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Getting There

There are daily bus and minibus connections between Krabi-Phuket and Krabi-Surat Thani, for the east coast islands (Samui, Ko Pha Ngan). A ferry also leaves daily connecting Phuket (departing at 8:30am; high season only). Tickets are available from Phuket Pier in Phuket Town (tel. 07623-2040); the trip takes 2 hours and costs 350B.

By Plane -- Tiger Airways (tel. 02649-9688 in Bangkok; www.tigerairways.com) has direct flights from Singapore. Thai Airways (tel. 02356-1111; www.thaiair.com), Bangkok Airways (tel. 02270-6699; www.bangkokair.com), and Thai AirAsia (tel. 02515-9999; www.airasia.com) fly from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

From Krabi airport, you can catch a minivan to town for 90B, or more for farther beaches. Taxis start at 350B.

By Boat -- Twice-daily trips leave from Ko Phi Phi to Krabi (9am and 2pm; trip time: 2 hr.; cost 350B). There are two daily boats from Ko Lanta to Krabi in the high season (8am and 1pm; trip time: 2 1/2 hr.; cost 350B).

By Bus -- Two air-conditioned VIP 24-seater buses leave daily from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal (tel. 02793-8111; trip time: 12 hr.; fare 800B) to Krabi Town. Frequently scheduled air-conditioned minibuses leave daily from Surat Thani to Krabi (trip time: 2 3/4 hr.; 250B). Three air-conditioned minibuses leave daily from Phuket Town to Krabi (trip time: 3 1/2 hr.; fare 300B).

Visitor information

Most services in Krabi town are on Utarakit Road, paralleling the waterfront (to the right as you alight the ferry). Here you'll find the TAT Office (tel. 07562-2163) and a number of banks with ATM service. The post office and police station (tel. 07563-7208) are located south on Utarakit Road, to the left as you leave the pier. There are also banks in Ao Nang, near the Phra Nang Inn, but nothing at Railay.

Check the small shops around town for a copy of the local free map of the resort area, town, and surrounding islands.

Getting Around

Krabi Town is the commercial hub in the area, but few bother to stay. There is frequent songtaew (pickup truck) service between Krabi Town and Ao Nang Beach; just flag down a white pickup (the trip takes 30 min. and costs 30B).

Railay Beach and the resorts on the surrounding beaches are cut off by a ridge of cliffs from the mainland and, therefore, are accessed by boat. From the pier in Krabi Town, you'll pay anything from 100B; trip time 45 min.). From the beach at Ao Nang (at the small pavilion across from the Phra Nang Inn), the trip takes just 20 minutes and costs 80B.

Khlong Muang beach is some 25km (16 miles) northwest of Krabi Town. Expect to pay at least 300B for a taxi.

The limestone formations around the coastline here not only are gorgeous visually, but also are great spots to explore by small boat. Some, such as the famous Ko Hong, are almost entirely enclosed -- with brilliant blue lagoons at their heart. Boats slip inside them at low tide via almost invisible, narrow chasms; ask at your resort for information about boat tours.

If you're checking in at any resort, ask about transportation arrangements (which are often included) and prevailing weather conditions.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.