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Krabi is one of the most popular tourist destinations with a one of a kind spectacular scenery. Extreme limestone mountains raising many hundred meters up in the air and has become a symbol for this part of Thailand. Krabi also has almost 100 islands, many are truly fantastic and have very beautiful beaches. Krabi is a province in the southern Thailand with a population of far more than 400 000.
In Krabi you will not find any sun beds on the beaches or any water attractions such as jet-skis or likely since this province is a native reserve protected area. Everything here just breath nature and many people who come here don’t just lay around but also discover some of the many magnificent places.
Krabi Town have about 30 000 residents and are set in the north or the province and since there is an airport here this province is very easy to get to. The most famous places in Krabi are Ao Nang and Koh Lanta. For info about Koh Lanta please visit the Koh Lanta page.
In Krabi you will be able to find peaceful beaches as well as crowded destinations with great shopping. And a part from that Krabi offers many adventure possibilities such as amazing caves, diving, temples, hot waterfalls and much more.
The prices are in general slightly lower than on Phuket on most destinations around Krabi.
Most of the people living in Krabi are Muslims which can be seen by their outfits and you will also at some parts be able to hear the “adhan” which is the Islamic prayer that are sent out in speakers in the populated areas but for example in Ao Nang there are no such speakers set up. In this part of Thailand bargirls are not as common as on some other destinations.
The Krabi airport is now longer than it was a few years ago, meaning that bigger aircrafts can use the strip for landings and takeoff. The airport is situated just about 15 km (9 miles) from Krabi center and the roads are good so the drive only takes a few minutes.
At Krabi mainland there are several very nice beaches. Most of them are long and very shallow which also make them safe. The beaches north from Ao Nang are often more or less empty because there are few resorts while the southern parts of Ao Nang and further south tend to have more people because of the extraordinary and beautiful sandy beaches.
Popular Trips and Attractions
Many beautiful and spectacular islands are within reach from Ao Nang and the rest of the Krabi areas. You reach most of these by booking a long-tail-boat either with your own personal driver who take you were ever you want or by going along with other people. If you want a personal driver just go down to the shore and you will find your captain. The price will vary but my guess would be around 4000 bath for a day depending on how far you want to go. Always negotiate hard on the price they suggest. You will also find agents selling tickets where you can go with speedboat and trips with a day plan to see several islands. Even on mainland there are plenty of things to see.
The weather seasons here are very much like on Phuket.
Best season to visit Krabi if you want sunny weather is between December and April. These months are considered as dry season and the temperature are normally just above 30 degrees. In Mars and April the temperature rises and can go up to about 40 degrees and with high humidity this is very hot.
The ocean temperature is also about 30 degrees all year round but with some variations depending on season and winds.
The months that are most likely to have heavy rainfall are May and October to November. In the summer month the weather can be very good but also very bad. Many people tend to think that rain season equals rain everyday and all day long. That’s most certainly not the real case even though there can be periods of nonstop rain there are often periods with very good weather as well.
In Krabi you will not have any problems with getting a ride. You find regular taxi as well as song-taews and in the Ao Nang area the same tuk-tuks that are found in Phuket are getting more common.
Remember to always have the price set for your transport before you take off, this is only to prevent you from getting a price you did not expect. Normally it is cheapest to use taximeter if possible.
You can also rent a car or a motorbike to explore the areas by yourself. Remember that the traffic is probably not what you are used to and accidents are common.
For more information about car and motorbike rentals laws and tips please visit the Rent a Vehicle section.