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Introduction

Krabi

Krabi

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Krabi, a coastal province in Thailand, is known for its unique geographical features. The province features distinctive rocky outcrops, known as limestone karst, as well as tropical rainforest and mangroves. A noteworthy feature of Krabi is a 40 million year old fossilised 'shell cemetery'. More than 100 offshore islands also come under the province, meaning one has plenty of water-related activities to do in Krabi.

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Geography

The province features distinctive rocky outcrops, known as limestone karst, as well as tropical rainforest and mangroves. Krabi is recognised internationally by the huge rocks protruding out of water. A noteworthy feature of Krabi is a 40 million year old fossilised 'shell cemetery'.

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Cities

Krabi town, a lively and bustling town, is the capital of the province. It is an excellent base for travelers to make trips to entire province. Transport is available from here to all nearby beaches and islands. Entertainment is readily available and nightspots are springing up rapidly.

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Weather

Like much of Thailand, the weather here is of the tropical variety, meaning hot and humid conditions year-round. Temperatures hover around 32 °C during the day and 25 °C at night, with just a few degrees difference between the warmest and coolest months. Humidity is mostly around 80% or more, so be sure to drink enough fluids! November to February in general is the driest time of the year, with just some regular showers (later afternoon) and a mix of clouds and sun. Rain increases from March onwards, reaching a peak in August and September before preparing again for the somewhat drier and cooler season.

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Sights and Activities

Ao Nang Bay

Sunset on Ao Nang Bay, Krabi

Sunset on Ao Nang Bay, Krabi

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A range of lovely beaches here contours a long limestone range. Few tourists to Krabi miss visiting Ao Nang. The bay has several tiny yet idyllic islands, accessible by boat. Railay Nopporat and Tubkak are some most popular beaches here. Railay Beach is tailormade for enjoy relaxing holidays in solitude. Swaying casuarina trees, which contour Nopporat Beach, make it fantastic. Tubkak Beach offers fresh sand blending in sea. With the backdrop of forests, it seems fantastic.

Railay

Railay is a peninsula just south of Ao Nang. However, towering cliffs make it impossible to access it by road. The inaccessibility factor endows it the feel of island. Railay beaches are ranked among the best in Thailand. You could decide to just laze at the beach or go for rock-climbing. At night, Railay becomes fairly quiet.

Koh Lanta

Thailand - Koh Lanta - Cove

Thailand - Koh Lanta - Cove

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Located just south of mainland Krabi, Koh Lanta is a lush, unspoilt scenic beauty. Biggest island in Krabi province, it is blessed with nine sandy beaches, catering to backpackers who wish to have their vacations in solitude. The western beaches here have particularly unblemished stretches of sand, and are very good for swimming.

Caves

Caves in Krabi, interspersed with stalactites and stalagmites, look mysterious. Traveling to these caves is in itself a pleasant experience. Khao Khanap Nam, accessible by boat from Chao Fa Pier, has some prehistoric paintings. Viking Cave at Phi Phi Lei Island is also known for its prehistoric murals. At Tham Phra Nang Nai, you would find a pool within the cave.

Rock-Climbing

The limestone cliffs surrounding Krabi seem to challenge the hiking enthusiasts. Hiking routes include quality limestone, steep, pocketed walls, overhangs and hanging stalactites. The rocky land between Tham Phra Nang and Rai Leh Beaches is a preferred place for hikers, with good climbing for beginners and experienced climbers. Skilled guides and climbing gear are readily available.

Khlong Thom

45 kilometres south of Krabi is Khlong Thom and the Emerald Pool and hot springs. Best way to get there is to rent a scooter. The pool is a large natural pool that is filled from thermal springs. The hot springs are about 3 kilometres away.

Tham Seva

Tiger Cave and Temple, just a 5 kilometres south of Krabi. You can't miss this place, its situated on the biggest Karst around. Walk the 1,200 steps to the top for a great view. But watch out for the monkeys, they will steal everything you have.

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Weather

Like much of Thailand, the weather here is of the tropical variety, meaning hot and humid conditions year-round. Temperatures hover around 32 °C during the day and 25 °C at night, with just a few degrees difference between the warmest and coolest months. Humidity is mostly around 80% or more, so be sure to drink enough fluids! November to February in general is the driest time of the year, with just some regular showers (later afternoon) and a mix of clouds and sun. Rain increases from March onwards, reaching a peak in August and September before preparing again for the somewhat drier and cooler season.

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Getting There

By Plane

Krabi Airport (KBV) has regular connections with Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Singapore. Tiger Airways, a budget airline, handles the Singapore - Krabi traffic. Bangkok Airways also flies to Bangkok and Koh Samui. Air Asia flies to Kuala Lumpur. There are even seasonal flights directly to Krabi from Helsinki, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Goa, Oslo and Gothenburg.

By Bus

Long-distance buses connect Krabi to various parts of Thailand. Luxury buses have the facility of reclining seats, snacks and dinner.

