This coastal province covers an area of 4,709 square kilometers and is located 814 kilometres south of Bangkok. Krabi 's major attractions are located largely along its extensive coastline, which contains several well-known beaches and bays, and numerous offshore tropical islands.This coastal province covers an area of 4,709 square kilometers and is located 814 kilometres south of Bangkok. Krabi 's major attractions are located largely along its extensive coastline, which contains several well-known beaches and bays, and numerous offshore tropical islands.
- History of Krabi
From archaeological discoveries, it is believed that Krabi was one of the oldest communities in Thailand dating from the prehistoric period. It is also believed that Krabi was once the town of Ban Thai Samo, one of 12 royal cities that used a monkey as the town symbol. Krabi was a dependency town of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Kingdom. Another legend indicates that the town may have taken its name after the meaning of Krabi, which means sword. This may have stemmed from a legend that says an ancient sword was unearthed prior to the city's founding. Later, the sword became a symbol of Krabi.
- Geography of Krabi
Krabi 's mountainous physical geography is broken by highlands and plains on the mainland; while the provincial administration also covers more than 130 large and small islands in the Andaman Sea. Natural forest cover is chiefly mangrove and Cassia trees. Krabi's sandy clay soil conditions are perfect for a variety of agricultural products, including: rubber trees, palms, oranges, coconuts, and coffee. The Krabi River flows 5 kilometres through the town and falls into the Andaman Sea at Tambon Pak Nam.
- Travel around Krabi
Getting around the town is very convenient by local taxi (Tuk Tuk). Some attractions like Hat Noppharat Thara, Susan Hoi, Ao Nang, Wat Tham Suea, Namtok Huai To, and Ao Luek can be reached by local mini-bus (Song Thaeo). The mini-buses depart from the Vogue Department Store on Maharat Road in Krabi Town. Trips to other attractions can be made by taxi and rental car.
The popular Phi Phi Islands consists of 2 separate islands famed for their spectacular landscapes, beautiful beaches and spectacular island reefs teeming with a variety of coral fishes. Ideal place to enjoy scuba diving. Its paradise-like appearance can best be seen in the movie, The Beach, where most of the filming occurred. Koh Lanta Yai is a predominantly Muslim fishing island where many resorts have recently sprouted up. The island is covered with forested hills sweeping down to numerous sandy bays on the western side. A good alternative for those seeking peace and quiet.
On a smaller scale, an island worth visiting, but with fewer tourists, is Koh Hong (Room Island), an island encircled on 3 sides by towering limestone formations. The cove inside, with its crystal clear waters and pristine beach, inspires images of a desert island. Closer to the mainland are Koh Poda and Koh Hua Khwan (Chicken Island), ideal spots for snorkeling and playing in the waters and on the beaches.
Mountaineers and rock climbing fanatics will love the climbing trails at Railei Bay. With a cliff wall dotted with deep niches and stalactite hauls, the runs offer various levels of difficulty, satisfying challenges from novices to experts. But the main attractions are the sun, scenery and the ambience. Nowhere else can you start climbing straight from the beach, with the promise of a cooling dip in the shimmering turquoise water after mastering a difficult route.
Slightly north of town is Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple) named after a rock formation resembling a tiger paw. Regarded as one of the most renowned forest temples in the south, the main hall was built inside the cave, providing a peaceful environment for practicing meditation. A circular path in the nearby forest offers a pleasant walk, and a 300-meters high staircase leads to a large Buddha image and Buddha footprint perched atop the cliff. Great view of the province.
Regarded as the symbol of Krabi, the Khao Khanap Nam (Hill Beside the Water) rises high above the waters, before one enters the city. A long tail boat will quickly transport you to the site, where one has to climb a staircase to see caves with stalactites and stalagmites. Highly interesting archaeological remains were discovered here, along with some human remains believed to be earlier immigrants.
