Krabi is the ideal place if you are looking for a relaxing getaway. It’s quite popular among nature lovers and travelers who are looking for solitude.
Krabi’s nightlife is just as easygoing as the travelers it attracts. It has plenty of drinking joints for a night of relaxed merrymaking. For those looking at offbeat nighttime experiences, Krabi has plenty to offer.
Here’s a look at the coolest things you can do in Krabi at night:
1. Spend the night at the Ao Nang Centre Point
Where: Central Beach Road near Burger King
The heart of the party scene in Krabi is the Ao Nang Centre Point. It’s a bustling three- storied entertainment complex surrounded by bars. If you are looking for some delicious food post the drinking session, there are lot of food joints. You can shop here, get tattoos or watch a cabaret show.
So whatever catches your fancy, Ao Nang center point will offer it.
2. Drink the night away at Soi RCA
Where: Airport Road heading out to Krabi – diagonally opposite McDonald’s
Soi RCA is the other major party hub in Krabi. It’s a street lined with bars – all identical and playing the same kind of music. So if you are looking to drink the night away, you are spoilt for choice here.These bars also have board games and some even have pool tables.
Soi RCA is the kind of place where you can easily mingle with the locals and better yet, share a drink with them.
3. Go for a romantic sunset dinner cruise
Where: Pick up from either West Railway Beach or Ao Nang Beach
The dinner cruise in Krabi is a perfect romantic evening on the sea. Hop aboard “Pla Luang”, the last of the Siamese sailing junks. The boat cruises around stunning islands like Poda, Chicken, Si and Ta Ming. You can cliff dive from the top deck and snorkel in the waters. Or just relax on the boat with a beer.
Watch the sun sinking into the sea as you sail back. At the end, you get to swim in the lit up waters near Phra Nang beach and witness bioluminescence – an unreal phenomenon.
Cost: INR 5000/ 78 USD
4. Try a sunset kayaking trip through the mangroves
Where: Ao Thalane Canyons
Krabi is a mainland paradise with a dense network of mangroves. With its twisting waterways, there is no better way of exploring them than on kayaks. The sunset kayak lets you paddle leisurely for close to 1.5 hours. The tour ends with a barbecue dinner on an isolated beach.
Cost: INR 2200/ 34 USD
5. Shop at the walking street market
Where: Soi Maharaj 8, behind Vogue Department Store
The “Walking Street Markets” are weekly events held from Fridays to Sundays. These markets sell everything under the sun, be it jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs or clothes. You will also find some of the best street food in these markets. Don’t forget to try the coconut ice cream here. They just melt in your mouth.
Street musicians play at every nook and corner and sometimes school children perform dances. You can even get your sketches done here. Makes for a cool souvenir.
6. Dine in a cave under a limestone cliff
Where: Rayavadee, Phranang Beach
Grotto is the best place in Krabi for a luxurious dining experience. If you are looking to earn some credits by surprising your special someone, then this is the perfect place. Nestled in a cave under a limestone cliff on Phranang beach, it provides a breathtaking setting.
The buffet here is sure to burn a hole in your pocket, but it’s totally worth it. Just remember to arrange a boat for your return journey in the night.
Cost: INR 8000/ 125 USD per person for a buffet
7. Witness a cultural show at Paka park
Where: 196/1 Sritrang Road Sub-district Krabi Yai District Mueng
TheIllumanorah is a cultural show which uses music and dance to tell old Thai folk tales. The performers in their traditional costumes, the lighting and the sound effects together create a visual spectacle. Don’t forget to click photos with the performers after the show.
Cost: Dinner + Show starts at INR 2000/ 31 USD
8. Watch ladyboys dance at the Blue Dragon Cabaret
Where: Ao Nang
The blue dragon cabaret show is the most famous cabaret in Krabi. Gape in awe as ladies in jazzy costumes sing, dance and mock celebrities from different eras. But watch closely, the ladies are actually ladyboys – Thailand’s much respected third gender. Their versions of “Barbie Girl” and “Gangnam Style” are quite amusing.
Cost: INR 700/ 11 USD