We organised our transfer from Langkawi to Krabi town through an agent, and the package included the taxi transfer from our hotel at Pantai Cenang beach, to Kuah Jetty for the ferry to Satun, and onward by coach to Krabi town, and all in cost 110 Malaysian Ringgit (£18) per person.
The taxi collected us at 07:30 to take us to the Jetty ticket booth which takes around 30 minutes where we handed in the receipt to the desk out front to get our ferry ticket to Satun departing at 09:00am. At Kuah Jetty, there are a few restaurants and coffee shops reasonably priced, and places to purchase the all important water and snacks for the journey.
The Ferry journey takes one hour and 20 minutes, and you arrive at Tammalang pier, where you then have immigration at Satun port to clear and get the all-important visa stamp. Depending on how many passengers on the ferry, and if there is more than one immigration officer, you should be done within 30 minutes.
Satun Town to Krabi Town Coach
Outside the ferry terminal, a Songthew bus will then take you from the ferry terminal to the bus station in Satun town, and is pretty straight forward and take 10-15 minutes. On arrival at the bus station, you will be directed to which coach is going to Krabi, so it’s a good idea to stock up on some more drinks and food for the 4 hour journey, and use the toilets that are there, as the coach has a toilet, but after 4 hours you really don’t want to venture down there.
Once arrived at Krabi town bus station which is located just outside town around 4pm, there are taxis hovering around, so get your poker face on and expect to be charged around 200 baht into town. There are buses that run but after the travelling, you really just want to get to your hotel. Head for the roads leading down to Krabi pier, as there are plenty of guesthouses and small hotels that charge around 5-700 baht for a double, and you will be centrally located for the night market, food stalls along the river, and also the nightly hawker stalls, all within a 5 minute walk. You can find pad thai for sale at 10 baht, and 3 spring rolls for 20 baht, so for the budget traveller, a hearty meal for 60p comes into the bargain basement category.
We stayed at Krabi Town and explored around for 4 days, and have added this as a place that could definitely be used as a base for a few months, and has a very relaxed outlook, mixed with friendly locals and above all, a great selection of food in and around the market, and also along the walkway along the river-front.