approximately 814 kilometers from Bangkok is Krabi Province, one of
most attractive destinations in southern Thailand. Encompassing an
area of 4,708 square kilometers, the western border of Krabi is the
Andaman Sea, the northern borders are Surat Thani and Phang-nga
Provinces, the southern borders are Trang Province and the Andaman
Sea and the eastern borders are Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang
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.
topography is mostly mountains and highlands separated by plains in
some parts. Flowing through Krabi City to the Andaman Sea at Pak Nam
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 Andaman 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 C 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 Phi Phi Islands.
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 scenery.
History of Krabi
Some archeologists claim that Krabi 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 Kingdom
of Ligor, a city better known today as Nakhon Si Thammarat.
During the reign of King Rama V (1868-1910),
the community was known as Pakasai 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
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 at
Laem Hang Nak Cape which is thirty kilometers west of Krabi Town on
the Andaman coast to be presented to His Majesty the King.
Origin of the name
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).
Amphoe Mueang (Town) to Neighboring Districts
Ao Luek 43 kms.
Plai Phraya 66 kms.
Khao Phanom 39 kms.
Khlong Thom 42 kms.
Ko Lanta 103 kms.
Lam Thap 67 kms.
Nuea Khlong17 kms.
How to get there
1. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No.4, passing
Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong and Phang-nga Provinces for a
total distance of 946 kilometers.
2. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No. 4, on reaching
Chumphon Provinces take Highway No. 41 passing Amphoe Lang Suan in Surat Thani
Province to Amphoe Wiang Sa, and then take Highway No. 4035 to Amphoe Ao Luek
and continue on Highway No. 4 to Krabi. This route is 814 kilometers from
3. From Phuket, proceed on Highway No. 402 and No.4. The
distance from Phuket is 185 kilometers or 4 hours.
From Bangkok: There are air-conditioned bus services to
Krabi leaving the Southern Bus Terminal at Borommaratcha Chonnani Road daily
from 6.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. The buses provided include ordinary bus buses, 2nd
class bus air-conditioned buses, 1st class air-conditioned buses and 24-seat VIP
buses. The journey takes about 12 hours. For more details, contact tel. 0 2434
5557-8 (non air-conditioned buses) or tel. 0 2435 1199 or 0 2435 1200
(air-conditioned buses) or visit
From Bangkok: There is no direct train service to Krabi.
But it is possible to take a train from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station to Trang
or Nakhon Si Thammarat and take a bus or taxi to Krabi. For more information on
trains, contact the State Railways of Thailand at tel. 1690, 223 7010, 223 7020
or visit www.railway.co.th.
For Trang, an express train leaves Bangkok daily at 5.05 p.m. and reaches
Trang at 9.40 a.m. and a rapid train leaves daily at 6.20 p.m. and arrives at
For Nakhon Si Thammarat, a rapid train leaves Bangkok
daily at 5.35 p.m. and arrives at 10.45 a.m. and an express train leaves daily
at 7.15 p.m. and arrives at 12.00 p.m. For more details, call 1690 or 0 2223
7010 or 0 2621 8701.
Thai Airways International operates daily flights from
Bangkok to Krabi. The trip takes 1.20 hours. For more information call 02
6282000. Website :
Phuket Air offers a daily flight to and from Krabi. The
flight time is 1.20 hours. Call 02 6798999 to make reservation or visit
to check the flight schedule.
One–Two-Go Airlines: Bangkok Tel. 1126 Others Provinces
Tel.1141 ext. 1126
Silk Air flies to Singapore 4 times a week. Tickets can
be brought from any travel agencies in town.
From Phuket Bus Terminal, there are non air-conditioned and air-conditioned bus
services to Krabi many times daily. The trip takes 3-4 hours. For details,
contact 0 7621 1480.
Take Route 402 and 4 which passes Takua Thung and Thap Pud Districts in
Phang-nga and enter Krabi at Au Luek District. Total distance is 185 kilometers.