Aside from frolicking in the sun and playing in the waters, most sports enthusiasts enjoy the diverse marine surroundings by partaking in sea kayaking. The most beautiful bay of mangrove forests in Thailand is at Ao Thalan (Thalan Bay). Towering karst formations and lovely offshore islands surrounding the bay creates complex channels for maneuvering your kayaks.
Not far from town is the Noppharat Thara Beach, a scenic, tranquil beach lined with soft pine trees and extending for several kilometers. The beach has a relatively flat slope, being safe enough for children to play in. At low tide, you can walk to the rocky island located one kilometer away from the beach.
Long ago, a fresh water marsh was densely populated mainly by pond snails, which multiplied at such great rates that the dead formed a floor for the living. Over eons, the repeated process created a layer of fossils about 40 cm thick. Scientific tests have proven that the fossils at the Fossil Shell Beach are about 40 million years old.
A 12-km bumpy ride from Khlong Thom District leads to a hot spring in the forest. Walk further and discover the rewarding Tung Tieo Forest Trails. Posted signs guide you through the protected woodlands with ample opportunities for dips in the emerald pools along the trails.
Archaeological buffs should not miss the rewarding finds in Tham Hua Kalok (Skull Cave). From the entrance, the cave is divided into 2 routes with the left one leading to a vast open-aired chamber and the right to a closed hall. Archaeologists believed prehistoric people resided in the right hall. The cave is adorned with 70 plus red and black colored rock paintings portraying people and animals. Unusually large skulls were also originally found in this cave.
Khao Khanap Nam Khao Khanap Nam is regarded as the symbol of Krabi. It sits before the city and can be visited by long tail boat from Chao Fa Pier. Travel time is about 15 minutes. From the boat, one climbs a staircase to see caves with stalactites and stalagmites. A boat can be rented at 300 baht per trip to visit Khao Khanap Nam, mangrove forests and Ko Klang fishery village.
Susan Hoi or Fossils Shell Beach Situated at Ban Laem Pho, 17 kilometres from town. The area was once a large freshwater swamp, home to a kind of snail. Over eons dating from the Tertiary Age, about 40 million years ago, these snails lived and died by the million. Eventually, weather changes caused the swamp's disappearance, but by then the layer of fossilised snail shells was forty centimeters thick, resting on ten centimeters of lignite below which is the subsoil. Because of geographic upheaval, the fossilised shells are now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on the seashore at Laem Pho.
Ao Nang This bay is situated some 20 kilometres from town. Its white sandy beach stretches to the foot of a conspicuously prominent limestone range. Accommodation is available along the beachfront. Other facilities include diving shops, boats for rent and sightseeing by canoe. From Ao Nang, tourists may hire boats to visit nearby attractions such as Hat Rai Le, Tham Phra Nang located on the land to the east of Ao Nang, as well as other offshore isles such as Ko Poda, Ko Kai, Ko Mo and Ko Thap.
Hat Noppharat Thara This is a 3-kilometre long sandy beach located 6 kilometres from Ao Nang. The beach, paved with tiny seashells, was formerly called"Hat Khlong Haeng" by locals, which means dried canal beach. The canal will dry up during low tide and the area turns into a long beach. The headquarters of Hat Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park are situated here. The park covers a large area both onshore and offshore.
Hat Rai Le This beach is generally divided into two sections, east and west. West Rai Le offers a broad sandy beach. Although it has less facilities to offer than Ao Nang, West Rai Le is quieter and more peaceful.
Across the peninsula from West Rai Le is East Rai Le, which varies from the other beaches in the area. It could actually be classified as a mud flat, especially during low tide. Even so, it does offer some rather remarkable views. One end of the beach is covered with mangroves.
Hat Tham Phra Nang Accessible only by boat, this sweeping beach offers fine-grained white sand and crystalline waters, as well as magnificent jagged karsts. Although visitors flock to this beach year-round, it is still extremely pristine, and considered to be the most attractive in the area.
