Difference between revisions of "Krabi Town"
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Krabi is the provincial capital of Krabi Province.
Direct connections are by air and road; travellers can also take a train to Surat Thani and continue on to Krabi by bus from there.
Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 10 km from the city centre. There are direct flights to Krabi from Bangkok and Singapore: Thai Airways fly from Bangkok several times daily, while Tiger Airways fly from Singapore four times a week.
Krabi Limousine (tel. +66-75692073) has a desk inside the terminal and provides "limousine taxi" (using large air-conditioned sedans) transport to Krabi for 300 baht; National Car Rental also has a branch at the airport. Cheaper rides are available outside the terminal from motorcycle taxis.
If leaving from Krabi Airport, note that the international departure tax is 400B. Tax for domestic flights is already included in your ticket.
Buses from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (tel. +66 (0) 24351199) to Krabi take about 12 hours and depart as follows:
Buses also run from the east coast with connection to ferries to Ko Samui and onward. Choose your ticket carefully - the trip should take no more than three hours, but some travellers have endured ridiculous ten hour rides which included extensive "repair stops" right in front of restaurants coincidentally affiliated with the bus company... you can avoid such hassles by using state-run BKS buses instead of dodgy private operators.
Shuttle buses run between Krabi airport and Phuket airport several times a day. There are also regular buses that make the 2 hour run.
Krabi is located on Highway 4.
At night there is a charming night market close to the promenade next to the piers. Food is good and cheap, with muslim influences. From time to time the town organizes shows on a small stage next to the market.
Ferries run to Ko Phi Phi, Ko Jum and Ko Lanta daily. Most depart in the morning. Tickets can be purchased at the dock or from tourist offices and most local guesthouses and hotels. The normal passenger ferry does not start from the center of town anymore, but from a new passenger port about 3 km outside Krabi. Free taxi transfer to the pier should be included in the price of your ticket. If your boat starts from the old piers in the center of town (Chao Fah pier or Phi Phi pier), you are most likely on a more expensive and longer tourist boat ride.