Krabi is is located in the Andaman Sea, 814 kilometres from Bangkok, covering an area of 4,708 square kilometres. From archaeological discoveries, it is believed that Krabi was one of the oldest communities in Thailand dating from the prehistoric period. It is also believed that Krabi was once the town of Ban Thai Samo, one of 12 royal cities that used a monkey as the town symbol. Krabi was a dependency town of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Kingdom. Another legend indicates that the town may have taken its name after the meaning of Krabi, which means 's word. This may have stemmed from a legend that says an mancient sword was unearthed prior to the city founding. Later, the sword became a symbol of Krabi.
The province consists of mountains, hills, plains, and mangrove forests, including more than 130 large and small islands. Krabi town has a 5-metre-long river, which flows through town and ends at the Andaman Sea in Tambon Pak Nam. There are several canals in Krabi including Khlong Pakasai, Khlong Krabi Yai and Khlong Krabi Noi , all of them originate from Phanom Bencha mountain range, the highest mountain range in Krabi. The province is also full of white sandy beaches, crystal clear seawater, beautiful islands, verdant forest with caves, and waterfalls, including more than 100 offshore islands.
Krabi is administratively divided into 8 Amphoes (districts): Amphoe Mueang, Khao Phanom, Khlong Thom, Plai Phraya, Ko Lanta, Ao Luek, Lam Thap, and Nuea Khlong.
Distances from Town to Neighbouring Districts and Neighbouring city
|Ao Luek 43 kilometres
||Plai Phraya 66 kilometres
|Khao Phanom 39 kilometres
||Khlong Thom 42 kilometres
|Ko Lanta 103 kilometres
||Lam Thap 67 kilometres
|Nuea Khlong 17 kilometres
||Phang-nga 88 kilometres
|Phuket 188 kilometres
||Trang 136 kilometres
|Surat Thani 150 kilometres
||Nakhon Si Thammarat 202 kilometres
Krabi Boek Fa Andaman Festival is annually held to inaugurate the province�s tourist season. The festival features parades, local products contests, sea Kayak competitions and boat races.
Loi Ruea Chao Le Festival is a rare festival on Ko Lanta of sea gypsies. The festival is held annually, on the full moon day in the sixth and the eleventh months of the lunar calendar. The sea gypsies on Ko Lanta and from neighbouring areas will gather at the beach near Ban Sala Dan to float boats in the sea in order to bring good luck. The Rong Ngeng, a typical southern dance as well as traditional music, will be performed around the boats.
|Area Code :
|Tourist Police :
||075 637 308
|Krabi Hospital :
||075 611 212
|Koh Lanta Hospital :
||075 697 017, 697 100
|Immigration Office :
||075 611 097
|Bus Station :
||075 611 804
||075 636 541-2
|Coordination Center Krabi Tourism :
||075 612 740
Mini vans and Tuk- tuks are the common mode of transportation in Krabi. You can stop them any where on the road to get in. Motor Cycle taxis are also available. You need not look for them ;they shall rather spot you at any intersections. But please be prudent to fix the rates before you make use of the services.
Cars and rental jeeps are reasonably priced and readily available. But there are uninsured vehicles as well a plenty. So please make sure that the vehicle you hire is having proper insurance cover.
Boat Transport to Phi Phi Island from Phuket & Krabi
Phi Phi islands are accessible only by boat. If you are in the Krabi town, you go straight to the Boat jetty at the new pier 2-3 Kilometers from Krabi town. The ferry shall take you to Ao Nang Beach or the famous Rai Lay as well enroute. The trip to Phi Phi takes some 2 hrs. daily two trips are available round trip.
If you are in Phuket and want to go to Phi Phi , you have to proceed to the Deep Sea Port at the Phuket town. There is only one trip a day.
BOAT TRANSPORT TO OTHER AREAS WITHIN THE PROVINCE
There are a number of other boats departing from the Chaofa Ship-berth, Khongkha Road, in Krabi Town for other islands within the Krabi area such as Koh Lanta, Koh Bubu and Koh Jam. No need to book, just go down to the jetty and pay once aboard.
Boat to/from Phuket/Krabi There is a direct boat service to/from Phuket/Krabi daily. The boat, leaves Phuket ferry terminal (where the Phi Phi ferries leave) each morning between 08.00 and 08.30 each morning and arrives at Ao Nang Beach (south-west of Krabi Town) about 2 hours later. It returns to Phuket in the afternoon at 15.00 and the service includes a free shuttle service to Phuket Town and the costs is 400 baht one way.
There are two ways to reach Krabi by road. One route is the Phuket- Koh Phi Phi � Krabi and the other one is via Surat Thani or Nakhon Si Thammarat. The second one from the eastern coast of the peninsula.
Many of the tourist, especially those who arrive by the east coast take the second route and proceed to Krabi on their way to Phuket.
There is regular songtao service between Krabi town and Ao nang. The white songtao takes 30 minutes for a trip. Chartering a country boat is more interesting. It is only marginally expensive.