Krabi town is situated 15km from Krabi airport and is a destination that serves as a great hub for a few days or for onward travel to the various islands and surrounding area within the province. These include Koh Lanta, Aonang and Railay. We found it has a very laid back vibe with friendly locals and, with a population of around 25000, it serves up plenty of cheap options for eating and drinking, so keep your eyes open to pick out the busiest food outlets filled with locals.
We felt at home here so much so, it’s been added to our “possible long term destination” list that we are compiling of destinations we can stay for 2-3 months, once we reach our goal of indefinite long-term travel. It ticks all the right boxes and has plenty going on without being too touristy, so prices are very reasonable. The place comes alive at night, with daily street food and hawker stalls serving up very cheap meals, including pad Thai and pancake rolls from 10 baht (20p) near to the central night market. There are more hawker stalls set up along the river road where a main meal with a beer will set you back just under 100 baht, and with the teasing smell of freshly cooked doughnuts wafting into the air is a perfect evening setting with a cooling breeze off the river.
The main road through from the airport and into the city limits has a very open feel. This spreads over into some quirky landmarks and sculptures and where each road junction has traffic lights with various ornamental figures, from elephants, eagles to Neanderthal men adorning the structures, and is great way of knowing your whereabouts after one too many Singha beers and act as guides leading you to your destination. You will find on the streets leading off the main drag accommodation options towards the river, and also cafes, massage parlours and various food and drink options. At night nearly every corner turns into a café with offerings of food and drink so you will never go hungry, even into the early hours.
Wat Kaewkorawaram Temple is based in the centre of Krabi town and is easily visible from a distance as you walk along the main street. Through the gates you have a golden dragon staircase leading to the top where you will find various temples and Wat Kaew.
This place is very serene and tranquil, and isn’t really that busy. With one café at the top for that all important ice-cream or chilled water, where you get great views of the surrounding area.
Tiger Cave Temple
Tiger temple is located 8km from central Krabi town, and a taxi should cost in the region of 200 baht each way. A songthaew will cost roughly 30-50 baht. You can read all about our visit to the Tiger Cave Temple here.
Arriving in Krabi from the airport, you have various options depending on budget, from the airport bus at 100 baht into Krabi or 150 baht to Aonang. If you walk outside of the airport you will be able to pickup a songthaew from 30-50 baht that will get you to central Krabi to the 7-11 at the vogue mall. A bus to Bangkok will take 12 hours and costs around 500 baht, or 1100 baht to fly and takes 1hour and 20 minutes – we took this option as 12 hours to save 10 pounds doesn’t add up to me.