Krabi Longtail Boats
Krabi longtail boats are another popular way for getting around Krabi. If you are visiting Krabi Province, there is no way you will not want to check out its fine beaches and limestone cliffs and coves. Most of these are not accessible by land and there are up to 150 islands you may like to visit too. Therefore, the best way to get around Krabi’s beautiful coastline is by boat, and for a credible Thai experience, the longtail boat is the way to go.
The traditional wooden Krabi longtail boats, typically painted blue and red, can be found on all mainland beaches. These are your best option for independent island-hopping. There are also frequent taxi boats running from Ao Nang to Ton Sai and Railay Beach. These usually wait until they have enough passengers to leave, which means in low season you may have to wait for a boat to fill for anything up to an hour. In theory, the boat can cost effectively leave with 6-8 people, but they usually hold out for 10 or more to depart.
You can buy coupons for the boats at the longtail boat ticket booths on either corner of the beach road in Ao Nang. Prices for trips are fixed by the boatmen’s club, which means there is no point trying to barter. The prices are displayed on a board outside the ticket office and are the same all year round whether it’s high or low season. Families traveling with children will be happy to know that children under 12 can travel for free.
Krabi longtail boats can also be found at Nopparat Thara, Chao Fah pier in Krabi Town, Klong Muang, Ton Sai Beach and Railay. Prices may vary slightly from those in Ao Nang, depending on how much closer or further away from the destination you are. From these departure points you usually pay the driver directly as opposed to purchasing a ticket before, though the prices will still be listed on a board.
As a rough guide, a one way ticket to Pai Plong, To Sai or West Railay / Phra Nang Beach from Ao Nang, will cost you about 100 baht per person. Usually, they will want a minimum of 8 people. After 6pm, prices increase to 150 baht per person one way. If you prefer, you can also charter a boat with a driver for your own use (not sharing with other passengers). These tickets can be bought at the same booth.