The Inner and Outer Phra Nang Caves, and Phra Nang Lagoon are close by, and offer some truly spectacular views. Accommodation is available over a wide price range. Despite the fact that it is reachable only by boat, this area offers plenty of recreational activities.
Wat Tham Suea This temple, also known as"tiger cave," is 9 kilometres north of Krabi Town. The inside of this cave features tiger prints captured in stone, and is in the middle of a lush forest, with enormous, ancient trees. As well as serving as a temple, this site is also very significant archaeologically, as many artifacts have been found on the premises, including tools, pottery, and the mold for the Buddha's footprint. In addition, there are several other caves in the surrounding hills.
Tham Sadet This cave is at Ban Nong Ngok, 7 kilometres from Krabi town. The villagers named it to mark the visit of King Rama IV (before he ascended to the throne). The cave features marvellous stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Krabi Horticultural Centre This agrotourism attraction, supported by the Department of Agricultural Exension, is some 20 kilometres from Krabi on the way to Amphoe Ao Luek. The centre covers a large area with a collection of local fruits, flowers and economic plants.
Mu Ko Phi Phi Phi Phi Islands are located at an equal distance from both Krabi and Phuket, about 40 kilometres. Made up of six small and large isles, the main features are sheer limestone cliff and rock. Some offer beautiful beaches and coral reefs. The best time for a visit is between November and April.
Ko Phi Phi Don covers an area of 28 square kilometres. Laem Tong in the north offers beautiful marine nature. Diving can be done as well at Laem Hua Raket, Hat Yao and Hin Phae. A number of accommodations are available at Ao Ton Sai, and Ao Lo Da Lam.
Ko Phi Phi Le is a lovely island that covers an area of only 6.6 square kilometres. It is surrounded by limestone mountains and high hills with jutting cliffs. The sea is 20 metres deep and the deepest point in the south of the island is around 34 metres. Ko Phi Phi Le offers superb scenic bays such as Ao Pi Le, Ao Maya, and Ao Lo Sa Ma. In the northeast of the island is a large cave called Tham Viking. The cave was renamed" Tham Phaya Nak" or Serpent Cave by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, because of a stone resembling the mythical creature, which His Majesty saw when he paid a visit here in 1972.
The cave is considered sacred to locals who come here to collect swallow nests. Inside the eastern and southern parts of the cave are ancient colour paintings of elephants and various types of boats, including an Arabian sailboat, a European sailboat, a sampan, a Chinese junk, and a steamboat. It is believed the paintings were the works of sea merchants or pirates, because the study of west-to-east ship routes indicates that this area may have been a stopover for boats seeking shelter from storms, transferring cargo or making repairs.
Ko Yung is north of Ko Phi Phi Don. The island has a stone beach in the east and small sandy beaches amid valleys. It is teeming with various kinds of colourful coral reefs.
Ko Phai is north of Ko Phi Phi Don and not far from Ko Yung. Marvellous beaches are in the north and east of the island. The bank of coral reefs with antler corals, in particular, stretches from north to south of the island. The best time to visit Phi Phi Island is during the monsoon-free season, which is from November to April.
Getting to Ko Phi Phi
Ferries depart from Chao Fa Pier in Krabi town at 10 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. The 2 hour trip costs 150 baht per person. On return, the ferries leave Ko Phi Phi at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. A one-day trip on a speedboat is available at Ao Nang. The trip starts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 0-7563-7152-3 for more information.
Andaman Wave Master Co., Ltd. operates boat services, departing Chao Fa Pier at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The fare is 200 baht per person. Call 0-7563-0471 (Krabi Office) or 0-2281-1463-5 (Bangkok Office).
On arrival to Ko Phi Phi Don, trips to the surrounding islands can be made in a long-tail boat. Visitors travelling from Phuket can contact tour operators who organise a one-day trip to Ko Phi Phi.
