Krabi town is situated 15km from Krabi airport and is based near the Andaman coast. It has a population of around 25000 civilians.
It serves as a great hub for a few days especially for onward travel to the various islands and surrounding area within the province. These include Koh Lanta, Aonang and Railay. It’s laid back vibe and friendly locals brings with it a charm not found on the tourist islands.
It has 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. We are compiling a list of destinations that we can stay for 2-3 months for 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. These include 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. Just along the river-front vendors tempt you with the teasing smell of freshly cooked doughnuts wafting into the air. It’s a perfect evening setting with a cooling breeze off the river.
The main road from the airport and into the city limits has a very open feel. This spreads over into some quirky landmarks and sculptures at each road junction where traffic lights have various ornamental figures. From elephants, eagles to neanderthal men adorning the structures, it’s great way of knowing your whereabouts. They act as guides leading you to your destination, especially after one too many Singha beers.
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, you get great views of the surrounding area.
Tiger Cave Temple
The tiger cave temple complex is located 8km from central Krabi town. A taxi will 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. It’s a must do experience if in the area.
Transport and onward Travel
Arriving in Krabi airport, you have various options depending on budget. The airport bus is 100 baht into Krabi Town 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. flying will cost around 1100 b and takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. We took the flight option as 12 hours to save 10 pounds doesn’t add up to me.