By Boat

Ferry services are available from Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Phuket for Krabi town and Ao Nang.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Ananta Burin Resort166 Moo 3, T. Ao Nang MuangHostel81
Ao Nang Beach Resort142 2 Ao Nang Ampur MuangHotel-
Ao Nang Paradise Resort25/18 Moo 2 ,Aonang BeachHotel85
Aonang Buri Resort118 Nopparattara Beach, Aonang MuangHotel-
Aonang Cozy Place420/16-17 M.2 Aonang KrabiHotel-
Aonang Goodwill420/22 Moo 2 Aonang Muang KrabiHotel-
Aonang Grand Inn235 Moo 2 Ao Nang BeachHostel78
Aree Tara ResortAonang Soi 8, Aonang Beach MuangHotel-
Klong Muang Inn36/13 Moo 3 Nong Thale Klong MuangHostel-
Long Beach Bungalows155 Aonang KrabiCampsite77
Nadivana Serviced ApartmentsNateen - Klong Son Road Ao Nang, Moo 4, MuangHotel-
Nantra De Deluxe153 Moo 4, Had Yao Beach (Long Beach) Thalingchan, NuangklongHotel-
Private Beach ResortBanklonghaeng, Tambon Ao Nang Amphur Muang,Hotel-
The Beach Boutique Resort154 Moo 4, Had Yao Beach (Long Beach) Thalingchan, NuangklongHotel-
Thepparat Lodge Krabi151-155 Maharaj Road Paknam DistrictHotel76
Maritime Park & Spa Resort1 Tungfah Road, Muang Krabi, Krabi 81000Hotel-
Krabi Phupranang Resort and Spa223 Moo.5 Aonang Muang Krabi 81000HOTEL-
Thip Residence Boutique Hotel222/2 Moo5 Saithai-Susanhoi Rd. Saithai, MuangHOTEL78
Thaksin Grand Home40/5 Krabi Rd., Paknum, MuangGUESTHOUSE79
Andamanee Boutique Resort175 Moo 5, Soi Nopparat Thara 10, Ao Nang Muang Krabi 81000HOTEL-
Koh Kwang Resort25/1 moo 3 Nongtalay MuangHOTEL73
Tonsai Bay Resort18 Moo.2 Thambon Aonang Amphur Muang Krabi PerovinHOTEL78
The Sea House Beach Resort201 Moo1, Thalingchan, NuaklonHotel-
Krabi Vacation Rentals282 M1 Chongplee 4 Lane Ao NangAPARTMENT-
Sunda Resort19 Moo 3, Aonang, Muang KrabiHOTEL82
Krabi Apartment Hotel262/28 Moo 2, Aonang Soi 11, Aonang, Muang, KrabiAPARTMENT-
City Hotel Krabi15/2-4 Maharaj Rd. Soi 10 Paknam Muang KrabiHOTEL75
coco nori @ sea Resort259/1 Moo. 2 Thambol Nongthala MuangHotel-
Wanna's Place32/1 Moo 2 Ao NangHotel-
Baan Iyara Guesthouse44/21 Krabi Road, Paknam,Guesthouse82
Pan Beach Bungalow105 Moo 4 Nhong talae-Klong Aounang MuangApartment84
B&B House&Hostel98/1Pleuksa-Utis Rd.HOSTEL77
Mountain View Resort105-107 Utrakij Rd T. Paknam A. MuangHotel78
Grand Tower Hotel9 chaofa Rd., Muang KrabiHotel74
Riverside Hotel Krabi287/11 Uttarakit Rd. Paknam Muang KrabiHOTEL74
Oasis Resort64 Krabi-khaotong Rd.Hostel-
Beach Terrace Hotel154 Moo2, T. Aonang, A. MuangHotel84
Aonang Terrace Hotel131-131/3 Moo3, T. Aonang, A. MuangHotel-
Nakamanda Resort & Spa126 Moo.3 Klong Muang Beach Tambol Nongtalay, MuangHotel-
Boon Siam Hotel27 Chaokun Paknam MuangHotel-
Aonang Princeville Resort164 Moo 2 Ao Nang MuangHotel-
Ben's House155-155/3 Moo 3, Ao Nang Beach, Amphur MuengApartment85
Kaleane Villa212 Tambon Khao Tong Mueng DistrictGuesthouse-
Vogue Resort & Spa Ao Nang244 Moo 2 Ao NangHotel-
Tharaparkview Hotel318 Moo 7 Saithai MuangHotel83
Sripet Hotel135/50 Krabi Road U. MuangHotel-
The Elements Krabi Resort189 Moo 3, Klong Muang Beach Tamboon Nong TalayHotel-
Krabi Success Beach Resort112 Moo3, Ao Nang, MuangHotel-
Buri Tara Resort159/1 Moo 3, Aonang, Muang, Ao NangHOTEL-
Haleeva Sunshine445 Moo 2 AonangHOSTEL76
Boon Siam Hotel27 Chaokun Road, T. Paknam Muang DistrictHotel76
Koh Jum Resort Krabi237 Moo 5 Koh sriboya, NuaklongHotel-
The dream garden86/2 Moo 2, T. Ao Nang, A. Muang,Hostel84
The Bananas54 Moo 2 Tamboon Khao Thong Amper MuangHOSTEL82
Pak-Up Hostel87 Utarakit Rd. Paknam KrabiHOSTEL90
Railay Phutawan Resort1 Moo 2, Aonang, MuangHotel-
Diamond Private Resort36 Moo 1 Ao-Nang Ao Railay BeachHotel-
Aonang Phu Petra Resort, Krabi521 Soi 11 Moo 2 Tumbol Aonang Ampur MuangHotel-
Samran Residence127/12-13 Krabi Road, Tambon Paknum Muangkrabi DistrictHOTEL-
J2B Beach Bungalows KrabiBan Klong Heng Tambon ao Nang Nopparat thara BeachHotel-
Lanta Residence & Spa248 Saladan Koh LantaHotel-
KU Krabi Guesthouse1/19 Soi Ruamjit, Maharat Rd., KrabiGUESTHOUSE-
Good Dream Guesthouse83 Uttarakit Road MuangGUESTHOUSE78
Lanta Palm Beach Resort47 Moo3 Saladan, Koh LantaHOTEL-
Lanta New Beach122 Moo 2, Saladan, Koh LantaHotel-
Glur Hostel591 Mu.2, Soi.Aonang11/1 Aonang, MuengHostel91
Krabi Heritage Hotel312 Moo 2 Tambol Ao NangHotel-
Aonang Easy Room440 Moo 2 Aonang ,MuangGuesthouse-
Lanlay Home Stay183/10 M 3 T Lamsuk Aoulok Krabi aoulok KrabiHOTEL-
Gafiyah Gusethouse90/68 Maharaj Rd. PaknumGUESTHOUSE84
Forum House Hotel36/26 Krabi RoadHOTEL-
Sawasdee Guesthouse21 Moo.9 Maharaj Rd,GUESTHOUSE76
The Houben272 Moo 5, Ba Kantiang Bay Koh Lanta YaiHOTEL-
Krabi Countryside Home25/1 Moo 1 Nongtalay Muang KrabiHOSTEL-
JP Mansion52,Soi 5, Maharat rd Pak Nam Krabi townGUESTHOUSE82
BanPunmanus122 BanPunmanus Soi Nathvithi, Krabi Road, Paknam, Krabi, 81000, ThailandGuesthouse89
Boss and Benz House120 Maharaj Road PaknamGUESTHOUSE-
Bannthara Guesthouse225/1 M.5 AonangGUESTHOUSE-
Ascot Krabi492 Moo 2 Ao NangHostel-
Khum Lannta Resort66 moo 2 T. SaladanHOTEL-
Thalane Resort33 Moo. 3 Thambol khaothong MuangHOTEL-
Lanta Nature House89 Moo 6 ,Klong NinGUESTHOUSE-
Aonang Backpacker Hostel376/5 Moo.2 Aonang Krabi, 81000HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are countless internet bars across the country in big and small towns. Internet cafés are widespread and most are inexpensive. Prices as low as 15 baht/hour are commonplace, and speed of connection is generally reasonable, but many cafes close at midnight. Higher prices prevail in major package-tourist destinations (60 baht/hour is typical, 120 baht/hour is not unusual). Keyloggers are all too often installed on the computers in cheap cafes, so be on your guard if using online banking, stock broking or even PayPal. Remember that in the smaller towns and more traditional areas the owners and staff of internet bars prefer if customers take off their shoes at the entrance and leave them outside. This might seem strange although this gesture goes a far way to make friends and give a positive image of foreigners to Thai people.

