A stop that’s on every backpacker’s list in Thailand is Krabi in the south of the country. Apart from the tourist beaches, Krabi town has lots to offer which I would like to share with you in today’s blog post!
I stayed in Krabi town for five nights. The town itself is rather small but it’s a great base for activities in the surrounding area. I loved wandering through the streets and discovering the city by foot. We came across the temple above by just browsing the streets!
The night market in Krabi was one of my favourites in Asia. It’s huge and has a food court in the centre where you can get amazing Thai food at reasonable prices. They have lots of souvenirs and local arts and crafts for sale.
One of my highlights of Krabi is the Tiger Cave Temple. No there are definitely no tigers here, otherwise I would not have visited it. It’s a bit outside of Krabi. I got a taxi with some people from the hostel to go there. When you take a taxi, make sure to ask the driver to pick you up from there too as there aren’t many taxis at the temple itself.
As with all temples in Asia, make sure you are dressed appropriately! Cover your knees and shoulders to show your respect. Also make sure you wear good shoes because the best part of the temple is located at the top of the mountain. There are 1237 steps leading to the top and let me tell you, it’s a bit of a mission!
We listened to other people in the hostel who told us to go there as early as possible as it’s even more though to climb the stairs in the midday heat.
The stairs are pretty steep in some parts and it took us a good 45 minutes to reach the top. Once you have reached the top though, the views are spectacular and totally make up for the workout you had whilst getting to the top!
You have great views all the way to the sea front, of Krabi Town and out onto the mountains from the top. There are plenty of statues on the top, including a huge gold seated Buddha statue.
Once you have gotten your breath back and had a look around the temple, you will be looking forward to the easy walk down the stairs. Well, I honestly found going down harder than going up. My legs started shaking around halfway down and when I was finally at the bottom again, they felt like jelly!
It took me two days for my legs to stop hurting but it was absolutely worth it! When you’re back down, make sure you visit the caves at the bottom. There is another stairway (much shorter though!) at the back of the temple that leads to a cave system and there aren’t many people there so it’s a nice place to take a break.
Another great thing to do in the Krabi area is kayaking! We booked a tour with the hostel that took us kayaking through the mangroves for three hours and for a swim in a sweet water lake!
Sadly I missed going on an island hopping tour of Koh Phi Phi and the other famous islands in the south since I had pretty bad food poisoning for two days, but I heard that the seven islands trip is great fun too!
Have you been to Krabi yet? What has been your favourite travel experience so far? Let me know in the comments below!