In Short

Explore the still water of Krabi’s mangrove swamps, intricate cave systems, and peaceful lagoons with a day of kayaking, as long as you don’t mind putting in a bit of physical effort.

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Best For: Watersports, nature, wildlife
Cost: From 700 baht

What’s So Awesome About It

A warren of mangrove swamps teeming with wildlife and still waters makes Krabi an ideal location for kayaking. Drift peacefully through the quiet waters of Krabi’s mangroves, limestone caves, or around sheltered lagoons of islands without the crowd of swimmers and noise of boat engines. 

Kayaking is the perfect activity for anyone who wants to get close to nature or try a more sedate water sport. It’s an eco-friendly way to see Krabi’s nature and wildlife while slowing to a relaxing pace.

What’s The Catch

Paddling can be very tiring, so a relatively decent level of fitness is required and your arms will probably feel it the next day. Kayaks are exposed to the sun, so be prepared to feel really warm in the middle of the day. Mangrove swamps are a favourite hang-out for mosquitoes, so you might be plagued by these little pests while kayaking.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • There’s no shade on a kayak, so make sure you wear plenty of sunscreen, with a back-up ready to reapply if you get splashed.
  • Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as paddling can be hard work.
  • Apply strong insect repellent, especially if kayaking around the mangrove swamps.

Where You Can Book It From

There are lots of vendors offering guided tours of Krabi’s waters by kayak. At Ao Nang beach, you can book online in advance with First Level Kayaking, offering small group and private trips. Free Bird Paddle Co operate out of Railay beach and offer a unique night time kayaking trip in the bio-luminescent waters of Pranang beach.

Pro Tip

The best time of day to experience the paddle-through caves of Bor Thor by kayak is during mid-tide.


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