The interior of Krabi's mainland is covered with richly forested lands much of which is designated national park area and ideal for avid hikers. A favoured area for hiking is Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, featuring caves, waterfalls, streams and rock pools. Easily reached by Songteaw, motorbike or mountain bike, the park has several trails leading to it's scenic spots and provides ample opportunity to observe abundant plant and animal life along the way.
Another good hiking spot is at Khao Pra-Bang Khram next to the Bang Teao Village. A 2.7 km forest trail - the Thung Teao Trail - begins and ends at the Khao Nor Chuchi Sanctuary Headquarters. Information can be obtained from the no-hunting zone office at Ban Bang Teao.
Krabi's estimated population, as of September 1999, is 344,610
Krabi's mountainous physical geography is broken by highlands and plains on the mainland.The provincial administration also covers more than 130 islands in the Andaman Sea. Natural forest cover is chiefly mangrove and Cassia trees. Krabi's sandy clay soil conditions are perfect for a variety of agricultural products, including rubber trees, palms, mangos, coconuts, and coffee. The Krabi River flows 5 kilometers through the city and falls into the Andaman at Tambon Pak Nam. There are other streams as well : the Khlong Pakasai, the Khlong Krabi Yai and the Khlong Krabi Noi in the province's highest range of mountains, the Khao Phanom Bencha.
Weather in Krabi is typically that of the tropical monsoon, providing the province with just two seasons, the hot season from January to April, and the rainy season from May to December. Monsoon winds, which change according to season, blow from the southeast, the southwest, and the northeast. Temperatures range between 16.9 and 37.3 degrees Celsius and the yearly rainfall averages 2,568.5 millimeters.
From Bangkok take Route 4, passing Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khirikhan, Chumphon, Ranong, and Phangnga Provinces before reaching Krabi a total distance of 946 kilometers. An alternate route is to take Route 4 to Chumphon and then turn onto Route 41. This leads through Lang Suan and Chaiya Districts of Chumphon to Wieng Sa District of Surat Thani from there follow Route 4035, passing Ao Luk District of Krabi, back onto Route 4, and down to Krabi Town. This shortcut is just 814 kilometers, and is followed by the bus services.
From Phuket Take Route 402 to Route 4 and pass Tambon Kok Kloy of Takua Thung District in Phang-nga Thap Pud District, Phang-nga and enter Ao Luk District of Krabi the total distance is 185 kilometers. Regarding bus transport from Phuket, contact, Tel.(076)211480.
Buses leave Bangkok for Krabi daily in the evening. The journey takes about 12 hours. The fare for 24 seats air-conditioned bus is 655 Baht, and 446 and 421 Baht for 40 seat air-conditioned bus and 234 Baht for non air-conditioned bus. Contact Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal (Borommaratchonnani Road) at Tel.(02) 435-1199, 435-5061 (air-conditioned bus) and (02) 4345557 (non air-conditioned bus).
From Bangkok Railway Station take the train to one of the following stations : Trang, Phun Pin in Surat Thani Province, or Thung Song in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province. From any of these places a bus may be taken onward to Krabi. Regarding train schedules and costs, contact Bangkok Railway Station , Tel.(02)223-7010, 223-7020.
Bangkok - Krabi
Krabi - Bangkok
Price Airline Flight No. Dep. Arr. Days Flight No. Dep. Arr. Days One way Baht Round trip Baht Thai Airways TG 249 08.10 09.30 Daily TG 250 10.10 11.30 Daily 2,120 - 2,920 4240 - 5840 Thai Airways TG 259 16.10 17.30 5 6 7 TG 260 18.10 19.30 5 6 7 2,120 - 2,920 4,240 PB Air 9Q834 10.15 11.40 5 9Q835 12.05 13.30 5 2,560 5,120 PB Air 9Q836 15.45 17.10 7 9Q837 17.35 19.00 7 2,560 5,120
Phuket - Krabi
Krabi - Phuket
Price Airline Flight No. Dep. Arr. Days Flight No. Dep. Arr. Days One way Baht Round trip Baht Air Andaman 2Y102 11.00 11.30 Daily 2Y103 12.00 12.30 Daily 900 1,800
Days: 1 - Monday, 2 - Tuesday, 3 - Wednesday, 4 - Thursday, 5 - Friday, 6 - Saturday, 7 - Sunday
Festivals & Events
Andaman Sea Festival
This Festival takes place in November and celebrates the opening of the tourist season in Krabi. Water sport competitions, cultural shows, and good-natured fun are the schedule.
The Setting Adrift of the Chao Le Boats
Takes place on Ko Lanta during the full moon night of the sixth and eleventh lunar months. This is a religious rite performed by Sea Gypsies or "Chao Le" who gather on the beach near Ban Saladan Village. They dance their famous "rong ngeng" round the boats to be set adrift. Ceremonies feature singing and dancing. The reason for the fest is to bring prosperity and happiness to the participants.