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Located approximately 814 kilometers from Bangkok is Krabi Province,one of most attractive destinations in southern Thailand. Encompassingan area of 4,708 square kilometers, the western border of Krabi is theAndaman Sea, the northern borders are Surat Thani and Phang-ngaProvinces, the southern borders are Trang Province and the Andaman Seaand the eastern borders are Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang Provinces.Krabi is an ideal getaway destination teeming with natural attractionsincluding white sandy beaches, fascinating coral reefs, numerous largeand small islands and verdant forests with caves and waterfalls.
Krabis topography is mostly mountains and highlands separated byplains in some parts. Flowing through Krabi City to the Andaman Sea atPak Nam Sub-district is Maenam Krabi which is 5 kilometers in length.In addition, there are several canals originating from the provinceshighest mountain range, Khao Phanom Bencha including Khlong Pakasai,Khlong Krabi Yai and Khlong Krabi Noi. Lush mangrove forests line thecanals and the banks of Maenam Krabi particularly before it emptiesinto the Andaman Sea. The provinces sandy soil conditions are suitablefor growing various agricultural products, particularly rubber trees,palms, coconuts, cashew nuts and coffee.
1. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No.4, passing Phetchaburi,Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong and Phang-nga Provinces for atotal distance of 946 kilometers.
2. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No. 4, on reaching ChumphonProvinces take Highway No. 41 passing Amphoe Lang Suan in Surat ThaniProvince to Amphoe Wiang Sa, and then take Highway No. 4035 to AmphoeAo Luek and continue on Highway No. 4 to Krabi. This route is 814kilometers from Bangkok.
3. From Phuket, proceed on Highway No. 402 and No.4. The distance from Phuket is 185 kilometers or 4 hours.
From Bangkok: There are air-conditioned bus services to Krabileaving the Southern Bus Terminal at Borommaratcha Chonnani Road dailyfrom 6.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. The buses provided include ordinary busbuses, 2nd class bus air-conditioned buses, 1st class air-conditionedbuses and 24-seat VIP buses. The journey takes about 12 hours. For moredetails, contact tel. 0 2434 5557-8 (non air-conditioned buses) or tel.0 2435 1199 or 0 2435 1200 (air-conditioned buses) or visit www.transport.co.th.
Thai Airways International operates daily flights from Bangkok toKrabi. The trip takes 1.20 hours. For more information call 02 6282000.Website : www.thaiair.com
Phuket Air offers a daily flight to and from Krabi. The flight time is 1.20 hours. Call 02 6798999 to make reservation or visit www.phuketairlines.com to check the flight schedule.
OneÃ‚â€“Two-Go Airlines: Bangkok Tel. 1126 Others Provinces Tel.1141 ext. 1126 www.fly12go.com
Silk Air flies to Singapore 4 times a week. Tickets can be brought from any travel agencies in town.
Best Western Ao Nang Bay Resort & Spa
Start: 1,750 THB .
Krabi La Playa Resort
Start: 2,100 THB .
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi
Start: 6,950 THB .
Maritime Park & Spa Resort
Start: 2,900 THB .
Amari Vogue Resort
Start: 7,250 THB .
Buri Tara Resort
Start: 1,650 THB .
Start: 2,350 THB .
Start: 700 THB .
Krabi Town and the surrounding area offer much to the visitor in the way of sporting activities and things to do.
HONG ISLAND This limestone island has a beach and is surrounded by coral reef. To get to the islands takes about one hour by boat from Ao Nang beach.
AO NANG BEACH There are around 83 small islands of various size and shapes in the bay off this beach. A boat trip or a sightseeing tour can be arranged from here. Either talk to one of the many long-tail boat skippers or go on an organised tour one of the hotels or tour agencies offer.
BEACH FUN Railey beach provides a great beach area at low tide for frisbee throwing (either on sand or in the water) or a game of football with the locals. There is a permanent volleyball net too, where you can play for hours with other enthusiastic players.
CANOEING There are various establishments particularly on Ao Phra Nang and Railey beaches where you can hire canoes, either by hour or by day. A few charter companies in the area also offer canoeing expeditions along the coast or around the islands in the area.
SNORKELING, SCUBA DIVING and FISHING TRIPS are organized from most beaches, some offering canoeing in two-person kayaks, sailing and windsurfing. If some sport is not offered at your beach, you can easily take one of the regular long-tail boats to the next beach and probably find it there.
ROCK CLIMBING This is a popular pastime in Krabi and the limestone cliffs in the area seem to have been created by nature for this very purpose. World renowned for the spectacular views and accessibility the cliffs of Krabi see flocks of tourists and avid climbers annually. One of the more popular, particularly with inexperienced climbers is the climb to see the Princess Lagoon and the scintillating views across the karst landscape both inland and out to sea that lies next to Railey Beach. There are fixed ropes to assist you at the steeper points, but most of it is a forest hike. Access is at the south end of either Railey East or Phra Nang beach.
PHI PHI ISLANDS The superb scenery of these islands include beaches of silvery sand, emerald green sea, coral reefs and an abundance of colourful marine life.