The best time to travel to Krabi is between December and April, the summer season. Traveling is also not expensive if you opt for buses over local taxis, or even a tuk-tuk, for a different experience. Krabi is very traveler and tourist friendly; so, finding your way around will not be difficult. Lest you run out of any basic necessities, be rest assured that getting them locally, at a street shop, supermarket or chemist is easy. And while there, do not miss out on the relaxing Thai massage that Krabi and all of Thailand is famous for! Krabi is bustling with activities for every type of tourist, so whether you’re looking for a relaxed beach getaway, or you want to get more adventurous with water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving, you’re in the right place.
Useful tips for tourists flying to Krabi
Where to shop
The Krabi Town Walking Street Market is your one-stop shop for reasonably priced clothing, accessories, handicrafts, and even souvenirs and trinkets. Of course, no visit to Krabi is complete without stopping by the famed night markets, so do bargain while you shop till you drop!
What to eat
Krabi is practically synonymous with street food, and in addition to the standard Thai green or red curry with rice, you can choose from a vast array of seafood dishes including shrimp, fish cakes and curried fish. Kanom jeen is a type of rice noodles best eaten with a curry-based sauce, a must-try. For dessert, how about a portion of mango and sticky rice? Don’t forget to try the Krabi-style rotis – possibly a sweet version with condensed milk.
The local language
The locals in Krabi speak Thai; however, it is heavily accented compared to standard Thai. You should however, also be able to communicate in English without much difficulty.
Here are some phrases that should help you get around in Krabi:
• Sawatdee khap/ kha
– Hello/ good morning/ good day/ goodbye
• Sabai dii
– How are you
– Thank you
– You’re welcome
– Delicious (food)
Dos and Don’ts
• Do learn some of the basic Thai phrases, because while locals do speak English, knowing some of these will go a long way.
• For a unique holiday experience, do take water taxis to get around Krabi by sea.
• Joining your hands in greeting (as compared to shaking hands) is considered more respectful and polite.
• Ensure you dress appropriately, especially when visiting a temple.
• Do take off your shoes before you enter a Thai temple, or even a house.
• Do take permission before taking pictures in public places.
• Graffiti and littering can attract a fine, so do ensure you keep your surroundings clean.
• Public displays of affection are not encouraged, especially in and around temple complexes.
Emergency contact numbers
• Information Assistance: 1669 (for any emergency)
• 24-hour Chemist: Pharmacies are usually open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and can be easily located in Ao Nang and Krabi town. Note that there are none in Railay and Ton Sai.
• Fire: 199
• Police: 191
• Ambulance: 1554
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