Due to lack of knowledge about the area, plenty of tourists in Krabi find themselves limited only to the area around Ao Nang. However, there are different ways when getting around Krabi, either through the cozy longtail boats, minibuses and taxis or through planes. Krabi is a small province yet it has plenty of travel places that every tourist should make the most of when visiting this wonderful spot in Thailand.
If you want to take a tour trip around Krabi on land, you can catch the songtaews, which are modified pickup vans that regularly serve routes from Ao Nang to different Krabi places such as Krabi town, Koh Lanta, Railay and Phi Phi Don. They are reliable transportation services especially for families because of relatively cheap fare, and fast, efficient and prompt arrival to your destination. Many tourists even charter them privately, particularly when getting around Krabi.
With the increasing tourism of Krabi, it has already established excellent road networks and added tourist attractions like the Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, the Ko Lanta Marine National Park and the Than Bokkharani National Park. Given these interesting attractions, it is better to rent a car in Krabi. Car rental services are available in the province, provided by travel agents and most hotels. Or better yet, you can rent a minibus or songtaew so you can enjoy driving around the whole day.
There’s also plenty of coast transportation in Krabi: from local boat services that operate regularly serving along the coastline in Railay and Phra Nang to the larger ferries in Phi Phi, Lanta and Jum islands. Getting around Krabi by boat is possible by catching local ferries in Krabi Town. However, these sea transports stop from May to October due to monsoon. Don’t worry if you were hoping to catch them since there are still longtail boats and other chartered-speedboats if you want to hop on different islands in Krabi. Longtail boats, sometimes called river taxis, are fast and reliable types of boats that serve as transport in Railay, Phra Nang, Ao Nang and Krabi town with cheap fare that ranges from 50-80 Baht. For an exclusive and faster trip to different islands of the Andaman Sea, you can privately charter a speedboat and enjoy various activities like cave exploring, snorkeling, jungle trekking and island hopping. By renting a speedboat, you can enjoy your Krabi trip to the fullest, allowing yourself to unwind and discover the beauty and richness of marine life of the Andaman Sea.
Getting around Krabi can also be done by plane with the province’s recently opened international airport. Numerous top hotels provide complimentary transfer service from the airport to the hotel if you book a room with them beforehand, or if not, there are available taxis in the airport you can get. You can also charter seaplanes from certain plane companies in Southern Thailand which commonly have regular flights around Krabi province such as Koh Lanta, Pee Pee and even to Phuket. It’s remarkable because seaplanes can typically land anywhere.
There are plenty of options to choose from if you plan on seeing various travel places in Krabi. From boats to seaplanes, you can have a great vacation experience getting around Krabi that will make you fall in love with the place and go back again and again.