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Overview

Krabi is a small city with a population of around 18,000. Located just upriver from the coast, it has no beaches and most visitors make a beeline for Had Yao, Ao Nang or Rai Leh (Railay). Nevertheless, Krabi is a relaxed place which is pleasant enough for travellers to spend a night or two and one can certainly better experience Thailand here than in Ao Nang or the other beach resorts.

Krabi


How to get there

Direct connections are by air, road and sea from other parts of Thailand.

By plane

Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 10 km from the city limits, 15km from city centre. It is 40km from Ao Nang and 23km from Had Yao.

To/from Bangkok

Thai Airways , Air Asia operate daily direct flights to/from Bangkok.

To/from Phuket

Destination Air Shuttle , Thailand's only Seaplane service also routinely flies in and out of Krabi (Au Nang) from Phuket and to a numerous outer islands.

To/from outside Thailand

Air Asia  has daily flights to/from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The international departure tax surcharge is 700 baht but is included in most tickets now; 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. travelkrabi.com offers taxi and minibus (minivans) for less however travellers have to make deposit payment of 200 baht online via credit card. AsiaReservations.net, a local travel agent, arrange private car transfers to Ao Nang for THB 550

Getting to/from airport: An airconditioned airport bus service links the airport with Krabi Town, Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara Beach. Fares are 90baht to Krabi and 150 baht to Ao Nang/Noppharat Thara. Buses meet all flight arrivals. For times to the airport, see Ao Nang page.

Songthaews run from Krabi Town to the airport and cost 40 baht. Going to the airport, they will drop you at the departure terminal. From the airport, you will have to walk out and catch them along the main road to Krabi, a distance of about 200m.
By train

Krabi does not have a railway station. Most travellers head to Surat Thani and transfer onto buses to Krabi from there. See the Surat Thani page for train times and the "By Bus" section below for bus connections between Krabi and Surat Thani.

By bus

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

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

In Krabi, buses arrive/depart from the bus terminal at Taladkao, about 5km north of town.

To/from Surat Thani: Buses run from Krabi's bus terminal at Taladkao. Buses connect Krabi with Surat Thani with connections to ferries to Ko Samui and the other islands). Choose your ticket carefully - the trip should take no more than three hours, but some travellers have endured ridiculous ten hour rides (giving thieves ample time to go through the bags underneath the bus) which included extensive "repair stops" right in front of restaurants coincidentally affiliated with the bus company... such hassles can be avoided by using state/government-run BKS buses instead of dodgy private operators.

To/from Phuket: Shuttle buses run between Krabi airport and Phuket airport several times a day. There are also regular buses that make the 2 hour run.

To/from Ao Nang: White-coloured songthaews run from Krabi Town to Ao Nang via Klong Jilard, Sai Thai, Ao Nang Junction Village and Noppharat Thara Beach. Fares 50 baht during the day until 18:00, 60 baht between 18:00 and 22:00. They run every ten minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 18:00. In Krabi, songthaews depart from in front of the 7-Eleven on Thanon Maharat.

By car

Krabi is located just off Highway 4. It is 946km south of Bangkok, 180km by road to Phuket, and 70km to Phang Nga.

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. Also, make sure that when you arrive at the airport the taxi driver takes you to the correct pier. Many times they'll take you to a travel agent near the old pier and sell you additional accommodations or services. Only ever buy the ticket you need. Prices will often get cheaper the closer you get to your next destination.

Ferry tickets to Ko Phi Phi are 350 baht when purchased from a travel agent.

The large displayed time-tables in the many travel agencies are just for show and the times are not to be taken literally. Ask. As of July 2007, there were two ferries a day from Krabi to Ko Phi Phi a day: 10am and 2:30pm. They add additional ferries during high-season.

The pier at Klong Jilad, for ferries to and from Ko Phi Phi has a taxi desk with posted prices: 150 baht to Krabi town, and 350 baht to the airport.

Getting around

This article is about the town of Krabi. See Krabi province for attractions elsewhere, including Krabi's famous beaches.

What to buy

Krabi town, too, is far cheaper than any of the tourist resorts - this is reflected in the price of food and drinks especially. There are two night markets in Krabi town that are worth a look, also a vogue department store where real items can be found cheaper than in Ao Nang. Do check out the Tesco Lotus Shopping Mall which is near the airport. Prices are cheap and there are lots of eateries available there.There are a few art gallery offering affordable pop art pieces

What to 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 Maharat 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.

Not to be missed is the covered morning market (the biggest in South Thailand) on Maharat Soi 7 (behind the Shell station). For early birds only. After 8am all the action is subsiding. Exactly at that time you can watch a show of national pride: the national anthem is playing and almost everyone comes to a standstill for a minute. The best place to get all kinds of fresh fruit and vegetable, khao njao (sticky rice), PatongKhoo, ChaThai (sweetened Thai-Tea) or fresh hot soymilk. The section of fresh fish and meat sellers is for hardened stomachs only.

