Driving in Thailand
Favorite thing: es, as Grace said, you can rent a motorbike for a few $$ but it really depends also on how far you wnat to travel, your skill level in traffic to and from. Your destination is NOT just around the corner, I think it is a good distance to travel, easily doable, just keep in mind the distance, and I think there is currently contruction going on in between but it is not bad and traffic does flow decently.
Favorite thing: If you are going to Krabi then I will assume that you are going through Bangkok??? That is where I would get it if you are not going to chiang mai. You are going to have a better selection and it's going to be a lot cheaper. There are hundreds of places to get it around Bangkok, if you have the time shop around for the best deals and you'll be happy.
Honeymoon in Krabi province
Favorite thing: I agree with the above post that the Andaman Coast will pretty much have come to the end of the monsoon season whereas the Gulf islands will be starting up their's.
And besides, the Krabi area offers more natural beauty and far better marine life than Samui.
As to accomodations, you've got the choice of Ao Nang or Railay (and even more exclusive places) with Ao Nang being a touristy zone with many places to eat, shop (touristy shops) whereas Railay is mainly a resort zone with a far better beach (though still not great for snorkeling) but limited and expensive restaurants.
Then you've got the choice for islands of Ko Phi Phi or Ko Lanta of which PP is more famous for it's stunning beauty. If you want privacy, then there are some resorts on the eastside that have their own beach that are more exclusive but you're a short longtail ride into the central busy area at Ton Sai.
Depending upon how much time you've got, I recommend splitting your time between the mainland (Ao Nang or Raileh West) and PP Island.
- National/State Park
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Diving and Snorkeling
where in Krabi?
Favorite thing: Hi OP Jane,
when you say Krabi are you referring to the town of Krabi or to the province because there are towns such as Ao Nang or Railey West that would meet your family's needs with swimming pool. Anyways, was in the area last month and it wasn't that busy so you could elect to wait until you arrive to shop around and see the places for yourself BUT major discounts are given by hotel websites which would be much cheaper than 'off the street' or 'walk-in' rates.
As for beaches, Raileh West is much nicer than Ao Nang. Napporat Bech which is west of Ao Nang is very shallow at low tide so you kids might enjoy chasing small crabs in the mud flats. Overall, Raileh West's beach is beter and there are areas that are roped off to protect beach-goers from longtails and speedboats.
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Sun sun and sun
Favorite thing: I enjoy the bargaining and island hopping.
Temperature in Krabi range between 16 to 37 degrees Celsius.
The best time to visit Krabi is off peak season.
Rainy season(Off peak): May - November, you can get great bargains on hotels from early May.
Peak season is from : December - April
Fondest memory: Bring sunscreen or suntan and drink plenty of water. Try the local food here. My favourite is papaya salad. Yummy.
No Medical Facilities in Railay
Favorite thing: Staying in Railay was absolutely wonderful. It's beautiful and peaceful with lots of activities you can do such as kayaking, snorkeling and rock climbing. However, the drawback in Railay is that there are no medical facilities. And, if you think about some of the activities you might consider doing, there are risks of injury to consider. In the event of an injury that needs medical treatment, they would need to take you by boat to Ao Nang. Then from there a hospital which is probably in Krabi Town (not sure).
Be patient with your food, or the cook...
Favorite thing: Krabi, a beautiful place and gives one a very relax feeling.
People there are truly friendly and easygoing.
Maybe it's their lifestyle that they take things slow and easy, my food always (actually it's everytime) comes served after a long wait. For all my dinning experience in Krabi, no matter it's open-air hawker stalls or restaurants,the wait for my food to be served is never less than 30 mins after ordering.
So friends, go find food before you're very hungry, bcos if not, you'll turn very angry instead. :P Order some drinks first, sit back and relax or chat with your friends bcos even the starters like deep fried spring rolls can take some time too.
"When in Rome, do what the romans do" - relax!
- Family Travel
Day-trip booking at local agencies
Favorite thing: We were interested in the island hopping tours and booked one at an agencies in Ao Nang Beach. Prices and content of tour varies at each tour agencies. So Keep walking and compare prices before making decisions. It can be up to a few hundred Thai Baht difference.
Fondest memory: People are quite helpful and smile alot even though they speak little English. Non-English Speaking Staff would quickly disappear and return with an English-Speaking Staff.
- Budget Travel
- Adventure Travel
Take it Easy, My Friend
Fondest memory: Once the aircraft lands on the tarmac of Krabi Airport, it signals the start of your glorious holiday. Especially if you come from a hustling bustling city like Singapore, time seemed to tick away so slowly.
Take it easy. Don't need to rush to take a leak and then plow yourself through the gates to hail a taxi.
Favorite thing: I took the 4 islands (by longtail) and kayaking at Hong Islands. Prior to this, i surfed online and asked for rates from the various tour operators but sad to say, what they offered was quite expensive. My trip for 4 islands costed 350B and Hong Island for 1200B (per person with standard package) (www.seetho.com) I not advertising for them but do make comparisons before making a decision.
High season/Low season?
Favorite thing: The high season in Krabi generally lasts from October to April, while the low season is between May and September. Prices increase almost by double during the high season, though from what I heard, you pretty much get what you pay for.
My visit to Krabi was during the low season in late July; I have school the rest of the year so there really wasn't much of a choice. That said, the weather wasn't all that bad. On the whole, I'd say it was sunny at least every other day, and it rained about once every 4 days (and luckily the rain usually comes in the late evening). Apart from the weather, a major downside to the low season is that the sea is usually rather choppy, making boating excursions a little less enjoyable. At the same time, you won't have to deal with crowds.
The people I talked to while I was in Krabi said the low season weather really goes in spurts: you can have a week of sun followed by a week of dreariness. So weigh the pros (less crowds, lower prices) with the cons (unpredictable weather, higher prices), and see what time is right for you.
Sales @ Ao Nang Beach
Fondest memory: I was surprised to find ONLY ONE sales person on the beach, not typical Thailand, huh?!!! And this man was pretty friendly too, not that pushy aggressice type, he sat down, let you slowly choose if you want to instead of hard selling things.
Ao Nang Beach
Fondest memory: Next, we checked out this another famous beach of Krabi: Ao Nang. this beach is much smaller than Noppaharat Thara, near to shops, restaurants and bars. Water was more chilly and cleaner than Noppharat Thara Beach, however, there're many shells and dead corals on the beach, making the sand not as smooth as Noppharat Thara. Saw only one sales person selling jewellery on the beach, and about 5 tourists in total on the beach. No suntan chair and stuff, pretty quiet and nice place to relax and chill out. Not sure if you can do rock climbing here, but the scenery was awesome... rock + sun + sea + sand + waves + palms... typical Krabi!
Second best beach...
Favorite thing: The best beach after Pra Nang is Railey West. It doesn't have that kind of white sand like Pra Nang but still beautiful enough... ;-) It's quite a big bay surrounding by steep limestone cliffs. There are some bars and restaurants right on the beach as well as some bungalow resorts. You can rent a kajak and paddle around the cliffs or just go swimming or sun bathing.
- Water Sports
The most beautiful beach
Favorite thing: The most beautiful beach of the whole Krabi area is Pra Nang Beach. There are some fruit and soft drink vendors but no restaurants or bars. Also no toilets around.
You can go there by boat or by foot from Railey East Beach.
- Mountain Climbing
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Great room rates
- Plenty of choices
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