Krabi Town, Krabi Province – How to Arrive ? Where to Stay ? What to Visit ? – Page 1

Maps – Orientation

Map 1 : Distance from Bangkok

Map 2 : Overview of the Zone – Boat Transport

Map 3 :  Krabi Town

Map 4 :  Krabi Town Zone

Map 5 :  Krabi Zone

Map 6 : Interactive Map

  1. Points in Red : Transport
  2. Points in Blue : Tourist Attractions
  3. Points in Green :  Beaches

How is Krabi Town ?

Look at the Maps above.  Krabi Town is part of the Krabi region. Usually tourists visit in the Krabi region : Ao-Nang + Railay Beach + Krabi Town. Close to Krabi region are the islands : Koh Phi Phi, Phuket and Koh Lanta which are very touristic.

The town of Krabi is a small and calm town on the river. It doesn’t have beaches like Ao-Nang and that’s why Ao-Nang is loaded with tourists and Krabi Town not.

It is advisable to split your available days in Krabi region between Ao-Nang, Railay Beach and Krabi Town in order to enjoy the contrast. You can stay in Ao-Nang and just visit Krabi Town with a motorbike, the distance between the 2 places is just 16 Km, by road.

The highlight of Krabi Town is the river promenade. The view is beautiful. In the evening there are stands with food along the promenade.

The main tourist attraction close to Krabi Town is a Buddhist temple on a mountain (Wat Tham Suea). It is a climb of more than 500 meters and it is a challenge. See Page 3 for the attractions around Krabi Town and Krabi region.

The number of tourists staying to sleep in Krabi Town is much lower than in Ao-Nang. Still, you should consider staying here for at least 1 night. Krabi Town is a pleasant place and it is close to the airport. See Page 2 – Where to Stay in Krabi Town.

The nightlife in Krabi Town is : animated but calm. In the evening, there is a night market close to the river. Also the river promenade is animated. If you are searching for very animated nightlife, you should visit Ao-Nang.

As for food, surprisingly, there are at least 2 authentic Italian restaurants here. See later, the section What to eat in Krabi Town.

Is it worth to visit Krabi Town ?

Yes, it is an indispensable stop on a visit to Krabi region. The river promenade is nice and there is an important tourist attraction north to the city. The temple Wat Tham Suea, on a mountain.

How to Arrive to Krabi Town ?

Option 1 : By Flight

Look at the Maps above. There is an airport near the town of Krabi. It is located 14 Km from the town, by road.

How to arrive from the Airport of Krabi to Krabi Town ?

  1. Option 1  (from the airport): By Taxi or App Taxi. Except the regular Taxis, the smartphone applications Grab and Bolt function in the region of Krabi.
  2. Option 2 (from the airport) : By shared Minivan . At the airport, go to the official information and ask about the shared minivans, otherwise you may get wrong information from the Taxi companies around.
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Option 2  : By Bus or Minivan

There are a lot of buses in Thailand. There are buses from Bangkok and other Thai locations. Some of the buses are night buses with some kind of beds.

  • You can book Flights, Trains, Buses and Taxis inside Thailand with the site 12GoAsia. Choose the Origin city and Destination city and it will show you All the available Transports to destination.

Option 3  : By Boat (from Koh-Phi-Phi, Koh Lanta, Phuket, Ao-Nang, Railay Beach)

If you arrive to Krabi Town from one of the nearby islands, you need to take a boat. There are a lot of boats from Phuket, Koh-Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and Ao-Nang.

See location of the piers on the specific pages :

  1. For the pier in Phuket, see Phuket page
  2. For the pier in Koh-Lanta, see Koh-Lanta page
  3. For the pier in Koh-Phi Phi, see Koh-Phi Phi, page
  4. For the pier in Railay beach, see Railay Beach, page
  5. For the pier in Ao-Nang, see Ao-Nang, page

Location of the Piers in Krabi Town

There are 2 piers in Krabi Town

Kong Ka Pier – Exactly on the river promenade in town. Here there are Speed Boats (relatively small boats). See location on Google Maps or on the Maps above.

Klong Jilad Pier – 4 Km to the south. Here there are big Boats (ferries). See location on Google Maps or on the Maps above.

