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A family guide to Krabi

The Krabi region of Thailand is a laid-back area that doesn't have the same wild nightlife as somewhere like Phuket, but offers natural pursuits and exceptional beaches. Families will love exploring some of the 154 islands off the coast, climbing the limestone rocks, bathing with elephants and heading to forest parks.


Where to stay in Krabi

Although Krabi doesn't have the same sort of all-encompassing family resorts as you might expect in somewhere like Spain, it does have a good range of hotels where families will find themselves very welcome. The largest selection of family accommodation can be found in Ao Nang and Klong Muang.

Ao Nang is by far the part of Krabi that welcomes the most tourists, although it's still pretty low key. Wander down the main road and the one leading to the beach to pick up supplies, souvenirs and food ranging from street bites to restaurants with Thai cuisine and more. Ao Nang also has one of the best beaches in Thailand for families – it's gently sloping so is excellent for swimming and also has beach volleyball and other activities. Long tail boats regularly leave here to visit Krabi's islands so you're by no means limited to just the beach.

To be close to everything Ao Nang has to offer, try the Apasari Hotel – a modern boutique hotel with family rooms, some that lead straight to the pool, with a separate children's area.

Or for the privacy of your own beach, the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas stands alone in the 350-metre, cliff-backed Pai Plong Bay. The fun begins with a speedboat ride to get there and the whole family can stay together in comfort in one of their villas with Self Catering facilities. There's a free children's club and kids get their own pool, too.

Meanwhile, close to the peaceful Klong Muang Beach is Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort, which has a separate kid's pool overlooking the sea, along with the main pool. The little ones will love the kids' club, beach activities and C-box cafe for fresh coconut ice-cream.

Family things to do in Krabi


Aside from the excellent stretches of beach and boat trips galore, Krabi has lots to do that the whole family will adore. A popular choice is visiting Thung Teao Forest Natural Park, where you can walk along a three-kilometre nature trail through tropical rainforest. It leads to the hot springs waterfall with natural bath tubs via the Crystal Lagoon and Blue Pool freshwater basins.

There are a couple of great choices for older children to enjoy such as rock climbing, particularly up Railay's looming limestone cliffs. Krabi Fun Park, between Ao Nang and Krabi Town, is the perfect choice for anyone taller than 120cm, where you can walk across the swinging rope bridges and zipline, or even fly a broomstick. This is close to the Seashell Cemetery, an area of 40-million-year-old fossilised shells that all ages will find fascinating. There's a small visitor centre or you can hire a guide to find out more.

Many tours give you the chance to bathe with elephants in a river and get squirted by the elephant's trunk. Or you can hire a long-tail boat or canoes from Ao Luk in northern Krabi province through the mangrove forest to the mysterious Tham Lod and Tham Phi Hua Tho caves.

Krabi Town displays the authentic side of Thailand and a great place to experience this is at its night market, also known as Walking Street. Take the family to biggest of all the night markets in the region and you can browse handmade items such as teddies, art and jewellery, as well as hear musical performances and sample excellent, freshly cooked food.

You can tie this in with a visit to the nearby Tiger Cave Temple, which are natural caves home to monks. Climb the 1,256 steps up the limestone tower to the shrine at the top and relish amazing views, especially at sunrise or sunset.

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