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Krabi Town

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Krabi Town

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Krabi is the provincial capital of Krabi Province.

Understand

Krabi is a small city with a population of around 18,000. Located just upriver from the coast, it has no beaches and hence many visitors make a beeline for Ao Nang or Rai Leh (Railay).

Get in

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.

By plane

Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 10 km from the city limits, 15km from city centre, 40km from Ao Nang. Thai Airways operates daily direct flights to/from Bangkok, likewise Air Asia from March 1st 2006. Tiger Airways flies direct to/from Singapore nearly every day of the week and to/from Darwin on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The international departure tax surcharge is 500 baht; domestic departure tax is included in the price of the flight.

National Car Rental has a branch at the airport; motorcycle taxi rides are available outside the terminal.

Krabi Limousine (tel. +66-75692073) has a desk inside the terminal and provides "limousine taxi" (using large air-conditioned sedans) transport to Krabi for 500 baht; Ao Nang for 800 baht; Phuket for 2500 baht. Krabi Tours offers prearranged taxi chauffeurs.

By train

By bus

Buses from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (tel. +66-24351199) to Krabi take about 12 hours and depart as follows:

  • VIP bus - 07:20 - 710 baht
  • First class bus - 19:00 - 486 baht
  • Second class bus - 07:30, 19:00, 19:30, 21:00 - 378 baht

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... such hassles can be avoided 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.

By car

Krabi is located on Highway 4.

Shared taxi to Ao Nang is 40 baht and they depart all the time.

By boat

Ferries run from/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.

The large displayed time-tables in the many travel agencies are just for show and the times are not to be taken literally. Ask.

Get around

See

Do

Buy

Eat

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.

An even better market can be found on Soi (Lane) 10 in the centre of town. This market has plenty of fresh fruit and lots of authentic cooked food. Only a few places have menus, otherwise point and enjoy. This market does not sell alcohol.

There are several Italian restaurants of varying degrees of authenticity. Viva has Italian management and probably the best food.

Drink

Sleep

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Chan Cha Lay hotel.
  • Chan Cha Lay, 55 Utarakit Road; tel: +66-75620952 [email protected] is a great, highly recommended budget option. The small hotel is clean and well-kept, and the design interesting & tasteful, cosy, cheery. Centrally located, there are endless food options nearby. Rooms 250 baht with shared bath, 350 baht with for private bath (low season). Air-con rooms also available.
  • City Hotel, 15/2-4 Sukon Road Mueng; tel: +66-75611961 (fax: +66-75621282) is a standard western style hotel, comfortable but not especially luxurious. Trappings include hot water and cable TV. Double rooms with fan start from 450 baht and rooms with air-con from 550 baht. Annoying free wake-up call at 11am.
  • Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort tel: +66-75660-501 [email protected] [1] is a 15-minute ride from downtown Krabi and the airport. This garden resort has a natural swimming pool and trekking opportunities in the adjacent Phanom Bencha National Park. Low/high season prices are: double bungalows for 4 people 1000/1200 baht; single bungalows 500/700 baht; tents 250/250 baht.

Get out




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