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Krabi is a province located on Thailand’s southern tip, and is characterized by majestic limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, and over 100 islands.

As one of the most popular destinations in all of Asia due to its prime weather, beautiful beaches, and cheap accomodation and food, it’s no wonder everyone is flocking towards Krabi.

I was ecstatic when my boyfriend and I finally booked the hotels and flights for our Thailand adventure in mid November.

Before Krabi, we stayed in Chiang Mai for 3 days, and you can read about all the things to do, see, and eat HERE.

Although we only stayed in Krabi for 3 full days, I highly recommend that you stay for a few extra days to really see all that Krabi has to offer.

With that said, let’s begin the itinerary, where I will show you how to spend 3 days in Krabi, Thailand.

Best Time to Go

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Krabi experiences a tropical climate throughout the year, and has both dry and wet seasons.

May-October are typically the wet months, with a higher chance of rain, followed by monsoon winds.

November-April are considered the dry months, with temperatures reaching the mid-90’s during the day.

We went to Thailand from November 14-26, and it was extremely hot and humid!

In my opinion, November-March are the best times to go; however, it is also considered to be peak season, so you will experience higher hotel and flight prices.

Where to Stay

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We stayed at Krabi Resort, which is a traditional villa style resort located in Ao Nang, just a short walk to our very own private beach!

The resort has two pools and offers a complimentary breakfast buffet every single day.

Also situated in the center of town, the resort is conveniently located near tons of restaurants and shops.

3 Day Itinerary for Krabi, Thailand

Day 1: Railay Beach and Ao Nang

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Railay Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in all of Thailand, and is only accessible by boat because of the limestone cliffs surrounding the beach.

If you decide to stay in Ao Nang, head over to the beach and you will find numerous longtail boats close to shore.

The Ao Nang Longtail boat services charges 200 baht per round trip ticket to Railay Beach, and the boatride is approximately 15 minutes each way.

Try to minimize the amount of stuff you bring and wear flip flops and shorts because you have to wade through the water to climb onto the boat. The boat is not very steady and may seem scary at first, but it is the only method of transport to Railay Beach.

The last boat ride is at 6pm, so make sure you don’t stay too late or else you won’t be able to get back to your hotel.

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Since Railay Beach is a popular destination, try to arrive early to beat the crowd.

The beach is quite large with restaurants, shops, and hotels. Kayaks are also available for rent and are great options for exploring the ocean and seeing the limestone cliffs up close.

Although the water at Railay Beach is not as clear compared to some of the other beaches in Krabi, the water is extremely calm and pleasant to chill in.

We spent half our time bobbing in the water, and the other half tanning on the beach.

Warning: Thailand is known for having jellyfish in the water.

We both got stung in on our legs, and the affected area got bumpy and red at first. There was some pain, but it went away within a day.

If you get stung, try not to fret and get out of the water as soon as possible. Find the nearest restaurant and ask for some vinegar to rub on your sting.

Make sure to seek medical attention, if the pain does not go away.

Ao Nang

Once you arrive back to Ao Nang, I recommend you grab dinner at the local night market.

When we were in Krabi, there was a night market directly across the street from the Krabi Resort.

The night market consisted of approximately 20-30 booths that served a variety of quick bites including fried shrimp tempura, chicken tenders, pad thai, noodle soup, fresh seafood, burgers, and smoothies.

The food there is cheap and won’t break the bank.

After your belly is full, walk down the street and explore Ao Nang town. There are lots of massage parlors that offer a variety of massages at affordable prices and lots of souvenir shops.

Day 2: Phi Phi Islands

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Phi Phi Island is the superstar island of all islands in Thailand.

Many movies have been shot there, and it’s no mystery why. As one of the most hyped islands, the beaches and views are beyond beautiful.

When approached by ferry, the island looks like a jungle you see in the movies. I immediately fell in love!

Phi Phi Island is about a 2 hour ferry ride from Krabi and offers a variety of activities to do. Some of the best things to do include:

  • Monkey Beach
  • Maya Bay
  • Deaf Gecko Climbing at Tonsai Bay
  • Bamboo Island
  • Mosquito Island
  • Snorkel at Hat Yao
  • Kayak at Ko Phi Phi
  • Climb up to Phi Phi Viewpoint

 

Phi Phi Island does not have tuk tuks or taxis, so you have to walk around the island or take a longtail boat.

We booked our roundtrip tickets on www.phuketferry.com from Ao Nang to Phi Phi, and it also included a private taxi that picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off at our hotel.

The roundtrip ticket was about $43 for each person.

The ferry left Ao Nang at 930am and left Phi Phi at 330pm. With only 4 hours on Phi Phi, we felt rushed for time but enjoyed every minute.

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Monkey Beach

We took a longtail boat from Tonsai Bay (the place where the ferry drops everyone off) to Monkey Beach.

