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Krabi: the Complete Guide

Krabi is a beautiful province of Thailand, famous for its karst formations, its heavenly islands, and its beautiful sandy beaches.

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To see and do in Krabi


Historians believe that the name of the city, Krabi, in Thai กระบี่, comes from the word “Krabi,” which means “sword.”

This may come from a legend that an ancient sword was dug up before the city was founded.

The province of Krabi

Krabi's situation
Krabi (in red)

The province is located on the southwest coast of Thailand, about 820 km from the capital, Bangkok, two hours drive from Phuket, and by the Andaman Sea.

The province has more than 150 islands, including Koh Phi Phi Phi and Koh Lanta (Koh means island in Thai).

It is a coastal province that is full of countless natural attractions that never fail to impress visitors who travel to Thailand.

These attractions include crystal-clear white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, caves and waterfalls, and many islands.

The vegetation is lush; it shelters a rich fauna and flora to discover in its national parks, mangroves, and waterfalls.

Krabi town

Crab statues, Krabi symbol
City symbol

Krabi is a quiet small town with a population of about 360,000 people.

Located just above the coast, it has no beaches, and most visitors pass through before reaching the surrounding islands or beaches like Ao Nang and Railay.

Nevertheless, Krabi is a quiet and pleasant place, and it is worth spending a night or two there.

The unusual traffic lights of the city of Krabi:

When to visit Krabi (climate)

The best time to visit Krabi is from November to April, when the temperatures are coolest, it is also the high tourist season.

It is better to avoid the period from June to early November because it rains a lot.

For more information, see:

Climate, Seasons and Weather in Thailand: 6-day forecast
A Seasonal Guide to the Best Time to Visit Thailand depending on the region

Railay aerial view

Finding a Hotel in Krabi

You will easily find accommodation without booking if you come outside the main tourist seasons (November to February) or important festivals, but if not, it is better to book.

You will find the best quality/price ratio by comparing offers from the main booking sites via our partner

Transport in Krabi

You can get an idea of the prices or book your bus, train, boat, or plane tickets with

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By plane

Krabi Airport is located ten kilometers south of the city.

An air-conditioned bus service connects the airport to Krabi-Town, Ao Nang and Noppharat Thara Beach.

Rates are 90 baht to reach the city and 150 baht to Ao Nang / Noppharat Thara.

Songthaews (taxi pickups) can take you from Krabi city to the airport and cost between 30 and 50 baht.

To take a Songthaew from the airport, you will have to get out and catch them along the main road.

Four flights arrive from Bangkok every day; there are also flights from Koh Samui, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore.

You can find the cheapest long-haul flights to Krabi by comparing prices by period with Skyscanner.

By Train

Krabi doesn’t have a train station. Most travelers travel to Surat Thani and Hat Yai and then take a bus to Krabi.

By bus

Krabi’s bus station is called Talat Kao, and buses travel from the city and Ao Nang.

To/from Bangkok: in Bangkok, you have to go to the south terminal, Sai Tai Taling Chan (Southern Bus Terminal), the journey is about 12 hours.

From Krabi, buses arrive from Talat Kao bus station, about 5 km north of the city, and about 20 km from Ao Nang.

There are many buses, VIPs, minibusses, 1st, and 2nd class…

To/from Surat Thani: Public buses leave from Krabi bus station, Talat Kao.

The trip should not take more than three hours.

There are buses every hour, from 7 am to 4.30 pm.

In Surat Thani, it is better to avoid agencies and take your bus tickets at the bus station because there are many flights on the routes from Surat Thani, sold by travel agencies.

To/from Phuket: shuttles run between Krabi airport or the city and Phuket airport several times a day.

Some mini-buses run in 2 hours (well, it’s more like 3 hours). They leave every hour from the Phuket bus station.

To/from Hat Yai: There are about 4 to 5 hours of travel and buses almost every hour, from 6 am to 8 pm.

See also: Transport in Thailand, traveling to the country of smiles

Videos on Krabi

The most beautiful places to discover

A quality video, on the main squares, to see with aerial views taken by a drone.

The city, markets, clothing, food, entertainment…

Another video, more about the city, walking street, the atmosphere, and markets.

Krabi maps

Map of the city of Krabi


Map of Krabi province

Carte-de-la-province-de-Krabi You will find other maps on the forum: Krabi maps

See also:

To see and do in Krabi, the top 12 most popular activities

Source: Wikitravel; Photos: Rock near Phra Nang Beach in Krabi: Mark Fischer; Songthaew, Krabi Bus Station: Seligne; traffic light at Krabi (1,2,3): Владимир Е; Phra Nang Beach: kallerna

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Settled in Thailand since a few years (with trips to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), I love this country and its inhabitants, the real country of Smiles! Sorry for any translation errors that may occur. Feel free to mention them in the comments, I will correct them. Thank you.

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