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How To Reach Krabi
Krabi belongs to Thailand’s southern part, an island province that has recently gained great popularity for tourists rivalling Pataya and even Phuket. With its gorgeous stretch of beaches and small quaint islands really to be hopped around, Krabi does any beach baby proud. How to reach this island? Well, here’s a little something to help.
Krabi, for all its quaintness and gorgeous aloof feel, boasts of an International airport - the Krabi International Airport. It is only 15 away from the city centre and is connected to major Thai cities like Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket etc, as well as nearby countries like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. For Indians, the best way is to fly to Bangkok or Singapore and then take a connecting flight to Krabi. Because all flights from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi that go to Krabi do so via Bangkok anyway.
Yes, Krabi is connected by road and you and easily drive yourself down to Krabi from Bangkok. Buses also leave regularly from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal and take about 10 hours to reach Krabi, while from Phuket it will only take 3-4 hours. Deluxe to luxury and AC to non-AC buses are available in different price ranges. And cars on hire are also available.
Sadly, Krabi does not have a railway station of its own, but the nearest station is about 2 hours’ drive away at Trang. You can take a train to the said railway station from Bangkok and then travel by a local bus to Krabi or hire a cab.
When in Krabi, you have loads of transport options. Because the province has recently developed nicely, keeping its tourism prospects in mind, there are numerous tuk-tuks, songthaews (pick up trucks), taxi cabs and motorbike taxis available for one and all. Local buses also ply but may not be the most comfortable if you are used to some modicum of luxury. Minivans and cars are also readily hired.
Other options to explore Krabi can be by hiring a scooter, bike or bicycle. When you want to go island hopping nearby, then ferries and speedboats are a good idea.