Krabi Thailand

General information for visitors to the exciting province of Krabi in Southern Thailand


Krabi Thailand
Krabi Thailand

The province of Krabi is located in the east coast of southern Thailand and flanked on one side by the Andaman Sea and the other by the dense National Parks of the province. The province is one of the most popular places for tourists who come here to enjoy the tropical climate, exotic islands, untouched national forests, abundant dive sites, pristine sandy white beaches and an adventure of a lifetime. The most popular and high season for the province is from the months of late October to March and the peak season is in November to January where visitors to Krabi will have to make bookings for hotels and flights to Krabi in advance. In general, Krabi province is most noted for its National Parks, islands and caves. Travellers to this region can expect a variety of activities in Krabi such as island hopping tours in Krabi, adventure tours in Krabi, scuba diving tours in Krabi as well as the Krabi town and temple tours. Note that I have included the keywords in for you so that it is easy for you to search for a specific title from this blog!

The first thing to greet you when you touch down in Krabi province is the warm coastal air. Getting to your hotel should be easy if you have made prior arrangements for a hotel transfer from the airport but in the event that you have not, then there is always the regular taxi service at the airport or bus terminal if you have travelled by bus from Bangkok. You trip to Krabi might also have been pre-planned but again, if you have not and it is a free and easy holiday for you then there are so many activities for you to choose from! The beach is always the biggest lure for most travellers, much like bait on a hook that is irresistible but who can blame you when you gaze at the gleaming clear blue sea with palm trees swaying in the breeze. There are many notable beach destinations in Krabi so depending n where you have booked your hotel, some places that you would like to visit are just a van or taxi ride away to the nearest land attraction or jetty to catch a boat ride. Other modes of transport in Krabi include self drive car rentals in Krabi which mean you are pretty much on your own, so get a hold of a good map or a GPS for directions. The other means of transport include hired taxis and vans or the noisy yet iconic tuk-tuks which are 3 wheeled bike taxis that have the distinct putt-putt sound, hence its name or if you are a risk taker, then you can opt for the motorbike taxis who are easily recognizable from the colourful vest they wear. Be warned that these guys sometimes ride like a bat out of hell on the roads!

Krabi Thailand
Krabi Thailand

Some beaches on Krabi are more popular than others but remember that the more popular it is, also the more crowded so if you are looking for some peace and quiet during your holiday, select one that is more exclusive or further away. The popular beach sites can be noisy and rowdy in the evenings as there are more entertainment places and off course a more vibrant nightlife. Entertainment and dining in Krabi is as wide as your taste buds can care to handle and more. You can find anything here from the local Thai cuisine, street food all the way up to Michelin star gourmand offerings, so food should not be a problem and for you diehard fast food fans, yes there are McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut outlets in Krabi.

The highlights that draw visitors to Krabi are not just limited to the beaches. There are many other attractions in Krabi that entice the visitors such as the many National Parks of Krabi, the marine parks of Krabi, the caves of Krabi and off course the Islands of Krabi. Depending on the length of your stay here you can include a few of these tourist attractions in your travel and tour itinerary to Krabi. An ideal number of days to spend here would be about 4 to 5 days that will give you an opportunity to at the very least visit some of these attractions. Included within these tours and sightseeing packages of Krabi are activities such as scuba diving in Krabi Marine Parks, elephant trekking in Krabi, white water rafting and ATV adventures in Krabi as well as island hopping to Phi Phi Island and Koh Lanta in Krabi. For the more extreme adventurer there are cave explorations by kayak in Krabi as well as the strenuous but rewarding rock climbing activities in Krabi which is blessed with many limestone caves and walls for climbers of all experience types. The packages for these activities come complete with required equipment and safety training.

IF you are an avid scuba diver, the November to March time frame is considered the best diving times of the year where the whether conditions are good, the sea is calm and on many occasions you will be able to experience mirror water effects that provide a clarity of 40 to 50 feet which is great for exploring and underwater photography. There are many dive establishments in Krabi which you can check out and they offer beginner courses as well as open water advance courses. Krabi is a great place to learn scuba diving as some of the dive spots are calm and the topography gradual so a beginner can opt for a beach dive or a boat dive depending on the comfort level.

Making your way to Krabi is also quite easy, there are direct flights from Bangkok to Krabi or you could take a bus or even mini van to the province. You would have to check with your travel agent about transfers and transportation to Krabi as some of them do arrange these for you. Once you get there it will be nothing but fun, fun and more fun in the sun!

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Planning A Good Travel Itinerary To Thailand


Royal Grand Palace

You are all excited about visiting Thailand but how do you even go about planning what to do or see in Thailand? You could search the internet but then again the many places to sightseeing and tour in Thailand not to mention the hotels available and travel tickets will only serve to confuse you even more. You could get recommendations from friends who have been there or check sites from travelers’ experiences but bear in mind that each traveler may have a different experience all together. So what would you do? You know that you want to have a good time and to see as much of the country as possible while you are there.

BeachA good way to start is deciding on how many days you will be staying in the country and leaving out 2 days for flight travel time. That would give you an approximation of time you have in the country to explore and travel. Thailand is a huge country with many diverse activities and sights to experience. The rich culture of the country as well as many great holiday locations will leave a visitor spoilt for choice. A travel itinerary to Thailand should be based on your interest and favored activity. Deciding on what you would like to see could be based on historical, cultural, adventure or a little of all. Historical tours in Thailand include Thailand temple tours, tours to famous attractions in Thailand and tours to historical cities in Thailand. Cultural tours in Thailand include Thai cultural shows, cabaret shows in Thailand and puppet and traditional dance shows in Thailand. Adventure tours in Thailand on the other hand includes diving and island hopping tours in Thailand, cycle tours in Thailand, white water rafting and climbing tours in Thailand just to name a few.

