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All you need to know to visit Krabi

Southern Thailand
950 km from Bangkok
Province of Krabi
Thai prononciation : Klabi


Recomm. stay
2-3 jours minimum


Practical guide to go and visit Krabi

Krabi is the gateway to the islands of Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi or Railay but the city and its area have much to offer. Going to Krabi without taking time to take a long tail tour on the river among mangroves and limestone mountains or without visiting the cave temples is a great pity. have dinner at the night market near the pier of Tha Khong Ka. The food is tasty and very cheap. Here you are really in typical Thailand atmosphere. Budget accommodation there are numerous (especially near the pier).
And for those who love relaxing on the beach, go to Ao Nang, 16 km away. There is a beautiful beach with amazing sunsets. The accommodation prices are higher.

Accommodations in Krabi

When we speak of Krabi, it is important to distinguish the town itself where small accommodation and very cheap guesthouses offering dorm beds are very numerous near Chao Fah Pier and Ao Nang beach about twenty kilometers from the town. In general, travelers go sleep at Ao Nang beach and its beautiful sunsets. Rooms rates are significantly higher than in Krabi Town and it is very difficult to find a room for less than 1000 baht but there are some cheaper options. Book in advance as they rarely have rooms available in high season.

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Krabi.

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Krabi town

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Practical information about Krabi

The bus station is 4 km from Krabi town. White songthaews (Route 8399) depart from the bus terminal, pass through the town of Krabi including Kong Fa Pier where boats leave for the islands and Railay and where most cheap guesthouses are, then continue to Ao Nang. They run from 7am to 7pm and there is one every 20-30 minutes. A ride from the bus terminal to the city costs between 20 and 30 bahts and it is 50 baht to go to Ao Nang.
There is also a white bus (route 8415) that runs every hour from 7 am to 6.30 pm from Krabi Airport and goes to Ao Nang.

How to go to Krabi ?

To go to Krabi, you can choose the plane, there are direct flights from Bangkok and Koh Samui. Otherwise take the bus, departing from Sai Tai Mai, Bangkok South Terminal. Trains do not go to Krabi but to Trang and there you will have to take a bus or minivan to Krabi (or Ao Nang if Ao Nang Beach is your destination). The journey from Bangkok is very long. 12 hours by bus, 14 or 15 hours by train to Trang plus the bus ride to Brabi. By train, take rather choose a night train (book in advance). There are also formulas bus or van + ferry from Koh Samui and surrounding islands.

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My selection of tours & activities in Krabi

Unique Krabi tour off the beaten track Krabi

Unique Krabi tour off the beaten track

Offered in Englishenglish guide
This full-day tour will bring you into Krabi's countryside, through latex, palm, and pineapple plantations, meeting the locals. You will also visit caves, rivers and the seaside without tourists.

Krabi: Sunset Cruise with Dinner on the river Krabi

Krabi: Sunset Cruise with Dinner on the river

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Enjoy a sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht from Krabi city. You will first cruise on the river, pass through the mangrave before heading out to sea and admire the most beautiful islands in the area while enjoying your dinner of Thai specialties.

Krabi Jungle Tour withe Tiger Cave Temple & Emerald Pool Krabi

Krabi Jungle Tour withe Tiger Cave Temple & Emerald Pool

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Discover the gems of Krabi jungle with a professional guide. Climb to the top of the Tiger Cave Temple for an incredible 360° view of the surroundings and relax with a swim in the turquoise waters of Krabi Emerald Pool.

How to get around in Krabi ?

in Krabi, no taximeter, just motorcycle taxis and songtahews used for the local buses lines. The most important for tourists is probably the white songthaew 8399 that goes from Krabi Bus Terminal, go through Krabi town, including Kong Fa Pier (from where boats depart for the islands and Railay and where most cheap guesthouses are located) and continues on Ao Nang before ending his trip at Shell Cemetery. Service between 7 am and 7 pm. So from the city, you can reach the bus terminal located 4 km from Krabi by taking the white or the red songthaews (price THB 20-30). Other songthaew can also take you elsewhere, ask your hotel or guesthouses or watch their inscriptions (sometimes only in Thai).
There is also an hourly white bus shuttle from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang (route 8415) from 7 am to 6.30 pm. You can also use GRAB app (similar to UBER but UBER does not operate in Southestern Asia any more) to order a transportation.

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Festivals in Krabi ?

