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Krabi – a popular beach destination in Southern Thailand – Part 1




Krabi Province is a popular beach destination at the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand.

Cities in Krabi

1. Krabi Town
This is the administrative capital and a common entry point into the region.
2. Ao Nang
Krabi’s most developed beach which is a long beach fringed by palm trees.
3. Had Yao (Long Beach)
• This is the last untouched beach in Krabi Province.
• It is the most spectacular with its views of Jum Mountain and Ao Nang’s cliff walls.
4. Rai Leh
Thailand’s rock climbing Mecca, a craggy peninsula with several small beaches.
5. Ton Sai
• There are the cheapest bungalows in this area.
• This is referred by backpackers away from the hordes of tourists and an easy walk to Rai Leh.
6. Ko Jum
It is a peace & quiet place for those looking for solitude.
7. Ko Lanta
A sleepy island, the new escape for those who find Ao Nang/Rai Leh too touristy.
8. Ko Ngai
It is a part of Krabi Province, but easier to reach from Trang.
9. Ko Phi Phi
Thailand’s largest Marine National Park and backpacker favorite where The Beach was filmed.
10. Ko Por
An ecotourism place near the famous island of Ko Lanta, away from the hordes of tourists to find another kind of travel, to learn the true life of the Thai people and discover the nature.
11. Ko Siboya
A rural Thailand with a difference
12. Baan Ao Leuk
Some caves are here that are well worth a visit.

Overview of Krabi

• Krabi is a coastal province that abounds with countless natural attractions. Such attractions include:
– white sandy beaches
– crystal clear water
– fascinating coral reefs
– caves
– waterfalls
– numerous islands
• The distinguishing feature of both Krabi and neighboring Phang Nga is the massive limestone karsts.
• They rise vertiginous out of the flat rice paddies on land and as islands from the sea.
• There are some gorgeous beaches and excellent scuba diving and rock climbing.
• Phuket is a neighboring place of Krabi Province.
• It is believed that Krabi was one of the oldest communities in Thailand dating back to the prehistoric period.
• This town may have taken its name after the meaning of Krabi, which means sword.
• This may have stemmed from a legend that an ancient sword was unearthed prior to the city’s founding.
• You can get around on English alone in the more touristic areas.
• A few words of Thai will come in handy off the beaten track and will be much appreciated anywhere.
• A number of other European languages are spoken in dive shops.

Geography of Krabi

• Bordering the Andaman Sea, Krabi is located 814 kilometers south of Bangkok.
• It covers an area of 4,708 square kilometer.
• Its mountainous physical geography is broken by highlands and plains which covers more than 130 large and small islands which abounds with mangrove forests.
• The Krabi River flows 5 kilometers through the town and into the Andaman Sea at Tambon Pak Nam.
• There are also klongs (canals) such as Klong Pakasai, Klong Krabi Yai, and Klong Krabi Noi.
• These all originate from Krabi’s highest mountain Mount Phanom Bencha.
The borders are as below:
– North: borders with Phang-nga and Surat Thani
– South: borders with Trang and the Andaman Sea.
– East: borders with Nakhon Si Thammarat.
– West: borders with Phang-nga and the Andaman Sea.

AO NANG, KRABI, THAIALND

• Ao Nang is the central point of Krabi.
• Just a few years ago this was still a tiny fishing community.
• In recent times, Krabi has grown onto a major international destination.
• Ao Nang beach is hailed to be one of the finest beaches of the world.
• The Ao Nang beach overlooks the tranquil sea and hidden among tropical greenery.
• The Ao Nang beach is indeed the ultimate destination for the tourist who loves sea ‘n the sun.
• Ao Nang beach is a scenic bay.
• The white sandy beach stretches to the foot of a conspicuously prominent limestone range.
• It is set in lush tropical gardens and surrounded by coconut trees.
• The Ao Nang beach offers some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the world.
• It is full of sandy beaches, abundant marine life, and live coral and great underwater visibility nearby.
• Other facilities include diving shops, boats for rent and sightseeing by canoe.
From Ao Nang beach, tourists may hire boats to visit nearby attractions such as:
– Hat Rai Lay
– Tham Phra Nang
– Sa Phranang located on land to the east of Ao Nang beach.
• These are ideal sites for swimming, snorkeling or scuba-diving.
• The white sands, rock formations, islets, coral reefs, limestone caves and clear waters of the Ao Nang beach revitalize.
• One can peacefully settle under the sun, diving or swimming.
• Ao Nang beach is thus a dream come true for every nature lover, who craves for the exotic richness of the nature.

