Krabi Town is the provincial capital and most important transport hub in Krabi. Tourists who stop here are usually on their way to Ao Nang, Railay and Klong Muang. Krabi Town offers authentic local atmosphere, and visitors that book accommodation in Krabi Town enjoy plenty of laid-back, friendly hospitality.
Krabi Town’s greatest appeal is for tourists seeking an authentic diversion. With so many great attractions like Railay Beach, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta in reach, some travelers linger for an inside view of southern Thai culture.
For locals, Krabi is an indispensable hub. Beyond being an essential transportation depot, the town is also home to Krabi Hospital and provincial government offices. Tourists who choose to stay a night here find plenty to do. The local flower market is an interesting place to stroll by day, followed by the Krabi night market.
The most impressive site in Krabi Town is Wat Tham Sua, a cave temple incorporated into a craggy cliff. The monastery lies at the base of the cliffs, with an impressive Buddha image perched on the top. Climbing to the summit takes roughly 40 minutes, and it’s an important ritual for Buddhist pilgrims. Smaller sites like the City Pillar are also in town.
Hotels in Krabi Town are cheaper than those in other parts of the province. Most fall into budget or mid-range categories, though there are few up-market options. The best upscale resort is on Koh Klang, an island separated from the mainland by a thin sliver of water. It offers luxury accommodation and bungalows within easy reach of the town center.