Krabi Itinerary: What You Must Know Before Going To Krabi Island
Krabi was always on my bucket list and if you are headed to the Thai islands, you must put Krabi on your itinerary. It’s a beautiful island and a paradise for love birds. You might get jealous when you saw your friend’s Instagram pictures of jagged rock-like islands jutting out from the emerald green water and you never have seen anything so beautiful in your life. Then don’t think too much and start packing your bags for this fascinating destination. Honestly, while planning our trip, we (me and my husband) didn’t ask advice or availed my package from tour and travel partners. You always ask for their help, but I suggest sketching your travel by yourself. It’s fun!
After giving much thought, we decided to plan a trip covering Krabi, Phi Phi, and Koh Lanta in 7 days. This article is all about how you can plan your trip for Krabi. Let’s answer a few basic questions and plan your Krabi itinerary –
When to go?
It’s warm all year round in Krabi with the temperature rarely dropping below 27C in the daytime, year-round and the average is around 32C. However, there are two seasons, dry and rainy making April – May the hottest and September – October the wettest. It’s suggested to visit Krabi during the cool and dry season, preferably November – March.
How to book your flights?
We visited the place during the Christmas holidays (24th-26th December 2018) and the price was a bit high due to the pick season. Keep an eye for a few days and you will certainly understand the regular price and avail your tickets accordingly. We booked through Thai Airways, and their food was awesome! The first flight took us from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (Kolkata) to Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) in 2.30 hours. Thank God we had 4 hours halt before our next flight for Krabi. Why? Read further.
Do I need a visa for Thailand?
Thailand waived off its visa on arrival fees for the period – December 1, 2018, to January 31, 2019, for travelers from 21 countries, including India. That’s the reason we faced difficulty during our visa process at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Our flight landed at 2.30 AM and there was hardly any official to guide us on our Visa procedure. People from different countries were searching for Visa exemption forms and there were no hoarding or guideline to inform the travelers. After waiting behind a long queue, we finally got our Visa and did our check-in. However, we had to pay 400 BHT (902 INR) for two people. The regular fee for visa on arrival for Thailand is 2000 BHT/person (4458 INR). It’s advisable to get your visa before you visit Thailand or put it in your Krabi itinerary to experience a smooth journey.
How to book hotels?
If you have little patience to research online, you will certainly find your match. Most of the time, travel partners have their own set of hotels which often don’t match your expectations. From Krabi airport, we shifted to Ao Nang and we loved the place. It is such a pretty place with all the cliff and karsts out the sea and surrounding it.
Krabi Currency Details
The Thai Bhat (TBH) is the local currency and you can find countless ATMs, money changers and currency exchange booths throughout the province. Airports, big hotels, and banks are the most expensive places to exchange foreign money. You can rely on local shopping malls providing cheaper prices.
Tips – I would suggest exchanging currency beforehand if possible exchange in India. You will get at a much cheaper price than in any Thai city.
Packing advice for Krabi
Casual, beach shorts and colorful bikinis – anything light you can carry to Thailand. if you are planning to visit in monsoon, pack a light sweater or cardigan. Krabi has a very laid back culture and casual or comfy dress is acceptable everywhere. Laundry services are widely available at around 35-40 Baht per kilo.
Where to eat in and around Ao Nang?
Surprisingly you can find numerous restaurants serving Indian food with veg and non-veg variation. With Hindi speaking people, Krabi seems like a mini India to me.
Taj palace and Tandoori Nights for tasty curries, tandoori dishes, and naan bread. For seafood, try Lae Lay Grill and The Hilltop.
Try brick wood pizza from Johnny’s Pizza Italian Restaurant. While there are lots of options, don’t miss out on the street foods of Krabi – Phad Thai, Noodle soup, Som Tam – Gai Yang, etc.
Spoken languages: Thai
Population: 400,000 (province); 25,000 (Krabi Town)
Religions: Buddhism (95 percent), Muslim (5 percent), Christian, Sikh and Hindu (minorities)
Phone/calling code: +66 75