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park The park office is at Ban Huai To, 20 kilometres from town. The park covers a total area of 50 square kilometres with high mountains and thick forests. Its marvellous scenery is enhanced by streams, waterfalls, and wild animals.
Namtok Huai To is some 500 meters from the park's office. The waterfall itself runs down over rocks into 11 huge pools, each with their own name, such as Wang Thewada, Wang Sok, and Wang Chan.
Another waterfall is called Namtok Huai Sa-de. The waterfall has 3 tiers and is 300 metres from the park office.Trekking to the peak of the Phanom Bencha Mountain, 1,397 metres high, is an interesting activity for adventurous tourists. Trekking takes at least 3 days, passing streams, waterfalls, caves and view points on high cliffs.
Admission is 200 baht per person. A tent can be rented at 50 baht per person per day. Contact the headquarters of Phanom Bencha National Park, P.O. Box 26 Amphoe Mueang, Krabi 81000, Tel: 0-7662-9013.
Than Bok Khorani National Park The park office is situated 46 kilometres from town or 1 kilometre from Ao Luek Nuea Market. Near the park office there are several natural ponds of emerald water in a shady forested area. Tourists can enjoy swimming in these ponds.
Admission is 200 baht per person. Camping in the park can be done but tourists have to bring their own tents.Other attractions in the park include several caves in the limestone mountains, verdant mangrove forests, and beautiful islands which can be reached only by boat.
Tham Lot can be reached by boat from Bo Tho Pier. The pier is located 2 kilometres from Amphoe Ao Luek on the way to Laem Sak. Ride a long-tail boat along a canal passing through mangrove forests for 15 minutes. Tham Lot is a tunnel under a limestone mountain where a natural stream runs through a small tunnel and charming stalactite and stalagmite formations are found. The cave can be visited only during low tide.Tham Phi Hua To is 500 metres from Tham Lot and can be visited by boat from Bo Tho Pier. The cave is in Phi Hua To Mountain which is surrounded by mangrove swamps. There are 2 split paths inside the cave. On the left lies the shortcut to the back of the cave, where sunbeams shine through, and on the right is a path to a natural hall believed to have been once a shelter for prehistoric people. The prehistoric paintings of men, animals and human organs including numerous seashells, can be seen in the cave. Big human skulls had been discovered in the cave, thus giving the cave its present name.
Tham Chao Le is located to the west of Laem Sak in the bay where mountains and picturesque islands surround it. It is accessible by taking a boat from Laem Sak. The trip takes 10 to 15 minutes. In the cave, there are prehistoric paintings featuring men, animals and geometric symbols including stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is assumed that the paintings may have been painted after those of Tham Phi Hua To.
Mu Ko Hong is a group of limestone islands including Ko Lao or Ko Sa Ka, Ko Lao Riam, Ko Pakka and Ko Lao La Ding. Most of them are limestone islands with fine beaches, coral reefs in both deep and shallow water, and various kinds of fish. Ko Hong or Ko Lao Li Pe is the biggest island in the south. There is a 400-metre hiking trial around the island. This area is also suitable for sea-canoeing. Mu Ko Hong is located at the edge of the Than Bok Khorani National Park, and is accessible by boat from Ao Nang. The trip takes about an hour. The park charges 200 baht for entrance and 20 baht for camping on the island.
Khao Pra-Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary This is located at Ban Bang Tiao,18 kilometres from Amphoe Khlong Thom. There is a 2.7 kilometre nature trail through a lowland forest with the Emerald Pool and a variety of natural habitats. The forest is home to rare birds like Gurney's Pitta, Rufous-coloured Kingfisher and Black Hornbill, and various kinds of plants. Visitors are allowed to stay overnight but they have to bring their own tents.
