Stunning scenery and beaches, islands that will take your breath away, world famous diving and snorkelling, Krabi is one of my favourite parts of Thailand and a place I have visited again and again.
From super luxurious resorts, to budget hostels, secluded islands resorts to the busier Ao Nng there are options for everyone.
High season in Krabi is November to April with average daily temperatures of 28°C/82°F, cooling breezes and lower humidity than during the wet season. Daily high temperatures can hit the mid to late 30’s/99-101°F in March and April. Rain is possible at any time especially in early November and late March/April, but showers are generally short and it is soon sunny again. January and February tend to have the fewest rain days and amount. Sea temperatures are around the 28-30°C/82-86°F range so perfect for snorkelling and diving of which the area has some of the best in the world.
The monsoon starts around May and runs through to October. There is still plenty of sunshine but showers become more frequent, again often in fairly short but very heavy bursts. High winds and rough seas can make transport to islands and some resorts difficult during late May/June and September/October. Temperatures remain hot with little change from high season but humidity does increase.
Most people will fly into Krabi Airport via Bangkok or a number of other hubs, there are no direct flights from the UK.
On my last visit I took the midday flight from Heathrow on Thai Airways which landed at 6.30am in Bangkok, completed immigration and then took an early morning flight to Krabi, getting to Ao Nang before lunchtime.
I like the later flight home, a 7.30pm departure from Krabi, the the midnight flight back to Heathrow landing at breakfast in the UK.
Other common options include British Airways/Qatar via Doha or Singapore via Singapore.
Cheaper flights with more options are available to Phuket Airport and sometimes Suratthani where you can get a connection to Krabi.
Direct ferries are available to Phi Phi from Phuket twice a day where connections can be made for boat trips to other islands and mainland Krabi resorts.
Buses can be taken from most places in Thailand, including other ferry ports, to Krabi town bus terminal where connections to other areas of the province are available.
Bus and Taxi services are available from Phuket (2.5-3.5 hours) and Suratthani (3-4 hours).
Hotel Shuttles – Most hotels will have a mini-bus and/or cars that provide airport pick-ups and, depending on location, trips to the centre of Krabi or Ao Nang. They will also be able to arrange other trips for you. More remote resorts may also have their own boats that provide regular transport options.
Songthaew – These converted trucks, are a common sight around most mainland areas of Krabi and often combine as the local taxi and bus service. You can also arrange a personal Songthaew for a private tour if required.
Ferries – Depending on where you are staying in Krabi province you may need a ferry to get to your end location or you may chose to use one to visit other islands. The biggest choice of ferries is via Krabi Town however there are some connections from Noppharat Thara pier near Ao Nang.
Longtail Boat – Most shorter trips around Ao Nang will take place on the classic Longtail boat, in fact many hotels without road access, at Railey for example, will require a Longtail Boat to get there. Beware that you will need to wade out to the boat and to shore at the other end with your bags as they do not have piers. Less suitable for trips to Phi Phi unless you are happy for a long trip. Prices are fixed now so there are less if any issues with overcharging.
Tuk-Tuk– ten to be more commonplace in tourist areas especially around Ao Nang and can be a handy and fun way for a shorter journey, just make sure you agree a price in advance.
Hire car or bikes – Many people like to hire a car or more commonly a motorbike or moped. It is much safer to hire these here than in the cities but be careful, even though they drive on the correct side of the road traffic laws, right of way and regulations are different. Road conditions can change quickly during rain storms. Make sure you have the correct licence, insurance and wear seat belts or helmets at all times.
Find out about the different districts in Krabi Province
There is an incredible array of things to keep you occupied from scuba diving and rock climbing, to cultural tours, exploring the jungle or just admiring the incredible views and islands.
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