southern Thailand's east coast, 800 kilometres south of Bangkok, Krabi province is an area
of outstanding natural beauty. Classic virgin beaches fringed with towering limestone
formations, is an understatement to describe this stunningly beautiful area of Thailand.
The Krabi coastline is dotted with rarely visited tropical islands, palm fringed beaches,
waterfalls, caves, and strange rock formations.
Relatively new to tourism, the area is being carefully developed with no real high rise
hotels and a wide range of places to stay from small bungalows to the five star
prestigious, but relaxing Sheraton Rayavadee Resort. Most accommodation is located around
the beach areas of Ao Nang, Rai Ley and Phra Nang with some small local hotels in the
provincial capital, Krabi town.
Krabi is a great
place to relax. The pace is unhurried and many beaches can only be reached by boat,
keeping development to a minimum. Much of the province has been designated national park.
The Hat Noppharat Thara-Ko Phi Phi National Park incorporates many of the mainland
beaches, over 80 smaller islands and the Phi Phi islands - made famous as the idyllic
location for the Hollywood film the Beach and popular with yachtsmen,
scuba-divers, snorkellers and day-trippers from Phuket.
The Ko Lanta
National Park, also in Krabi province, includes several coral-fringed islands, prime
diving sites, and comparative solitude. The largest island, Ko Lanta Yai, is the site of
park headquarters, and is also home to Chao Le, or sea gypsies who sustain themselves
largely through fishing. The islands are best visited during the non-monsoon months of
October through April.
As well as beautiful
and relaxing scenery, Krabi offers an adventure playground for those who like to get
"out and about." Kayaking, sailing, birdwatching, snorkelling, island hopping
and sightseeing are just a few. In the interior, two predominantly mainland national
parks, Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokk-horani, offer inland scenic attractions including
waterfalls and caves, and opportunities for trekking, birdwatching and eco-tours.
LOCAL AND LANDSCAPE
Covering an area of
approximately 4709sq km, Krabi province is bounded by Phang Nga and Surathani provinces
from the north, Trang province and the Andaman Sea from the south, Trang and Nakorn Si
Thammarat provinces from the east and Phang Nga province and the Andaman Sea from the
west. Krabi's landscape is undulating and dotted with hills and mountains, the highest of
which is Khao Phanom Bencha at 1,350m. Along the 160km coastline of Krabi are alternately
bays and capes - which viewed from the air reveal a jagged outline with outcrops of
limestone mountains rising up from the sea waters.
Much of the coastal
area is covered by mangrove forest which serves as a natural breeding ground for Krabi's
diverse aquatic life. Inland, Krabi's extensive deciduous forest area are mainly reserved
and feature high flora and fauna biodiversity.
from Krabi to nearby provinces
Nakhon Si Thammarat
- 86 kms.
- 176 kms.
- 131 kms.
- 193 kms.
- 211 kms.
- 233 kms.
- 276 km
- 43 kms.
- 66 kms.
- 39 kms.
- 42 kms.
- 45 kms.
- 67 kms.
- 17 km
In recent years,
with it's natural attractions such as tropical islands, palm fringed beaches, forest
waterfalls and caves attracting more and more sunseeking adventure-bound tourists, Krabi
has begun to earn a substantial income from its tourism industry. Predominantly however,
it is an agricultural based area, with sandy clay soil conditions, like many surrounding
provinces, making it ideal for producing rubber, palm oils, oranges, coconuts, and coffee.
Rubber is the main cash crop grown with over 700,00 rai being under cultivation for this
Palm oil comes in
second, followed by coconuts. Fishing is widely carried out along the coastline and on
most larger islands, and although traditional methods are still in use, modern trawling
techniques are threatening numbers and the industry. Shrimp and cockle farming has been a
high growth industry since the early 1990's, and there is also a flourishing grouper
The people of Krabi
represent a mix of different races who over history came to settle from different regions.
It is said that each group of people represent a different page in the history of Krabi.
The Chao Ley or "Sea Gypsies" reside on various of the islands in Krabi's
waters, and traditionally made their living from wandering around fishing and diving for
communities are in danger of overexposure to tourism, and inevitable assimilation, however
some of their traditional ways are presented in the yearly sea gypsy sailing ritual held
in May on Koh Lanta, Koh Pu and Koh Cham.
