Krabi has many different beaches for you to explore. And because of this, it can be difficult to know which ones you should take the time to visit. Whilst there are a few that are completely unmissable (and you may have already heard of them), there are some that might give you a different experience to the norm. So, let’s look at some of the best beaches in Krabi and see which ones you’ll want to check out.
Best Beaches in Krabi
Krabi beaches are some of the nicest in Thailand. Krabi is a province on the Andaman Sea coast of southern Thailand covering an area of 5,831 square kilometers. Krabi province has 1,955 km coastline with islands and coral reefs which are part of Krabi Marine National Park. Krabi beaches offer tourists beautiful scenery and waterfalls.
The island Ao Nang is Krabi’s largest tourist center with 4,000 hotels rooms; however visitors can experience Krabi’s natural beauty at other Krabi beaches because Ao Nang receives most of the visitors due to its convenient location near Krabi airport. The best time to visit the Krabi beaches is between November and February when it is not too hot or rainy (although there are still some light showers during these times).
You also might want to check out Koh Lanta, which is just offer the shore of Krabi. But now, let’s look at all the beaches of Krabi.
You know when you’re browsing through Instagram, and you see tons of “influencers” taking pics on their holiday to Thailand? Well, there’s a good chance that some of them are at Railay beach. It’s well known for being one of the best in the entire country, let alone Krabi.
This beach is well known for actually being inaccessible by foot – you’ll need to take a boat to get to the beach itself. If you dream of getting away and visiting white sandy beaches and hidden lagoons, then Railay is the right beach for you.
Whilst it’s technically part of Krabi mainland, it is it’s own peninsula and it is slightly cut off by headlands. For many people, Railay is the kind of beach that pops into the mind when you think of paradise.
Phra Nang Beach
When talking about Railay beach, conversation about Phra Nang won’t be too far behind. This is because they’re very close to one another, taking only 10 minutes to travel between the two.
Also known as the cave beach, it’s well known for it’s cave, named after the legend of the Indian Princess Phra Nang, who was shipwrecked on the beach and lived out her life in the cave itself. Superstitious fishermen leave gifts to the Princess at the front of the cave before embarking out on their fishing trips.
This is one of the best beaches to visit in the off season, as you can experience it without many tourists in the area. This is a fantastic beach to lay back and watch the Sunset, and if you want to make the short trip to Railay, it’s not too far away either.
One of the lesser known beaches in the same area as the two above is Tonsai beach. It’s a little less packed than the others, and is perfect for getting some relaxation time in. In comparison to the common longboats of Railay, you won’t get any of that here.
Although there are still good hotels and restaurants within a short distance away from the beach itself. Tonsai is one of the best places in the area for rock climbers, with lots of beginner courses available for those who are looking to try their hand at it.
For those looking for clear waters and beautiful scenery, it’s probably worth stopping at Tonsai beach. It’s also well known for it’s snorkelling too, with the opportunity to spot sharks and sea urchins very easily.
Ao Nang Beach
For food lovers, you can find some of the best street food in the area at Ao Nang beach. There are many different options around for you to choose from, with many of them being suitable for those with eating preferences (Halal etc).
This beach is a little bit closer to the main built up area in this location, which means that there’s a lot of different accommodation options here as well. The small town itself is quite charming, and it makes it easy to fall in love with the area.
With many people desperate to go to the more famous beaches in the area, it can be quite easy to find this beach pretty uncrowded. So if you want a good location within a close proximity to a lovely small town, then check out Ao Nang beach.
All of the beaches mentioned so far are in a similar area, however for one a little further out and more secluded you could try visiting Tub Kaek beach. There’s a nice resort here, making it a pretty awesome place to be for tourists.
This beach is further West past Khlong Muang, and it’s ideal for tourists who don’t want to encounter the large crowds you’ll find at Ao Nang and Railay. The beach is very sandy, and if you’re lucky when the tide goes out you’ll be able to see the army of tiny crabs that emerge to find food.
Another thing to mention about this beach is that it’s in very close proximity to one of the best nature trails in the area – Ngon Nak Nature Trail. If you want to get the best of both beach and jungle, then this area has it. This is a 3-4 hour hike that rewards you with some magnificent views for your effort.
Khlong Muang Beach
As you can see from the picture above, Khlong Muang is one of the best beaches to visit if you’re looking to experience an amazing sensation. This is one of the best beaches in the area if you’re looking for somewhere to go as a family. Unlike the other beaches, there’s no real steep cliff around the area, and there aren’t many boats either.
The beach is around 2km long, and it’s a little quieter than neighbouring Ao Nang. Although there is still a good variety of restaurants and bars to choose from in this area, too.
The beach itself is clean, uncrowded and pretty picturesque. One thing to mention is that the sea can have quite a few rocks at the bottom, so mind you don’t step on them!
Nopparat Thara Beach
Go a little further along the coast from Ao Nang and you’ll come to Noppharat Thara, which is one of the better Ao Nang beaches. Though it might not be as attractive as Railay, it’s still worth taking the time to check it out.
Although the beach itself is not amazing, it does offer some of the best places to walk in the area, and you can catch the perfect sunset in the evenings too. It’s not that crowded the majority of the time, and it can be really romantic for couples too. Whilst again, it’s not the best for swimming, it’s still worth checking out.
Not everyone is looking for a beach to find a place to relax. If you’re more interested in having some activities to do as well, then I’d advise that you venture West to Ao Thalane.
As you can see, this is the best place in the area if you want to try your hand at kayaking. And unlike in Western countries where it can be pretty expensive, you can do this for relatively cheap here – it’s only 600 baht for a full day kayak rental. You can also grab a guided tour of the area, which will enable you to see some of the surrounding mangrove forests from the comfort of your kayak.
This is the best place in the area to go if you don’t want the business of some Krabi beaches – there aren’t a ton of shops and supermarkets here for you to choose from. But for a good getaway, Ao Thalane is an amazing choice.
All in all, if you’re in Krabi then these are some of the better beaches to visit. There’s a good assortment here of the more well known beaches like Railay, as well as a few hidden gems which are a little less popular with tourists. Though all in all, Krabi remains the perfect place for couples, families or even if you’re looking to get away on your own, too.