The boat cost us 1,000 baht for a private round trip ride to stay on the island for 1 hour.

With our professional bargaining skills, we were able to stay on the beach for an extra half hour!

Don’t be afraid to bargain because the Thai people will not hesitate to overcharge you.

Monkey Beach is a beautiful and small land of paradise located about a 10 minute boat ride from Tonsai Bay.

It has recently become more touristy and crowded; luckily, when we went, it was not too crowded.

The sand is undeniably soft, water is clear, and the views are brilliant.

Within minutes upon arriving at Monkey Beach, I spotted several monkeys. Oh my, were they were adorable.

I brought a basket with our beach towels and camera gear inside.

The monkeys cautiously approached us and sat next next to us with their innocent faces. We naturally took some pictures…

Then, the monkeys came up to our basket and tried to open it, looking for food and other goodies that they could snatch!

Aghast, we shooed the monkeys away but they were persistent and kept coming back. Eventually, we had to leave our basket in the longtail boat so the monkeys would not steal our stuff.

Although the monkeys look cute, they are not scared of humans and will act aggressively if you taunt them.

After putting our stuff in the longtail boat, we finally were able to go in the water and snorkel.

The water is extremely calm and clear so it makes snorkeling a piece of cake; however, due to all the tourists stepping on the corals and wearing toxic sunscreens, all the coral at Monkey beach were dead.

Even though we didn’t see any fish, we had a great time using our snorkeling gear and paddling around.

monkey
monkey

Before taking the ferry back to Ao Nang, we stopped at Lucky 13 Sandwich for lunch.

This is a slightly upscale restaurant that serves delectable sandwiches and burgers. They have several locations throughout Thailand and I would recommend you try this place!

 

Pro Tip: Try not to bring anything to Monkey beach or the monkeys may steal them from you. Book your ferry ahead of time and decide whether or not you want to stay overnight.

 

Day 3: 4 Island Tour (Poda, Tup, Phra Nang, and Chicken)

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The infamous 4 island tour is something most tourists do when they go to Krabi.

This tour is great for seeing multiple islands in one day, especially if you are short on time.

The tour can be done by booking it online ahead of time or renting a private longtail boat.

We booked a private longtail boat for a few hours with an awesome German couple, who happened to stay at the same resort as us. What a coincidence!

Since we had a late lunch, we did not start our tour until 2:30, which meant we only had time to visit 3 islands: Poda, Tup, and Chicken.

The first island was Poda and it took about 25 minutes to get there.

Poda Island was the most crowded out of all 3 islands, but we were able to snorkel and see lots and lots of cute little fish in the water. I kid you not, I saw about 100 fish. It was so amazing!

tup island

After Poda Island, we set off to Tup and Chicken Island, which happened to be connected to each other, and about a 5 minute boat ride from Poda Island.

Getting off the boat was slightly difficult because the floor was covered in small rocks that made it painful to walk on. Luckily, we brought water shoes, which helped minimize the pain.

Both Tup and Chicken Island were pretty empty so it felt as if we had the entire islands to ourselves. We walked all the way from Tup Island to Chicken Island.

These two islands are great for relaxing and seeing the natural and untouched beauty of Thailand. Except for a small and empty shack, you will not find any restaurants or stores on Tup or Chicken Island.

At the end of Chicken Island, there is a large tide pool with starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and other mysterious sea creatures.  

Tip: If you ask your boat driver to go around Chicken Island, you will see a rock formation toward the edge of the island that is shaped like the head of a chicken!

Bring your snorkel gear and water shoes to make the most of your 4 island tour trip!

chicken island thailand

Other Activities to do in Krabi

  • Take a day trip to Koh Lanta – Clear water that is perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. The downside is that the ferry ride is long.
  • Visit the Hong Islands – A great island but is touristy.
  • Visit a temple in Wat Tham Sua – Located in the caves
  • Take a refreshing dip at Klong Thom Hot Springs
  • Party at Ao Nang Beach – There are lots of bars to choose from
  • Visit the Krabi Elephant Jungle Sanctuary – Never ride elephants because they have delicate spines.

Thoughts

  • Thailand is a beautiful country! Always pick up your trash before you leave.
  • Wear reef safe sunscreen
  • Use a lot of mosquito repellant. Mosquitos love American blood! I got  bit more times than I can remember.
  • Keep your belongings with you at all times
  • Exchange your money at exchange booths. The exchange rate is 1 US Dollar = 32  Thai Baht

 

Krabi is one of my favorite destinations of all time, and I would happily go back.

It is a land full of adventures, beautiful sights, sunny weather, and delicious food. With over 100 islands in Krabi Province, you’ll never run out of things to do or see.

What places do you want to go to in Krabi? Have you already been to Krabi? If so, what did you like most?

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