Your Perfect Krabi Retreat During the Rainy Season
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Your Perfect Krabi Retreat During the Rainy Season

Krabi is at its best in the months of November until May. During this time, skies are clear and the sun is shining.

The wet season begins in June and typically goes on until November. If you decide to visit Krabi during this time, expect regular rainfall and sporadic days of sunshine.

Not all is lost during the wet season because other than the beaches, there are plenty of other attractions you can visit, all on this guide.

A boat operator wears a raincoat while ferrying visitors for a mangrove forest tour in Koh Klang, Krabi. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com

Attractions Off Islands and Beaches

A fishing boat heading out to sea in Krabi. There are plenty of things to see other than islands and beaches when in Krabi. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com

Travelling during the wet season means everything’s on the cheap, especially hotels. You do get several hours of sunshine where you can still get on boats to the beautiful islands. But when it rains, that doesn’t mean you should stay cooped up in your room. Here are several places you can visit in Krabi.

Intricate Temples

Tiger Cave Temple

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This 50-year-old novice monk from Bangkok said she came to the Tiger Cave Temple over a year ago to live by the monastic code. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Some of the residents at the temple complex. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com

Nestled about three kilometres from the city centre, Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Sua is one of the most interesting temples in southern Thailand. A complex filled with several places of worship, the monks live within a maze of natural caves in a lush jungle. The highlight of your visit here would be the 1,272-step climb up a limestone tower. At the summit lies the ‘footprint of the Buddha’ and one of the best lookout points in Krabi where you’ll get a 360° view of the city and Andaman sea.

White Temple

A monk carefully climbs the stairs to Wat Kaew Korawaram or the White Temple as he shields himself from the rain with an umbrella in Krabi. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
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Interior of the white temple. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com

Perched on a hill of Pak Nam at the heart of Krabi town, Wat Kaew Korawaram is one of three white temples in Thailand designed by art professor Chalermchai Kositphiphat, who also created the intricate white temple Wat Rong Kun in Chiang Rai. The white colour signifies purity of Buddha.

Krabi Ya’s Cookery School

Cook Wanchai Photisan (centre), or Dum, guides a visitor how to whip up tasty Thai dishes. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Some of the Thai dishes students can learn at the cooking class. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Dum showing the ingredients used to create a Thai dish. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com

Say goodbye to spending an exorbitant amount of cash at your local Thai restaurants and whip up authentic dishes on your own! All it takes is a crash course at this cooking school and you’re good to go. From tom yum to curries, the classes here provides all the recipes you need and even a fiery demonstration you’ll definitely enjoy.

Krabi Walking Street and Night Market

Grilled seafood. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Mango sticky rice. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
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Opened from Friday till Sunday, this night market in Krabi town is filled with tonnes of mouth-watering street food as well as arts and craft perfect for souvenirs to be brought home. The market also hosts plenty of performances from breakdancing to singing competitions.

Jy Pa, 55, has been making Thai pancakes at the Vogue supermarket for 20 years. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Roti Na Vogue has been serving Thai pancake for 20 years. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Despite the big portion, the pancakes here are only sold for THB40 a plate! Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
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Once you’re done with the market, take a walk at the nearby Vogue supermarket and stop by this Thai pancake stall that has been around for 20 years. This place is so popular that you may have to wait to get a seat. Despite this Muslim-family-run stall’s success, owner Jy Pa said they want to keep things like how they started two decades ago to maintain that street food vibe. The shop’s name is Roti Na Vogue, which literally means break shop in front of Vogue (supermarket).

Food Hunt on Tuk Tuks

For that foodie adventure feel, skip the restaurants at tourist areas and venture out to the suburbs of Aonang. Since 40% of the population here is Muslim, finding halal food isn’t a problem.

You can ask your tuk tuk driver for recommendations or be adventurous and discover these hidden eats on your own. Chances are the prices are much lower, you’ll get to taste some homemade dishes and explore cool neighbourhoods away from other tourists.

If you don’t know what to order, the restaurant/stall owners will be more than happy to make recommendations.

A tasty spread of Khanom Jeen, which consists of noodles served with various types of curries, is a breakfast staple in Krabi. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
You can ask your tuk tuk driver to take you to neighbourhood restaurants for a local adventure. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
A restaurant staff serving a bowl of curry at one of the old neighbourhoods in Krabi. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
An old neighbourhood in Krabi. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Just like anywhere around the world, neighbourhood restaurants are perhaps where the best homemade food is served. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com

Less Crowded Beaches

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Even though it’s the monsoon season, the rain doesn’t fall round the clock. You still get a few hours of sunshine. Some tour operators may still take visitors for island hopping activities, but if you don’t want to risk braving through rough waves on a small boat, then just settle with the beach closest to you. Travelling during this time means fewer tourists, so you’d still get to enjoy almost-clear stretch of beaches.

Koh Klang (Muslim Village)

The boat ride from Chaofa Pier to Koh Klang takes visitors through a lush mangrove forest. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Passing through a mangrove forest to get to Koh Klang. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
A typical view throughout the journey to Koh Klang. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
A fisherman waiting for his catch at a mangrove forest near Koh Klang. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
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One of many traditional houses at Koh Klang Muslim village. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Since the roads in this village is only a single lane, people only get around using motorcycles. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
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Koh Klang local tour guide Suwit Dumkul demonstrates how to remove husk from brown rice, one of the agriculture products from his village. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Eighty-year-old batik maker Prajim Laekdum. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Traditional boatmaker Somboon Manka, 58, said he started building boats with his father since he ‘started learnt how to walk’. His great grandparents came to the village from Kelantan, Malaysia, using a tiny rowboat and earned a living by making charcoal out of mangrove trees surrounding the island. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
The miniature boat and kiln used by Somboon’s ancestors when they first arrived at Koh Klang. Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
A traditional miniature boat from Somboon’s workshop. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
The mosque on Koh Klang has been around for over 100 years. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
Children enjoying a break from their weekend religious classes at the mosque. Image: Asyraf Naqiuddin/travel360.com
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Translated as Middle Island, Koh Klang is a 26-square-kilometre island surrounded by rivers, canals, mangrove forest and the Andaman Sea to the south. Although it has its fair share of visitors throughout the year, this Muslim village remains tranquil, safe from rapid commercialism so your photos won’t be filled with other tourists.

While the main economy revolves around fishing and agriculture, there are a handful of families who delve in unique businesses like traditional boatmaking and handmade batik. Best part is, their doors are always open so you can enjoy a tour of their businesses.

To get to this village, hop on a boat at Chaofa Pier and the 15-minute ride will take you through a mangrove forest where you can spot plenty of wildlife.

Blessed with 170 islands, including some that rise during low tide, Krabi is famed for its beaches. But if you have spare time, or find yourself in the rainy season, there’s more to Krabi than sand and sea.

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Asyraf believes there’s a story anywhere you turn that could inspire readers around the world. With a penchant for high-powered motorcycles, he hopes to one day get back in the saddle and cover the globe on two wheels.

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