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Krabi is a province that in the southwest of Thailand, in between Phang Nga and Trang. The history behind Krabi started in the late 18th century at the start of the Rattanakosin or Bangkok period. During that time, the capital of Thailand was finally settling in Bangkok and an elephant kraal or enclosure was established in Pakasai sub-county to ensure a regular supply for the larger town. Pakasai sub-county was the old name of the area that is now known as Krabi. Phra Palad, the vizier to the Chao Phraya Nakorn, was sent to now-Krabi and a lot of his followers migrated to Pakasai sub-county, following the steps of Phra Palad. Soon, a large community was established in the area and in three different boroughs. In 1872, King Chulalongkorn elevated the status of it into a town and renamed it into Krabi.
There are two legends that tell a story behind the origin of Krabi’s name. The first one, it is said that the villagers had presented a large ancient sword that they discovered accidentally to the governor of the town. Krabi is a word for sword. The second legend is that the name was derived from a local tree name, ‘Lumphi.’ It is said that the Malay and Chinese merchants in the area pronounced the word ‘Lumphi’ slightly different; ‘Kalubi’ or ‘Kholobi’ which eventually turned to the word Krabi.
Krabi is a popular tourist destination and recently, it has been booming with tourists coming from all over the world. Krabi not only has great sea scenery but the inland is equally stunning. The province is made up over 150 islands along its 150 kilometres-long coastline. Its inland is covered with jungle and towering limestone cliffs with caves and waterfalls and exotic wildlife. It has great selections of activities covering the beautiful beaches, island-hopping, scuba and diving, to rock climbing, jungle trekking and more. Krabi is perfect for a family vacation with its fun and leisure activities. It is also a great place for a romantic honeymoon.
Krabi is very well connected as it is one of Thailand’s most visited places. The best and fastest way to get into Krabi is by taking a flight. Krabi has its own international airport located about seven kilometres away from the east of the city centre. The small international airport has handled more than four million annually with flights mostly originated from the Asians countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, and Korea. There are also flights from Norway and seasonally, from Finland. From the airport, there is some way to get to the city centre and the most inexpensive way is by taking the official airport shuttle. It will only cost 150 baht per person, which is RM 20, to travel from the airport to the Ao Nang town. The bus driver will also drop the passengers at the bus stop nearest to their hotel. There is also an option to take a taxi from the airport to the town but it will cost some 600 baht, almost RM 80 and renting a van is at least 1060 baht which is around RM 135.
Travelling from Malaysia to Krabi by land is possible though it will take quite some time, it is definitely a lot cheaper than taking a plane. Starting from Padang Besar, Butterworth, take the train to Hat Yai. The train ticket will cost about RM 11.50 for one person. The train ride from Padang Besar to Hat Yai will take about two hours. After crossing both Malaysian and Thai immigration, take the minivan that would bring the passengers to Hat Yai Bus terminal, an hour away. A ticket to the bus terminal is just 40-50 baht. At the Hat Yai Bus Terminal, take another bus to go to Krabi. This bus will cost just around 215 baht and the trip will take about five hours. In total, travelling by land will cost less than 300 baht but the time taken is more than eight hours.
This is a geological wonder and it is only found in two other places in the world. The Susan Hoi is a fossilized shellfish cemetery that covers a 200-metre stretch of beach. The fossilized shellfish cemetery is estimated to happen some 25-40 million years ago by the limestone deposited into the surrounding water. This fossilized the water and the shellfish. It is a must-go place for a geology enthusiast! The Susan Hoi is located near the town of Krabi, just 20 minutes away.
Khao Khanab Nam
The Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are the Krabi’s most famous landmarks. These mountains are located on both sides of the Pak Nam Krabi River. The natural wonder is above a large series of caves that have lots of stalagmites and stalactites that are definitely worth to be explored. The caves are also very well-known for a large number of human skeletons found. It is said that the skeletons were from the people who were trapped inside the caves during flooding. One of the Khao Khanab Nam Mountains is climbable and from up there, the best picturesque view awaits. The Khao Khanab Nam is about ten minutes away from the city centre of Krabi.
Phi Phi Island
Krabi’s most famous island, the Phi Phi Island, is popular after being used as a film location. The island receives never-ending tourists all year round. The Phi Phi Island is accessible via speedboat and it will take about forty-five minutes to reach from the mainland. The Phi Phi Island is actually two islands; the Phi Phi Don and the Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi Don is the one that is inhabited and always filled with tourists. Its turquoise water and stunning beaches are what makes tourists keep on coming.
Thung Teao Forest Natural Park
A nature enthusiast should never visit Krabi without stepping into this wonderful natural park. It is the home for many great plants and animals. It is also the home for the Pita Gurney bird that was once thought to be extinct but a number of people had spotted it there. Another highlight of the natural park is the Emerald Pool or also known as the Crystal Lagoon. It is a hot spring with the most crystal clear water. Go for a swim in the Emerald Pool and escape into another wonderful world down there.
There are a lot of dishes to try while in Krabi and it is a great place to taste some authentic Thai dishes. Since Krabi is an essentially a port town, seafood is in abundance and the price is very affordable. Do make sure to try some of the mouthwatering dishes while travelling in Krabi.
Phad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle that is being seasoned with delicious flavours of fish sauce, lime, red chilli pepper, sugar, and tamarind juice with garnishes of crushed peanuts and a mountain of bean sprouts. This is one of the well-known Thai dishes in the world and in Krabi, it is available almost everywhere.
A good bowl of noodle soup with a choice to have it either with a clear broth or thick soup that is made from beef or pork or chicken or even seafood. The noodle soup in Thailand or Krabi is served with lots of green herbs and chilli pepper to amplify the flavour of the soup. It is best eaten after a long day.
This is a green papaya salad that is not only healthy but also extremely delicious and very refreshing. It is made from unripe papaya pounded with cooling cucumber and seasoned with sour and salty sauces. The Som Tam is usually made with lots of vegetables and fruits.
Koh Lanta Yai
Koh Lanta Yai is an island that is two hours away from Krabi town. It is a small island, twenty kilometres long from one end to the other. It is a beautiful island and despite it has a lot of guest houses and resorts, the beaches on the island are usually quiet, not like in Phi Phi Island. It is a perfect place for a quick getaway but still be by the beach with a stunning view. There are a number of diving schools and they are certified to take guests to the see the beautiful underwater life in the waters of Koh Lanta Yai.
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