Namtok Hin Phoeng This waterfall is situated 25 kilometres from Khlong Thom District. Drive along Highway No. 4 (Krabi-Trang), turn left for 8 kilometres at Khlong Phon Market. On arrival to a lower basin, visitors must walk along the edge of a mountain for 400 metres to see the waterfall flowing off a steep cliff. Namtok Ron Khlong Thom This is situated at Ban Bang Khram. Travel some 45 kilometres from town to Amphoe Khlong Thom, then take Sukhaphiban 2 Road for 12 kilometres. The area is full of hot springs in a shady forest. The temperature is not too hot at 40-50 degrees Celsius. The hot springs and cool streams converge on a slope to form lovely cascades with warm water. Admission is 10 baht per person.
Wat Khlong Thom Museum This local museum in a temple compound is located 1 kilometre from Khlong Thom District Office, between Km. 71 and Km. 72 of Highway No. 4. The museum features various kinds of artefacts that were discovered during the excavations within an archaeological site called" Khuan Luk Pat" or a bead mound behind the temple. The discoveries include stone tools, stone and earthen ornaments in the shapes of animals. The beads, in particular, are about 5,000 years old.
Ko Lanta consists of two adjacent islands: Ko Lanta Yai and Ko Lanta Noi.
Ko Lanta Yai is full of tourist facilities while Ko Lanta Noi is the location of the district office. Most of the beaches on Ko Lanta Yai lie in the west and offer a wide range of accommodation. These beaches include Kho Kwang, Khlong Dao, Phra Ae, Khlong Khong, Khlong Nin and Ba Kan Tiang, all can be reached by road.
Sala Dan Pier in the north is where tour operators, shops and banks are situated. At the south end of the island is the headquarters of Mu Ko Lanta National Park which offers a camping ground and beautiful views. Travelling to the east of the island, visitors can see an old community of Ko Lanta and a sea gypsy village. Some guesthouses are available. Motorbikes can be rented at Sala Dan to explore the island. The peak season lasts from November to April.
Getting to Ko Lanta
1. Take air-conditioned vans which leave Krabi Town at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The fare is 120 baht per person. The van boards a motor-raft at Ban Hua Hin and then another raft at Ko Lanta Noi. The trip takes 2 hours. On return, the vans depart from Sala Dan (on Ko Lanta Yai) at 7 a.m. and 12 noon. For more information, call Krabi Lanta Tour at Tel: 0-7562-2792
2. Boats from Chao Fa Pier (available from November to May) leave at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The trip takes 2 hours. Call Chao Fa Pier, Tel: 0-7563-0470-2.
Travel agents on Ko Lanta sells tickets to many destinations such as Krabi, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi, Ko Ngai and Ko Rok. Departure times and fares are as follows:Lanta - Phi Phi : 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. (200 baht)Lanta - Krabi : 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.(200 baht)Lanta - Phi Phi - Phuket : 9 a.m. and 2.30 p.m.(250 baht)Lanta - Phi Phi - Krabi : 9 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.
Royal Fern Co.,Ltd. operates boat services to Krabi via Ko Cham (or Ko Jum) and to Ko Ngai, Ko Rok and Ko Kradan. For more information, call 0-7568-4163 or 0-1719-4811.
Mu Ko Lanta National Park The park has an office at the southend of Lanta Yai Island. The park covers an area of 152 square kilometres and occupies many islands including parts of Ko Lanta Yai, Ko Lanta Noi, Ko Ta Leng Beng, Ko Ha, Ko Rok, and Ko Ngai. Camping is allowed near the park office with advance notice. Ko Rok also provides tents for tourists. Please contact Mu Ko Lanta National Park, No.5, Tambon Ko Lanta Yai, Amphoe Ko Lanta, Krabi 81150, Tel. 0-7562-9018-9.
Ko Talabeng is a limestone island that is similar to Ko Phi Phi Le. It consists of small lovely beaches. During low tide, the cave is clearly visible. Some swallows can be seen on the island.
