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Krabi , the capital of Krabi Province, sits a little upstream from the mouth of the Krabi River and is mainly visited en route to the nearby beaches of Had Yao, Ao Nang or Rai Leh (Railay).
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Points of Interest in Krabi
- Contemporary Art Museum of Krabi (Opposite Wat Kaew). Th-Su, 10:00-17:00.
- Khao Kanab Nam. The symbol of Krabi, two karst rocks next to one other. A 15 min longtail boat ride takes you from the pier to the rocks, where you can walk up some stairs to the top.
- Tiger Temple (Wat Tham Sua) (Take the road to the airport and turn left/north before you get to the big shopping malls. You should actually be able to see the big Buddha on the mountaintop. Should cost no more than 200 baht in a taxi.). One of the most famous temples in southern Thailand, on top of a mountain about 3 km northeast of Krabi Town. There is a stairway with 1,237 steps to the top to visit a tiger's footprint on the top of mountain. Those who make it to the top will also be rewarded with a 360 degree view of the area and the sea.
- Wat Kaew (On Maharat Rd close to Pattana Rd.). One of the main temples in Krabi town. A new building, to some it resembles a shiny white wedding cake.
Popular events in Krabi in the near future
The town's 25,000 inhabitants see much less than expected of the droves of tourists that pass through on their way to the beaches. This is unfortunate, as those who do hang around find it a relaxed place that is worth exploring for a day or two, and one can certainly better experience "the real Thailand" here than in the beach resorts.
- Dhara Massage and Spa (just off Issara Rd on the small street near Soi Ruamjit. If you're walking away from the water on Issara, pass major street Ma Ha Rat Rd on your right, then take your first left and it will be on your left). Go get a relaxing but powerful (and wildly inexpensive) massage, or couples massage here. The two women working here have real certifications and training, and they are very focused on their work.
At night there is a charming night market close to the promenade next to the piers. Food is good and cheap, with Muslim influences. From time to time the town organizes shows on a small stage next to the market.
An even better market can be found on Maharat Soi 10 in the centre of town. This market has plenty of fresh fruit and lots of authentic cooked food. Only a few places have menus, otherwise point and enjoy. This market does not sell alcohol. There is also the new Walking Street night market, between Vogue Department store and Vieng Thong Hotel, F-Su, 17:00-22:00 which sells food and general items such as clothes and handicrafts, and there is a largish seating area.
Not to be missed is the covered morning market (the biggest in south Thailand) on Maharaj Soi 9 (behind the Shell station). For early birds only. After 08:00 all the action is subsiding. Exactly at that time you can watch a show of national pride: the national anthem is played and almost everyone comes to a standstill for the duration. The best place to get all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetable, khao niao (sticky rice), Patong Khoo, cha rohn (sweetened Thai tea), or fresh hot soy milk. The section of fresh fish and meat sellers is for hardened stomachs only.
During low season very few restaurants open at all. The floating restaurant (RuenPae) is open as well as a couple near the tourist area towards the pier, but in the town very few at all. The floating restaurant does brilliant seafood at a reasonable price as well as providing mosquito coils to keep these pests away from your legs.
- Arun (Near Relax). Another good breakfast place with decent Thai coffee. Closed during low season.
- Relax Coffee (Near the pier). Great Western and Thai breakfasts plus decent coffee.
- Ruen Mai Restaurant, Marharat Rd (About 2 km from the centre). Nice atmosphere and very good local dishes from 100 baht. Open daily, but closes from 15:00-17:00.
- Sin-O-Cha Bakery (Next to Vogue Department Store). Also does meals and is a good place for breakfast or to have coffee and cake. At night the pavement pancake stall outside the bakery is always packed with locals. The pancakes are larger than those at other stalls.
- Tamarind Restaurant, Chao Fa Rd (Near A Mansion Hotel). Excellent thin and crispy pizza from 150-190 baht; french fries and the pricey, lacklustre tuna salad are disappointing.
- 31 Kitchen. Fantastic Thai food.
There are a number of bars and cafe bars in Krabi town centre that cater to tourists, expats and natives. A few of them will have live bands at the weekend belting out cover songs, though Rocky Bar has live music every night. Stick to the main areas and it is most unlikely you will have anything but a pleasant time.
Krabi Town is far cheaper than any of the tourist resorts. This is reflected in the price of food and drinks especially. There are two night markets in Krabi Town that are worth a look, and on weekends there is the Walking Street market from 17:00-22:00. Also there is a Vogue Department Store where items can be found cheaper than in Ao Nang.
Do check out the Tesco Lotus Shopping Mall and Big C which are near the airport. Prices are cheap, and there are lots of cafes and restaurants. There are a few art galleries offering affordable pop art pieces.
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