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  • Krabi is a southern province of Thailand on the Andaman Sea coastline. Krabi lies approximately 150km from Phuket and 800km from Bangkok. Traditionally a farming and fishing area, the natural long beaches, blue seas, stunning karst rock formations and 196 island and islets, have turned Krabi’s revenues more towards tourism since the 1990’s. Krabi’s popularity has been cemented by neighbouring Phuket becoming steadily overcrowded giving Krabi the advantage on attracting new travelers to the area who are looking for a more quieter and family-friendly setting.

     

    As of 2018, Krabi is the 5th ranking province for tourism generating approx. THB 100Bn, according to the TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand). New hotels and resorts are being added to the pipeline every year and this figure is steadily increasing by around 8% per year. Krabi is served by Krabi International Airport, which opened in 2006 and has seen passenger numbers rise from just a few hundred thousand to well over four-million in just 10 years. In 2018, Krabi Airport was allocated THB 6bn to build a third terminal and to renovate the rest of the airport.

     

    Notable areas in Krabi are Koh Phi Phi, made famous by the film The Beach. Ao Nang, which serves as a tourism hub with more western-centric restaurants and coffee shops. Railay Beach, which can only be accessed by boat from Ao Nang and is one of Krabi most pristine beach areas. Klong Muang, with its long, golden sand beaches and access to Hong Island which lies off the west mainland coast. Krabi Town itself serves as the administrative center for the province but has its own tourism scene centered around Krabi river.

     

    Ao Nang

     

    Ao Nang is the main tourism center of Krabi and is where most people head for due to the scenery, beaches, restaurants and nightlife. The area is popular amongst villa buyers and renters because of the immediate access to all modern comforts.

     

    Klong Muang

     

    A relatively sleepy area compared with Ao Nang but has one of the largest beaches in the province and is home to several boutique beachfront hotels such as Dusit Thani Krabi Beach, Nakamanda and Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra.

     

    Klong Muang currently serves as terminal port for exporting gypsum and has two piers, but there are future plans to make the whole area an upmarket marina. Klong Muang is one of the only areas in Krabi that has hillside property with good sea views.

     

    Had Yao (Krabi Long Beach)

     

    Had Yao or Long Beach, was transformed in 2008 by an infrastructure upgrade which paved the way for a handful of hotels and private villas to enter the area. However, during this time, the world financial crisis put a halt to a few larger scale developments and it has taken 10 years to move past this. Today two key hotels are currently under development for Sheraton and Club Med which should boost the tourism image and appeal of the area exponentially.

     

    Ao Thalane & Ao Leuk

     

    Becoming increasing popular every year, Ao Thalane and Ao Leuk lie on the west cost of the mainland and look out over Phang Nga bay towards Phuket and the islands between. It is an especially natural and scenic area and many people looking for a relaxing break amongst nature head in this direction. The area also has a deep history with some of the earliest signs of human activity existing within caves of the area. Ao Leuk is quite proud of this and has adopted one of the cave drawings as a symbol of the district.

     

    Koh Lanta

     

    Koh Lanta is a sleepy island on the southernmost edge of Krabi province. The island is only accessible by a ferry service from the Krabi mainland which runs regularly throughout the day. Koh Lanta’s southern tip is surrounded by a handful of smaller islands with coral reefs which make this a popular diving location. The west side of Lanta is the most popular and commercial with long sandy beach with the east side being home to more of the local residents and Lanta Old Town which is an old fishing and trading port.

     
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