This year as soon as I found out that Thailand opened for tourists, I started doing some research and contemplating if it would be a good idea to go for a solo holiday in Thailand.
One of my favourite research channels is podcasts, specifically “The Amateur Traveler” is my favourite (read this post if you want to know more about how to do research for a solo trip). I typed “Thailand” on the research bar and an episode about Krabi came out. I enjoyed the episode so much, that I ended up booking a trip to Krabi in the end!
This beautiful region is only about a 1-hour flight from Bangkok and these are the best places to visit for a perfect solo holiday in Krabi, Thailand.
1. Railay Beach
Railay Beach is the place to be when it comes to visiting Thailand. It’s a small hippie peninsula, relatively easy to reach by boat from Ao Nang beach. Railay is only reachable by boat so if you are planning to come from the airport keep in mind that the journey could be quite tedious (you would need a taxi and 2 tail boats).
The peninsula is quite small but there is a lot to visit, so if you only have a few days I would suggest Railay West Beach. The sunsets are absolutely magical and there is a reggae bar right on the beach playing live music. You can also explore the caves or do rock climbing.
If you are looking for accommodation I would suggest Railay Phutawan Resort. It’s beautiful, super close to Railay West and it’s incredibly affordable!
2. Ao Nang
Ao Nang is the ideal base to have in Krabi. It’s very well connected to Railay, the airport and the most beautiful islands in Krabi. There are many restaurants (most of them with live music), shops, bars and services like pharmacies and mini-markets. Go for a walk on your way to the restaurant and book your island-hopping tours. There are many choices, most of them really affordable and include pick-up from the hotel and buffet lunch/dinner (delicious!). I would only give you one piece of advice which is to choose the speed boat rather than a long tail boat. I know it doesn’t look as great in pictures but it’s fast and breezy whilst on the long tail boat you would melt!
A must in Ao Nang is Muay Thai, check out this amazing gym called Khun Suek Muay Thai, it’s the absolute paradise for boxers but also the location is breathtaking! I booked a private class and I loved it so much that I can’t wait to go back!
3. Hong Islands
Whilst walking in Ao Nang looking for the best island hopping tour you will feel confused because there are simply too many options and they all look amazing! I will help with that.
You need to do the Hong Islands tour! They look like paradise and are totally untouched by men. While swimming there I couldn’t believe my eyes and how grateful I was for being there.
4. Phi Phi Islands
The tour to Phi Phi Islands is a lot of fun so it’s definitely a must! Most of the tours include Monkey Beach (yes, full of curious monkeys) and amazing snorkelling stops on the way. These islands have hotels and restaurants so it won’t be exactly like Hong Islands but it’s still worth going! You will also have the chance to stop for swims in incredible locations between limestone cliffs.
5. Maya Bay
If you’re a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, you don’t want to miss this island. Maya Bay is where “The Beach” was filmed. On this island, you can’t swim or stay overnight but it’s stunning. I sat on the white beach and looked at its beauty! This stop is typically part of the Phi Phi Islands tour, so it would be the only stop where you can’t swim.
This solo holiday in Krabi has been one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had and I will surely come back to spend more time and possibly visit Koh Lanta too which I heard it’s amazing. I know the most famous locations are Phuket and Ko Samui, but these locations are definitely much more authentic and less crowded. If you are up for an adventure and immerse yourself in nature, head to Khao Sok National Park which is a few hours away from Krabi (by car).
Ciao for now,