Krabi tourist information

Krabi tourist information

Krabi is the southern province of Thailand.  It’s one of the popular tourist attractions of Thailand and world holidays destinations with beuatyful islands, white sandy beaches, Andaman Sea, coral reefs and Emerald pool. Krabi is located near Andaman Sea. It is far from Bangkok about 814 kilometers. The northern borders of Krabi are Phang-nga and Surattanee province, the southern borders are Trang province and Andaman Sea, the eastern border is Nakhon Si Thammarat, the western borders are Phuket island and Andaman Sea. Krabi province in Thailand is divided into eight districts : AmphoeMuang (Krabi Town), KhaoPanom, Khlong Thom, Plai Phraya, KoLanta, AoLuek, Lam Thap and, NhuaKhlong.

If Phuket island well known by worldwide tourists as "Pearl Of Andaman Sea" Krabi should be an "Emerald Of Andaman Sea"

Krabi is surrounded by many sharming islands such as Phi Phi island, Poda island, Chicken island, Koh Hong island, Railay Bay, Tup island and many more....

How to travel to Krabi?

There are five ways to get there; by road, by rail, by air, by boat and by van or taxi.

Getting to Krabi by road for personal car, you can choose 3 ways; 1) From Bangkok – 946 kilometers route – drive down Highway 4. This will take you via Phetchaburi – prachuabKhiri Khan – Chumphon – RanongPhangnga  toKrabi (946 kilometers in total). 2) From Bangkok -  814kilometers route – take Kighway 4 till you reach Chumphon.  Then take the diversion to Highway 41. Proceed till you reach AmphoeWiang Sac and then change over to Highway 4035 to AmphoeAoLuk.  Here you turn towards Highway 4 and proceed to Krabi (814 kilometers in total).3) From Phuket – 4 hr drive along Highway 402  and then HW 4.  this is a total distance of 185 kilometers. The bused from Bangkok to Krabi have available which take 11 – 12 hours per trip. You can also catch the bus at Phuket to Krabi that leave every hour.

Travel to Krabi From Bangkok, you can go to railway station called ‘HuaLampong’ then, go by rail to Surattanee, Trang or Nakhon Si Thammarat and take the bus to Krabi. Surattanee is far from to Krabi 160 kilometers. Trang is far from Krabi 150 kilometers. It is as far as Nakhon Si Thammarat to Krabi. The trip takes 12 hours approximately.

Fly to Krabi from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, there are three airlines fly to Krabi; Thai Airways, Air Asia and Bangkok Airways. Thai Airways provides three flights per day. Air Asia provides four flights per day. Bangkok Airways provides one flight per day. However, the flight schedules are seasonal changes.

Only Phi Phi Island is needed to get there by boat so you can go straight to the Boat jetty in the central town located at Chaofa ship berth in Krabi.  This is on the Khongkha Road.  From here you can catch a ferry directly to Phi Phi.There are no direct regular ferries from Phuket to Krabi although it is possible to charter a speedboat or similar transportation. Daily ferries operate between Phuket and Krabi via Phi Phi Island. Private speedboat  from Phuket is also available which gets you there in around 3 hours but it is not recommended in low season as the sea is too wavy.

For getting there by van and taxi, you can contact the travel agents in the near provinces such as Phuket island, Phang Nga, Surat Thani Province. The vans and taxi can easily be arranged. Krabi island tour also available from Phuket island.


 Krabi Geography

The geography of Krabi province are highlands and flat plains.The quality of soil being sandy clay encourages agriculture  including rubber trees, cashew nuts, palms, mangos, coconuts, and coffee and its natural forest is rich with mangrove and cassia trees. The Krabi River flows 5 kilometers through the town and flows into the Andaman at Tambon Pak Nam. There are other streams:the KhlongKrabiNoy, the KhlongKrabiYai and the KhlongPakasai in the province's highest range of mountains, the KhaoPhanomBencha. Krabi's estimated population is over 400,000 in recent years. Due to the increasing visitors who are permanently living and working at this beautiful place.

The coastline of Krabi is 160 kilometers long. It is between latitude of 7′ 30″ and 8′ 30″ North and a longitude of between 98′ 30″ and 99′ 30″ East. The sea shore of Krabi is a continental shelf known as a “marine kart”. Some geologists praise PhangNga Bay – comprising the area of PhangNga, Phuket and Krabi – as “the world’s most beautiful marine kart”. It's estimated that the Krabi coastline contains over 200 limestone and jungle-covered islands. Much of Krabi's coastline is dotted with little coves and mangroves which form a unique eco-system and serve as a natural breeding ground for diverse aquatic life. Krabi's beaches are little by little opening out to tourism, although care is being taken to ensure management of the environment.Development is being kept low rise with many hotels designed to blend in with the surroundings. There are few canvas beds and construction directly on the beach has been kept to a minimum in most resort areas.

Fishing is widely carried out along the coastline and on the larger islands, and although traditional methods are still in used, modern trawling techniques are threatening fish numbers and the industry. Shrimp and cockle farming has been a high-growth industry since the early 1990s, and there is also a growing grouper farming industry.

As informed before, Krabi has only two seasons; rainy season and summer. Monsoon winds, which change according to the season, blow from the southeast, the southwest, and the northeast. Temperatures are between 16.9 and 37.3 degrees Celsius and the annual rainfall averages 2,568.5 millimeters.Krabi has mineral sources which are Lignite and Fluoride. Lignite is mined as Klongmak in Nuerklong District, Muang District and Klong Tom. Fluoride is also mined at Klongtom Tai.

Ko Poda Krabi island, Thailand

Thre are only two seasons in Krabi; rainy and summer. Rainy season starts from May to October. Summer starts from November to April. This province is an historical province. The oldest evidence found in Krabiwere the 345-230 million BCE Triassic-Permian. These are fossils of corals in Panom Benja Mountain and Aoluek district indicating that the areas used to be a part of an ancient sea.

 There are two meanings of ‘Krabi’ ; 1. swords, 2. Monkeys which is zodiac animal so the symbol of the Krabi depicts double swords, lending weight to the weapon origin in preference to plant or monkey. It also has beautiful cultures. Krabi population numbers around 400,000 of which 80% are of Nakhon Si Thammarat ancestry. Half of the population is Muslim. Some are migrants from Malaysia while others came from other provinces. Muslims typically settle by the sea by adopting agriculture and fishery for their livelihood. Then, they plant oil palm and rubber. The mosque is the centre of activities, religion the guiding principles teaching peaceful coexistence.Buddhists are farmer who works in rubber and oil palm plantation. The Chinese are the business owners. The Chinese families dominate local agriculture, factories, real estates, hotels and resorts. A few become politicians, local and national. Another peaceful group is the Moken, the sea gypsy. Their area spans the Andaman coasts of Thailand and Malaysia. Until recently they lived in their travelling boats.  Some groups have since settled down on Lanta Island and a few other small islands.Despite a settler’s lifestyle, the Moken of Lanta is able to retain their traditions. The most notable practice is the annual symbolic boats rite where miniature boats are decorated, celebrated with a great feast, and set adrift carrying away the tribe’s misfortunes on the full moon day of the sixth and eleventh lunar months.For all their varied ethnicities, the people of Krabi live in harmony. Peace is the norm in the province.