Only one way to Railay Bay: Longtail boat
Railay Bay is a very sheltered and seculded location with no access by road. Thus, the only way to get there is by longtail boat. The trip isn't so bad; takes about 15 minutes from both Ao Namao and Ao Nang. It also provieds a great vantage point for photographing the dramatic limestone cliffs along the coast.
Quick tip: If you're staying at a hotel, always confirm with them what time their last longboat leaves in the evening, as well as the price (should be about 50 baht). Otherwise you may end up paying an arm and a leg to an opportunistic longboat driver looking to make a quick buck off a desperate tourist.
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.
Krabi Airport opened in Novermber 1999 and is a small but efficient entrance to the province located just 15 kilometers northeast of Krabi town. I flew to Krabi by SilkAir. It is a direct flight from Singapore and it only took 1.5 hours!
From Krabi Airport, you can get a taxi to bring you to Ao Nang. For us, airport transfer is included in the package so we got a bus that drove us to Ao Nang. It was about a 30 mins ride by bus. In Ao Nang, the best transport to see the place is walk! Ao Nang is a very small town and you can just walk to anywhere!
As for visiting all the islands, long tails boats is your safe bets! Also, speed boats to those a little far away islands or those special diving boats where they take people out for diving!
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!
Getting from Krabi Airport to Ao Nang Beach
As donna12 posted, Krabi Airport offers a regular bus service (white buses as you exit the aiport's terminal to the right but you purchase the ticket at the offices after baggage claim), charging 150bahts/person to get to Ao Nang and 90bahts for Krabi-town which they drop off first before continuing on to Ao Nang. It takes about 20 minutes to get from the airport to Krabi-town and another 20 minutes to one end of Ao Nang and they drop off at various points. The ticket seller or bus driver will also ask you when you buy the bus ticket where you want to get dropped off so they'll know which resorts to 'drop' passengers off at.
If it's more than 3 travelers, then it's more practical to just share the taxi all the way from the airport into Ao Nang since it'll be much faster.
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From/to airport and city or Ao nang beach
From airport, there is a taxi/transport booth where you buy ticket to go to various places near Krabi, including Phuket. it costs 600 by taxi to Ao nang beach. 500 baht to Karbi city. I chose shuttle minivan which costs 200 baht per pax. You need to purchase the ticket at the taxi/transport counter after you pick up your lugguage.
From Ao nang beach, it costs 500 baht to airport, or from Krabi city, 350 baht to airport. You may be able to bargain for a lower rate. For me, I got a free lift from a local Thai who extended his hospitality.
See pic for a sample of the taxi ticket.
Airport Taxi Service
Coming out from airport arrival gate (1st level) the taxi counter will be on your right.
They have a price list for destinations of service, for example from Airport to Ao Nang beach will be 600 Baht.
1. You can contact your hotel to arrange a transport to or from hotel.
2. You can contact some travel agency to arrange your transport.
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 $100 if it's from airport to Krabi town.
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Ferry (Ao Nang Princess)
If you are not in a huge hurry to get around the bay this is an excellent way to travel from the east side of the Andaman Sea to the Phuket (and probably the other way around but i didnt try that). The boat starts out from Krabi, and makes definite stops at West Railay Beach(where we stayed) Ao Nang and one more location i'm not sure of, sorry, before heading straight across the bay to Phuket. We left at 1500 and arrived around 1700. The standard ticket is 550Baht (about 20$ 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.
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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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Long Tail Boat
The only way to get around if you're staying Railay is by boat. It's impossible to get there by car, bus, taxi or bike. Fortunately, it doesn't cost too much to travel by boat but you will need cash.
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Long Tail Boats - Ao Nang Bay
If you are staying in Ao Nang Bay and you wish to visit any of the surrounding islands, well it's very easy, Just go to the beach where all the Long Tail Boats drivers hang around, They wear numbered purple vest's, Don't worry about being ripped off, they all seem to keep to the same prices where ever you decide to go, We booked a Boat for half a day which cost 1200 Baht and we decided were we would go after we had looked at the local travel brochures.
The driver will bring along bottled water, but i would not recommend drinking this, So we bought our own bottled water.
From Ao Nang to Railay
It's a quick longtail boat ride from Ao Nang beach itself to Railay peninsular. Boats run all day, and the beautiful boat ride from Ao Nang takes about 15 minutes. Don't forget to take out your camera. The limestone outcrops that dot the sea are spectacular!
They're noisier than anything but they are the best way to see the sights around the shoreline the fastest way. Keep in mind that the operators have been taking tourists to sights for years. As always, do some research before beginning negotiations and have some questions ready to ask your potential boat operator when choosing this mode of transportation.
Longtail boat from Ao nang to Railey Bay or others
It costs 60 baht during daylight till 7pm beteen Ao nang beach and Railey Beach or vice versa. AFter 7pm 100 baht. You can also charter a whole longtail boat to local islands, like 4 islands. See pic for the full price list.