Ferry (Ao Nang Princess)
If you are not in a huge hurry to get around the bay this is an excellent way to travel from the east side of the Andaman Sea to the Phuket (and probably the other way around but i didnt try that). The boat starts out from Krabi, and makes definite stops at West Railay Beach(where we stayed) Ao Nang and one more location i'm not sure of, sorry, before heading straight across the bay to Phuket. We left at 1500 and arrived around 1700. The standard ticket is 550Baht (about 20$ US) so dont be fooled by longtail and speed boat drivers that may try to charge you 1200-2500 baht for a trip. Granted, if your in a hurry speed boat is probably the way to go but if you can afford the time it will definitely be nice on the wallet.
Also the boat is very nice with AC on the bottom inner area with 3 deep seats you can normally lay down in if a nap suits you, or if you're wanting to see alot of nice scenery and have the wind blow through your hair just stay on the top of hte boat, you can even make your way to the front of the top as long as its not too crowded.
It also comes with free soft drinks and crackers, all in all a very pleasent experience.
- Budget Travel
Transport for a group of seven
If travelling in a group of seven, the bargaining power for a fair rental charge to tour around the city is worthy. We had a nice vehicle that transport us to the hotel and later for lunch. The driver even bring us to get a boat charter service, which we can go out to the sea with our own private boat. Service is good.
When you arrive in Krabi Airport, you will see the shuttle bus service counter before you exit. It takes 20 minutes to reach Krabi Town and 40 minutes to reach Ao Nang. Krabi Town costs 90 THB and Ao Nang costs 150 THB. You can use the same shuttle service to reach back to Krabi Airport. It is a better option than taxi if you are not a group of 3 or 4 people travelling together.
Reliable & safe taxi driver in Krabi
We spent a few days in Krabi in March 2008 and used the taxi service of "Mr. A" (Mobile No. 085-7913744). We found him to be a very professional, reliable and safe driver. He speaks very decent English too (having worked at a 5-star hotel previously). Would highly recommend him. If you decide to call him, let him know the couple from Singapore who stayed at the Cliff Ao Nang recommended him.
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- Road Trip
Krabi airport shuttle bus
If you are staying at Aonang or Krabi town, beside taking a cab or the hotel transport, you can now take a shuttle bus from Krabi airport to Aonang.
At the Krabi airport arrival hall, turn right and your'll see many booths: the taxi booth, the tourist information counter and the shuttle bus booth. The shuttle bus travel by a standard fixed route with a couple of fixed stops along the journey. However, you can let the bus operator know what is your hotel name and they will try to drop you at the nearest location to your hotel that is still along their standard fixed route.
The bus is white in coloured and is those big bus that can sit around 40 persons. The bus will travel pass a major supermarket Lotus, pass thru the Krabi town and reach Aonang with end stop at the Noppharat Thara Beach.
Same goes when you want to go from Aonang to Airport. You can either: give the bus operator a call a day earlier to discuss with them where to pick you up or wait along the travel route and wave at the bus when you see it. For their time schedule, pick up their schedule list at the booth when you touch down Krabi airport.
It takes around an hour from airport to Aonang. It took me aound 1.5 hr when I took the bus from Aonang to Krabi airport bcos there are many tourists taking the bus that day.
Shuttle bus cost $150 baht per person from airport to Aonang and cost $100 if it's from airport to Krabi town.
- Road Trip
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Rented an Old Jalopy but it still took us places!
Travelling by taxi, even the lorry open type ones cost a lot in Krabi perhaps because of the distance to travel - to Ao Nang from Airport in a saloon car taxi (about 500 to 600 bht for about 29km). From Ao Nang to Krabi Town and back, 400 bht each way in a lorry type taxi (800 bht).
Rental car cost us 900 bht per day (for 4 days) including insurance. "ticket to ride" we managed to make several trips to town, tesco's, the outlet shopping mall, around ao nang, etc.
Rented from Krabi Car Friendly - booked at hotel front desk.
Petrol cost us about 740 bht for the 4 days. Parking is free by the roads - just make sure you park where there are no pedestrian crossings or red markings by the curbs (saw a vehicle, not ours that got clamped). Park where there are designated car lots in Krabi town and in Ao Nang, in front of hotel is okay or if hotel has space, park inside.
