At 100 metres tall the stunning Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are Krabi’s most distinctive landmarks acting as a kind of gateway to to the town, the river running between the two limestone cliffs.
The mountain on the right hand side is home to caves containing formations of stalagmites and stalactites as well prehistoric cave paintings. The location is also well-known for the large number of human skeletons that have been found here. There are a variety of theories as to how they came to be here and how these people met their deaths, flooding being the most likely. A visit to Khao Kanab Nam can also be combined with a visit to a nearby mangrove forest and a traditional Thai fishing village called Ko Klang. Villagers can demonstrate cotton weaving, the making of local tools and utensils as well as captive fish breeding. You can also buy souvenirs and gifts here directly from the local people.
Although it may seem strange to mention department stores in a ‘things to do’ section, it’s worth mentioning that one of the good things about Krabi Town is that one has access to all the normal things a small town should have. This is not true of heavily touristy resort areas where prices are high and availability of practical goods is low. Both the Big C and Tesco Lotus are huge department store complexes selling everything you might need. They are both about 5km from town on Highway 4 heading towards the airport.
Krabi Cozy Place Hotel is a neat small and well designed hotel is very centrally located, built around a swimming pool down a leafy lane. The rooms are simple, immaculate and well designed with all mod cons. We found the staff to be unusually surly however, but we might have caught them on an off day at the height of hot season. Another very major drawback is that they don’t offer free wifi. They charge 60 baht an hour for that or 200 baht a day.
Dee Andaman Hotel Pool Bar is a hotel which perfectly pulls off the trick of understated good taste. Even though it is brand new, it has an old world colonial feel mixed with the northern Lanna style of dark wood and large airy spaces. The rooms are large and bright with four poster beds that could almost be described as art deco.
Nowhere in Krabi Town could exactly be described as busy, but the Dee Andaman adds to its charm by dint of its location, which although central is down a leafy lane on a hill and is very peaceful indeed. It is a little far from the centre though so you will need transport or a fondness for hiking in order to get about.