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Decide on which of these categories you would like to indulge in while you visit Thailand and narrow it down to the number of days you would like to spend on each activity. Once you have that in hand you can start looking for information on these places through blog postings or information on the internet. The more you read up on an activity the better prepared you will be to see if that is what will interest you once you are in Thailand. From here you can search out booking sites and do price comparisons for the various tour options. It is a good idea to plan your travel at least 4 to 5 months ahead of time if not more so that you can maximize your time in the country. Find out the best travel times to Thailand which is actually between November to February if you are planning to spend time on the islands and the months of late July to early September is normally the rainy season. Do bear in mind that the more commercialized places such as popular islands and cities cost more to holiday in but are also the main attractions. You will need to know what your allocated budget is for accommodation, flight tickets and the tour and sightseeing expenses. Most people forget to factor in the exchange rate difference as well as service charges imposed for cash withdrawals and changing of cashier cheques over the bank counter. Getting a foreign exchange in your own country will also save you costs as it is generally more expensive to perform an exchange rate once you leave your own country.

When you have made your bookings, do ask for confirmation and the relevant receipts and vouchers especially if you have made an online booking for tours and sightseeing in Thailand. Print them out and bring it along with you when you travel just in case of any contention. Remember to do advance bookings on your preferred sightseeing and tours of Thailand as it is generally more expensive when you make last minute bookings especially at counter tour booths. So to start, re-list your items as per suggested above, make sure about your passports, book all your necessary requirements, bring along the printed copies and get ready for your trip to Thailand where you will discover a truly Amazing Thailand!

Royal Grand Palace

A Traveller’s Guide To Visiting Thailand – Useful Information Not Often Thought About


Suvarnabhumi international airport Your adventure begins in Thailand the moment you arrive through the country’s gateway, be it at the Suvarhnabhumi International Airport or via the railway or road from a different destination. So welcome to The Kingdom of Thailand. Before you make a tour of Thailand, it would be prudent to know certain facts for travellers into the country. Some of you may travel alone, with children, with the elderly or as a couple. Each would require certain needs while you are in the country in order to make it a pleasurable visit.     Visa StampFirst thing is your visa, entry into Thailand requires a visa and depending on the length of your stay a 30 day tour visa is automatically extended when you arrive at the airport immigration. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, do apply for a 90 day visitor visa from a Thai Embassy in your own country.  Of course travelling in Thailand requires that you use the local currency which is called Thai Baht. THB 100 is roughly equivalent to USD3.10 or Euro2.30 depending on the exchange rate. The best place to get a better exchange rate in Thailand is actually in your own country or to find a non-bank money changer in Thailand of which you can do so in Bangkok city along Sukhumvit Road. Changing at the bank foreign exchange bureaus in Thailand will give you a much lesser fair trade and if you use your foreign ATM visa credit card debit cardcard in the local ATM machines that accepts the usual Visa and MasterCard credit and Debit cards, you not only get a lesser exchange but also will be charged a service fee. This is only if you need to use cash urgently and there are many ATMs located in shopping malls, 7-11s and along the streets. The machines do have English language options.   TravelIf you are planning a trip to Thailand, you might also like to look into booking sightseeing and tours in Thailand while you are here. You can actually book travel and tour tickets to Thailand online before you travel for better discount rates and to avoid disappointment as some places are heavily booked during holiday seasons. Most travel agents in Thailand do provide an advance booking service and best to look for ones that do understand the English language. Read about the places to sightseeing in Thailand before you make your trip. Booking with a tour company in Thailand, if you have children travelling with you, it is best to check the price per child and do stipulate the age as some tours are free for children below the age of five and others charge a half rate or slightly below.  Travelling with handicapped persons in Thailand is also convenient as wheelchairs are easily available at most major chopping outlet and some sightseeing places. You can request for a wheelchair facility before your travels.     Boots Pharmacy Should you run out of prescribed medication in Thailand, do remember to bring along your prescription. There are in most cases available from pharmacies in major shopping complexes or along major roads. One way to recognize a pharmacy is from the green cross sign located outside the premises; however some may mistake this to also be a clinic that uses the same colored signage. There are big pharmacies such as Boots and Watsons available for prescribed medication.     Coral Island Pattaya Thailand is a large country offering many varieties of activities for children, couples, the adventurous, and the extreme sport fanatics and off course plain old sight seeing. Whatever your pleasures when visiting this amazing country prepare your itinerary well in advance and explore as much as possible. A short 4 or 5 day visit will let you get as far as the beautiful islands on its own or a tour of Bangkok city and maybe one day in Pattaya or Kanchanaburi. Within Bangkok city alone there is so much for a sight see and tour of Bangkok from the Royal Grand Palace to temples and museums of interest. A tour of Bangkok city will reveal the splendour of old and new Bangkok or affectionately known as the ‘Big Mango’. Each province in Thailand has different attractions and most cannot be really covered in a day. Which is why tourists keep coming back year after year. There is great scuba diving in Phi Phi Don Islands, rock climbing, jungle treks in Khao Sok National Park, temple tours in Bangkok and unusual places to sight see, island hopping in Phang Nga, lazing out by the beach on Koh Samui or Phuket, great food, entertainment and not to mention shopping! So if you are planning a visit to Thailand, do look up our blog sites for the many places of interest that you can check out before you make your trip and then come see them for yourself!

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