  • You can book Flights, Trains, Buses and Taxis inside Thailand with the site 12GoAsia. Choose the Origin city and Destination city and it will show you All the available Transports to destination.

Option 4  : By Train

The train line of Thailand passes near the right coast and not the left coast (Yes, there is more or less only 1 vertical train line in Thailand). The nearest train station to the area of Krabi is in Surat Thani. From Surat Thani, you need to continue to Krabi area by Bus or Taxi. The road distance between Surat Thani and Krabi area is about 200 Km.

You can buy a train ticket at the train stations, at the travel agency or online.

  • You can book Flights, Trains, Buses and Taxis inside Thailand with the site 12GoAsia. Choose the Origin city and Destination city and it will show you All the available Transports to destination.

Option 4  : By Taxi

Comfortable. If you share the taxi with other people, the price may be reasonable.

  • You can book Flights, Trains, Buses and Taxis inside Thailand with the site 12GoAsia. Choose the Origin city and Destination city and it will show you All the available Transports to destination.

Option 5  : By rented Car or Motorbike

It is easy to rent a car in Thailand. It is very easy to rent a motorbike in Thailand (but usually you use a motorbike for short distances).

  • You can book Flights, Trains, Buses and Taxis inside Thailand with the site 12GoAsia. Choose the Origin city and Destination city and it will show you All the available Transports to destination.

Where to Stay in Krabi Town ? – Hotels

See this on Page 2.

How to Move in Krabi Town ?

Option 1 : By foot

You can visit the town by foot. It is small.

Option 1 : With a rented Motorbike (or Car)

A motorbike is the best option to explore the attractions in Krabi area. The distances are relatively short. You can arrive from Krabi Town to Ao-Nang in less than 1 hour. It is easy to park the motorbike in Krabi Town.

The usual rental price is : 250 Baht per day for a motorbike of 125 cc (price at the time that I am writing).

Option 3 : With a Taxi

Yes, there are taxis in Krabi Town. Some of them are Tuk-Tuk (Songthaew).

Option 4 : A Smartphone App

Grab and Bolt function well in this area. It is very convenient to use it if you don’t have a motorbike.

Option 5 : With a Bus

There are some shared minivans (Tuk-tuk – Songthaew) that go to Ao-Nang. They depart from the centre of Krabi town, Maharaj Road.

Option 6 : With an Organized Tour

They will transport you to the destination.

The Immigration Office

See location on Google Maps or on the Maps above.
Yes, there is one near the town. It is located 3 Km south of the town, near Klong Jilad Pier.
You can extend you Visa here.

How is the Climate in Krabi Town ?

Note : The climate in Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Koh-Lanta is quite similar. Also Krabi is very similar.

Temperatures

It is hot in this zone, all year round. At day time around 31 degrees Celsius. At night around 24 degrees celsius. You better have air-conditioning in your room.

Rain

Like in all Thailand, there is also in this zone a rainy season. The rainy season here is from April to December.

  • May to November : around 250 mm rain (the month of September is very rainy, around 400 mm rain).
  • April and November : around 150 mm rain.

What to Eat in Krabi Town ?

The tourist scene in Krabi Town is much smaller than Ao-Nang and still, it seems that there is better quality food here.

First, there is a day market and a night market in the center. Here in the photo a vegetarian noodle that I ate from one of the stands.

Each time that I encounter a separate menu for vegetarians, I become thankful. When the dish is also tasty, I am super happy.

There are at least 2 authentic Italian restaurants in Krabi Town. It seems that foreigners prefer to live here than in Ao-Nang. One Italian restaurant is Marni Krabi town. It is located beside the day market.

The other Italian restaurant is Uno Restaurant.

There is this interesting floating restaurant called The River Restaurant & Bar.  I didn’t eat here but it receives good notes on Google Maps. There is live music.

If you are not vegetarian (like I am), then you will find a lot of food options in Krabi town. A lot of sea food.

How is the Nightlife in Krabi Town ?

The nightlife is relatively calm. In the evening there are tourists walking along the river promenade. There are tourists in the night market.
All these stands, terminate early and except a few bars, the town goes to sleep. If you want night animation, you should ride on your motorbike till Ao-Nang.

Continue to Page 2 – Where to Stay in Krabi Town

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