Shopping at Krabi

• Supermarket: beach road, near the village Rd.
• Photo: Kodak Express: Beach Rd.
• Massage : Mother House: 300/hr

Eating Outlets in Krabi
• In the evening a popular eating area is Soi Sunset, a small alleyway at the end of the beach that juts out over the sea.
• Some restaurants have excellent views across the bay.
• Ao Nang Cuisine/Mama’s Kitchen Shopping Mall; Thai/International 30+B;
• Breakfast 55B English newspaper
• Pancake Stall In front of Thai Military Bank, near the road to the village. Thai style sweet pancakes 10B HighlyRec, Delicious, all the songthaew drivers eat here.
• Wanna’s Place: Beach Road
• Swiss/Thai food Nice quite atmosphere

Best Time to Visit Krabi

• Rainy season : May-Dec Monsoons : Sep- Nov
• Dry season: Jan-Apr Average Temp. : 17-37 c
• High Season : Dec-May Low Season : Jun-Oct
• The best time to visit Krabi is between the months November to April when the area’s climate is less hot than usual.
• During this period the island gets a lot of dry North Easterly winds, so giving dry blue skies and starry nights.
• Then, down on the beaches one can enjoy nice sea breezes.
• From June to November the area gets a lot of rainfall, more on average than the rest of the country.
• During this period the island gets a lot of moist South Westerly winds, so giving a mixture of dry days and wet ones.
• The sea stays at a warm 29°C all year round.
• Visitors however, coming in this period will find it cheaper.

Location on Google Maps


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How to get there?

The most popular way to enter this province is via its capital, Krabi Town.
1. By plane
• Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 10 km from the city limits, 15 km from the city centre, and 40km from Ao Nang and 23km from Had Yao.
• Thai Airways operates daily direct flights to/from Bangkok, likewise Air Asia from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
• Bangkok Airway flies to Ko Samui nearly every day of the week.
• Destination Air Shuttle, Thailand’s only Seaplane service also routinely flies in and out of Krabi (Ko Lanta) from Phuket and to the numerous outer islands.
For more information, contact:
• Thai Airways International Public Company Limited: Tel. 1566, 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000, 0 2356 1111, 0 7570 1591 – 93 or visit [1].
• Krabi International Airport, Tel. 0 7563 6541- 2
• Air Asia Airlines: Tel. 0 2515 9999 or visit www.airasia.com.
• Nok Air : Tel. 0 2627 2000 or 1318 or visit www.nokair.com,

2. By Car
• Krabi is on Highway 4.
• Shared songthaews (pickup truck taxis) from Ao Nang to Krabi are frequent and cost Bt 40.
Originating in Phang-nga province, Highway 4 links many of the province’s districts. Other main routes include:
– Highway 4035 to Plai Phraya district (Krabi) & Phra Saeng district (Surat Thani)
– Highway 4034 links Ao Nang and Nopparat beaches
– Highway 4037 to Khao Phanom district (towards Surat Thani)
– Highway 4038 links Klong Thom and Lam Thap districts
– Highway 4206 links Klong Thom to Koh Lanta

From Bangkok:
• Proceed along Highway No. 4, passing Phetchaburi – Prachuap Khiri Khan – Chumphon – Ranong – Phang-nga, to Krabi.
• The total distance is 946 kilometers.
• Travel along Highway No. 4 onto Highway No. 41 at Chumphon via Amphoe Lang Suan and Amphoe Chaiya, Surat Thani.
• Proceed towards Amphoe Wiang Sa, change to Highway No. 4035 for Amphoe Ao Luek, and switch back to Highway No. 4 again to Krabi.
• This route is 814 kilometers.

From Phuket:
Proceed along Highways No. 402 and No. 4. The total distance is 176 kilometers.

3. By Bus
• There are regular direct bus services between Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal and Krabi (~ 500 baht).
• The best option is to take a VIP bus, which for 250 baht more makes the 10 hour ride much more comfortable.
Buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (tel. +66-24351199) to Krabi take about 12 hours and depart as follows:
– VIP bus – 07:20 – 1055 baht
– First class bus – 19:00 – 680 baht
– Second class bus – 07:30, 19:00, 19:30, 21:00 – 378 baht

4. By Train
The nearest train stations are:
• Trang – 2-2.5 hours away from Krabi by bus
• The nearest train station to Krabi is in Trang province just south of Krabi. From there, there are trains to and from Bangkok.

Distances to Krabi from:
– From Bangkok
• The distance from Bangkok to Krabi is approx 950 km or about 12 hrs by car.
• Route 1: Phetburi – Prachuabkirikhan – Chumporn – Phang Nga – Krabi = 946 km.
• Route 2: Phetburi – Prachuabkirikhan – Chumporn (Highway No 41) to Chaiya (Suratthani) – Krabi (Viangsra) – Highway No 4035 – Krabi (Ao Luk) and along Highway 4 again = 814 km.
• Surat Thani – 3-4 hours away from Krabi by bus

Some Travel Books about Thailand

Lonely Planet Discover Thailand Thailand PhotoMazing Thailand

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at krabi-tourism.com
Hotels at krabi.sawadee.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Krabi

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at krabi-tourism.com
Blogs at krabi.sawadee.com
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Krabi

Images at google.com
Images at krabi-photos.com
Images at krabi-tourism.com
Images at tripadvisor.in

Videos of Thailand – Krabi






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