of the most attractive tourist destinations in southern Thailand Krabi is
located Some 800 kilometers from Bangkok with an area of 4,708 square
kilometers. To the West it bound on the Andaman Sea where countless
natural attractions abound, including white, sandy beaches, fascinating
coral reefs, numerous large and small Islands verdant forest and highly
interesting archaeological remains.
Inhabitants are believed to reside in the area as far
back as 25,000-35,000 B.C., as numerous stone tools, potteries, beads,
ancient pictures and skeleton remains are found in many cliffs and caves.
Its name first appeared to be "Baan Thai Samor" in the 12th
century under the Kingdom of Ligor whose capital is the current Nakhon Si
Thammarat. The region became a part of Thailand in early Rattanakosin
period. As the community grows, King Chulalongkorn (the 5th King of Chakri
Dynasty) raised its status to be a town and name it "Krabi".
Krabi is, perhaps, best known for the scenic karsts that make its 160
kilometers coastline one of the most spectacular in Thailand. The karsts
also make up the 130 islands that are easily accessible from Krabi shores.
The town of Krabi is small with over 2,000 population. It is a friendly
local town that surrounded by natural mountains, the Andaman Sea and
expansive agricultural land. Rubber and palm plantation together with
fishery are the major means of living for the local.
Beaches and Islands:
There are various beaches and islands in Krabi to accommodate all kinds of
needs and expectations of the tourists. The beautiful beaches ranges from
the soft white sands of an intimate Phra-Nang Bay to the wide open space
of Hat-Nopparrat-Thara and on out to the shimmering beach of the Pee-Pee
Island. These beaches and the crystal clear green water of the Andaman Sea
makes Krabi home of the most wonderful aquatic shores.
Food and Entertainment:
Krabi town is the center of, perhaps, the best and the least expensive
Thai food in the South-western region. It is the food for the local Thai
people and foreign visitors alike. The cuisine ranges from the Northern,
North-eastern, the Central to the local Southern Thai cuisine. In
addition, there are various restaurants offering many other international
cuisine such as Chinese, Muslim, and European, etc. Furthermore, Krabi,
much alike other seaside resorts in Southern Thailand, is the place for
the fabulous seafood which always ensures variety and freshness. Though,
the food is Krabi is hot and spicy, the nightlife is rather peaceful and
undisturbed. Quite open air bars prevail and the beaches are always open
for moonlight strolls or a small beach party.
Things to do:
There are a wide variety of adventures and interesting sights in the
province of Krabi, including exploring caves and other geological wonders
of the fossil shell cemetery, cliff climbing, snorkeling and scuba-diving
around the undersea world of Poda or Chicken Islands, riding on a
long-tail boat for the day and cruising the breathtaking coastline,
fishing in the sea, staying overnight on the Phi Phi Island, witnessing
the bird's nests collection in the enormous Viking Cave, visiting the
near-by areas including the well-known forest temple Wat Tam Seua (Tiger
Cave Temple) and Khao Phanom Benja National Park, a magical sanctuary of
greenery criss-crossed with a web of small streams.
Krabi is affected by the northwest monsoon and has only two seasons. The
hot Season starts in January and ends in April. The rainy season begins in
May and lasts Till December. Average temperatures range between 16.9 to
37.3 Degrees Celsius. The coastal province of Krabi, 60Km due east of
Phuket, continues the scenic marine karst topography typical of Ao
Phang-Nga. More than 200 islands offer excellent recreational
opportunities; many of the islands belong to Hat Noppharat Thara Mo Koh
Phi Phi National Marine Park or Koh Lanta National Marine Park. Many of
Krabi's beaches feature shimmering stretches of sand lapped by calm, clear
seas and backed by vine-choked limestone cliffs. Such cliffs have turned
into a world-class rock-climbing Mecca, and good reef diving is available
at several offshore islets in the vicinity. Intact mangrove forests can be
seen in several estuarial areas. Krabi is also a jumping off point for Koh
phi phi, Koh Lanta and other islands in the area.
Districts of Krabi
Krabi is divided into 8 districts (Amphoes) Muang Krabi (Krabi town) Kao
Phanom, AoLuk, PlaiPhraya, KhlongThom, Lamthap, Ko Lanta and NuaKlong.
Distances from Krabi Town to its districts and nearby provinces