Krabi Province / จังหวัดกระบี่

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Krabi Province

Krabi Province (map) is a popular beach destination on the Andaman Sea in *Southern Thailand. While less commercialized than neighboring Phuket, Krabi Province cannot be described as undiscovered: it receives two million visitors a year, and the major tourist areas cater to foreigners.

The upside of Krabi, when compared to Phuket, is that many of the most beautiful beaches can only be accessed by boat, such that their coastal villages are far less urbanised and more laid back.

The best time to visit Krabi is between the months Nov-Apr when the area’s climate is cooler.

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*Ao Nang (อ่าวนาง, map) Ao Nang Beach is Krabi’s most developed beach. Fringed by palms, the long beach is backed by a wide range of accommodation including resorts, bungalows, and guesthouses. A large selection of bars, restaurants, and Western fast food chains can also be found here.

*Hat Rai Leh (Rai Leh Beach East/West, map) Hat Rai Leh is bounded on two sides by limestone cliffs, thus isolating it from the mainland. It is only accessible by boat. Rai Leh West has a white sand beach and is the longest of the beaches in this area. Rai Leh East is popular backpacker hang-out and offers cheaper accommodation than the west side. Rai Leh East’s beach has extensive stands of mangroves, making it less suitable for beach activities.

Of the 154 islands in the province, Ko Phi Phi Le (map) is the most famous, as it was the site of the movie The Beach.

Various tourist attractions can be conveniently reached by local songthaew. Songthaews depart from the Vogue Department Store on Maha Rat Rd (map). Trips to other destinations can be made by taxi and rental car.

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 BUS >   There are regular direct bus services between Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (map) and Krabi (~500 baht), but probably the best option is to take a VIP bus, which for 250 baht more makes the 10 hour ride much more comfortable. Green Bus CorporationNakhonchaiair Co., Ltd.PhetprasertSombat Tour Co., Ltd. (*List of bus routes in Bangkok)

 RAIL >   The nearest train stations are in Surat Thani and in Trang. Surat Thani (map) – 3-4 hours away from Krabi by bus. Trang (map) – 2-2.5 hours away from Krabi by bus.

State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has a 4,000-km network covering most of the country, from Chiang Mai in the north all the way to (and beyond) the Malaysian border in the south. Compared to buses, most trains are relatively slow and prone to delays, but safer. Tickets may be purchased on-line from Thairailwayticket.com. (*Rail transport in Thailand)

 AIRPORTS >   Airports of Thailand. Bangkok has two major airports: Suvarnabhumi Airport which is the main airport and serves most full-service carriers, and the smaller Don Mueang International Airport which primarily serves low-cost carriers.

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