at a glance
Located approximately 814
Province, one of most attractive
destinations in southern
Encompassing an area of 4,708 square kilometers, the western border of Krabi
Sea, the northern borders are Surat
Thani and Phang-nga Provinces, the southern borders are
Province and the
Sea and the eastern borders are
Nakhon Si Thammarat and
Provinces. Krabi is an
ideal getaway destination teeming with natural attractions including white
sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous large and small islands and
verdant forests with caves and waterfalls.
Krabi's topography is
mostly mountains and highlands separated by plains in some parts. Flowing
City to the
Sub-district is Maenam
Krabi which is 5 kilometers in length. In addition, there are several canals
originating from the province's highest mountain range, Khao Phanom Bencha
including Khlong Pakasai, Khlong Krabi Yai and Khlong Krabi Noi. Lush
mangrove forests line the canals and the banks of Maenam Krabi particularly
before it empties into the
Sea. The provinces
sandy soil conditions are suitable for growing various agricultural products,
particularly rubber trees, palms, coconuts, cashew nuts and coffee.
to the influence of the tropical monsoon, there are only two seasons in
Krabi; the hot season from January to April and the rainy season from May to
December. Temperatures range between 17
and 37 ?C.
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. The provinces
jurisdiction covers not only in-land districts and sub-districts, but also
extends to more than 130 large and small islands including the world famous
In addition, Krabi is the
location of two world class beaches Ao Nang and Hat Rai Le which offer
numerous diving trips, restaurants, shops etc. Additional attractions in the
province are stunning limestone cliffs and rock formations which make it a
heaven for rock climbers and a National Park located approximately 40
kilometers outside of town with lakes, caves and spectacular natural
Some archeologists claim
City is one of the
older settlements in the country as there is archaeological evidence
indicating that this area had been home to homosapiens during the
prehistoric times or between 25,000 - 35,000 B. C. The assumption has been
strongly supported by the discovery of stone tools, ancient colored pictures,
beads, pottery and skeletal remains in the provinces cliffs and caves.
In 1200 A.D., the area
was known as Ban Thai Samo, one of 12 royal cities that had a monkey as the
town symbol. During this period of time, Krabi was under the rule of the
Ligor, a city better
known today as Nakhon Si Thammarat.
During the reign of King
Rama V (1868-1910), the community was known as
Sub-county and remained
under the direct jurisdiction of Nakhon Si Thammarat province.
Around 1872, King Rama V
elevated Pakasai Sub-county to Krabi Province with the provincial
administration office situated at Krabi-yai Sub-county (currently, the
office is located near the estuary at Pak Nam Sub-district) and in 1875,
ordered the separation of Krabi Province from Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
During the present reign,
the corps of civil servants, merchants, and the people of Krabi and nearby
provinces have collectively organized the construction of a royal residence
Cape which is thirty kilometers
Town on the Andaman
coast to be presented to His Majesty the King.
of the name Krabi
are two legends concerning the origin of the name "Krabi". The first is that
villagers presented a large ancient sword (or krabi) that was discovered by
chance to the governor. Later when a smaller, on discovering a smaller one,
it was also presented to the governor. Regarded as sacred and auspicious,
the governor decided to keep them in the province. As the process for the
establishment of the province was still in progress, the swords were placed
crossing each other in Khao Khanap
Nam cave. Since then,
the crossed swords have remained a part of the provincial seal.
The second legend is that
"Krabi" was derived from the name of a local tree known as "Lumphi". The
Malay and Chinese merchants mispronunciation of the name to "Ka-lu-bi" or "Kho-lo-bi"
finally resulted in "Krabi" (or sword).
from Amphoe Mueang (Town) to Neighboring Districts