In the late 19th and
early 20th centuries, Southern Chinese people flocked to Thailand in search of work and
many made their way to the south of Thailand to work in local industry.
In more recent
times, there involvement has been high in oil palm plantations and gypsum mining. Despite
the assimilation of Chinese people and their descendants with local people over time, many
retain vestiges of their Chinese heritage.
Many still retain
the ability to speak Chinese, have Chinese (and Thai) names, and observe Chinese rituals
and religious beliefs. Being in close proximity to Malaysia, southern Thailand is also
home to many Muslim communities, and Krabi itself has a strong Muslim presence.
Krabi has a tropical
monsoon climate. It's warm all year 'round, but the two periods of April-May and
September-October are the hottest.
September-October period is also the wettest.
The best time to visit Krabi is during the cool NE monsoon season, from November though
March, when it isn't so humid, and the cool breezes keep things comfortable.
temperature is around 75?F to 89?F (24?C to 32?C). The hottest time is from April through
May, with temperatures ranging from 80?F to 95?F (27?C to 36?C). There are frequent short
heavy thundery showers, offering welcome relief from the temperature and humidity.
The Thai New Year occurs on April 13th and everyone sprinkles (or throws) cool water on
Locals enjoy June, July and August, since the weather is usually fine and favourite haunts
uncrowded. The usual pattern is brief but heavy showers, with plenty of sunshine between
downpours. Everything is a little less expensive at this time of year, as well.
Temperatures range between 70?F and 90?F (20?C to 33?C).
During September and early October we start to remember our umbrellas. This makes an ideal
time to visit abroad. One consolation for those who remain is that the beaches, outdoor
restaurants and streets are relatively uncluttered by visitors.
And even at this
time, we still get long intervals of sunshine between the heavy showers. Anyway, plenty of
lowseason activities, both water- and land-based, still offer themselves in Krabi during
this wettest part of the summer season.
divided into eight districts : Amphoe Muang (Krabi Town), Khao Panom, Khlong Thom, Plai
Phraya, Ko Lanta, Ao Luk, and Lam Thap and, Nhua Khlong.
SIZE, LOCATION AND BOUDARIES
Krabi is on the
Andaman Sea coast of south-west Thailand, between 7' 30" and 8' 30" north
latitude, and 98' 30" and 99' 30" west longitude. Total area is 4,709
square kilometers bounded thus :
population, as of September 1999, is 344,610
physical geography is broken by highlands and plains on the mainland.The provincial
administration also covers more than 130 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, mangos, coconuts, and
The Krabi River
flows 5 kilometers through the city and falls into the Andaman at Tambon Pak Nam. There
are other streams as well : the Khlong Pakasai, the Khlong Krabi Yai and the Khlong Krabi
Noi in the province's highest range of mountains, the Khao Phanom Bencha.
Connects with Phang-nga and Sura Thani Provinces.
Connects with Trang Provinces and the Andaman Sea.
Connects with Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat Provinces.
Connects with Phang-nga Provinces and the Andaman Sea.
Mail and Postal
Services Open: 8am to 4.30pm. The Thai post service is usually reliable. Urgent or
important items can be sent by EMS services.
This is faster and
safer but the cost is higher. Krabi Town's main post office is located on Uttarakit Road,
near the Customs Pier (See Map).
International phone calls, bureau fax, and Internet services are widely available
throughout Thailand. Krabi Town's post office and most hotels can provide telephone and
fax services and Internet services are springing up in all the main tourist areas,
catering for Internet savvy tourists.
Krabi Town has a
number of banks that provide standard services, Mondays to Fridays, except public and bank
holidays, between 8.30am and 3.30pm. Check our town map for location details. Currency
exchange centers also operate from 7.00am to 9.00pm, seven days a week including
- Krabi Hospital
611-202, 611-210, 611-2203
- Ao Lak Hospital
- Koh Lanta Hospital
Immigration Office 612-740
Tourism Authority 212-213
Provincial Travellers Assistance Centre 612-740