Ko Rok comprises two islands: Ko Rok Nai and Ko Rok Nok. Ko Rok Nai is an island that is mostly steep cliffs. It offers a superb beach and unspoiled coral reefs among rocks. Ko Rok Nok is full of soft white sandy beaches and coral reefs in shallow water in the southeast and the south. Hat Thalu and Ao Man Sai are situated at the end of the island. Tourists can contact tour operators, resorts and bungalows on Ko Lanta Yai for an excursion to Ko Rok by speedboat. The trip by long-tail boat is not recommended.
Ko Ngai or Ko Hai is a small island that has a long sandy beach in the east and unspoiled coral reefs in shallow water at the beachfront. The island is accessible by taking a ferry and a chartered boat from Pak Meng Pier, Trang province.
Hin Daeng is a rock that is a hazard to ships. It is on the outer edge of the Andaman Sea. It offers various kinds of coral reefs, so it is a superb diving spot.
Ko Ha is an archipelago of five islands. Ko Ha Yai is where coral reefs are found in shallow water.
One of several eco-tourism activities available in Krabi is sea-canoeing, and there are few better ways to thoroughly enjoy the spectacular scenery than by drifting leisurely amongst the limestone karsts. This is perhaps the best way to explore Krabi's countless inlets and deserted beaches, allowing travellers to discover the true magic of the area at their own pace.
Kayaking is available in the waters off Krabi and Phang-nga provinces, which boast some of the most spectacular seascapes and marine life anywhere. The sport is accessible to beginners and veterans alike, since operators offer training at the start of the trip. The sea-kayaking centre is at Ao Nang, which blends the rugged appeal of rocky outcrops with the serene beauty of beaches and crystal-clear water. Off its shore lie limestone outcrops honeycombed with caves and hollows and fringed by mangrove forests.
Canoe and kayak rentals are available at many of the guesthouses in the Ao Nang area, and guides are also available to lead you through the myriad of small, deserted islands.
- Snorkelling & Diving
Dive shops provide mask, snorkel and fins for hire at around 150 baht a set per day. You will probably have to pay a deposit of around 500 baht. They also offer you dive trips to, and education about, some of the most spectacular destinations in Southern Thailand.
- Biking Mountain bikes cost around 80 baht per day to hire and can be found around Ao Nang. The terrain is spectacular and this is a great, and healthy, way to take in the most spectacular scenery.
- Rock Climbing
Every year literally thousands of climbers come to Krabi specifically to challenge themselves on the famous limestone karsts, and most will agree that it was well worth the trip. There are over 150 challenging pegged routes, concentrated primarily on the Phranang peninsula, between Hat Tham Phranang and Hat Rai Le. These routes are typically in the mid to high difficulty range, with numerous overhangs, and sheer limestone faces.However, there are also several beginner climbs, so that even the novice climber can experience the thrill of climbing. Equipment rentals, instruction, and guides are all available.
Travel shops in Ao Nang sell island tour tickets which pool strangers into the one boat. This has brought two daytrips within reach of most pockets.
The Tham Phranang and Ko Poda daytrip costs 200 baht per person, and the Ko Hong daytrip costs 250 baht per person. The price usually includes snorkel, mask, lunch of fried rice, water and fruit. Each boat leaves around 9a.m. and returns about 4 p.m. Booking is available at most bungalows and at travel counters. The Ko Poda group of islands is recommended with a stay at Ko Kai, to relax, snorkel and sunbathe. At low tide on Ko Kai a powdery white land bridge forms linking three islands.
The Phi Phi daytrip by boat, leaving Ao Nang at 9 a.m. daily and returning at 5 p.m. A roundtrip ticket costs around 700 baht including a simple lunch, touring the Viking Cave and snorkelling in Maya Bay.
The Khlong Thom Hot Spring & Forest Hiking costs 500 baht per person.
The Ao Luek daytrip (to see waterfalls and caves) costs around 500 baht
Note: These are guideline prices, which may vary slightly between travel agents.
