We’ve heard the stories. We’ve seen the pictures. We knew Thailand was one of the top destinations in the world and that it’s usually the number one country for first time travelers to Asia.
So when we got to visit Krabi province in the south, we couldn’t wait. We’d been in Bangkok for a week and although we loved the city, it was time for us to do what we do best: explore the beach. Even though we greatly wished we could have stayed longer, 3 days was just enough time to visit some islands, get to know the villages and people and see beautiful sunsets.
If you’re planning a trip to Thailand and Krabi is on your list of places to go, here is the itinerary of our 3 days in Krabi. But if I were you, I’d plan a couple more days because this area is stunning!
3 days in Krabi: Day 1 Massage/hot springs, Krabi boat lagoon marina, Koh Klang Village
After catching an early morning flight on Bangkok Air, we headed straight to the Waree Rak Hot Spring and Spa. Our first activity was to indulge in a Thai massage and hot springs. If Yeison and I were traveling by ourselves, I would have definitely chosen this hotel. It’s so peaceful and relaxing!
First, we got our Thai massage. Yeison and I had gotten a massage the day before but this one was a thousand times better. You may have heard how painful they are and as someone who is extremely ticklish, I loved this one. It was only slightly painful on my sore spots but it felt so good afterwards.
After our ahhh-mazing massage, we got dressed up in traditional Thai clothing for the hot springs. Instead of bikinis and board shorts, we were given large cloth pants and I had a strapless cloth top. Even though it felt really weird to wear clothes into the springs, I have to admit it was kinda fun!
We were given about five minutes in each of the three pools of varying temperatures: cold, warm and hot. In the hot pool we did a bit of yoga and stretching, but honestly I was more interested in relaxing in the springs and enjoying the scenery.
After a delicious Thai lunch, we headed to the Krabi boat lagoon marina. We speedboated to our hotel for the night on Klang Island.
We got to our hotel just in time to catch the sunset. The Islanda Eco resort has a beautiful pool with a great view of the ocean, so we set our things down in the room and saw a cloudy but colorful sky.
Day 2: Koh Klang Village, Kayaking at Bor Thor, Ao Nang
We woke up bright and early to watch the locals fish and hunt crab, shrimp and other crustaceans during low tide. This was a fascinating experience. We trekked through ankle deep mud to walk out to their nets to see what the catch of the day was.
After, we had breakfast and packed up our things to explore the village. We made three stops. First, to the leader’s house to learn about paint screening. Second, to the leader of the model boat builder’s where Yeison discovered a new way to make fire and third, to where they process the rice grown on the island.
Next, was lunch. The seafood in Krabi is so fresh and flavorful and we got a feast at the local restaurant by the docks.
Kaykaing at Bor Thor National Park
After our feast, we headed to Ban Boh Toh village by boat and then to Bor Thor National Park to go kayaking through the mangroves with Chok Thara Travel.
Kayaking through the mangroves was so calm and peaceful, all around us we saw tall green cliffs looming over the trees, making for incredible landscapes. We reached the first cave filled with stalagmites and as we quietly glided through the caves, our guide shared with us the incredible story of the caves as his father was the one who discovered them years ago.
Next we stopped Skull Cave which has paintings over 3000 years old. It’s believed that people used to live here as they found skulls when they discovered the cave.
It was incredible to explore the caves, knowing that a group of people survived here years ago. I felt like we were stepping back in time, getting a glimpse of their lives as we observed the various cave paintings.
We had a bit of time left so our guide asked if we wanted to go to one of his favorite spots in the mangrove. Of course we said yes and followed him through what looked like a normal clearing through the trees and into a cave. What was on the other side took our breath away.
It was like entering Jurasic Park, into a secret lagoon dating back hundreds of years. We put our paddles down and sat there quietly, listening to the slow drip of the water from the trees and the birds singing above us.
I didn’t want to leave, but unfortunately it was time for us to go to our hotel in Ao Nang. We kayaked back, all of us full of joy and wonder as we left the mangrove forest.
The rest of the day we spent exploring Ao Nang city and resting at our hotel, the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra. Sofitels are one of our favorite hotel chains and this one didn’t disappoint. They had a huge pool, great view and like always, incredibly comfortable beds. And free cookies!
Day 3: Hong Island, Bangkok
For our last day in Krabi, we went island hopping and snorkeling which is usually the highlight of Krabi and the reason why people visit. Unfortunately due to all the fires in Indonesia, the sky was shrouded with smoke, making the water and sky look grey and muggy.
But when we got closer to the islands, it cleared up and we could see the striking emerald green cliffs and water. Without the smoke, I imagine it would have been sensational. Even so, it was still mesmerizing to walk on the beach with crystal clear waters and tall cliffs.
At Hong Island, we got off to go snorkeling in the lagoon. I was blown away by the snorkeling in this small lagoon. It didn’t look like there would be much but as soon as you stepped in the water, there laid an abundant, thriving underwater world.
Sea cucumbers 3 feet long, parrotfish bigger than my arm, electric blue giant clams, silvery angelfish. They were all ours to explore for the next hour.
After snorkeling, we hopped back on the boat to go back. Along the way we went through another shallow lagoon, where we could see all the way to the bottom from the boat.
We got back to our hotel in the afternoon, changed and packed up to head back to the city. Our flight was in the evening so we got back to Bangkok at night.
We loved Krabi. Adored it. Wished with every cell of our body that we could stay longer (and that the Indonesia fires would stop). But for three days, we saw and did so much, not to mention we learned a great deal about the locals and the culture.
If you’re thinking about visiting Krabi, this is a great itinerary. I do recommend spending more time in Ao Nang for island exploring, snorkeling and scuba diving. One day was not nearly enough! There are so many islands to explore like Phi Phi, Chicken and Bamboo.
For our first time in Thailand, this was an amazing 3 days in Krabi and the southern area of the country. The beaches, landscapes, food and people were wonderful. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to end our Thailand trip!
We spent the last two days in Thailand in Bangkok visiting temples and markets. Although we didn’t have too much time in Bangkok, two days in the city was all we needed.
What We Recommend
- Stay longer! Even though we had 3 days, I felt like we could’ve stayed a lot longer in Krabi and been fine. Since we don’t love staying in the touristy areas, we would have stayed at least 3 nights at Klang Island and probably two at Ao Nang.
- Bring mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes love me and I got bit a lot!
- Do the private boat tour around the islands. There were a lot of tourists at Hong Island and the others and the public boats looked super full and cramped. We had a blast on our private boat and loved that we had it all for ourselves.
- Wear reef safe sunscreen. There are a lot of corals! Be a responsible traveler and help the coral and fish out.
You can read about our other Asia adventures below!
Thanks to the Tourism Authority of Thailand for hosting us!
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