When even a town’s traffic lights look exotic, you know you’re in for a travel treat. Krabi town’s road furniture may be the least of your concern, but the majestic monkeys, eagles, otters and elephants atop the lights really do add a certain something to the urban environment. Not least because it’ll pique your interest as to what else is in store. Stay urban and you’ll find yourself immersed in the lively stalls of a night market, booking a long-tail to a far off island or wandering to the town beach to swim, sleep or explore in the sun. Krabi’s mangrove forests are wildlife and flora-packed adventure playgrounds, and the jungle happens to hold water features of almost every kind. Rivers, waterfalls and hot springs might be already on your radar – but impossibly blue mineral springs will raise an eyebrow on even the most travelled faces.
Go coastal, and Krabi’s rugged beauty really starts to impress. Climbers cling to limestone cliffs to take on their nooks and ledges, while backpackers find laidback bars nestled in the palms to share travel adventures with like-minded souls. When the Poi dancers light the night sky with rhythmic fire, you realise Krabi’s magic. Everyone finds their spot here. And it’s magical.