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Krabi Town

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Country rank: 2 out of 31 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Krabi Province


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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: November to March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Krabi (Check Flights)

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Krabi Town Tourism

Although it doesn�t have any beaches of its own, Krabi Town is a charming choice for people who want to experience a very local Thai culture. Most tourists use this town majorly as a pass through to go to the nearby island towns, but Krabi in itself is very beautiful, especially in terms of its markets and restaurants.

Actually prounounced at 'Grabee', this is a small, beautiful town situated along the Krabi river. It is the provincial capital and is mostly preferred by tourists only as a transit point when they visit the nearby islands with beaches. However, it is advisable for travellers to take notice of this town also which offers a very local aura. The town has many activities happening throughout. You can engage in the market activities, go for Thai massages, or even take a boat ride to Khao Kanab Nam. The markets sell some delicious sea food and there are various restaurants in the town that have excellent local as well as international food.

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Krabi town offers some great places for shopping. The town being very local in taste, a lot of handicrafts are sold. The night market is an excellent choice for shopping of clothes, souvineers and sea food.

All the restaurants and hotels accept major cards. Although, the local vendors at the market will not accept and so it is advisable to carry Baht with you.

There are many bureaux and ATMs in Krabi town that exchange traveller checks and currency and very minimal rates. Reports have been heard of fraud committed by ATMs hence Thai Baht is a safer option while travelling here.

Bustling with great food and shopping options, one should consider carrying some extra money. A daily budget of 1,000-1,300 Baht would be sufficient including food, shopping, travelling, sight seeing and night entertainment.

Key religions for Krabi town is Buddhism.

Krabi is pretty casual when it comes to dressing. It is comfortable to dress according to the weather. However, while visiting temples, you should ideally cover yourself. Tipping is not a necessity here, although you should always appreciate good service.

Thai is the most spoken language in Krabi Town. Most managers of the hotels and hostels will know english, however, many local vendors might not. So it is advisable to learn few basic Thai phrases.

Krabi was initially a part of the Siamese Kingdom and was one of the communities that sent elephants to Bangkok. Now it has become a transit town and also a good spot for tourists to rest and spend a few days.

Not as happening as Ao Nang, but Krabi Town does have a few spots for a good night life. There are bars and pubs at the river side where live bands perform. Some widely chosen options are the Amata Bar and Chilling Bar.

Krabi town cannot compare itself to Bangkok or other Thailand cities when it comes to food, but it definitely remains true to its local culture. The night market offers great variety of Thai food and sea food. There are a lot of restaurants along the river and Chao Fah Road too. Some must try street food here are fishcakes, green mango salad, black grass jelly and coconut pudding among mang others.


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Plane is the most popular way to get into Krabi. Buses, cars and boats are the other available options. (Read More)

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