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By Minivan from Haadyai
There are daily tourist mini-vans travelling between the southern Thai town of Haadyai and Krabi.
Mainly ferrying backpacker tourists who are visiting Krabi, Pha Nga bay or Ko Phi Phi.
The timing is such that you can catch the boat from Krabi to Phi Phi island.
Krabi town is small coastal fishing town that has grown due to tourism.
From Krabi town, you can take a land ride or boat trip to Ao Nang beach of Krabi.
Tuk tuks are widely available around Ao Nang, although to be honest you could probably walk it, as Ao Nang isn't very big. A short journey of around 10 minutes will cost around 50-60 bahts. When you see an empty one just wave it down, hop on and hold on tight!
Longtails are the main transportation around Krabi in order to get to other beaches and islands. On most beaches you will find a little ticket office near or on the beach where you can buy a one-way or return ticket (all coloured differently depending on where you're going). After you've bought you ticket and you head towards the longtails, some guy will be yelling out your destination or waving the relative coloured tickets. Usually you will have to wait until there are at least 8 passengers before the longtail leaves.
They are great journeys and fun climbing in and out of the things. Generally they are quite smooth rides but had a mare going from PhiPhi Don to Maya Bay, the sea was quite rough so it was quite hairy at times!
They run from dawn til dusk. Return longtails from Ao Nang to Rai Leh cost around 250 bahts but this price went over 300 when peak season came along (1st Dec).
Fly to Krabi
Air Asia flies to Krabi from Bangkok as well as Kuala Lumpur. There are 3 flights daily from Bangkok to Krabi. From Kuala Lumpur, there are only one flight per day on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flight from Bangkok takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. Flight from Kuala Lumpur takes 1 hour 15 minutes.
Airfare depends on availabily or promotions.
Bus Frm Hatyai to Krabi
I took a bus from Hatyai to Krabi. The bus runs Hatyai - Phuket and makes stops at Phattalung, Trang, and Krabi. It is an about 4 hours bus ride. The bus dropped me off at Krabi bus terminal which is far away frm Krabi town center. The bus terminal is old and rundown. There is a corner that sells food for passengers and drivers to grab a quick bite.
From here, I took a songtheaw (20baht) to Aonang Beach.
Public Ttransport from Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta
There is a real good price local transport from Krabi or Krabi Airport to Koh Lanta .
Cost directly only 200 .- Baht ( maybe in Travel agencys allover in Krabi =250 -300 Baht .
The Van picked you also up on Airport and delivered you to the Hotel on Koh Lanta !
Also this Service is vice versa too . One Phone Call needs only for this !
If you will book directly ;there is one number from Krabi ( 0816063591 )TO Koh Lanta ( another if you will go from Koh Lanta ( 075697053 ) to Krabi .
On last number you can also book all tickets with Buses in the south thailand aerea around , and also tickets to Malaysians destinations too ..
Taking Krabi Town's Taxis
There was a complimentary transport back to our hotel but it was rather infrequent. Since my wife and I had my little girl in tow, and since we have explored the town for about five hours, we were ready to head back to our hotel room to soak our tired feet.
We checked out the Tuk Tuk but these bone-shakers don't come cheap in relation to other means of transportation (The going rate was about 150baht/ person). So we tried our luck with the taxis. There were "taxi hailers" who will shout out to you to find out if you needed a taxi. We nodded, and instanteneously, the man shouts back, "100baht one", meaning 100baht/person).
Get ready for some emotional blackmail when you try to negotiate. A disgusted look; the wave of their hands; and the words "no taxi" stuck to the man's lips.
I stood firm with my final offer of 50baht/ person. The taxi hailer relented and went on to hail down a converted Datsun taxi.
My wife and I were spying as to how much the Thais had to pay for their transport...10 Baht max! Ah well, we are the tourists aren't we?
From the Airport to Krabi Town and its Surrounding
If you do not want to haggle with the taxi drivers outside the airport, head towards the taxi booking station that is found on the right side of the airport.
It may be a tad bit more expensive (350baht to the suburbs; 600baht to Krabi town) than the taxis at the taxi stand, but at least it's much safer.
Tiger Airways is flying daily from Singapore to Krabi for as low as SGD 100 incl. Tax.
Book well ahead or wait for some special deals.
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