White, palm-fringed beaches line the coast
Krabi is a small provincial capital on the banks of the Krabi river. It is fairly touristy and a jumping-off point for Koh Phi Phi , Koh Lanta , Ao Nang and Rai Leh and smaller islands like Koh Jum, Koh Bubu and Koh Siboya . Krabi town itself is a shambling and amiable waterfront port with excellent, easily accessible tourist sites like the Tham Lod cave and Tiger Temple.
In the past, the town acquired the unfortunate reputation of being a haven for junkies and a place where you really shouldn’t leave anything in your hotel room. But in recent years Krabi has attempted to cash in on its heritage in an idiosyncratic way. Hence, the kitsch iron statues on Muharat Road of four bearded prehistoric men carrying the traffic signals. This vision, best viewed at twilight with the jungle foliage behind, is meant to remind visitors that big human skulls were found in Tham Phi Hua To Cave, which means Big-Headed Ghost Cave. Aside from anthropological joys, Krabi town is a perfect place to either prepare for, or recuperate from, island-hopping, especially for those who have been on islands with limited electricity and luxuries. Here, you can stock up on bread – Krabi has excellent bakeries – fetch your newspapers and get a decent café latte before heading back to the nature reserve for some more hammock swinging.
Rock climbing, river trips, birdwatching, hiking at national parks and reserves, motorcycle treks and sea canoeing are all available and most tour companies also operate daily and overnight tours around Phangnga Bay often incorporating a visit to Wat Tham Suwan Kuha and other sights.