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So consider giving Krabi holidays a whirl – the town is full of treasures waiting to be discovered...
As with many Thai resorts, the scenery in Krabi is exquisite, the beaches are phenomenal and the food is out of this world. Sitting on the banks of the Maenam Krabi river, the resort is cupped on one side by dense mangrove and bordered on the other by crystal waters. Its appearance belies its status as a working town and travel hub from which much of the rest of this part of Asia can be reached.
This seemingly unassuming place has plenty to offer every kind of tourist, though. If beaches are your thing, then head straight to pristine Had Yao, also known as Long Beach, which offers views of Jum Mountain and the Ao Nang cliffs. And if you want a bit of retail therapy, don't miss the very affordable local art and crafts.
Hotels, too, come in all shapes and sizes. There are four- and five-star spa hotels with amazing sea views, plenty of mid-range accommodation and a good selection of cheap hotels popular with backpackers. When hunger strikes, meanwhile, both the street stalls and restaurants produce impeccable Thai cuisine, including delicious local fish dishes. Krabi International Airport (KBV) is less than nine miles from the main town.
To find the best places to stay and the cheapest options for getting to Krabi, use the TravelSupermarket search tool to find your perfect Thai break.
If you’re rather miss the annual hot and rainy season, read on and figure out your ideal time to book holidays to Krabi...
Dry winds make November to April an ideal time to visit Krabi, where the sea is a delightful 27C all year round. May to October, however, can be uncomfortably warm and humid with frequent downpours.
Krabi holiday packages are available through the year at very reasonable prices – even in the high season in January and February. If you are looking for really cheap holidays to Krabi, consider holidays in November and March when the crowds are thinner and prices generally lower – you just risk a little rain shower every now and then.
You’ll receive a warm welcome from the hospitable locals when you attend any of these annual events in Krabi...
Krabi International Rock Climbing; April: Each year some of Asia's best rock climbers descend upon Krabi to show off their daredevil skills while promoting the area as a world-class destination for fans of the sport. There are plenty of opportunities to have a go if you are feeling energetic.
Sat Duan Sip Festival, August: Translated simply as “Tenth Lunar Month Festival”, this is the time when the Thai population of Krabi honour their ancestors. All around the province you will see families preparing offerings of food baskets for the deceased relatives they believe are given 24 hours to visit home from the afterlife.
Krabi Boek Fa Andaman Festival; November: This Indian-style annual celebration was originally designed as little more than a fun way to mark the opening of the tourist season. However, in recent years, it has grown to become a quite the carnival of colour, with music, parades, competitions, boat races and street parties.
Find out why Krabi is so popular with couples, young families, grown-up families, backpackers, groups… well, everyone!
Grown-up families: Astonishing underwater spectacles are waiting to be discovered at Koh Lanta's Marine Park, where you can swim with a host of exotic fish.
Relaxing: When the weather's too warm to get involved in any activities, there's nothing nicer than lazing about on Ao Nang Beach, having a Thai massage and then cooling off in the clear waters.
Active types: If you fancy trying your hand at rock climbing, Krabi is the place to do it. A breath-taking view of the verdant mangroves is your reward for scaling the imposing limestone cliffs.