regarded as the symbol of the town. Inside is a huge cave. A staircase leads to the caves which, as well as stalactites and stalagmites, also contain prehistoric paintings (human skeletal remains have been recovered here) Take a boat from the town pier - approximately a 15 minute trip.

krabi town

krabi town thailand


Nightlife & Eating Out
Krabi town is still a scenic little backwater town but what it lacks in size it makes up for in the number of great places to eat. The night market in Krabi, with its great seafood at low prices and a host of Thai dessert venders, has a great selection of fresh and well cooked food.

Local vendors seem to pop out of nowhere with mobile kitchens serving excellent noodles, chicken and rice accompanied by lime juice shakes or local beer. Krabi's speciality - fresh seafood is also evident. Lobster, crab, squid and a variety of fish come straight from the Andaman and on to your plate.

Nightlife, is pretty low key and geared to the local clientele, with a few bars, Thai style nightclubs and Karaoke bars. Ao-nang is more western.

Around the river area, there are a number of cafes and restaurants catering to western palates and serving remarkably good sandwiches and western fast food as well as Thai. Some cafes also double as tour agencies and are good places to meet other travellers. As Krabi continues to grow, steak houses, pizza places and burger bars are beginning to emerge around the area close to the piers. In the town, head for the market area, where most eating places (indoor and outdoor) are to be found.

- Crazy Pub & Restaurant: 98/4 Maharaj Road Muang Krabi
- Mixer Pub : 102 Sudmongkon Road Muang Krabi
- Good Days Pub

- Ruen Mai, about 2km north of the town centre on thanon maharat. Popular with locals and well regarded, this typical garden restaurant.

- Blue Boy Bar, Soi 4 Thanon Maharat Downtown bar staging live music to help wash down the beer.

- Smoody Bar, Thanon Kong Ka. Nightly live music and reasonably priced beer on the waterfront at the edge of the night market.

Krabi Town Map

krabi town map


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