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General Information for Krabi Visitors



Krabi has a lot going for it.

 

Located on the western Andaman Coast of Thailand’s Southern Peninsula, Krabi is in the most central location for exploring the rest of southern Thailand, the southern Burmese (Myanmar) islands as they open up to tourism, and northern Malaysia. To the north, Krabi borders on the provinces of Phang Nga and Surat Thani; to the east, Nakhorn Sri Thammarat; and to the south, Trang and Satun. The northern coast and its islands form part of Phang Nga Bay, and on the south, Krabi is open to the Andaman Sea.

 

Krabi is the name of the Province and the provincial capital, Krabi Town. The province has 9 districts (amphurs):

 

  • Muang Krabi: Location of Krabi Town
  • Ao Luek: 43 kilometers north of Krabi Town
  • Plai Phraya: 66 km northeast
  • Nuea Khlong: 17 km southeast
  • Khlong Thom: 42 km southeast
  • Khao Phanom: 39 km southeast
  • Lam Thab: 67 km southeast
  • Ko Lanta: 103 km southeast

 

Each district has its own town of the same name. All are small, uncrowded, and without much traffic. Even in Krabi Town, traffic rarely jams. The streets of all the main areas are tidy and trash-free, the air is clean, and the seas are unpolluted (with the exception of some plastic and wood flotsam and jetsam).

 

In terms of population (430,000), Krabi is one of Thailand’s smaller provinces, although mid-ranking in area (4,700 km2).


The mountains are heavily forested and much of the rest of the land is devoted to extensive rubber and oil palm plantations in the interior. The coastline still has thick mangrove forests (the largest mangrove area of any province in Thailand). Krabi is one of the greenest provinces in Thailand.


Krabi, as one of the 77 provinces of the Kingdom, is integrated into the national system of government with an appointed Governor and elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate. Local Provincial, District, and Village officials are elected. [Under the current military-appointed government, all elections are on hold.]


Thailand is a constitutional monarchy. The King of Thailand, Adulyadej Bhumibol, Rama IX, is revered by the citizens of Thailand. As the longest reigning monarch in the world, he is treated with great respect within proscribed practices and language associated with Thai royalty.

Buddhist and Brahman traditions are combined in ancient royal ceremonies. Krabi is host to a Royal Pavilion at Naga Tail Peninsula between Ao Nang and Khlong Muang. Members of the Royal Family occasionally visit for holidays and to carry out official duties in the area.

 

Karst towers, hills, and mountains dominate the sea and landscape of Krabi with dramatic cliffs and lush tropical vegetation. (See Geology pages)

 

Krabi Town sits beside the Krabi River, 4 kilometers upriver from the bay. The nearest beach is on Koh Klang (Klang Island) across from Tara Park, with the major mainland beaches at:


  • Haad Yao (Longbeach): 25 kilometers (distances measured are by road)
  • Klang Island (Klong Prasong): 3 kilometers
  • Ao Nam Mao: 15 kilometers
  • Ao Nang: 18 Kilometers
  • Nopparat Thara (and extension known as Longbeach or Ta Khlong): 19 Kilometers [Krabi has multiple longbeaches]
  • Railay West and East (accessible only by boat): 20 kilometers
  • Phra Nang: (accessible only by boat) 21 Kilometers
  • Ton Sai (accessible only by boat): 19 Kilometers
  • Khlong Muang & Ao Siow: 25 kilometers
  • Tubkaek: 27 kilometers
  • Phu Khao Thong & Tha Lane (Golden Mountain): 35 kilometers      


Krabi (with the largest number of islands—130—in Thailand) has 7 islands with accommodations:


  • Koh Klang (Klong Prasong)
  • Koh Phi Phi
  • Koh Lanta (Yai and Noi)
  • Koh Pu (Koh Jum)
  • Koh Siboya
  • Koh Boo Boo
  • Koh Ngai (Hai)
  • Koh Rok (National Park tent accommodations)


The nearby provinces of Phang Nga, Trang, Phuket, and Satun also have islands with accommodations.

 

Krabi has two major seasons (see Weather section), the rainy season from May through mid-December and the dry winter season from December through April. Even in the dry season, Krabi experiences occasional rains, keeping the countryside green.

 

Most hotels have 3 or 4 levels of pricing, each defining the dates in its own way:


  • Green or Low Season:          June, July, August, September
  • Shoulder Season:                 May & October
  • High Season:                        November, February, March, April
  • Peak Season:                       December & January           

Reserving group tours and accommodations during the Peak Season and holidays should be done well in advance to ensure confirmed bookings: several months for rooms and several weeks for tours. Private, custom-designed packages should be arranged 3 to 6 months (or more) in advance.


The busiest times of the year are the holiday season over Christmas and New Year, Chinese New Year (sometime between end of January and March depending on the lunar calendar), and Thai New Year in mid-April.

Central Area of Krabi Town
(Photo Courtesy of Tourist Organization of Thailand)
Photo by Thomas©: Laem Sak Cape, Krabi
Seal of Krabi Province
Crossed Swords in Front of Sea, Islands, & Phanom Bencha Mountain
Seal of Krabi Town
White Elephant, Sword, & Buddhist Wheel of Dharma (Dharmachakra)
Karst Tower at Railay Peninsula
Sailing Off Railay Peninsula