The provincial capital of Krabi province, Krabi town is a lively and functioning Thai town which has been an important business place way back before foreigners and local tourists ever visited the area. Overall, the town has a very simple, laid-back appeal that hasn’t changed even with the vast number of tourists flocking to it. The good road network, convenient location and numerous small businesses and shops make it an ideal place for visitors to stay before heading to the islands.
Krabi town does not have any beaches but it has a good number of must-see attractions that every tourist should explore. This is also an ideal place to observe the locals and learn more about the genuine Thai culture. Despite the absence of beaches, the Krabi River is an excellent hub for canoeing using river taxis or fishing boats. By strolling on the riverside, you can look around on many gift shops and souvenir stalls. You can also check out the famous Khao Khanab Nam, which is an iconic rock formation, and explore the caves inside. During the boat ride, you can pass by the abundant mangroves lining the river and other wildlife like exotic birds.
Another interesting activity in the town is strolling the streets and market. The marketplace is the best place to stroll and wander around, so treat yourself by sampling different tropical fruits or some exotic foods and unique snacks in Thailand. Perhaps the two main activities to do in Krabi town are eating and shopping. Of course, for you to taste the culture of the town, you need to eat their food. There are plenty of authentic Thai restaurants and eateries in town while the market is also filled with street foods and exotic fruits to try. The choices of foods to try are endless, and the best part is that they are very delicious and cheap. There’s no need to communicate in Thai or have a guide when eating out in these places: all you have to do is be nice and point at what you want to buy.
Because shopping and eating in town is geared towards its locals, you can expect very cheap prices of almost everything. Even accommodations for backpackers on certain resorts can cost only 150 baht or $5 per night! There are a number of shopping malls in the town including Tesco, Makro, Vogue, Big C and Outlet Shopping Mall. Major shopping malls commonly house various brand-name outlets to serve the needs and wants of tourists and locals. When it comes to transportations, the town has also established an excellent network of roads and links as well as the new pier, which is just 5 kilometers from the downtown and the Krabi International Airport, which is 12 kilometers from the town.
Krabi town has truly retained its appeal and charms, preserving its exemplary provincial Thai town character despite the growing economy and tourism of the area. From the shops and eating places to the transportation and town attractions, you can have everything you wanted in this place.