Here is a page of frequently asked questions about Krabi town, Krabi beaches (Ao Nang, Noppharathara, Tub Kaak), and Islands – Koh Phi Phi, Koh Jum, etc.):
WHERE IS KRABI LOCATED IN THAILAND?
Krabi is about 800 km south of Bangkok. It borders Trang province to the southeast, Surat Thani is to the north, Phang Nga is to the west, and Nakhon Si Thammarat is to the northeast. In relation to Phuket island, Krabi is northeast by car and can be reached in about 2.5 hours by bus or van from Patong Beach. There are also ferries which go between Phuket, Phi Phi and Krabi mainland.
IS KRABI AN ISLAND?
No, Krabi is a large Thailand province that is comprised of the mainland, and some islands like Ko Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Ko Jum, and Ko Poda.
WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN KRABI?
Everyone has different tastes, but there are MANY things you can choose to do. www.thaipulse.com is filled with fun things you can try during your vacation in Krabi. Cave exploration, bicycling trips, hot springs, cold freshwater springs, kayak trips on salt or freshwater, hikes up mountain peaks, hikes up 1,256 stairs, hikes around town, boat trips – long tail or speedboats to other islands, ferry to Koh Phi Phi or even down to Phuket, day trips to close by attractions in other provinces close to Krabi. There are MANY things to do in Krabi!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT KRABI?
The beaches get crowded during high season. Still, they are nothing like the crowds you’ll find at Pattaya, or Patong Beach and other Phuket beaches. Krabi gets a fraction of the people at those tourist destinations, with the exception of Koh Phi Phi islands – they get absolutely packed. During the dry season – December to May, the weather is just perfect. Gets hot in April – May, but very dry up until then.
The slow season from May to October is quite nice too – with even fewer people around. Krabi town is NEVER crowded or overrun with tourists. It does rain often during July, August, and September. Sometimes it keeps raining through October and November too! See Weather >
CAN I BOOK A TAXI WITH KRABI UBER?
Yes, use our good friend “Son” – he has lived in Krabi for 20+ yrs. and speaks English well. Son’s Krabi Taxi >
Here is information on Uber in Krabi >
Here is Krabi Car Rental >
DOES KRABI FLOOD EVERY YEAR DURING THE RAINY SEASON?
No. Not usually at all. However, early in 2011 at the very start of the rainy season, we had some wicked rains that caused flooding over some of the roads in Krabi – especially around the Khao Phanom Bencha mountain (Krabi Noi) areas. Krabi is so close to the ocean that floodwaters usually drain very fast. Since then we have only had a couple of years where we get very minor flooding of specific areas of the road. Krabi never floods anything as you see on news shows where houses are drifting away. Krabi Flooding >
Update: January 2017 we had some bad flooding in Krabi, it didn’t last long, but some local areas along the Khao Phanom mountain chain were devastated.
WHAT ARE SOME CAUTIONS ABOUT VISITING KRABI?
Just like any tourist area in Thailand, you should be careful not to be drunk out late at night on your own, or even with another person. The really bad stuff happens late at night, and usually when someone is drunk. Be cautious about driving motorbikes or anything here – drivers are not skilled and are downright incompetent.
As a woman, you should not walk the beach at night either alone or with a friend(s) – there have been a number of bad incidents in Thailand with reference to this.
More Cautions >
WHERE CAN I EXERCISE?
There is some good Hiking on nature trails, or you can run at Thara Park, at the Water Reservoir in town, or along Ao Nang Beach. There are a few public Swimming Pools in Krabi Town. Kayaking. Meditation (on your own) is possible at a number of places.
CAN I FIND CHEAP ACCOMMODATIONS IN KRABI TOWN OR AT AO NANG BEACH, OR IS EVERYTHING EXPENSIVE?
Yes. You can often find decent rooms with air conditioning for just 500-600 THB per night (about $15-18 USD) in Krabi Town, especially on or near “Chao Fa Road.” In Ao Nang, if you walk up Beach Road away from the water a bit, you’ll find many reasonably priced hotel accommodations.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FIND A TOUR?
Start with a company you can trust. You can trust the tour people we work with. “Son” has been in Krabi for most of his life and speaks English well. Click here for TOURS (also in the upper right of all pages).
WHICH IS BETTER – KRABI OR PHUKET (PATONG BEACH)?
It depends on what you are looking for. The nightlife in Krabi is mellow and without flash. Much flash anyway. There is a very small bar section in Ao Nang that caters to guys looking to find bargirls or ladyboys. Patong Beach is FULL of that type of “entertainment.” If you are younger than 30 or so, you may like Patong Beach better. If you are traveling with your family in Thailand, you would probably enjoy Krabi more. There are probably just as many things to do in Krabi as on the island of Phuket.
More info: Krabi or Phuket?
WHICH IS BETTER – KRABI OR KOH SAMUI ISLAND?
These are quite different places, so ideally, you’ll visit both. Koh Samui is an island just off Surat Thani province, in the Gulf of Thailand and East of Chaiya province, Hua Hin. Koh Samui is really crowded during the high season, but there is a lot of nightlife and some of the beaches are amazing to see.
More info on Which Is Better >
WHERE ARE THE BEST PLACES AND RESORTS TO STAY IN KRABI?
The best areas? Centara Resort out past Ao Nang Beach is really amazing. Rayavadee is even better. Some people like Koh Phi Phi islands for staying. There are some amazing hotels between Ao Nang and Long Beaches, as well as out by Tub Kaak – Nakamanda Resort, Sheraton… Amari Vogue out in Tub Kaek. There are really just so many cool resorts to stay while on vacation in Krabi.
ARE THERE SNAKES IN KRABI?
More info on Snakes >
Where is Krabi Lost and Found? Where to Report Stolen Items?
We created a page where you can report lost and found items as well as stolen items in Krabi. Go here > Krabi Lost and Found | Stolen Items
WHERE IS THE TOURIST POLICE STATION LOCATED?
If you are in Ao Nang and have a need for the tourist police, there is an office located between Ao Nang Beach and Long Beach.
WHERE IS THE MAIN BUS STATION?
In Krabi town near the intersection of Highway 4 and Uttaradit Road (River Road).
HOW CAN I GET FROM KRABI AIRPORT (KBV) TO RAILAY BEACH?
There are two parts to your travel. 1. Get the white bus at the Krabi Airport which sits on the left side – as you exit terminal 2 (T2). It is very cheap – under 100 THB and runs all day. 2. When you arrive at Ao Nang Beach, you can exit the bus and take a long-tail boat to Railay Beach. Railay is land-locked and there is no good way to get there except by boat.
Or, just call or email Son to arrange it. Son’s Krabi Taxi >
WHERE IS THE KRABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KBV)?
It’s located about 13.5 km outside of Krabi town down Highway 4 on the way to Trang (southeast).