Phuket or Krabi? Which One Better for VISITORS? EXPATS?

Krabi vs. Phuket - Which is better?
Krabi at a freshwater spring stream near Thalen Bay. Krabi is more spread out, and I think there are more natural things to see and do here versus Phuket.

Choosing Phuket or Krabi is not that difficult for me as an expat, but it’s a question that many ask themselves because the two are close to each other and you’ve probably heard good things about both.

If you’re a visitor or expat and you want to know which one is better – Phuket or Krabi (just click).


Vacationing in Thailand? Try Krabi!

Krabi River meets the ocean here in Krabi Town, Thailand. Khao Phanom Bencha, a 1700 meter vertical mountain and National Park is in the background in the clouds.
Krabi River meets the ocean here in Krabi Town, Thailand. Khao Phanom Bencha, a 1700 meter vertical mountain and National Park is in the background in the clouds.

Krabi is an amazing Thailand destination and probably the best place overall to visit if you only have a few short days in Thailand and want to make the most of your vacation.

Krabi has something for everyone including new additions in the shopping realm. Big C, Tesco Lotus, Makro, and an International Outlet store with Nike, Reebox, Adidas and other brand names are now open in Krabi Town.


If it’s familiar food you crave there is a McDonald’s and Burger King in Ao Nang Beach and KFC, Dairy Queen, Starbucks, Black Canyon Coffee and others in the Krabi area.

If you want to try something adventurous you can climb Wat Tum Sua’s 1,237 steps to the top of a small limestone mountain at sunset and get awesome photos. You could go to Huay Toh Waterfall just 19km up a country road from I-4 highway where it runs through Krabi Town. There are two hikes that are highly recommended, one being at “Khao Phanom Bencha National Park” on the other side of the mountain as where Huay Toh waterfall is. The other being in Tub Kaak, and is called, “Phi Phi Islands National Park” but it’s part of the mainland. That one is a steady climb to 500+ meters and 360 degree views for tens of kilometers. Amazing!

If you want to drink at the bars then there are plenty at Ao Nang Beach and some in Town on Chao Fa Road, Uttarakit near the pier, and some naughty nightlife places scattered all over town.

If you want to relax – there is Noppharat Thara Beach, Railay Beach, Phi Phi Islands, and many other islands that are easily reachable by longtail boat.

Krabi has an outstanding selection of things to do and if you know where to look for it – you’ll find exactly what you crave.

Krabi, Thailand Sunsets, 4 Photos

Stunning Krabi Sunset

Sunset over Krabi limestone karsts

Blue sunset? Special effects sunset Krabi, Thailand.

Limestone karsts at sunset in Krabi, Thailand.

Now that the rain has slowed down in Krabi… no, it hasn’t stopped. I think Krabi must be the wettest place in Thailand. I am looking forward to moving again here shortly. Somewhere more dry. Someplace with mountains to climb maybe? Someplace with really nice people like the NorthEast would be great – but where are the mountains to climb? Korat?

There are so many things to do in Krabi that you’ll never get bored. Well, if you’re looking for the crazy nightlife you might get bored as there is little of that. What is to be found is in Ao Nang and there isn’t much.

Foreign Visitors to Buddhist Temples in Thailand (Please take note)

Yesterday and since tourist season started I’ve been seeing something disturbing.

People coming to Thailand on vacation that don’t think to read up on proper behavior not only in Krabi town, but at Krabi Buddhist temples before coming on vacation.

People, let me explain… Thailand is NOT Germany. This is NOT Italy. This is NOT France, America or the UK.

The following behavior is not only uncool, but totally shocking to the traditional Thai people that live in areas outside Pattaya, and Patong beach…

Walking around Krabi town with your shirt off. Guys and girls. Anywhere except AT the beach, standing on the sand, it is completely inappropriate to have your shirt off.

I saw at least 4 idiots (men) at the Wat Tum Sua temple without shirts on yesterday. Walking around shirtless at a Buddhist temple in front of the monks and nuns!

Unbelievable the idiocy that abounds. People, you cannot take your shirt off at a temple. At most temples you SHOULDN”T have uncovered legs or even bare arms… Wat Tum Sua is a bit of an odd temple because there are 1,237 steps to climb to the top of the temple. So, yes, it’s a workout. But, at no point is it OK to take off your shirt. If you’re hot and sweaty drink some water. Pour it over yourself even.

If you’ll notice, most Thai men have pants and shirts on as they walk up the steps. It’s not because they don’t understand that shorts and no shirt would be cooler… it’s that it DOESN’T MATTER. There is a code of conduct to be followed when you’re at a Buddhist temple. They understand what they can and can’t do at a temple.

Most tourists

1.) Don’t give it a thought.

2.) Don’t bother to find out.

3.) Do as they do in their own country.


4.) Do as they do all over Thailand the same as they do in Pattaya and Patong beach.

Would you take your shirt off at the Vatican? I’ve not been there – but I couldn’t imagine it being standard operating procedure.

It’s not OK to drive your motorbike away from Ao Nang beach with your shirt off.

It’s not OK to walk down Chao Fa road without a shirt.

It’s not OK for women to go topless at Nopparat Thara beach or ANY beach in Thailand that isn’t well secluded from people.

It is not OK for you to touch Buddhist objects with your hands…

Yesterday I saw something more outrageous than even what I mentioned already…

I saw a woman at the top of the mountain at Wat Tum Sua put her bare foot up against a Buddhist statue so she could lean in further to get a better photo! Really!

I didn’t have time to pull my camera out and get the shot – but from now on I’ll have it ready everytime I go up. It’s nuts what tourists are doing all over Thailand.

Visitors to Thailand – have some respect and find out what is OK behavior and what is not. Thais’ don’t go to your country and piss on your crucifixes you know?

Krabi is full of things to do from adventure to getting comatose on a beach bar stool. Up to you.