Where is Krabi located?
Krabi town is the center of Krabi province which lies on the southwest coast of Thailand mostly known for its gorgeous coral islands and infamous parties. Krabi although is a part of the mainland where the town is prominently characterized by limestone cliffs, dense forests and fauna, and a sparse laidback town.
How is Krabi better than nearby places?
I would say that is because Krabi is slightly cheaper than Phuket or even Phi Phi and much sparsely populated with equally picturesque beaches, water activities, and delicious Thai food. Most tourists prefer much more mainstream towns like Phuket or Koh Samui for raving party scenes. Krabi is very quiet comparatively
How to reach Krabi?
You can reach Krabi by taking a direct flight from Bangkok to Krabi Airport which starts from 700 Baht. Another way is taking a train to Surat Thani and then a Bus to Krabi. You can also take a Bus or even a ferry from Phuket to Krabi.
You can book Buses in Thailand here: https://12go.asia/en
You can book train tickets in Thailand here: https://www.thairailwayticket.com/eTSRT/
What is the best time to visit Krabi?
Krabi is a beach town so it's mostly hot and humid. While October to March is the best time to visit, it is also the peak tourist season. Summer months are hot in Thailand and June to October is heavy rainfall in the area so a lot of water activities may be closed during these times. I went in April and it was good enough to travel
How much will it cost?
The tickets from Bangkok to Krabi will be around 1200 Baht one side. Stay is something that you can choose depending upon your budget. A hostel will cost around 600 Baht a day to 3000 Baht for a basic resort. A meal at a local restaurant will cost around 150 Baht per person. Renting a vehicle is another 300 Baht per day plus a 100 Baht for fuel. Rest depends on your activities and been listed below with each.
What to do in Krabi?
If you are short on time, I would suggest that you spend at least 2 days in Krabi mainland and 1 day in Koh Phi Phi and nearby islands to enjoy the most of it. You can either choose to live in Phi Phi or take a day trip from Krabi. Here is a day-by-day log of the activities that you can club and enjoy at Krabi :
Day 1 - Ao Nang Beach - Wat Kaew Korawaram - Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave)
Ao Nang Beach is the sprightly tourist destination in Krabi. Although Ao Nang is a short 30 minutes' drive from Krabi town there, the area near Ao Nang beach is heavily populated and tourist-centric with hotels, resorts, clubs, bars, restaurants, bakeries, Tour agencies, Street markets and so much more. Apart from spending a good amount of time at this lovely beach, I would suggest taking a long walk from end to end and experience the bustling aura of south Thailand. All types of food are available in this stretch from American, European, Thai, Japanese & Indian.
One of the must-do activity is to hire a scooter (two-wheeler) and drive to Krabi town by road. The limestone cliffs that sits on both sides of the lanes and the patchy foliage around it gives Krabi a very distinctive feel and which will leave a very strong impression of its terrain. I found that a very refreshing ride. In the night you will also find some restaurants right next to the cliffs and sometimes even using their caves for theme-based dining.