Here is a list of the main festivals taking place every year in Krabi. I mention their dates as soon as they are official on Thai Festivals page.
krabi naga fest

Krabi Naga Fest

This festival generally takes place in the month of February

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krabi vegetarian festival

Krabi vegetarian festival

This festival generally takes place in the month of October

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Other places to see in Krabi

Koh Lao Lading Krabi
Koh Lao Lading
This small island nicknamed 'Paradise island' is often on the programme of boat trips from krabi or Ao Nang that go to Koh Hong. It does not lack charm but is quite crowded with tourists.
Ao Thalane Krabi
Ao Thalane
It is one of the most famous places for kayaking in Krabi province. It must be said that with karst formations and mangroves, the setting is just ideal !
The Mud Crabs Sculpture Krabi
The Mud Crabs Sculpture
This sculpture of a giant black crab with the two mountain peaks on each side of the river in the background is one of the symbols of Krabi Town. Tourists, especially Thais, like to photograph themselves in front.
Mangrove Tunnel Krabi
Mangrove Tunnel
This portion of an arm of the river that goes through the mangroves near Krabi town is nicknamed the tunnel because you are completely immersed in the shade of the mangroves. It has to be part of all boat tours on Krabi river.
Mangrove Tunnel Krabi
Mangrove Tunnel
After a demonstration of how the batik dyeing method works, you will have the opportunity to try making your own creation in a larger or smaller size depending on your choice.
Koh Phi Phi Krabi
Koh Phi Phi
Visiting Koh Phi Phi island is offered as a full day boat tour from Krabi (or Ao Nang) but to really enjoy what it has to offer and avoid going to be on the various point of interest when they are crowded with tourists, the best thing is to sleep there and take an early morning excursion.
Koh Lanta Krabi
Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta is quite popular with tourists looking for an island that is still a little wild without too much night life and a real local life. To visit Ko Lanta, it is necessary to stay there several days. There are some interesting boat trips and diving excursions from Lanta and many beaches from long ones to more secret ones.
Koh Jum Krabi
Koh Jum
The small Koh Jum island is located between Krabi and Koh Lanta. Little known, it is one of the few islands in Thailand that have escaped mass tourism. Quite wild and not really modernized, it is a destination for those who want to escape from the busy world for a few days.
Khaothong Hill Viewpoint Krabi
Khaothong Hill Viewpoint
This viewpoint is also a famous café and restaurant. But you can go up there without consuming anything. Khaothong Hill offers a superb view of the sea and the islands of Phang Nga Bay. This is one, if not the, best place to watch the sunset in Krabi. But it's a half hour drive!
Ao Nang Mountain Buddha Temple Krabi
Ao Nang Mountain Buddha Temple
This perched temple often ignored by tourists even though it is only 3 kilometers from Ao Nang beach is an interesting place to visit with several beautiful golden statues including a large Buddha on the top. It also offers a nice dominant view from the top of its stairs.
Ao Nang Monkey Trail Krabi
Ao Nang Monkey Trail
This little trail starts from the end of Ao Nang beach 18km from Krabi town, crosses the jungle climbing up the mountainside before descending to a charming little secluded beach. You can sometimes see monkeys on the way, hence its name. Sometimes but not all the time!
Wat Bang Thong (Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol) Krabi
Wat Bang Thong (Wat Maha That Wachiramongkol)
This Buddhist temple, a good hour's drive from Krabi or Ao Nang, even if quite recently built, is remarkable for its architecture and its 95-meter-high golden chedi inspired by the Maha Chedi Phutthakhaya in India. It is a very photogenic temple and still relatively unknown to foreign tourists.
Din Daeng Doi Viewpoint Krabi
Din Daeng Doi Viewpoint
From its summit, this mountain offers one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Krabi. This is probably the best place to come and have breakfast with an incredible view while watching the sun rise over the horizon. Food prices are very reasonable.
Klong Root (Clear Water Canal) Krabi
Klong Root (Clear Water Canal)
This natural canal with incredibly crystal clear water is one of the 2 or 3 very popular places in Krabi to go for a kayak trip. It's very pleasant to immerse yourself in nature with this water having almost unreal colors.

Weather & climate in Krabi

Krabi has a tropical savanna climate. On the Andaman coast like Phuket, Krabi province has to a six months long rainy season between May and November with heavy rainfalls often brief but regular. On average, it rains less in Krabi than in Phuket.

The best time to come to Krabi is from December to March and especially in January-February. During summer it rains oftent especially from August to the end of October, the worst period to come to Krabi.

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When to go to Krabi ?

quand partir à Krabi

How to ask in Thai to go to Krabi ?

I want to go to Krabi / Yak paï ti Klabi.
Where is Krabi ? / Klabi you ti naï ?
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