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Best 4-day Krabi Itinerary: What to do in Krabi

by Steph

This 4-day Krabi itinerary combines adventure, fun, and relaxation, all within a short amount of time. Find all the best things to do in Krabi in 4 days or more!

The Krabi Province is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes. Think jagged limestone cliffs jutting from the ocean, beautiful white-sand beaches, panoramic viewpoints, lush jungle, the list goes on!

Although 4 days is hardly enough to explore the Andaman coast of Thailand, this Krabi itinerary will show you how to maximize your time to explore some of the most beautiful places, plus a few lesser-known spots. 

So, if you want to know how to spend 4 days in Krabi, here’s a suggested Krabi 4-day itinerary that can easily be modified according to your preferences!

view of a longtail boat in Krabi 4-day itinerary

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4-day Krabi Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Railay Beach and Sunset Cruise
  • Day 2: Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill, Tiger Cave Temple, Hot Spring, Emerald Pool, and Thai cooking class
  • Day 3: 4 Island Tour and Krabi Town Night Market
  • Day 4: Hong Island and Pai Plong Beach
  • (Optional) Day 5-6: Koh Lanta

Krabi Itinerary Day 1: Railay Beach and Sunset Cruise

Let’s start this 4-day Krabi itinerary with Railay Beach since it’s very quick and easy to arrange a boat trip from Ao Nang. You can buy tickets along Ao Nang Beach and they cost only 100 baht (US$ 3.30) one way. 

The boat is available anytime from 8 a.m to 6 p.m, but if you leave Railay Beach after 6 p.m, you’ll have to pay 150 baht (US$ 4.95).  

If you want more details on how to get from Ao Nang to Railay Beach, you can read this guide

Once you’re on Railay Beach, the possibilities are endless! Head out to explore the beaches, do some rock climbing or hike to the viewpoints. There’s so much to do on Railay that you’ll probably need to spend the whole day there!

limestone cliffs near the beach in Phra Nang Krabi
Phra Nang Beach on Railay

Railay West

This is where you’ll get the iconic Railay Beach photo with the tall limestone cliffs in the backdrop! The beach is lined with hotels, beach bars, and restaurants, making this spot very busy during the day.

longtail boat in front of a limestone mountain in Krabi
Railay West Beach

Related post: How to get to Railay Beach + Top things to do!

Tonsai Beach

Located on the right side of Railay Beach, Tonsai is more laidback and less touristy. The beach is accessible on foot during low tide or you can charter a boat to take you there.

Although Tonsai is a popular rock climbing spot, the beach is rarely crowded. There are also a few restaurants and bars close by.

Railay East Viewpoint

This short hike takes you to one of the best viewpoints in Railay! The trail is very steep and slippery, so make sure to wear good hiking shoes. 

view of coconut trees and limestone cliffs on Railay Beach
Railay East viewpoint is a must-visit if you’re spending 4 days in Krabi

Hidden lagoon (Princess Lagoon)

Located within the same area as the viewpoint, the lagoon is completely enclosed by tall limestone cliffs and best visited during high tide. 

Princess Cave

This must be the weirdest and most popular attraction in Railay! The cave is home to hundreds of wooden phallic shrines!

Phra Nang Beach

This is one of my favorite beaches in Krabi! The white-sand beach is perfect for swimming and during low tide, you can even walk to the limestone cliff found in the middle of the ocean. There’s also a viewpoint on the right side of the beach. 

people swimming in the ocean on Phra Nang Beach Krabi
Phra Nang Beach

Related post: 15 most beautiful beaches in the Krabi Province

Krabi Sunset Tour

End the first day of your Krabi itinerary by taking a relaxing sunset tour onboard a catamaran that will take you past the most beautiful islands in Krabi. You can simply relax on the boat or jump into the ocean for a swim.

The tour includes a delicious dinner as well as a wide selection of fruits, snacks, and drinks. Snorkeling equipment is also provided.

Book your Krabi Sunset Tour here

Krabi Itinerary Day 2: Jungle Tour + Cooking Class

On day 2 of your Krabi itinerary, take a break from the beaches to explore inland. There are many things to do in Krabi but one of the most popular activities is to go on a jungle tour which includes a visit to the Tiger Cave Temple, Hot Spring, and Emerald Pool. 

Of course, you can also explore on your own by hiring a private taxi. Expect to pay about 2,000 baht (US$ 66) for a taxi or about US$ 23 per person for a group tour.

Book your jungle tour here

Seeing the Buddha statues and shrines at the Tiger Cave temple is  must when spending 4 days in Krabi
Tiger Cave Temple

Tiger Cave Temple

If tackling 1,237 steps in the Thai humidity doesn’t scare you a bit, the Tiger Cave Temple (also known as Wat Tham Suea) is right up your alley!

This Buddist temple sits on top of a mountain and offers a 360-degree view of the Krabi Province. The steps are steep and uneven in some places, but you won’t regret it when you see the view at the top!

The temple is free to visit but you can leave a small donation. 

