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Getting There

By Plane -- Tiger Airways (tel. 80060-15637; 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 AirAsia (tel. 02515-9999; www.airasia.com) fly from Suvarnabhumi International Airport outside Bangkok.

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

By Boat -- Boats leave from Ko Phi Phi to Krabi (9am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm; trip time 90 min.; cost 350B). There is one boat that goes from Ko Lanta to Krabi in the high season (11:30am; trip time: 2 hrs.; cost 400B) while rainy season travelers will have to take a minivan (2.5 hrs.; cost 250B to 300B; frequent departures).

By Bus or Minivan -- Two air-conditioned VIP 24-seater buses leave daily from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal (tel. 02422-4444; trip time: 12 hr.; fare 970B) to Krabi Town. Frequently scheduled air-conditioned minibusses leave daily from Surat Thani to Krabi (trip time: 2:45 hr.; 250B). Air-conditioned minivan travel daily from Phuket Town to Krabi (trip time: 3 hrs.; fare 140B).

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. Krabi Nakharin International Hospital (www.krabinakharin.co.th; tel. 07562-6555) is at 1 Pisanpob Road on the northwest part of town.

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.