Approximately two-hundred islands surround the Krabi coastline, ranging from small rocky outcrops, rising precipitously out of the sea, to larger islands including Koh Lanta. Crystal-clear warm waters are filled with colourful, tropical fish-life and extensive coral reefs, perfect for snorkelers and divers whilst its towering limestone formations, waterfalls and caves have made it one of the premier rock climbing destinations in the world.
Bordered by Phang Nga, Surat Thani, and Trang provinces, much of Krabi has been designated national park - interiorly, the two main national parks, Khao Phanom Bencha and Than Bokk-horani, offer attractions including waterfalls and caves, as well as opportunities for trekking and bird watching whilst the jewels of the Andaman coast - the six islands of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park are popular with yachtsmen, scuba-divers, snorkelers.
|Capital||Bangkok is the capital of Thailand|
|Language||Thai, English is widely spoken|
|Time Difference||3 hours
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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Krabi’s tropical monsoon climate means it’s warm year round. The two hottest periods fall between April/ May and September/October (also the wettest time) making the period from November to March probably the best time to visit when it’s not so humid and there are cooling breezes to be enjoyed.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Krabi.
Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple) is one of southern Thailand's most famous temples. Set in a beautiful forest, there are two parts to visit - the Khiriwong Valley nature trail, with its maze of caves and the main Tiger Cave and bell tower. Climb the 1,237 steps, to the top of the mountain but beware, the climb is strenuous and should not be taken lightly, however the summit offers breathless views of the province and a wonderful statue of Buddha.
The Andaman Sea boasts some of the best diving sites in the world and the best diving in Thailand by far. Depths can vary from 4 to 20m and visibility can be up to 15m. The lovely Phi Phi islands are a 45-minute speedboat jaunt or a 90-minute ferryboat ride from Krabi Town – paradise perfected, these picture postcard islands are world-famous amongst scuba divers.
Krabi’s pristine Mangrove forest is home to an astonishing variety of birds, including species such as Gurney’s Pittas, Brown-winged Kingfishers, Flame backs, Pacific Reef Eagles and Dollarbirds.
The charming, provincial town of Krabi offers a genuine dose of Thai culture and hospitality – well worth a visit.
Considered to be amongst the most beautiful in Krabi province, the four Hong Islands, belonging to the National Marine Park, are easily accessible from Ao Nang. The main island, Koh Hong, uninhabited, except for birds, white-faced gibbons and giant monitor lizards, features a large lagoon where a rather unique occurrence takes place at low tide when the diminishing waters of the chamber or ‘hong’ to which its Thai name refers, change colour from a deep emerald green to a clear turquoise.
Via Bangkok with Emirates and Thai Airways from Dubai to Krabi.
Via Bangkok with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi to Krabi.
Via Bangkok with Qatar Airways from Doha to Krabi.
From Dubai to Krabi: 8 hours, 50 minutes.
Up Close and Personal
For a truly unique and introspective view of the Thai way of life, Phulay Bay, A Rtiz-Carlton Reserve offers a very special tour – spending the day amongst the local Krabi people. The day starts having breakfast with the Thais in the Thai way and takes in a visit to the morning market and a temple.