Getting to Nearby Provinces
From Krabi Bus Terminal there are services, both
air-conditioned and non air-conditioned to nearby provinces, i.e. Phuket,
Phang-nga, Trang, Hat Yai and Surat Thani (Samui). In addition, many local
travel agencies in town provide air-conditioned buses or vans to these
The bus terminal, which is located 4 kilometers north of
town at Talat Kao, provides bus services between Krabi and the following
Hat Yai (96 baht/ordinary bus bus, 130
baht /2nd class bus bus, 173 baht /1st class bus), Nakhon Si Thammarat
(67 baht / ordinary bus), Phuket (65 baht /ordinary bus, 91
baht /2nd class bus, 117 baht /1st class bus), Phang-nga (46
baht /ordinary bus, 64 baht /2nd class bus, 82 baht /1st class bus),
Ranong (106 bahts /ordinary bus), Su-nagi Kolok (335
bahts /1st class bus), Surat Thani (61 baht /ordinary bus, 126
baht /2nd class bus), Trang (50 baht /ordinary bus, 70 baht
/2nd class bus, 90 baht /1st class bus).
For schedule and more information, contact Krabi Bus
Terminal, tel. 0 7561 1804
By bus/boat combination
To Ko Samui:
Travel agencies in town offer bus/boat tickets to Ko Samui (300-370 baht, four
times a day), and also to Ko Pha-Ngan (450 baht, four times a day).
Getting around the city and
From Krabi Bus Terminal, located in Talat Kao, there are
both local red buses and government buses depart regularly from 6.00 a.m. to
5.00 p.m. to other counties including major tourist spots. It costs 10 baht to
get to a destination in town. To travel further, i.e. to Ao Nang and hat
Noppharat Thara, take the local white bus from Maharat Road for a fare of 20
Songthaew and tuk tuk to the government bus terminal
costs 8 bahts while a motorcycle taxi costs 30 bahts. Tuk tuks can be chartered
for trips around the town for flat rates i.e. to the bus station (50 baht), What
Tham Seua (100 baht) and the airport (200 baht).
Most of Songthaews leave in front of the 7-11 on Maharat
Road. Destinations include Ao Leuk (20 baht), Ao Nam Mao (40 baht), Ao Nang (20
baht), Hat Noppharat Thara (20 baht) and Su San Hoi (40 baht).
There is also a service to Ban Hua Hin (Ferry pier to Ko
Lanta). The bay is situated at the intersection of Phattana and Preuksa Uthit
Roads. Costing around 40 baht/person, the service runs frequently and takes 40
Alternatively, it is possible to rent a car to travel
around town and to nearby provinces. Several agencies and guesthouses provide
motorcycle rental for 150 baht/day while Jeep rental fees may range from 800 to
For more convenience, it is possible to hire a taxi, rent
a motorcycle or a van at travel agencies and hotels. The local minibuses depart
from Vogue Department Store on Maharat Road to the following destinations:
Best time to visit Krabi
The climate of Krabi Province is tropical and therefore warm throughout the
year. On the other hand, Krabi is also affected by the monsoon winds that bring
about seasonal changes.
There are two very hot periods of weather on Krabi, the
first is between April and May when the average temperatures ranges from 27 to
36 degrees Celsius with occasional tropical thunderstorm bringing relief from
It is also very hot between September and October, but
the frequent rainfall has a wonderful cooling effect.
In May, at the peak of the southwest monsoon, it rains on
an average of 25 days during the month, making it to one of the most humid
months of the year. Rainy days are interspersed with sunny days during this
period and the rain generally comes in tropical downpours of an hour or so
throughout the day mixed with periods of sunshine.
November to March is the most popular time for tourists
to visit Krabi. It is when the northeast monsoon brings beautiful blue skies and
predominantly sunny weather with an average temperature of 24 to 32 degrees
Celsius. Visitors are advised to make early reservations (maybe a year in
advance) for accommodations during this period of time because of the popularity
of the Krabi and its attractions.
Ban Hua To
Ban Nong Thalay
Ban Khao Thong
Noppharat Tear Beach
Ban Khlong Mueang
Ban Nai Sa
Khao Phanom County
Nua Khlong County
Khlong Thom County
Ban Bo Mueang
Ban Hua Hin
Ban Khlong Phon
Lam Thap County
Au Luek County
Plai Phraya County
Fares are subject to change without notice.
Long-tailed boats depart from Saphan Jao Fah Pier to East Rai Le for 70
baht/person while the ferry to Ko Lanta (and also Ko Jam), which operates only
from October to April costs 200 baht/person with two trips daily at 10.30 a.m.
and 1.30 p.m. The ferry to Phi Phi Island operates all year round at 200
baht/person with two trips daily, at 10.00a.m. and 2.30p.m.