Outside the most competitive tourist areas, free Wi-Fi is not as common as in neighbouring countries in many budget hotels and guesthouses and they may charge small fee for Internet by LAN or Wi-Fi even if you bring your own laptop. Wi-Fi is commonly available in cafes and restaurants serving Westerners.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international code for Thailand is 66. 999 connects to all emergency services. Standard GSM emergency number 112 is supported in mobile networks. 911 for Tourist Police Department, English available.

For mobile phone users, Thailand has three GSM mobile service providers - AIS, DTAC and Truemove - which may be useful if you have a mobile phone that will work on either one or both of the GSM 900 or 1800 frequency bands (consult your phone's technical specifications). If you have one, you can buy a prepaid SIM card for any of the Thai carriers in any convenience store for as little as 50-200 baht and charge it up as you go. Using your own mobile phone while on holiday with a Thai pre-paid SIM card can save a lot of money and lets you give your number to family back home, so they can have an emergency contact number.

Post

Thailand Post is the Thai postal service that deals with all local and international mail in Thailand. The business is operated from local post offices. Post offices are easy to recognise with their red white and blue motifs and the words 'Thailand Post' in English and Thai above the entrance. They are open from Monday to Saturday, usually 8:30am to 4:30pm (main ones until around 8:00pm), though keeping shorter hours on Saturdays (usually until 1:00pm). They are generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays. Each post office offers a comprehensive service which includes an Express Mail Service (EMS) and parcel post. They also have a price calculator for letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. They also have a track and trace system and money transfer services. If you want to send packages, it might be a good idea to check with private courier companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are fast, reliable and generally quite competitively priced.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 8.05233
  • Longitude: 98.911621

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