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Krabi – a popular beach destination in Southern Thailand – Part 3

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.

Poda Island

• Koh Poda and Chicken island are near Rai Leh.
• There are a few islands with beautiful white coral sand beaches and crystal clear water.
• Koh Poda and Chicken island are the closest ones and can be easily reached by long tail boat (either from Ao Nang, Rai Leh or Phra Nang beaches).
• Koh Poda is a small limestone island 25 minutes by boat from the beaches of the Raileh peninsular.
• The circular island is no more than a kilometer in diameter.
• It is covered in palm trees and almost entirely encircled by a soft white sand beach.
• A coral reef lies 20 meters offshore.
• The combination of scenery, beach and excellent snorkeling make it one of my favorite places to spend a lazy day.

Klong Song Nam

• The Pom Klong Song Nam is located in Moo 2, Baan Nongjit, Khao Khram Sub-district, Muang District, Krabi Province.
• To get there from Krabi town take the Krabi-Ao Luk road (Highway 4) and turn right at the Pom Khao Khram intersection after five kilometers.
• The route is signposted all the way.
• Car parking is available at 20 Baht per car.
• Restaurants and souvenir shops are adjacent to the parking area.
• The admission fee for adults is 50 Baht: children 30 Baht.
• In order to preserve the pristine environment food and beverages are prohibited.
• You should not throw soap or oily contaminants in the canal, jump into the water or make a lot of noise.
• The Pom Klong Song Nam Natural Trail can be visited all year round but low tides are the best time to see the crystal-clear waters at their best.

Places to See Around
Baan Ao Leuk
• This is some 50 km north of Krabi Town on the way to Phang Nga.
• Several interesting caves are worth looking at here.

Things to do
Rock climbing
• Krabi is a world class rock-climbing destination.
• It has the distinctive limestone karst formations offer a wide variety of climbs.
• Krabi rivals Ko Tao on Thailand’s east coast as a center for diving, with a number of renowned dive sites in the Andaman sea.
• It has many dive shops in Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta in particular set up to cater for them.
Boat Trips
• Boat travel is one of the major ways to visit some of the more secluded beaches on the Krabi mainland, as well as the many islands and islets dotting the Andaman Sea.
• A wide variety of options to suit different budgets is available.
• These are from distinctive long tail boats used by the locals to speedboats and cruise ships.

Places to see in Krabi Town

Khao Kanab Nam
• This is the symbol of Krabi, two karst rocks situated next to each other.
• 15 minutes long tail boat can take you from the pier to the rocks, where you can walk up some stairs to the top.
Wat Kaew
• This is one of the main temples in Krabi town
• The new building is located on Thanon Maharat close to the Pattana.
• Contemporary Art Museum of Krabi is opposite to Wat Kaew that is open T-Su 10:00 to 5:00.
Tiger Temple (Wat Tham Sua)
• This is one of the most famous temples in Southern Thailand
• It is located on top of a mountain about 8 km northeast of the Krabi town
• There is a stairway with 1237 steps to the top to visit a tiger’s footprint on the top of the mountain
• Those who make it to the top will also be rewarded with 360 degree views of the area and the sea.
• To get here is just a few Km out of town and a couple of kms from the bus station
• Take the road to the airport and turn left/north before you get to the big shopping malls.
• You should actually be able to see the big Buddha on the mountain-top
• It should cost no more than B200 in a taxi
• Red/white songthaew should get you there for 20-50 Baht per person
• The way back is 20 Baht.
• As you walk in, you will see a huge Stupa on the right with steps leading up inside.
• Entrance fee is B199
• This is up the top of a near vertical mountain some 300 meters (about 900 feet) skyward further along the path!
• If you continue walking past the shop on the left, apparently run by the Temple, which advertises bananas to feed the monkeys
• Shortly, on the left you will see the steps upward.
• Many of the steps are quite steep; there are more than 1200 of them.
• Restrooms are available during the hike up, as is a water dispenser at the top.
• The view from the top, and from other places as you walk up, is phenomenal.

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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