We based ourselves in Krabi town for 5 nights whilst we explored the Krabi province of southern Thailand. From here we were able to do day trips to the Krabi highlights like Ao Nang and Railay beach all on a very minimal budget.
Krabi Town Itself
Krabi town is a sleepy little down during the day, and not too hectic at night. Considering we’re not really party animals this suited us fine. It’s not a very touristy town, yes there are a fair few western travellers walking its streets but it’s nowhere near the scale as say, Ao Nang.
The best thing about the town for us was the food markets, and the fantastic price of them. After spending a few days in Phuket and Phi Phi coming here and seeing the prices was amazing. the food was a third the price, if not more!
Our favourite market was the Chao Fah night market. It’s less of a market and more an open air food court, right on the river (near the pier to get a boat to Railay). The Market starts about 5pm and runs till around midnight. Here you’ll find the best authentic Thai food at the best price, whilst rubbing shoulders with travellers and locals enjoying a fresh meal after work. Basic dishes like Pad Thai/fried rice start at around 40 Baht! You can also get great fresh seafood at a really good price.
We ate here 3 out of the 5 nights we stayed. It’s that good!
Another great market is the Walking Street Night Market.
Krabi Town Walking Street also called Thanon Khon Dern is the most popular shopping event in Krabi. The market is centered around a stage where local artists perform or karaoke shows go on. Sometimes school children perform traditional Thai dances here.
This market only run Friday-Sunday, 6pm – 10pm. Here you’ll find a huge array of street food aswell as hand-made souvenirs, clothing and even the chance to get a caricature by really talented artists. This market can get really busy, the seating and just general space to move around is minimal, so plan accordingly.
There’s a few other markets in Krabi, but we didn’t get round to visiting them all. One i heard a lot about was the morning market, this one starts really early, and by about 8am it’s pretty much over. So for the early birds out there I’ve heard this market is a real sight to behold if you can make it there, though not for the weak of stomach a local told me.
Personally I’d highly recommend Krabi city as your home base for exploring the Krabi Province. If you prefer a more chilled out nightlife and a more local feel, it really is a joy to spend some time in. It’s not crazy, it’s not the most beautiful, but it’s real Thailand!
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