As with everywhere in Thailand, the best way to get around Krabi is on two wheels (or four for longer journeys)! The freedom you have when you hire a scooter is second-to-none and you’re sure to want to stop off at viewpoints across the country for those awesome Insta snaps. Plus, as most rentals are for 24 hours you don’t have to worry about staying somewhere for sunset and slowly mooching back in your own time. While many of the day trips from Krabi are done by boat, to stunning karst peak islands and secret coves, there is much to explore on land too! Here we choose our
As the name suggests, the Emerald Pools are a spectacular spot in the jungle with green-turquoise waters. These refreshing pools are located about a kilometre into the lush green jungle and are the perfect place to take a dip during the warm Thai afternoons! The Emerald Pools are situated around 70km outside of central Krabi Town but are most definitely worth the trip.
Nearby, lie a selection of natural hot springs with warming waters between 35-42C degrees. While these won’t be what you want after a sweaty jungle walk, they are ideal for those fairly elusive cool days in southern Thailand. If nothing else they make for a varied experience between the warm water of the springs and the cool of the pools!
Ao Thalane Mangrove Kayaking
Just a short drive from Ao Nang in Krabi Province lie these mysterious and beautiful mangroves that are begging to be explored by kayak! Kayaking through the creeping roots that draw life from these peaceful waters is a relaxing way to spend the day with friends.
The drive by car takes between 30-40 minutes from Ao Nang and 40-50 from Krabi Town, but you can take a more leisurely pace by bike if you really want to make a day of it.
Tiger Cave Temple
The impressive Tiger Cave Temple complex lies only a short way out of Krabi Town but it is a great inclusion for any inland road trip. However, even if you have wheels you won’t escape the 1000+ steps it takes to reach Wat Tham Sua. The complex includes a gorgeous golden Buddha statue as well as a number of pristine pagodas.
As the temple is located on a hilltop it offers fantastic panoramic views across Krabi so you can see where you’ve come from and where you might explore next…
Thung Teao Forest Natural Park
Despite being known for its stunning beaches, Krabi is also home to some interesting National Parks that are filled with walking trails and waterfalls that make for a fun day trip. Road tripping from Krabi or Ao Nang takes around an hour but the journey will be worth it when you breathe in the fresh air of the forest and witness the colours of the birdlife and beauty surrounding you.
The crystal lagoon of the park is a real highlight with the azure waters luring you in after a morning of wildlife watching and waterfall hopping!
If you want a trip of a lifetime from Krabi that not many others experience, head to Ao Thalane – and stay! This beautiful island is packed with day-trippers coming here to kayak through the mangroves and trek through the verdant jungle trails but not many choose to stay here overnight.
Arriving in the afternoon allows you to explore without the crowds and you learn about life on the island from your homestay family before enjoying al fresco dining under the stars.
(While this one isn’t strictly a road trip we couldn’t resist adding at least one ocean adventure in this southern paradise!)