Krabi is at its best in the months of November until May. During this time, skies are clear and the sun is shining.
The wet season begins in June and typically goes on until November. If you decide to visit Krabi during this time, expect regular rainfall and sporadic days of sunshine.
Not all is lost during the wet season because other than the beaches, there are plenty of other attractions you can visit, all on this guide.
Attractions Off Islands and Beaches
Travelling during the wet season means everything’s on the cheap, especially hotels. You do get several hours of sunshine where you can still get on boats to the beautiful islands. But when it rains, that doesn’t mean you should stay cooped up in your room. Here are several places you can visit in Krabi.
Tiger Cave Temple
Nestled about three kilometres from the city centre, Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua is one of the most interesting temples in southern Thailand. A complex filled with several places of worship, the monks live within a maze of natural caves in a lush jungle. The highlight of your visit here would be the 1,272-step climb up a limestone tower. At the summit lies the ‘footprint of the Buddha’ and one of the best lookout points in Krabi where you’ll get a 360° view of the city and Andaman sea.
Perched on a hill of Pak Nam at the heart of Krabi town, Wat Kaew Korawaram is one of three white temples in Thailand designed by art professor Chalermchai Kositphiphat, who also created the intricate white temple Wat Rong Kun in Chiang Rai. The white colour signifies purity of Buddha.
Krabi Ya’s Cookery School
Say goodbye to spending an exorbitant amount of cash at your local Thai restaurants and whip up authentic dishes on your own! All it takes is a crash course at this cooking school and you’re good to go. From tom yum to curries, the classes here provides all the recipes you need and even a fiery demonstration you’ll definitely enjoy.
Krabi Walking Street and Night Market
Opened from Friday till Sunday, this night market in Krabi town is filled with tonnes of mouth-watering street food as well as arts and craft perfect for souvenirs to be brought home. The market also hosts plenty of performances from breakdancing to singing competitions.
Once you’re done with the market, take a walk at the nearby Vogue supermarket and stop by this Thai pancake stall that has been around for 20 years. This place is so popular that you may have to wait to get a seat. Despite this Muslim-family-run stall’s success, owner Jy Pa said they want to keep things like how they started two decades ago to maintain that street food vibe. The shop’s name is Roti Na Vogue, which literally means break shop in front of Vogue (supermarket).
Food Hunt on Tuk Tuks
For that foodie adventure feel, skip the restaurants at tourist areas and venture out to the suburbs of Aonang. Since 40% of the population here is Muslim, finding halal food isn’t a problem.
You can ask your tuk tuk driver for recommendations or be adventurous and discover these hidden eats on your own. Chances are the prices are much lower, you’ll get to taste some homemade dishes and explore cool neighbourhoods away from other tourists.
If you don’t know what to order, the restaurant/stall owners will be more than happy to make recommendations.
Less Crowded Beaches
Even though it’s the monsoon season, the rain doesn’t fall round the clock. You still get a few hours of sunshine. Some tour operators may still take visitors for island hopping activities, but if you don’t want to risk braving through rough waves on a small boat, then just settle with the beach closest to you. Travelling during this time means fewer tourists, so you’d still get to enjoy almost-clear stretch of beaches.
Koh Klang (Muslim Village)
Translated as Middle Island, Koh Klang is a 26-square-kilometre island surrounded by rivers, canals, mangrove forest and the Andaman Sea to the south. Although it has its fair share of visitors throughout the year, this Muslim village remains tranquil, safe from rapid commercialism so your photos won’t be filled with other tourists.
While the main economy revolves around fishing and agriculture, there are a handful of families who delve in unique businesses like traditional boatmaking and handmade batik. Best part is, their doors are always open so you can enjoy a tour of their businesses.
To get to this village, hop on a boat at Chaofa Pier and the 15-minute ride will take you through a mangrove forest where you can spot plenty of wildlife.
Blessed with 170 islands, including some that rise during low tide, Krabi is famed for its beaches. But if you have spare time, or find yourself in the rainy season, there’s more to Krabi than sand and sea.
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