814km (506 miles) S of Bangkok; 165km (103 miles) E of Phuket; 42km (26 miles) E of Ko Phi Phi; 276km (171 miles) N of Satun; 211km (131 miles) SW of Surat Thani
For many tourists, Krabi has become a popular, more eco-friendly alternative to the heavily commercialized Phuket and resort boomtown of Ko Phi Phi. For others, it's an easy stop along the way. Flights connecting with Krabi's international airport mean tourists, in fact, can bypass Bangkok and arrive directly from other parts of Asia, or arrange an air or road transfer from Phuket International airport. Ferries and minivans from other destinations connect via songtaew and boats to the nearby tourist strip of Ao Nang and farther-flung beaches. Railay, with its famed soft sands, and limestone cliffs with ample rapelling opportunities, is accessed by boat (from either Krabi Town to the northeast, or more commonly from Ao Nang Beach to the west). Khlong Muang Beach, more recently developed, lies just north of Ao Nang by road.
The best time to visit the Krabi area is November through April, with January and February the ideal months. The rainy season runs May through October when the crowds disperse and the wet weather and choppy seas drive away all but the hardiest.