Getting Around Krabi
There are various different ways of getting around Krabi, both the town and the province. All forms of transport are fairly inexpensive, but some are a little more convenient than others. The best way for getting around Krabi town would be by foot or by bike. This way you can stop and look at anything that takes your interest along the route. Plus you really get to mingle with the local people which is all part of the Thailand experience.
Strolling around Krabi town is a great way to ensure you take in your surroundings. However, if you’re wanting to visit nearby Railay or Tonsai beach, it’s recommended you get a longtail boat there. This guarantees a quick and easy transfer with minimal effort. It is possible to trek to Railay when the weather conditions are good, but if you are carrying luggage, a 1 ½ hour trek through the jungle is probably not your best option. Book into your hotel first, then definitely consider doing the trek at some point during your stay. There is only one ATM on Tonsai Beach therefore, it’s common for people to trek back and forth to reach the shops and banks.
If you don’t plan on hiring a motorbike for the duration of your stay in Krabi, chances are you’ll have to reply on the local taxi services to get anywhere. Fortunately the service is good and you have several options available to you. You can choose to hop in the back of a songthaew, take a normal taxi car or ride on the back of a taxi bike. Taxis run from very early in the morning, through the day and until late at night. Songthaews are a popular choice because they will stop and pick you up anywhere along the road. Simply flag them down along their route.
Families with young children tend to opt for normal taxi cars but they can work out a lot more expensive. That said, it is possible to hire a taxi and driver for the day to visit specific local attractions. They will act as your own private guide in many ways. Getting around Krabi this way may be more beneficial for some.
Motorbike taxis are used a lot for getting around Krabi by both locals and tourists. Motorbike taxis can be found in Krabi town and riders can be easily identified by their brightly coloured high-vis vests. If you’re not use to riding on the back of a bike the experience can be a little hair-raising. It’s not for the faint hearted but it is a cheap and easy way to get around.
Car & Motorcycle Hire
If you’re on holiday with your family and are planning to take regular day trips out exploring the area, you should consider hiring a car. Renting a car is ideal as you don’t have to keep to a time schedule and you are able to explore at your leisure. Travelling in a car is safer and more comfortable than hiring a bike. Plus, if you’re with a group, you can share the cost. Prices for an average 4WD can start from around 1,200 baht per day, including insurance and with unlimited mileage. A few hundred baht extra will get you a much better maintained vehicle with an international company such as Budget or National.
Motorbike hire is perfect for travellers who wish to have their own independence and freedom. Most backpackers choose to hire a bike because it’s cheap and practical. It costs about 250 Baht per day to rent a Honda Click 125 and gasoline is cheap too. As long as you have previous experience riding a bike, we highly recommended getting yourself one to explore Krabi.
Longtail boats are another popular way for getting around Krabi. Take a longtail along the coastline and consider visiting nearby islands. Some of the beaches and caves can only be accessed by boat so you’ll be privy to some pretty epic scenery. There are some 150 islands within Krabi province which can only be reached by boat. Again, it’s something you should do at least once. It’s all part of the Thailand experience.