As is the case with everywhere in Thailand, there are plenty of options for public transport in Krabi to help you get around. Whether you want style and comfort over cheap and cheerful the choice is yours!
Krabi is a coastal destination in Thailand’s southern province with beaches galore, fun bars, tasty restaurants and easy access to some awesome islands off the coast.
Here we’ll give you a quick overview of the local transport in Krabi and give you some top tips for getting around.
First, you’ll need to figure out how you will get to and from Krabi. This can be done by bus or plane and with tickets being relatively inexpensive, domestic flights can be a great option. Krabi airport is served by flights from Chiang Mai and Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport with airlines such as Nok Air, Thai Airways and Thai Lion Air. Some flights also connect with BKK airport (Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) so you can catch an onward international flight.
Tuk-Tuks or Samlors
When you arrive into Krabi you’re likely to be inundated with offers from friendly tuk-tuk and samlor drivers. For those that don’t know, samlors are basically home-made motorbikes and side-car and offer similar door-to-door services as tuk-tuk drivers. As always, make sure you haggle and agree on a price before getting in. Both Krabi Town and Ao Nang are served by tuk-tuks and samlors so you’ll never be short of a lift.
If you’d prefer a more comfortable ride from the airport (or if you have a lot of luggage), opt for a taxi instead of a tuk-tuk. Prices are fixed from the airport to Ao Nang or Krabi Town and can be purchased as a coupon from a kiosk inside the airport. There are not a vast number of taxis in and around the town, so for short journeys, you may have to use one of the other local transport options.
Scooters or Motorbikes
Rental scooters and motorbikes are readily available in Krabi but are only recommended for those who feel comfortable riding in somewhat dodgy road conditions and have the relevant license and insurance. Hiring a scooter means you have complete freedom to explore and as they are so cheap this is a great way to get around.
As with Chiang Mai, songthaews are a common form of local transport in Krabi. These (often red) pick-up trucks mooch through the streets picking-up and dropping-off locals and tourists en route. Journeys are cheap and you just need to wave the driver down and state your destination to be picked up. Most songthaews have a buzzer or string to pull when you want to stop. Make sure you have small denominations of cash to make paying quicker and easier.
Short-haul buses are not that common in Thailand but you will be able to use VIP bus or minivan services to get to and from Krabi as well as from the airport to town. VIP buses head from Krabi to Bangkok, Phuket and Surat Thani daily so you’ll easily be able to get around the country. If you’re using a minivan bus for a shorter try to have exact change.
Located on the Andaman Sea, Krabi is situated within easy each fo a number of islands off the coast including Phuket, Koh Lanta, and Koh Phi Phi. Ferries, speedboats and private charters all offer services to these islands are usually fairly safe an inexpensive. Read reviews before booking with any company to make sure you use a reputable service. Water taxis are also available for journeys along the coast to places such as Railey and Phra Nang.