Covers about 4,709 square kilometres, Krabi is located on southern Thailand's west coast. It is a province consisting of beautiful white beaches, limestone cliffs, mangrove forests and numerous offshore islands. The island is most widely known to offer its visitors a wide array of leisure activities for the whole family. Island-hopping, snorkelling, rock climbing, sea kayaking, jungle trekking and scuba diving, are among the most popular occupations that can be enjoyed while on holiday in Krabi. Therefore, the important industry of the town is tourism. As in 2010, the total population in Krabi is 50,000 inhabitants. The majority of the population is Buddhist and also a significant number of Muslims. The influence of Islam can be seen as abundant of halal food and numerous mosque as well as halal- friendly hotels.
Krabi Airport is the international airport serving Krabi, Thailand. Opened on 10 July 1999, it is located about 7 kilometres east of the city center. The airport handled 4,339,599 passenger arrivals and departures and designed for three million passengers and undergo expansion as the numbers keep increasing each year. In 2018, the expansion was approved and the total cost is 6.6 billion baht to build a third terminal including renovate the existing two terminals and car park and expand aircraft parking bays and associated electrical power infrastructure.
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The best time to visit is between November and April as the weather in the South of Thailand can be unpredictable. Krabi is subject to a six-month rainy season between May and November, often with sustained heavy rains for days at a time during the monsoons. The hot weather is suitable for outdoor activities such as water activities and visiting various attractions.
Krabi is one of the popular destination in Thailand. Here are some of the top tourist attractions in Krabi.
1. Railay Beach -Railay beach is the most attractive beach in Thailand and accessible only by boat due to the large cliffs on each side cutting it off from the mainland. You will find beautiful white sand and fantastic limestone cliffs. There are no roads and cars here as the large cliffs already cut off from the mainland and only longtail boats can be found here.
2. Mu Koh National Park -Occupies around 134 square kilometres of area, this national park is located at the southern part of Krabi Province. The two largest islands are Ko Lanta Noi and Ko Lanta Yai. Although both are inhabited, Ko Lanta Yai is the primary tourist destination. The park was established in 1990 and Ko Lanta was once known by its Malay name, "Pulao Satak", which means "Long Beach Island". After that, both Buddhist and Muslim had moved to the island making the island known as the island of "a million eyes" ("lan ta" in Thai).
3. Krabi Hot Springs -It is a popular attraction and a must-visit if you come to Krabi. The hot water provided is from deep-rooted thermal springs that are located inside volcanic chambers. The water gets up to temperatures of forty degrees Celsius and contains natural mineral salts that have many healing properties. You can relax and unwind while swimming and soak yourself with the beneficial water. The admission fee is 90 baht which is equivalent to SGD 3.9.