The view of the limestone karst from Tiger Cave Temple
The view from Tiger Cave Temple

Krabi Hot Spring

Head in for a cleansing dip in these natural “hot tubs” averaging between 35 and 40 degrees celsius. Located in the Khao Phra-Bang Khram Nature Reserve, the hot springs are heated by underground volcanic chambers and join together to form a small waterfall.

The entrance fee is 160 baht (US$ 5.30) but is usually already included if you booked a group tour. 

a hot spring in the Krabi jungle
Krabi Hot Spring

Emerald Pool

In contrast to the hot springs, the Emerald Pool is a large cool lake with crystal-clear water. The pool is located within the same nature reserve and can be reached by taking the 800-meter or 1.4-km trail through the jungle.

The entrance fee is 200 baht (US$ 6.60).

people swimming in an emerald pool in Krabi
Emeral Pool

Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill Nature Trail

If you don’t want to visit the Tiger Cave, you can instead hike the Tak Kak Hang Nak Hill (also known as Dragon Crest Mountain).

Located only 30 minutes from Ao Nang, this is a great hike if you prefer doing something less touristy during your 4-day Krabi itinerary.

It’s completely free to visit and the hike leads to the famous hanging rock with one of the best panoramic views in Krabi.

There are signs along the way to guide you but keep in mind that the hike requires a moderate level of fitness due to the very steep incline. The trail is open daily from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. 

view of the hanging rock at Tab Kak Hang Nak
The hanging rock at Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill

Related post: How to hike Tab Kak Hang Nak Hill?

Thai Cooking Class 

If you love Thai food and want to recreate an authentic Thai dish at home, you can take a cooking class by a professional Thai chef. Classes are either in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

If you’re staying in Ao Nang, you’ll also get a free hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Book your Thai Cooking Class here

Krabi Itinerary Day 3: 4 Island Tour and Night Market

Day 3 is all about exploring some of the most beautiful islands in Krabi. You can book a 4-island tour online or anywhere along Ao Nang main strip or rent a private longtail boat. 

Tours normally include a visit to Koh Poda, Tub Island, Chicken Island, and Phra Nang Beach but you can customize your trip if you hire a private boat. 

Before getting on the islands, you’ll have to pay a national park fee of 400 baht (US$ 13.20), so make sure to check if this is already included if you book a group tour.

Book your 4 Island Tour here

Koh Poda

The most unique feature of this island is the tall limestone cliff jutting from the ocean. The main beach on Koh Poda is usually crowded during lunchtime, so if you hired a private boat, plan to get there first thing in the morning or ask to be dropped off at this secret beach instead!

a limestone cliff jutting from the ocean on Koh Poda
Koh Poda

Chicken Island

Here you can swim with colorful fish or take a quick hike to a viewpoint that offers a bird’s eye view of the neighboring islands.

visiting the chicken-shaped rock formation is a must on any krabi itinerary
Chicken Island

Tub Island

This small island is connected to both Chicken Island and Ko Mor by two sandbanks. It’s the perfect spot to swim and relax.

a longtail boat moored to the shore of Koh Mor in Krabi
View of Koh Mor from Tub Island

Krabi Night Market

If you happened visit Krabi on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, make sure to visit the Krabi Night Market. 

From 6 p.m to 10 p.m, the market will be packed with hawkers selling not only clothes, artworks, and souvenirs but also delicious Thai food! The live performances and fire show also help to keep the atmosphere fun and exciting.

You can book a shared minivan from Ao Nang for about 150-200 baht (US$ 4.95-6.60). I bought mine from a street stall here for 150 baht. 

There’s also another night market located beside the iCheck Inn hotel in Ao Nang, although this one is smaller.

Book your Krabi Night Market trip here

Krabi Itinerary Day 4: Hong Island and Pai Plong Beach

Hong Island

End your Krabi itinerary by taking a day trip to Hong Island. Located about a 1-hour boat ride from Ao Nang, Hong Island is home to some of the most pristine beaches in Krabi! 

Before getting to Hong Island, the boat will enter through an emerald lagoon that’s completely enclosed by limestone cliffs.

After spending some time swimming and snorkeling, you’ll be taken to Hong Island where you can relax, wander around the walking trails, or snorkel near the beach.

longtail boats in the lagoon enclosed by tall cliffs - Krabi 4-day itinerary
Hong Island lagoon

You can buy a ticket to Hong Island for 500 baht (US$ 16.50) from the operators on Ao Nang beach or rent a private longtail boat for 2,500 baht (US$ 82.55).

Group tours are also available and start from 900 baht (US$ 29.70) for longtail boats and 1,300 baht (US$ 42.90) for speedboats.

Note that you have to pay a national park fee of 300 baht (US$ 9.90) to enter the island.   

Book your tour of Hong Island by longtail boat here

people walking along the beach on Hong Island
Hong Island

Pai Plong Beach

If you want to extend your beach day, head to Pai Plong Beach next. Although this is technically a private beach owned by the Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort, you can visit for free. 

