Serving Krabi in Thailand is Krabi Airport, located approximately seven kilometres or four miles east of Krabi’s centre. The airport is a public airport operated by the Department of Civil Aviation, and is elevated at 82 feet or 25 metres. Krabi Airport has one asphalt paved runway designated 14/32, measuring 9,850 feet or 3,002 metres long.
The town of Krabi, the capital of Krabi Province and Krabi District, is situated on the west coast of southern Thailand, at the mouth of the Krabi River where it empties in Phang Nga Bay. The main industry of the town is tourism, having one of Thailand’s oldest histories of continued settlement. Climate in Krabi is similar with Phuket, both facing the Andaman Sea. The town is subject to a six-month rainy season from May to November.
What to see & do
Majority of Krabi are national parks, with top destinations including Hat Noppharat Tara, Ao Nang, Railay, and Ko Phi Phi National Park. Surrounding the mainland are about 80 smaller islands where adventurers go for yachting, scuba diving, snorkelling, and day tripping. Krabi’s Ko Lanta National Park has many coral-fringed islands that are popular among divers. The largest island in the park is Ko Lanta Yai, where tourists can interact with Chao Le, or sea gypsies. Best time to visit the islands is during the drier months between October and April. Other popular activities in Krabi also include kayaking, sailing, and bird watching. As for spectacular sceneries, waterfalls and caves, and activities like trekking and eco-tours in the mainland, the national parks of Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokk-horani are the places to go. Railay Beach, located near Ao Nang, is where the Rock and Fire Festival, a rock climbing event, is held. There is also a number of rock climbing schools at Railay Beach. Krabi is in fact one of the leading rock climbing sites in the world.
How to get around within Krabi
Getting around Krabi can be done by riding the songthaew or a taxi. Songthaews are colour-coded according to their destination; blue ones go to Tesco Lotus and out-of-town destinations; brown ones go to the bus station; blue ones with white, yellow, or red stripe go to the airport; while white songthaews go to Ao Nang. Car rentals are also available. The islands, on the other hand, are accessible via the colourful long-tail boats.
How to get there
The airlines that operate at Krabi Airport are AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, China Southern Airlines, Finnair, Firefly, Juneyao Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Nok Air, Shanghai Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air, Thai Smile, and Tigerair. Fly to Krabi from destinations including Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Shenzhen, Helsinki, Penang, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Singapore. By train and bus, there is a train that travels until Surat Thani. From there, ride a bus that goes to Krabi. There are also buses that head to Krabi from Bangkok, Phuket, Hat Yai, and Ao Nang. Highway 4 is connected to Krabi from Phuket, Bangkok, and Phang Nga. There are also ferries that travel to Ko Phi Phi, Ko Jum, and Ko Lanta in Krabi.
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