On the west coast of southern Thailand, at the mouth of the Krabi River, lays Krabi Town, the capital of Krabi Province. In 2005 the population was recorded at approximately 25 000 people- mostly descendents of the inhabitants of perhaps the oldest continued settlement in Thailand. The dating of tools and art has lead to the belief that Krabi was inhabited as early as 25000 BC. Krabi is a relaxed town and is the perfect place to stop for a couple of nights before travelling to one of the nearby islands.
The recommended time to visit Krabi is between November and May. The sun shines all day long during these months, but the Limestone Mountains help to keep things cool. August and September are the rainy season. The water averages around 28oC throughout the year, and due to the mountains, you could experience beautiful sunshine on one beach, while a down pour is happening on another!
Travelling to Krabi is very easy from most towns and cities in Thailand. The town is easily accessed by the international Krabi Airport. Buses also travel to the town on a daily basis from Bangkok, Surat Thani, Phuket, Hat Yai and Ao Nang. Once in Krabi, Songthaews (pickup trucks) run all day and are a great way of getting around. Songthaws have routes, but the drivers are quite accommodating and will drop you of almost anywhere. If you are not at a bus stop, try flagging one down like a taxi, they generally stop for you.
Alternatively, tourists can use the hair-raising motorcycle taxis. They will take you most places but be sure to negotiate the price before you go! There are also minivans and motorbikes with sidecars around. They will get you about for around 20 baht for short trips. Keep in mind they charge per person, so beware when they try to squeeze six of you into a side car! Rather opt for an extra vehicle.
There are regular taxis also available, on a daily basis and these can also be hired for airport transfers. Haagen-Dazs's beach road is where they usually hang out. Other options include traditional long tail boats which are a great option for island hopping, taxi boats which wait until they have enough passengers (6 -10 or more) before departing, and tour bookings. Prices for trips are fixed and displayed on a board outside the ticket office. The prices are the same all year round and children under 12 travel free.
Krabi is host to the usual island activities, such as scuba diving and snorkelling, golf, hot springs and of course, famous Thai massages! The limestone cliffs attract climbers and the unspoilt beaches and beautiful islands have made Krabi attractive to not only those that wish to bronze themselves in the sun, but also those that want action! Other activities include learning to cook Thai food, visiting a temple or exploring the nearby islands.
Krabi is made up of the following areas:
Once you have decided which area to spend your time in the town do some research on your options. There are many hotels and resorts available, ranging from under THB2000 to over THB8000 per person per night. Some of the most popular places include Diamond Resort, Chan Cha Lay and Swallow Guesthouse. Krabi is a fantastic location for tourists who want to relax whilst still having the opportunity for some fantastic adventure activities. Krabi is very popular with tourists and it is not hard to see why.