Pai Plong Beach is located about a 30-minutes walk from Ao Nang center and accessible through a small jungle trail. I personally prefer Pai Plong to Ao Nang since it’s cleaner and less crowded.

turquoise water on Pai Plong Beach Krabi
Pai Plong Beach

Related post: Complete guide to Pai Plong Beach, Ao Nang

Krabi Itinerary Day 5-6: Koh Lanta

Ok, I know this is a 4-day Krabi itinerary guide, but what if you want to spend 5 days in Krabi or even 6 days? Luckily, I have some options for you below. 

One complaint that people have about Thailand is that it’s either too touristy or too crowded. But located about 4 hours from Ao Nang is Koh Lanta, the perfect Thailand getaway for those who want to skip the crowds! 

You can get to Koh Lanta by taking a shared minivan from Ao Nang or Krabi Town for roughly 400 baht (US$ 13.25).

Book your shared minivan to Koh Lanta here

Panoramic view of Bamboo Bay
Bamboo Bay

There’s quite a lot to do in Koh Lanta, so I recommend a minimum of 2 days. Below are a few activities to do in Koh Lanta:

Beach Hopping

The best Koh Lanta beaches are mainly found on the west coast. They are usually empty and rugged which adds to the charm of this underrated destination. Bamboo Bay, Nui Bay, and Ba Kantiang Beach are some of the best beaches on the island!

Related post: Top 10 beaches to visit in Koh Lanta!

Visit the Mu Koh Lanta National Park

The national park is home to the iconic Koh Lanta lighthouse perched on top of a cliff. Entrance costs 200 baht (US$ 6.60) which keeps the crowds low.

lighthouse sitting on top of a jagged cliff on Koh Lanta
Mu Koh Lanta National Park

Koh Talabeng Kayaking tour

Although group tours might sometimes feel crowded and rushed, this one is the complete opposite! Talabeng Sea Kayaking provides small group tours to the secluded island of Koh Talabeng. The tour includes rock climbing on Koh Phee (Ghost Island), kayaking, a visit to a secret beach plus a delicious lunch, and return transfer for only 1,300 baht (US$ 42.90).

beach completely enclosed by limestone cliffs on Koh Talabeng
Secret beach on Koh Talabeng

Related post: Koh Lanta bucket list: 18 epic things to do!

Take an Island Tour

Koh Lanta is surrounded by other smaller islands that are also worth visiting. Spend a day snorkeling on Koh Rok or visit the Emerald Cave which is only accessible by swimming through a pitch-black cave!

Book your Koh Rok Snorkeling Day Trip here   

Book your 4 Islands and Emerald Cave Snorkeling tour here  

How to get to Krabi?

Krabi is well connected to other countries thanks to its international airport. Direct flights are available from different parts of Thailand including Bangkok and Chiang Mai and from Malaysia and Singapore as well. 

Plane tickets are quite cheap since the route is serviced by low-cost airlines such as Air Asia and Vietjet Air. You can check out 12go.asia to compare prices and book your plane ticket.

Once you get to Krabi airport, take a shared minivan to Ao Nang for about 150 baht (US$ 4.95) or a private taxi for 500 baht (US$ 16.50). If you want to book your minivan or taxi in advance, you can do so by clicking here.  

Book your transportation from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang

Pink sunset on Nopparat Thara Beach Krabi
Sunset on Nopparat Thara Beach

Where to stay in Krabi?

Buri Tara Resort, Ao Nang

Buri Tara Resort is located on Nopparat Thara beach, within walking distance of the main Krabi attractions but far enough to ensure a quiet night’s sleep.  Each room has a clean and modern look with all the necessary amenities including, a mini-fridge, TV, kettle, etc. 

Check prices and availability for Buri Tara Resort here. 

double bed and nightstand at Buri Tara Resort
Superior room at Buri Tara Resort

Railay Princess Resort & Spa, Railay Beach

Railay Princess Resort & Spa is located about a 10 minutes’ walk from Phra Nang beach. Each room features a double bed or two twin beds, TV, mini-fridge, a private bathroom, and balcony. The hotel also has a rooftop pool with a panoramic view of the limestone cliffs.

Check prices and availability for Railay Princess Resort & Spa here

CAT Bungalow, Koh Lanta 

For a budget stay in Koh Lanta, you might consider CAT Bungalow. The rooms are very spacious and all have a private bathroom. The location is ideal with Klong Khong beach and several convenience stores and restaurants within walking distance.

Check prices and availability for CAT Bungalow here

Best time to visit Krabi

The peak season in Krabi is usually around November to March which means near-perfect weather but more tourists. 

If you don’t mind the occasional rainfall (luckily, they don’t last for very long), you can visit Krabi during the shoulder season; that is, April/May or September/October. 

Did you find this Krabi 4-day itinerary helpful? I hope it gave you some ideas on how to plan your trip to Krabi and remember that you can always switch up the activities according to your preferences. If you have any questions, just ask in the comments below.

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