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Krabi, Thailand


Bordering the Andaman Sea, Krabi is located 814 kilometers south of Bangkok and covers an area of 4,708 square kilometers. Its mountainous geography is broken by highlands and plains, covering more than 130 large and small islands, and abounding with mangrove forests. The Krabi River flows 5 kilometers through the town and into the Andaman Sea at Tambon Pak Nam.

Krabi is in a tropical climate zone, only 8 degrees above the equator. There are two seasons here: hot and dry; and 'cool' and wet - although the temperature rarely drops below 27C year round.  

 The ideal time to visit Krabi is in late January and February, when you will enjoy nearly perfect conditions: calm, glassy seas; clear blue skies; moderate temperatures; and only a tiny chance of downpours. By coming at this time, you also avoid the crowds and higher prices of peak season around Christmas and New Year.

Krabi International Airport (KBV) is about 10 km from the city limits, 15 km from the city centre, 40km from Ao Nang and 23km from Had Yao.

If you are travelling by car, Krabi is on Highway 4. Shared songthaews (pickup truck taxis) from Ao Nang to Krabi are frequent. Originating in Phang-nga province, Highway 4 links many of the province’s districts. 

You can also take a bus to Krabi.There are regular direct bus services between Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal and Krabi, but probably the best option is to take a VIP bus, which costs a little more but makes the 10 hour ride much more comfortable.

Krabi is mostly coast and islands, so you'll be spending quite some time on boats when getting around.

Rock climbing, scuba diving, and boating are all popular activities in Krabi.

You can get along on English alone in the touristy areas, although a few words of Thai will come in handy. A number of other European languages are spoken in dive shops.

Krabi Province was badly hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Signs of the damage are now hard to find in many places, but in the worst hit areas (especially Ko Phi Phi and Khao Lak) reconstruction is still ongoing.

There are currently nearly 400 non-Asian foreigners legally working in Krabi, so an educated guess would suggest that up to two thousand actually live there during high season (November - April), whether retired, working illegally, or with private means.

Employment opportunities for foreigners in Krabi are very scarce.There are just a few international firms that hire them, mostly big hotels, who do not recruit locally. The only real options are teaching or instructing dive courses.

The most common route to working in Krabi, however, is to set up your own business. Common ventures include guesthouses, restaurants and  services such as real estate or English language schools.

If you are looking to rent a home in Krabi for a short period (3 months to a year),the majority of houses are rented out through word of mouth, or perhaps a simple sign placed directly outside the property. The best way to find a house to rent in Krabi, is to go there and look.

Purchasing homes or property in Krabi is a very byzantine process filled with pitfalls, scams and the like. Not to discourage prospective buyers, but it is recommended that you first educate yourself very thoroughly regarding deeds, titles, permits, new construction and the like. Before entering into the business of buying a home in Thailand, it is essential that you know what you are (or, more usually, what you are not) entitled to own as a foreigner.



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