Krabi is the main town in the province of Krabi, located south of Bangkok. It lies on the west coast of southern Thailand on the bank of Krabi River. The population of the town includes Buddhists, Thai-Chinese, Moken (sea gypsies), and Muslims. Nuea Khlong District and Krabi city districts are the most populated area with population densities above 150 people per square km and the least populated area is the inland mountain Khao Phanom District The least densely populated area with 61 persons per square km is the inland mountain Khao Phanom District. The most observed religionby the people is Buddhism which is followed by about 66 percent followed by Islam which is followed by about 33 percent.The economy of Krabi mostly relies on agriculture, tourism, and fisheries. Rubber is the major cash crop followed by palm oil. Krabi Province’s contribution towards tourism income in Thailand stands in fifth position by serving to approximately six million arrivals every year.
Situated on the border of the Andaman Sea, Krabi is located 814 kilometers south of Bangkok and is spread across an area of 4,708 square kilometers. Its mountainous physical geography is separated by the highlands and plains, covering more than 130 large and small islands covered with abundant mangrove forests. The town also has the Krabi River flowing 5 kilometers through it and submerges in the Andaman Sea at Tambon Pak Nam. From Krabi’s highest mountain, Mount Phanom Bencha originates several klongs (canals) such as Klong Pakasai, Klong Krabi Yai, and Klong Krabi Noi.
Krabi is a coastal province blessed with numerous natural attractions that always appeals to tourists from across the world. These natural attractions offers peaceful and spectacular white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, fascinating coral reefs, caves and waterfalls, along with numerous islands.The distinguishing feature of both Krabi and neighboring Phang Nga is the enormous limestone karsts that appears like emerging out of the flat rice paddies on land and looks like island between the seas. Also thestunning beaches and brilliant scuba diving and rock climbing options makes sure that tourism in the area keeps booming and will continue to do so for this Island paradise.Though it is still less commercialized than its close neighbor, Phuket, Krabi Province cannot be labelled as undiscovered. As it receives nearly six million tourists, majorly from foreign countries a year.
November to April is the best time to visit Krabi as the area's climate is not as hot as the other months. During this period as the dry northeasterly winds blows, highlighting the dry blue skies and starry nights and on the beaches one can enjoy nice sea breezes. From June to November the area gets a lot of rainfall, more on average than the rest of the country. During this period the islands get a lot of moist southwesterly winds, which give a mixture of dry days and wet ones. The sea stays a warm 29°C all year round.
The town has its own airport, Krabi International Airport (KBV) which is about 10 kilometers from the city limits and 15 kilometers from the city center. The airport operates daily direct flights to and from Bangkok offered by Thai Airways. Air Asia offers flights to and from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur from Krabi. Destination Air Shuttle, Thailand's only Seaplane service also routinely flies in and out of Krabi from Phuket and to the numerous outer islands.
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