There is so much to love about the beautiful beaches in Krabi Thailand! The Krabi Providence is home to some of the most picturesque beaches in the entire world!
From the crystal-clear waters and soft, white sand of Railay Beach to the lush greenery and stunning cliffs of Phra Nang Cave Beach, Krabi is a true paradise for beachgoers.
Spend your time relaxing in the sun, snorkeling, kayaking, or exploring the local culture and cuisine! You will soon learn that Krabi has something to do for everyone!
All of these beaches in Krabi are free and open to the public. Even if there is a restaurant on the beach, you are allowed to walk through and go to the beach. Some of these beaches are shallow and you need to be aware of what tide is it if you are thinking of going to the beach for swimming.
Book yourself one of the best beach hotels in Krabi, they are affordable and stunning, and you will make memories to last a lifetime!
- Check out my Krabi Travel Itinerary, it is for 3 days and 2 nights, but has lots of helpful information!
Beaches in Krabi
Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang beach Krabi is for sure the most popular beach for locals and tourists. You will find many shops selling beach supplies, beach outfits, elephant souvenirs, and anything else along the strip. This is also where many of the best bars, nightclubs, and restaurants are. If you are looking for which beach to stay in Krabi Ao Nang is always a favorite.
This is also one of the best beaches to watch or book long-tail boats on a beach in Krabi Thailand. You can rent a ticket all day long to go out on a long tail. You can book a sunset cruise, a short trip over to Railay, or rent it for the whole day! Find out more on my tours in Krabi blog!
The water is calm and clear making it the perfect beach for swimming. There are also tables and seating areas back behind the sand. You will also find plenty of places to have a picnic. Purchase snacks or meals from the local street food vendors or bring your own snacks.
- This is also where I spent my New Year in Krabi!
Phra Nang beach
Up next is the Phra Nang Beach in Krabi beach Thailand. This is one of the beaches in Krabi Thailand that are only accessible by a long-tail boat from Ao Nang. You will want to buy a ticket to Railay Beach and once you arrive you will need to take a short walk through the jungle.
This is where the famous Phra Nang Cave or Princess Cave is. This is an unusual cave with many sexual figures displayed. The local sea gypsies took over this cave and dedicated it to the local fertility goddess. People come here from all over the country when they are trying to start a family, or just to look at the wooden carvings.
This is one of the best beaches in Krabi for swimming and sunbathing. The water is crystal clear and clean. Or you can sunbathe on the beach and take in the gorgeous backdrop of the limestone cliffs out in the water. There are some of the best restaurants in Krabi nearby and plenty of places to relax. Keep your eyes open for monkeys playing around in the trees. The monkeys are cute and mostly friendly but never trust them.
If you didn’t know Krabi is one of the most popular places for rock climbing in Thailand, and Phra Nang Beach is the best spot to get your climb on. You can book a local tour and they will take care of everything for you!
Krabi Beach Railay
One of the most popular beaches in Krabi Thailand is Railay. If you are staying in Krabi for any period of time you have to go and check out Railay! This small fishing village has transformed into a world-class vacation spot. You will find some of the best beach hotels in Krabi here!
You can spend your time relaxing on the shore or opt for a Thai massage on the beach. There are many ladies walking around offering cheap massages, pedicures, and manicures, or you can even get your hair braided. Bring your own food, or grab a seat at one of the many restaurants with a view.
If you are looking for fun things to do in Krabi Beach Thailand Railay has many. There are huts renting out paddle boards and kayaks. The waters here are normally calm and make for a perfect day out on the water. When it comes to booking long tail boat tickets you will want to head to the booth on the Ao Nang shore.
If you book a two-way transfer they will give you a time you have to be back, so be sure to book a one-way ticket to Railay. This way you can book another one-way ticket from the other side to come back whenever you want. It won’t cost you any more money and you can relax and enjoy the beach on your own time.
Nopparat Thara Beach
Up next is one of the best Krabi beaches to explore. To get here you will need to drive all the way down the strip of Ao Nang and park in the very back of the National Park. Parking is free and open to the public. You will see local street vendors selling everything from blow-up floats to meat on a stick.
After you get all of your supplies ready for the day there are a few different places to set up your spot for the day. Try walking all the way down the short, passed the beautiful Nopparat Thara Beach sign in the sand.
Once you get to the back you will find a secluded strip of white sand. Few people make the short walk out here and you will have plenty of space to relax. If you walk all the way down you will see a small port with long tails and speed boats passing through.
There is one big grouping of trees where you can escape the sun. During the morning time, it is best to walk around the trees and sit facing the secluded beach. But when the afternoon sun comes over you may want to set up shop facing the main Noppart Thara Beach.
The water here is calm, shallow, and perfectly sandy. If you do take the short walk to the back side, be sure to bring water and snacks with you because once you are comfy you will never want to leave. If you are looking for a more active vacation, try renting a banana boat, or kayak, or try paddle boarding here.
The Best Beach Islands in Krabi
The best beach in Krabi Thailand is so subjective to what you are looking for. If you want to chill and have plenty nearby to do you probably will love Ao Nang. If you feel like exploring a bit, then these beach islands in Krabi would be perfect for you!
Koh Klang Beach
Koh Klang Beach is one of the best hidden gems in Krabi. Located on Koh Klang Island, the waters here are crystal clear and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. And this is one of the best places for kayaking because of the majestic mangroves.
Try booking a tour with a local tour guide, they can provide expert knowledge while guiding you through the waters. You may even be taken to some secret spots that you cannot find on your own.
