A trip to Thailand with the kids is perfect in the seaside town of Krabi. This laid-back town with a family-friendly atmosphere is ideal for a weekend getaway and more. From elephant sightings, building sandcastles to island hopping, a Krabi holiday is one to remember. Here is our guide to Krabi with kids and toddlers!
Most of the swanky hotels have found their space in Krabi town, with a variety of options including the ultra-glam Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Reserve to family favorites including Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort, Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Gold Spa Resort, Holiday Inn Krabi Ao Nang Beach, Amari Vogue Krabi. For those looking to head to Koh Lanta, you can book boutique favorites: Lazy Days Bungalows, Baan KanTiang See, and The Houben Hotel.
Phulay Bay, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/phulay-bay
Dusit Thani Krabi Beach Resort, www.dusit.com/dusitthani/krabibeachresort/
Holiday Inn Krabi, http://www.krabi.holidayinnresorts.com/en/home
Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Gold Spa Resort, www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6184-sofitel-krabi-phokeethra-golf-and-spa-resort/index.shtml
Koh Lanta Accommodations (island off Krabi):
Lazy Days Bungalows, www.facebook.com/lazydayskohlanta/
Baan KanTiang See, http://kantiang.se/
The Houben Hotel, www.thehouben.com/
Railay Accommodations (island off Krabi):
Railei Beach Club, www.raileibeachclub.com/ *rustic homes for families
Thai food is known for its yummy curries, and several restaurants in Krabi dole out some flavorful ones. Topping the list is Ruan Thip, which is renowned for its prawn beignets and crab curry. Lae Lay Grill is a must visit too. Perch yourself on the second floor balcony while you enjoy delicacies like Andaman platter and Pineapple rice. For a beach BBQ, be sure to head to The Last Fisherman... always a winner.
Ruan Thip, 16 Ut-tarakit Rd., A.Muang, Krabi 81000, +66 75 611 635, Website
Lae Lay Grill, www.facebook.com/LaeLayGrill/
The Last Fisherman, www.facebook.com/thelastfisherman
Elephants are very popular in Thailand and kids will enjoy trekking on them. A short distance from Krabi you can find camps and sanctuaries where you can feed and interact with elephants and watch them bathe! Adjoining islands like Phi Phi, Bamboo island, Koh Poda, Koh Talu and Chicken island are all beautiful islands to visit. Beach time at Ao Nang is great for kids who want to build sandcastles and kick the waves. For an educational trip, take the kids to the Shell Cemetery, which has fossilized remains of millions of seashells and sea creatures. The Krabi Tiger Cave where they can spot ancient tiger footprints. Pick up some bananas to feed monkeys that inhabit the cave.
Ao Nang, Website
The Krabi Tiger Cave, www.krabi-tourism.com/krabi/watthumsua.htm
Shell Cemetery, www.krabi-hotels.com/seedo/shell-cemetery.htm#
Tree Top Adventure Park Krabi, www.treetopadventurepark.com
Giant Catfish Farm, www.facebook.com/pages/Giant-Catfish-Farm-Ao-Nang/635888706471158
Elephant Trekking, www.yourkrabi.com/elephant-trekking/
Krabi Fun Park, www.facebook.com/Krabifunpark
Thung Teao Forest, http://hotel-travel-krabi.com/articles/attractions/thung-teao-forest.htm
Krabi Kart Speedway, www.krabikart.com/
Rock Climbing in Railay, www.railayadventure.com
Krabi is popular for its walking streets, some of which come alive on the weekends. Here you will find a paraphernalia of items on sale from t-shirts, art, candle holders and street food! Also check out Chock Dee Handmade for silver and gold jewelry located at Ao Nang beachfront. Namlily Boutique on Phi Phi island is also a tourist favorite.
Chock Dee Handmade, www.facebook.com/CHOCK-DEE-HANDMADE-548395895192147/
Namlily Boutique, www.facebook.com/Namlilydesign/