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

You can get the best breakfast in town (and maybe even coffee) at Relax Coffee near the pier.


Where to stay

Howdy Relaxing Hotel, Krabi
20 Wachara Rd., Krabi Yai district,
Mueang Krabi, Krabi 81000 Thailand
Tel: 0 7570 0187-8
Fax: 0 7570 0187-8
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Website: http://www.howdy-relaxingkrabi.com         
Accommodation : 30 rooms
Room Rates : 600 - 2,200 THB


A Mansion
12/6 Chaofa Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7563 0511-3
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Price Rates : 400 - 700 THB
Number of Rooms :     34 rooms


Baan Aiyara
44/21 Krabi Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 3072, 08 4187 4944
Website :     http://www.baaniyara-krabi.com
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Price Rates : 500 - 600 THB
Number of Rooms : 13 rooms Unit
Nearby Tourist Attractions : Hot Spring Waterfall, Sra Morakot, Wat Thamsua


Baan Kyo Thong
31 Chaofah Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7561 3001, 08 1536 6666
Price Rates(Day) :     600 - 700 THB
Price Rates(Month) : 5,000 - 5,000 THB
Number of Rooms :     20 rooms


Baan Suan Kafae Bungalow
161/3 Krabi Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 0255
Price Rates : 250 - 380 THB
Number of Rooms :     20 rooms


Boon Siam Hotel
27 Jaokhun Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7563 2511-5
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Price Rates : 800 - 2,000 THB
Number of Rooms :     120 rooms Unit


Chang See Resort
124 Moo 3, Tumbon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 3657-8
Price Rates : 560 - 700 THB
Number of Rooms :     22 rooms Unit
Nearby Tourist Attractions : Ao Nang Beach, Railey Beach


Chaofah Guesthouse
22 Chaofah Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7563 0317, 08 1597 0841
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Price Rates : 150 - 350 THB
Number of Rooms : 19 rooms Unit


Chaokhun Mansion
30/14 Chao Khun Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 2757, 08 1684 3030
Price Rates : 400 - 500 THB
Number of Rooms :     10 rooms


City Hotel
15/2-4 Soi 10 Maharaj Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7561 1961, 0 7562 1280-1
Website :     http://www.citykrabi.com
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Price Rates : 450 - 1,800 THB
Number of Rooms :     124 rooms


Crystal Hotel
331/9 Maharach Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 3274-5
Website :     http://www.krabicrystalhotel.com
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Price Rates : 800 - 1,300 THB
Number of Rooms :     48 rooms Unit


Dream Land
149/45 Krabi Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 3831
Price Rates : 250 - 350 THB
Number of Rooms : 30 rooms


Duck Inn Resort
59/1 Moo 8, Tumbon Thap Prik, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 08 7884 2612, 08 1477 6002, 0 7566 3572
Price Rates : 500 - 600 THB
Number of Rooms :     10 rooms Unit


Garden House
40 Hemthenin Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7561 1265
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Price Rates : 300 - 450 THB
Number of Rooms :     22 rooms


Grand Mansion Hotel
289/1 Utarakit Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 0833-5, 0 7561 1371
Website :     http://www.grandmansion.net
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Price Rates : 300 - 1,200 THB
Number of Rooms :     58 rooms


Green House Hotel
35 Soi 5 Maharaj Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 2960-2, 08 1968 2554
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Price Rates : 1,000 - 1,800 THB
Number of Rooms :     44 rooms


Grandtower Hotel
9 Jaofa Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 1456, 0 7562 2323
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Price Rates : 300 - 500 THB
Number of Rooms :     28 rooms


Greentea Guesthouse
4 Issara Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7563 0609, 08 1677 0128
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Price Rates : 150 - 500 THB
Number of Rooms :     16 rooms Unit


Golden Hill Hotel
18 Chamai Anusorn Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel :0 7562 3651-4
Website :     http://www.krabigoldenhillhotel.com
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Price Rates : 800 - 1,500 THB
Number of Rooms :     39 rooms


Hamtanon Holiday Inn Hotel
40/1 Hamtanon Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 08 1703 0965, 0 7562 3962, 0 7562 4155-6
Price Rates : 350 - 700 THB
Number of Rooms :     20 rooms


Krabi-Loma Hotel
20 Chaofa Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 3462, 0 7562 3935, 08 9870 6030, 08 1719 6030
Website :     http://www.krabi-loma.com
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Price Rates : 600 - 800 THB
Number of Rooms :     38 rooms Unit


Krabiflora Hotel
319 Maharach Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 08 6682 8487, 0 7563 1120, 0 7563 2380
Price Rates : 600 - 800 THB
Number of Rooms :     30 rooms Unit

Kyo-Ngean Chaofah Mansion 2
25/1 Chaofah Rd., Tumbon Paknam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Changwat Krabi 81000
Tel : 0 7562 1111
Price Rates(Day) :     500 - 600 THB
Price Rates(Month) : 5,000 - 5,000 THB
Number of Rooms :     28 rooms



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