Krabi Guide - Places to see and visit in Krabi, Thailand
Paradise of beach lover Krabi , a heaven of sea and beach lover with approximately 3.6 million visitors a year, located near a coast of Andaman Sea in Southern of Thailand. In visiting here, you will have a various kind of activities to do such as snorkeling, srock climbing and bicycle tour for example. For those who are infatuated with natural attraction, you will be allured by gorgeous beaches, crystal clear water and expanded coral reefs in many islands at the nearby attractions.
How to get to Krabi
There are various ways to reach there. Here, we suggest the most two convenient ways – air and bus.
By air - direct flights from Bangkok to Krabi International Airport (KBV) are available as well as international flights. At the arrival hall, there are shuttle buses, serving destination in Krabi Town with the prices from 90 – 150 Baht; buses regularly leave 8 – 10 times a day. Besides, you may take taxi for a specific destination or shared minivan to popular places which are charged accordingly.
By bus – you can take the bus from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal on Borommaratcha Chonnani Road. Most rounds depart in the evening taking about 12 hours to Krabi Town – the ticket prices start from 600 Baht depending upon the level of comfortable (bus type) and you can book the ticket in advance online in www.busonlineticket.co.th. At arrival, there are local buses and taxi to take you to beach areas or your targeted places.
Anyway, traveling to Krabi by train is also interesting but noted that there is no direct railway to Krabi. The nearest stations (from Bangkok’s Hualumphong station) are Trang and Surat Thani so you have to continue your journey to Krabi by inter-town bus or taxi. The Ticket fares starts from 285 Baht depending upon type of service. For more detail, visit www.railway.co.th. It may not the most convenient way but if you prefer scenic view and challenge, going to Krabi by train may be the option that responds your need.
Staying at center of Krabi Town is suited to the one who favor convenience and the availability of restaurants, transportation facility and markets. If you are looking for a budget hostel, you can stay at Lada Krabi Residence – prices start from 900 Baht/night with the location near a night market in a minute walk, 5 minutes to Vogue shopping center, walking street market, and to find local food and only 1.2 km. to Krabi Hospital or Sleep Whale Hotel with only 5- minute walk from bus terminal and 10 – minute walk to walking street market – prices here start from 990 Baht/night and it is easy to find local food around the hotel as well.
If you want to get closer to the beach, we suggest Ao Nang the most popular mainland destination as it is convenient to access many beautiful beaches and other islands. It is wide range of hotel prices. For a budget hostel, Babaji Hostel (Dormitory) is recommend as the prices start only 122 Baht/night with 1.2 km. to Ao Nang beach or The Dream Garden a conveniently located hotel, with Seven-Eleven, Mc Donald’s (24 hour-opening) and Starbucks Coffee at the opposite of the hotel, staying here you can walk to the center of Ao Nang in 3 minutes and 400 meters to the pier – prices here start from 636 Baht/night with free wifi in all rooms. Considering the better services and atmosphere, we suggest Pakasai Resort , a 4-star Hotel with the rate starting from 2,041 Baht/night, nestled on a hillside. The hotel offers abroad range of facilities such as outdoor swimming pool, massages and spa, fitness center and etc.
As a very popular tourist destination, there are several activities to do in this impressive island. If you are visiting Krabi for the first time, you can get start with sightseeing to explore natural attractions with more than 150 islands separated from Krabi coastline. There are two types of boat for rental services available to hire from many tourist areas. The first type is long tail boat (comes with a driver) which can take you to the various local islands. To rent, from the beach where you wish to leave, you just find an organized ticket booth to buy a boat ticket – the rates start from 2,200 to 6,500 Baht/round depending on boat size (number of passengers), departure, destination and travel time; the popular itinerary includes Poda Island and Chicken Island group beaches (4 Islands), Phra Nang beach , Ko Hong group and Bamboo Island . Another one is speedboat. Of course, the itinerary is mostly not different from the previous, but, if your destination for sightseeing is Phi Phi , the island which is much further away – it is more proper to rent a speedboat for full day.
Next, if you want to see the landscape all over Krabi Province, making a visit to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat tham Sua) is recommended as it provides you a panoramic view. This place is one of Thailand’s natural wonder which is settled among the mountain, 3 km. from Krabi town. To get there, you have to climb up 1,237 steps and once you get the top you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the beaches, Phi Phi Island, Krabi Town and more. We suggest you to visit this place in the morning due to the weather and you may see a pool of mist which is large as far as your eye can see from there.
Try local food is another thing that you cannot miss. There are several markets both in the morning and night providing you a broad range of food. If you wake up early, you may find some food and breakfast at Maharaj Market, the newly renovated market that starts up from 3 am but 7 – 8 am is reasonable time for visitors. It’s full of dry and fresh goods, fruit, vegetable, fish, meat, breakfast and a big pre-made food area. At night, it is easy to find freshly prepared Thai food at Chao Fa Pier Night Market the largest walking street market in Krabi with outdoor food stalls and stands. Things get start when the sun is setting around 5 – 6 pm then you can enjoy Thai local market atmosphere and a wide range of local dishes such as Yellow chicken biryani, Pad-tai, Roti, curries, barbecued seafood and more.
Interesting places in Krabi
Phi Phi Islands is one of the most famous islands in Southeast Asia which is a tropical paradise surrounding by turquoise water with stunning bay and beaches. This place consists of two islands which are Phi Phi Don and Phi Phi Leh . To get there, it takes about 45 – minute by speedboat from Krabi Mainland, once you reach, you will find that there are many exciting things to do. As one of the world's most plentiful coral reef systems, snorkeling is recommended. The best snorkeling spots are includingMaya Bay , Bamboo islands, Hin Klang and Monkey Bay. If you plan to snorkeling, you have to contact a tour guide or the speedboat charter before the trip begins. Rock Climbing is also recommended due to the rocky landscape and sharply-sloping cliffs, Phi Phi Island is therefore the ideal destination to climb. You have to arrange a tour guide who can take you to the location that is suitable for climbing. Moreover, you can watch sunset by kayak. Phi Phi Island is great for kayaking, and seeing the sunset from the water will be your unforgettable experience. You can arrange kayak tour; they will take you to Tha Len Bay which is the best location - with the rate starting from 750 Baht/round.
Ao Nang - if you are looking for a bustling area.
For those who fancy party, you have to head towards ‘Ao Nang Center Point’ which is the heart of nightlife entertainment consisting of shopping, dining and other entertainment options – it opens from 6 pm onward. Considering the restaurant with a good atmosphere on beachside, Luna Beach Bar may be one of your choices. Here, you can enjoy local and international DJs featuring, fire show, full/half/black moon parties so it is suited to the one who want to have fun at night. The quieter one is Longtail Boat Restaurant there is not much boisterousness but still on beachside serving you traditional Thai food and seafood with reasonable price and stunning view. If you are not the one who fancy nightlife but you are a trekker, there are Ao Nang bicycle tours to suit you. Cycling around would be a great way to see the countryside and to see the beautifulness of this place – the rates of bicycle tour start from 800 Baht/half day, visit http://krabitrek.com/tours/tour_krabi_bicycle.php for more detail and booking.