Krabi Boek Fa Andaman Festival is annually held to inaugurate the province's tourist season. The festival features parades, local products contests, sea Kayak competitions and boat races.
Loi Ruea Chao Le Festival is a rare festival on Ko Lanta of the sea gypsies. The festival is held annually, on the full moon day in the sixth and the eleventh months of the lunar calendar. The sea gypsies on Ko Lanta and from neighbouring areas, will gather at the beach near Ban Sala Dan, to float boats in the sea in order to bring good luck. The Rong Ngeng, a typical southern dance as well as traditional music, is performed around the boats.
Hotels and accommodation
- A.P. Resort : 164 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7342-3] : www.aonang.com/aptravel : 1,200-1,500 baht
- Andaman Holiday Resort : 96 Mu 3 Klongmuang Beach, Tambon Nongtalay, Muang [(66 75) 644-321-3]
- Andaman Holiday Resort : 98 Mu 3 Tambon Nong Tha-le, Hat Khlong Muang, Amphoe Muang [0 7564 4321-3 Fax: 0 7564 4320] : www.andamanholiday.com : 4,400-6,600 baht
- Andaman Inn : Hat Noppharat Thara [0 1956 1173] : 150-300 baht
- Andaman Lanta Resort : 142 Moo 3 Khlong Dao Beach, Ko Lanta [(66 75) 684-200-2]
- Andaman Sunset Resort : 31 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7359] : 1,800-2,200 baht / 900-1,200 baht
- Ano Guest House : 80/9-11 Maharat Road, Amphoe Muang [0 7561 2309] : 170-350 baht
- Ao Nang Ban Le : 22/1 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7189] : 250-350 baht
- Ao Nang Beach Resort : 142 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7766-8] : 2,500-4,000 baht
- Ao Nang Pakasai Resort : 88 Mu 3 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7777-85 Fax: 0 7563 7637] : 5,500-25,000 baht
- Ao Nang Palm Hill : 83 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7207] : 800-1,000 baht
- Ao Nang Royal Resort : Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7118 Fax: 0 7563 7119] : 900-1,200 baht
- Ao Nang Sea Front Resort : 245/6 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7591-2] : 2,000-2,500 baht
- Ao Nang Tara Lodge : 56 Mu 3 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7087] : 380-700 baht
- Ao Nang Villa : 113 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7270-4] : 1,500-5,600 baht
- Ao Nang Villa : 113, Ao Nang Beach, Krabi [(66 75) 637-270]
- Ao Nang Village : 49/3 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [Bangkok Tel: 0 2204 2458] : 150-300 baht
- B.B. Bungalow : 23/1 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7542-3 Fax: 0 7563 7304] : 500-600 baht
- B.B. Hotel : 23/3 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7148 Fax: 0 7563 7147] : 1,800-2,000 baht
- Baan Suan Kafae : 161/3 Krabi Road, Amphoe Muang [0 7562 0255] : 150-220 baht
- Bamboo : Mu 4 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Nopparat Thara [-] : 300 baht
- Ban Ao Nang : 31/3 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7071-4] : 2,500-4,000 baht
- Beach Terrace : 154 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7180-3] : 1,000-2,200 baht
- Blue Ba You Bangalow : 79 Mu 3 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Noppharat Thara [0 7563 7558] : 250-450 baht
- Boon Siam : Chaokhun Road, Amphoe Muang [0 753 2511-5 Fax: 0 7563 2510] : 400-900 baht
- Chanchale B & B : Opposite District Office, 55 Uttarakit Road, Amphoe Muang [0 7562 0952] : 200-250 baht
