October 2012
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Krabi – a popular beach destination in Southern Thailand – Part 2

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.

Maya Bay

• The fabulous Phi Phi Islands are only 45 minutes away from Krabi by speed boat.
• We’ll stop on the way at two less visited spots for snorkeling which are called Bamboo Island and Hin Klarng.
• Take Free time in Tonsai Bay for lunch, shopping and relaxing is followed by an unforgettable tour of Phi Phi Ley.
• This includes scenery made famous by Leonardo Dicaprio’s film “The Beach”.
Tour includes:
– Hotel transfers
– Drinking water & fruit
– Restaurant lunch
– Mask, snorkel, life jacket
– Entrance fees
– Accident insurance
– English-speaking guide
What to bring?
– Beach footwear
– Sun protection
– Swimming gear
– Towel
– Camera

Tham Pranang

• This secluded beach is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Thailand.
• This is accessible only by boat.
• This sweeping beach offers fine-grained white sand and crystalline waters, as well as magnificent jagged karsts.
• Visitors flock to this beach year-round.
• It is still extremely pristine, and considered to be the most attractive in the area.
• The Inner and Outer Pranang Caves, and Pranang Lagoon are closely situated.
• They offer some truly spectacular views.
• Accommodation is available over a wide price range, and the food is excellent.
• Despite the fact that it is reachable only by boat, this area offers a plethora of recreational activities.
• The area possesses some of the best scuba-diving sites in the world.
• They also offer certified instruction courses offered on site.
• Some of the most sought after rock-climbing sites are found in the vicinity, making it a perfect area for a truly complete vacation.
• Hat Tham Pranang can be reached from town via longtail boat from the Chao Fah jetty for a fee of 40 baht, and also from Hat Pranang, and the Phi Phi Islands.
• These trips cost 20 baht and 150 baht respectively.

Raily Bay

• The Ao Nang and Railay peninsular is a land of incredible mountains.
• They have impenetrable forests and beautiful beaches most inaccessible without a boat.
There are 3 beaches:
– Rai Ley West
– Rai Ley East
– Phra Nang
Though on the peninsula, the area feels like an island.
• This is only accessible by boat.
• In the 80’s it was a traveler’s paradise with its white sand beaches, aqua blue sea, incredible limestone scenery, and memorable sunsets.
• There is simple delicious food, basic cheap bungalows, friendly staff and laid-back atmosphere.
• The beach, sunsets & scenery are still as impressive, but the other elements have changed after development.
• Phra Nang beach has virtually been taken over by the Luxury Dusit Rayavadee Resort Complex.
• Rai Leh East & West beach suffer from over-crowding as bungalow complexes are crammed into the small area between them.
• Over the years, budget accommodation is now limited, often full in the high season when most accommodation is overpriced.
• Rai Ley is still one of the most beautiful areas in Thailand, it has retained a relaxed atmosphere, and remains a favorite with many visitors.
• Rai Ley attracts many rock-climbers. It is also a popular center for scuba diving.

Local Transport
• Bus Services to the beaches. Local minibuses leave from outside the Seven Eleven store on Maharaj Road every 15 minutes, from 07:00 until 17:30; and go to Ao Nang, Noppharat Beach and The Shell Cemetery Beach.
• Journeys take about 40 minutes and cost 20 Baht per person, each way.
• Buses also leave from outside Thaimit Tours on Ut-Tarakit Road every 5 minutes for Wat Tham Seua Koa Gaew the famous Tiger Cave Temple.
• The 9 Km journey costs 30 Baht per person, each way.
• There are no roads at Rai Ley.
• You have to take small paths to move this place.

Weather of Railay
• Rainy season: May-Dec
• Monsoons: Sep- Nov
• Dry season: Jan-Apr
• Average Temp. : 17-37 degrees
• High Season : Nov-May
• Low Season: Jun-Oct

Activities in Rai lay
• Rock-climbing (very popular)
• Hiking
• Volleyball
• The usual sea-based activities – snorkeling (50B + fin 50B), diving, fishing and kayaking are available.
• Beach: Hat Tham Phra Nang: 5 min from the village. a very beautiful beach with a cave.

Nopparat Thara Beach

• This beach is located around 20km from Krabi Town and 25km from the airport.
• It is about 2 minutes drive from Ao Nang.
• There are direct boat connections from the pier to the islands of Phi Phi, as well as Lanta and Phuket in high season.
• Longtail boats can be chartered to visit the local islands.
• NOPPARAT Thara is a long beach (around 5km), split into two halves by a river.
• The side closest to Ao Nang is the most developed.
• It is bordered by the main road.
• Access to the other side is by boat only, or by a dirt track from the road to Klong Muang.

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.

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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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