There are places on Koh Klang Beach where you can rent your own kayak, paddleboard, and even beach chairs. You will not find any resorts on Koh Klang Beach, only homesteads making the vibe much chiller and laid back.
To get to Koh Klang Island you can take a local ferry or a long boat. The ride from Ao Nang will cost you around 100 baht and you can take your scooter if you go with the ferry. The pier you want is Suan Chao Fah Pier. You do not have to book in advance, and the ride is only about 10 minutes.
The local community here is Muslim and there are many restaurants serving up Halal food. Come and spend your whole day at one of the best beaches in Krabi Thailand, Koh Klang Beach, you will not regret it.
- Find out the best time to visit Krabi!
Koh Phi Phi – Island Beach
Up next is the famous Krabi island of Thailand Koh Phi Phi. If you could only go to one island while on your trip to Krabi, this is one you should do. This picturesque island has caught the eye of Hollywood A-listers as well and many movies, including The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, were filmed here.
This beautiful island has world-class beaches with beautiful white sand and gorgeous
The most popular beaches on the island are Ton Sai Beach, Maya Bay, Bamboo Island, and Monkey Beach. Yes, there are monkeys on monkey beach! There is exotic wildlife all over the island, keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, lemurs, and exotic, colorful birds.
Snorkle on top of the vibrant coral reefs, sunbathe on the shore, or grab a kayak for a few hours. The possibilities are endless on this popular beach island in Krabi!
To get to Koh Phi Phi you will want to catch the ferry or speed boat. You can book the tickets yourself, or spend the day on a guided tour. This specific tour will explore the bamboo island, viking cave, Maya Bay, Pileh Lagoon for swimming and snorkeling, monkey beach, and plenty of free time on the island.
Go to Phi Phi for the day, weekend, or even a week, it is one of the best islands off of Krabi Thailand!
Koh Muk – Beaches in Krabi Thailand
Up next is the small island of Koh Muk. Muk in Thai means Pearl, so essentially this island is known as Peral Island. This island is less touristy and pretty much untouched. You can hop on a ferry or take a speed boat from the popular beaches of Koh Lanta or Koh Phi Phi.
Here you will find the famous emerald pool. To get to the emerald pool you must enter through a small cave on the side of the Karst mountain. It is so beautiful and opens up to a small beach. This is one of the most crowded attractions on the island, so it is a good idea to check it out in the morning if you can.
Most people Stay on this beautiful island for 2-3 days which should be enough time to explore Koh Muk’s beautiful surroundings and spend time relaxing on the best beach in Krabi Thailand.
Hotels on the Beach in Krabi Thailand
There are so many amazing beach hotels in Krabi. They come in all different budgets and styles. Book yourself a guest room on the beach or you can stay in a luxury hotel without breaking the bank!
Centara Ao Nang Beach
If you want to stay at one of the luxury beach resorts in Krabi Thailand Centra Ao Nang Beach is the perfect place for you. Your room will be just steps away from the sandy Ao Nang Beach. There are so many amenities and things to do around the resort you may have a hard time leaving.
This 4-start resort has a kid’s club, buffet breakfast, a beautiful terrace to watch the sunset, and a late-night bar. There are plenty of different types of rooms to book from an economy plus room to a king suite! Make sure to book a room with a view of the sand and sunset, you will not regret it!
Check rates here: Booking.com
Rayavadee Krabi Beach Hotel
One of the best beach hotels in Krabi Thailand is without a doubt The Rayavadee. This luxurious beach hotel is located on Railay Beach and is private and secluded. You can spend your days hopping around the 3 best beaches in Krabi and then hang out by the pool.
Book a special king suite with views of the beach you will love your time spent in paradise.
Book your room: Booking.com
Restaurants on the Beach in Krabi Thailand
Joy Beach Cafe
Joy Beach Cafe is the perfect restaurant on the beach. You can relax in a tree house stand, rocking chairs, beach mats, picnic tables, or with your feet in the water. They also made my high guide for weed in krabi!
They serve traditional Thai food, pizzas, chicken wings, and Thai pancakes. The staff is so friendly and welcoming and all of the food is reasonably priced and so yummy.
They also have plenty of drink options from local beers to smoothies. Every night right after sunset they light a beautiful fire to keep the bugs away. Once you come to this relaxing beach restaurant in Krabi you will find yourself wanting to come back time and time again.
They are about 20 minutes outside of Ao Nang beach and are very private. They have a local guitarist playing music a few nights a week under the stars as well.
Joy Beach Address is right here, They are one of the best beaches in Krabi Thailand!
Pak Up Hostel
The Pak Up Hostel is the perfect mix of chaos and quiet, just like most of Thailand. Here you can enjoy meals from breakfast to very late at night. You can relax directly on the beach in big sun chairs, or dance the night away to live music.
For food, they have traditional Thai dishes, and international plates as well. This is a great place to start you right off bar hopping off, or if you want to just watch the sunset. The Pak Up Hostel is always friendly and excited to help.
Pak Up Address right here!
Andaman Beach Club in Krabi
Andaman Beach Club is one of the most popular beach bars on Railay Beach. Once you take your journey over to Railay Beach you can head straight to the Andaman Beach Club. Grab yourself a cold drink and relax. Your view will be stunning with the backdrops of the nearby islands and white sandy shore.
Many people come to Railay Beach and end up staying the entire day! The Andaman Beach Club is a perfect place to spend your day in the sun. And it is on the most popular and best beach in Krabi Thailand!