- Chaofa Valley : 50 Chaofa Road, Amphoe Muang [0 7561 2499] : 250-300 baht
- City Hotel : 15/2-3 Prachachuen Road, Amphoe Muang [0 7561 1961, 0 7562 1280-1] : 400-1,050 baht
- Coco Bungalow : Tambon Ao Nang,Hat Ao Nam Mao : 180-250 baht
- Coconut Home : 46 Mu 3 Ban Khao Thong, Amphoe Muang [0 7563 0059] :: :: 500 baht
- Dawn of Happiness : 23 Krabi-Susan Hoi Road, Ban Laem Pho,Tambon Sai Thai,Amphoe Muang : 650-950 baht
- Dream Garden House : 86/2 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7338] : 950 baht
- Emerald Resort : Mu 4 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Noppharat Thara [0 7562 3328 Fax: 0 7563 1119] : 700-2,000 baht
- Emerald Resort Bungalow, The : 80 Moo 4 T.Ao-Nang A.Muang [(66 75) 611-377]
- Garden House : 40 Hemthanon Road, Amphoe Muang [0 7561 1265, 0 7563 1250] : 150-500 baht
- Golden Beach Resort : 232 Mu 2 Tambon Ao Nang, Hat Ao Nang [0 7563 7870 Fax: 0 7563 7875] : 4,500-6,000 baht
- Grand Mansion : 289/1 Uttarakit Road, Amphoe Muang [0 7562 0833-5] : 300-1,000 baht
- Bai Toey : Kongka Rd., Tel: 0-7561-1509
- Chon Thong : Uthornkit Rd., Tel: 0-7561-1028
- Diamond : Nawarat Hotel
- Kaew Jai : 256 Uthornkit Rd., Tel: 0-7561-1241
- Kaomok Kai Bunghem : 7/6 Sri Phang Nga Rd.
- Kodung : Kongka Rd., Tel: 0-7561-1522
- Krabi Pla Pao : Uthornkit Rd.
- Nong Joke : 47 Kongka Rd. (towards the bay's mouth)
- Paknam : Kongka Rd., Tel: 0-7561-2722
- Talay Thai : Uthornkit Rd., Tel: 0-7561-1028
How to get there
* By train
There is no direct train from Bangkok to Krabi. Visitors may take a train from Bangkok Railway Station to Surat Thani and then ride a bus or a taxi to Krabi. For more information, call 1690, 0-2223- 7010, 0-2223-7020 or visit www.srt.or.th.
* By car : Travel from Bangkok
Route A: Drive along Highway No.4, passing Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang-nga, to Krabi. The distance is 946 kilometres from Bangkok ;
Route B: Drive along Highway No. 4 and turn onto Highway No. 41 at Chumphon via Lang Suan and Phunphin, Surat Thani. Continue driving along Highways No. 401 via Ban Ta Khun, No. 415 and No. 4 via Ao Luek to Krabi. This route is 814 kilometres from Bangkok
* By Plane
Thai Airways operates daily services to Krabi. For more information, call 1566, 66 2628 2000 (Bangkok Office) or 66 7563 6543 (Krabi Office) or visit www.thaiairways.com.
P.B. Air offers flights to Krabi. For more information, Call 66 2261 0220-5 (Bangkok Office), 66 7569 1942 (Krabi Office)or visit www.pbair.com.
Phuket Air offers daily flights to Krabi and the journey takes only 1.20 hours. Numerous flight times are available for your selection. For more information, call Bangkok office 66 2679 8999 or Krabi Office 66 7563 6393-4 or view at www.phuketairlines.com
* By bus
Air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok 's Southern Bus Terminal to Krabi every day. The journey takes 12 hours.Departure times and fares are as follows:
First class (VIP) bus with 24 seats - 7.20 p.m.(710 baht)First class bus with 40 seats - 7 p.m.(486 baht)Second class bus - 7.30 a.m., 7 p.m., 7.30 p.m. and 9 p.m., (378 baht)
The schedules mentioned above may be changed. Check current information before booking at the Southern Bus Terminal, Tel: 0 -2435-1199-200. Lignite Tour (Tel: 0-2435-7428) also operates daily bus services to Krabi.