Our top ten favourite things to do:
- Hire a longtail boat to Hong Island and swim in the lagoon followed by snorkelling off Hong’s picture perfect semi-circular beach.
- Kayaking at Ao Thalene through a Limestone karst canyon and a mangrove forest – absolutely gorgeous and you get a workout. Lunch at the pier or on route at one of our favourite restaurants – Khao Thong Terrace.
- Head up to Huay Tho Waterfalls. They have a small cafe for lunch and snacks. There are about 5 falls and pools to swim in beneath each one. On the drive up or back, I’d suggest stopping off at some of the caves used by prehistoric man. Follow the signposts.
- A trip to the to the Emerald Pool and Hot Springs (probably my kids’ favourite). They are about a 40 min drive away and 15 mins or so between them. Both involve a trek of 15 – 20+ mins through the jungle but they’ve now ‘upgraded’ the route with cement path way so it is not so tricky.
- Jungle ziplining at Tree Tops. An amazing place, true old growth forest with massive trees and an eco-style set-up and full safety procedures in place. Ask for one of the guides to go with you and any kids the first time around if you haven’t done it before. About 40 mins drive away.
- Elephant trekking – a must for Thailand. There are quite a few different ones and you can just show up and get a ride. There is one near the waterfalls so you could combine it.
- Krabi Night Market on Fri, Sat, Sun night in the centre of Krabi. Great for local souvenirs and to get the full food stall experience plus there is usually a karaoke style show being put on so you can hear the local talent.
- Hang out at Ao Nang Beach in the Last Fisherman or Last Cafe (bar and snack food on the sand). Swim and go for a massage or get your hair braided at the beachside huts. Gorgeous scenery and very relaxed.
- Head to Noppharat Thara beach at low tide and walk out to the little island, see crabs, shells and rock pools etc. Visit the Strawberry Moons beach bar and have a fresh fruit shake or cocktail.
- Do a Thai cookery class at Mrs Ya’s, just round the corner from the villa and eat your creations for lunch. She’ll give you a recipe book at the end and then you can head to one of the local open air markets to choose all your own fresh ingredients and start cooking at home.
(11.) I’m adding this though we have never done it – mainly because everything else always gets done first – walk up to Tiger Temple Cave. Fabulous views I’m told.
If it is rainy (it’s the tropics after all), there is lots to do at the villa too. We have a large covered terrace to lounge on, cable TV and a mass of DVD’s to watch in the TV room (check the drawers). There is Wifi throughout the villa. Lots of books to read. We have games like Monopoly, Hop Ching, cards etc. in the TV room chest. And probably best of all, you can call in the massage ladies. Our villa manager can book this for you. Out of the house, our favourite rainy day activity would be taking a Thai Cooking class – there is one just around the corner. Or head to the hot springs.
There is an excellent local website that provides a mass of information on Krabi, tours, activities, eating out, shopping, all the different beaches etc: Your Krabi Read the section on – ‘Explore’ for lots of ideas about what you can do here.