Chaofah Park, also written as Chaofah Park, is a riverfront park in the centre of Krabi Town.
Chaofah Park is a public park which is open all hours and admission is free. The park is, however, at its liveliest from 17:30 through to 19:30 with people coming to enjoy the views when the temperature in cooler.
About Chaofah Park
Chaofah Park encompasses a number of different visitor attractions. The main attraction is the long pedestrian walkway along the river.
The riverside views from Chaofah Park are spectacular. Krabi Town is located on a wide river estuary on the banks of which are mangrove forests, and in the distance the distinctive twin peaks of Khao Kanab which are one the emblems of the town. Despite being a busy location it is also a peaceful place where people come to sit and take in the view.
The river in front of Chaofah Park has lots of different boats passing by. Small tour boats, water taxis and larger ferries all use the river to transport passengers to popular resort area such as Railay and Ao Nang, as well as to and from more distant destinations such as Koh Phi Phi.
In the early evening market stalls appear on the promenade in Chaofa Park. Chaofa Park is closely managed by the municipal authorities and the vendors which are allowed to set up their have all been selected on the basis that they sell goods which appeal to a family market, unlike the streets of Bangkok where the vendors face very little regulation.
Chaofa Park is also full of sculptures of all shapes, and sizes. The theme of all these diverse works of art is Krabi itself. At the top end of Chaofa Park is the famous Eagle Sculpture, which is one of the symbols of the town embodying the civic virtues to which the local community aspires. The other well known sculpture is the Mud Crab Statute. Mud crabs are common along the riverside in Krabi and this sculpture is a celebration of this much loved local resident.
In the centre of Chaofa Park there are a series of sculptures cast in steel which are more modern and abstract representations of the town, it people and its local environment. The ‘Vision of Krabi’ sculpture is interesting as it combining representation of fish with nautical instruments and parts of a ship.
Another of the major sculptures in Chaofa Park combines wood with steel in a representation of sea eagles in trees, along with a nest made with steel bars. This sculpture is an interesting contrast to the more realistic and much older Eagle Sculpture at the start of the park.
As the sun goes down in Chaofa Park, and the river views and sculptures become barely visible, Krabi Night Market gets going. The riverside Night Market sets up in a large car park by the riverside every night from around 17:00 with stall selling a wide range of value for money foods, including seafood. There are lots of tables and chairs in this open air market and pleanty of visitors as well as local people coming here for a snack, a drink or an evening meal every night of week when the weather is dry.
Location of Chaofah Park
- Chaofah Park is located 5.8 km by road from Krabi Bus Terminal.