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Best Beaches Around Krabi Town

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This is a guide about the beaches surrounding the area of Krabi Town. The town itself is not home to any beaches, but there are an infinite number of beautiful, very accessible beaches within an hour's drive or boat ride. Krabi Town is a much more affordable option to find accommodation in too, and a good base to commute to the beaches from (rather than staying at one of the expensive resorts on the waterfront.)

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  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

Ao Nang Beach

Beaches

Railay Beach

Beaches, Hiking Trails

PhraNang Cave Beach

Beaches

Hong Islands

Islands, Caverns & Caves

Pak Bia Island

Islands

Poda Island

Islands

Tup Island

Islands

James Bond Island

Islands

Megan S's City Tips

  • Public transportation is by songthaew (covered pickup truck) which are relatively safe and inexpensive. Most follow designated routes based on the color of the truck.
  • There are three markets that have delicious food offerings within the town perimeters, most guesthouses in town are within walking distance of all three.
  • Chao Fah Road is where many restaurants and guesthouses are located.
  • Krabi Town is easily accessible from the airport or bus terminal. Both offer shuttles into the heart of the town.
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    Ao Nang Beach
    Beaches
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    Megan S Says:

    Ao Nang has semi-clear waters and is a very calm beach that is great for swimming and relaxing. The beach has beautiful views of the limestone cliffs and a very memorable sunset experience. There are plenty of restaurants and vendors along the beach path too, offering fresh young coconuts, smoothies, and snacks galore.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you walk all the way to the left (facing the ocean) there is a very long line of massage huts that offer great, cheap, open air massages, pedis, manis, and other beauty treatments.
    • There are salesmen that walk the beach throughout the day offering snacks like grilled chicken or corn, and souvenirs like sarongs and dresses.
    • It is cheap and quick to get here from Krabi Town. A songthaew (covered pickup truck) runs roughly every 30 minutes.
    • There is great souvenir shopping to be had in the shops of Ao Nang! Plan some extra time before or after your beach trip to do some shopping.
    • This beach is often quite crowded with tourists.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    • Nice 17/12/2017
    • Starting point only 16/12/2017
    • Ao Nang Beach
    Phone:
    +66 94 936 8007
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Railay Beach
    Beaches, Hiking Trails
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    Megan S Says:

    Railay Beach has been consistently nominated as one of the best beaches in the world. It is a bit difficult to get to - located on the mainland but only accessible via boat because of the massive limestone cliffs surrounding it - yet is very much worth the trip.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Boats to Railay Beach are available in Krabi Town at Chao Fah Pier, and in Ao Nang.
    • In Krabi Town just listen for boat guys shouting "Rah lay" and they will lead you to a boat. They will wait until the boat is full before taking off, unless you fork out more cash for a private transfer.
    • The boat ride can get a bit treacherous if the weather turns, make sure to head back if scary clouds start rolling in.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 19 things to do in Railay Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Beach with a view and warm water 17/12/2017
    • Had it basically to ourselves & it felt like Heaven 14/12/2017
    • Railay Beach
    Address:
    194/5 Moo 5
    Tambol Saithai
    Railay Beach, Krabi Town 81000
    Thailand
    Other:
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    PhraNang Cave Beach
    Beaches
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    Megan S Says:

    This beach is the hidden gem of the Railay Beach area. Boats to Phra Nang will often drop you off at Railay Beach, and from there it's only a short walk along the edge of the jungle and the resorts.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Upon entering the beach, look out for the infamous Phra Nang cave. Full of phallic statues, it is quite the sight!
    • Boats leave from Chao Fah Pier in Krabi Town or Ao Nang.
    • There are long tail boats that pull up on the beach and sell lunch options and smoothies.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting shrine to visit 17/12/2017
    • very nice place for a short visit 16/12/2017
    • PhraNang Cave Beach
    Phone:
    +66 82 960 8610
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Hong Islands
    Islands, Caverns & Caves
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    Megan S Says:

    'Hong' means 'room' in Thai and you will quickly realize why these islands are named for this during a visit here. The Hong Islands are a cluster of small islands and most tours will let you explore two or three of them. The beaches are typically bays with crystal clear, calm water, that is almost completely enclosed by limestone cliffs, creating room-like areas of ocean.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Most tours include snorkeling and a hot lunch on the beach!
    • Tours are often discounted if you book with a group.
    • Bring a change of clothes for the trip back; they often overbook boats and the ride can be a bit cramped and uncomfortable in wet clothes.
    • Tours can be booked from shops in Krabi Town or Ao Nang.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 169 things to do in Krabi Province
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach 12/12/2017
    • Only nice in picture 12/12/2017
    • Hong Islands
    Address:
    Krabi province
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 84 993 9643
    Other:
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    Pak Bia Island
    Islands
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    Megan S Says:

    This is a small island just behind the Hong islands. The waters are crystal clear and calm, and the beach is beautifully shaded.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring snacks. Tours typically offer lunch but it can be a long day without snacks!
    • This island is typically offered as part of a four island tour that can be booked at travel companies in Krabi Town or Ao Nang.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 15 things to do in Nong Thale
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Remote paradise 29/11/2017
    • Nothing special 15/09/2017
    • Pak Bia Island
    Other:
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    Poda Island
    Islands
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    Megan S Says:

    Great for a day trip from Krabi Town. This is a very small island with clear waters and beautiful white sand beaches. There is great snorkeling from its beaches, and it's also often less crowded than other, better known beaches surrounding Krabi Town.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Long tail boats arrive here at Poda Beach, and also leave from here to head back to Ao Nang.
    • Bring food as there isn't much available on this island.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing experience 17/12/2017
    • Go there with private boat at 8 am to really enjoy ;) 17/12/2017
    • Poda Island
    Address:
    Poda Islands
    หมู่เกาะปอดะ
    Ao Nang, Krabi Town
    Thailand
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    Tup Island
    Islands
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    Megan S Says:

    This is a very small island near to Ao Nang. It's a great snorkeling spot, with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, and an abundance of tropical fish. At low tide, a sandbar also emerges from the water making a path that links Chicken Island and Mor Island to Tup.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book a tour here from Ao Nang or Krabi Town travel agencies.
    • Bring food as there won't be much available near the beach.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 57 things to do in Ao Nang
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice to see.. 13/12/2017
    • Tiny piece of paradise 13/12/2017
    • Tup Island
    Phone:
    09050769833
    Other:
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    James Bond Island
    Islands
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    Megan S Says:

    Why not witness where the famous movie was filmed while in Thailand? It's an absolutely gorgeous scene, and well worth a trip for the beautiful waters and white sand you'll find here, not to mention the tall, vertical limestone rock formation known as Koh Tapu, that looks like it is balancing on top of the water.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book a tour here from Krabi Town or Ao Nang.
    • Most tours include lunch and snorkeling.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Ao Phang Nga National Park
    • Long day, crowded 16/12/2017
    • TOURIST TRAP 16/12/2017
    • James Bond Island
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