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Krabi means "sword," which might come from an ancient sword that was unearthed before the founding of the city.
Thailand runs on Indochina Time (ICT). It’s 11 hours ahead of New York and six hours ahead of London.
If you are a U.S. Passport Holder, you are allowed to stay in Thailand for a period of 30 days without a visa.
Here are a list of countries that contain varying visa requirements for entering Thailand.
Tourists are prohibited from working or conducting business in Thailand. You will need a tourist visa for a period of 15 to 30 days. Visas can be stamped on your passport upon arrival, or it can be sent to your home through the Thai embassy in your country. In order to obtain a tourist visa, you will need:
- A passport.
- A visa application form that you must fill out.
- A current picture of your face.
- Your plane ticket.
- Evidence of your financial means (a traveler’s cheque or cash equivalent to 10,000 Baht will suffice.)
Visas will cost USD $30.00 per entry. A tourist visa can last from 3 to 6 months, each period varying on which country made a bilateral agreement on visa exemption with Thailand. However, if you enter Thailand via land border, you will be allowed a 15-day stay. You can extend your stay by filling out an application at the Office of Immigration Bureau.
This airport is 9km from the city center and 27km from Ao Nang beach. Here are forms of transportation to your destination. Tip: only authorized vehicles are allowed inside the airport.
Airport Shuttle Bus
There is only one airport shuttle bus service that operate at this airport. This shuttle bus service runs 10-12 times a day from 8am-8pm. The cost of the bus is between 100-150 baht. Tip: you must tell your driver where you are headed to, to make sure they stop at your destination otherwise they will keep driving because there is no standard route they follow.
To find a tax, head over to the taxi services counters when you head out of the airport. Usually airport taxis charge a fixed rate of a minimum of 600 baht but a maximum of 3000 baht, depending on where you are headed.
Rent a Car
This airport carries Hertz, Budget, Avis, National, and Sixt booths at the airport to rent a car. It is recommended to book online prior to your arrival for a better rate. As well as, having an International Driver’s license is not necessary if your license is in English but it is encouraged to have, in case an emergency arises.
Krabi is one of the safest places in Thailand. The people are very friendly and there is a low crime rate. Here are some safety tips and emergency numbers:
Be cautious of pick pocketers.
When traveling between May and October, be aware of the rough oceans.
Make sure to pay in cash anywhere you go because there is high crime of credit card fraud.
Do not buy drugs. Drugs are illegal in Thailand. Although, people are selling drugs on the beaches, if caught, you will be fined and potentially deported.
For our solo-female travelers, be aware of your surroundings when it gets dark out and always keep personal items close. Krabi is safe but it is important to always take those precautious.
Lastly, if you are going to be traveling by car in Karbi, be very cautious because there is a high frequency of reckless driving and accidents, especially the road between Krabi and Ao Nang.
Police Department: (075) 611 222, 191
Tourist Police: 1155
Fire Department: 199
Highway Patrol: 1193
Best time to visit is November through March. The wettest times of the year is September through October. The average weather is 75-89 Degrees Fahrenheit.
The official language of Thailand is Thai. Here are a few phrases and words to help you get by:
Kappunka: Thank you
Aaj ja: Maybe
Khor thoad khrup/ka: Sorry
Hong nam yoo tee nai khrup/ka?: Where is the restroom?
Phom dong gaan hai mor maa raak sa khrup/ka: I need a doctor
Kun pood paassaa angrrit dai mai: Can you speak English?
Known as the “Land of Smiles,” Thai people are generally polite and welcoming, assuming the same from others. They are not known to openly voice their irritation. Here are a few tips to avoid inner-scowling from the locals:
- Try not to raise your voice or show aggression when irritated. This may result in losing face, which is the act of losing respect from those around you. So always keep a smile!
- Public displays of affection are seldom practiced here, as Thailand is still a conservative country.
- At temples, women should wear clothing that cover your shoulders and knees and a scarf. Expect to take off your shoes inside temples, so wear shoes that are easy to take on and off.
- Since Phuket has tons of beaches, remember to cover up to and from the beach. There is no public nudity allowed.
- Body language is important. tip: avoid the direction you point your feet, Thai people can take it the wrong way.
The baht ฿ is the official currency of Thailand. Though U.S. dollars are accepted in some countries, they’re not used in Thailand. You can exchange your U.S. dollars for Baht at the airport.
Tipping is not mandatory nor expected in Phuket but are appreciated.
The standard voltage is 220 volts. You will need a voltage convert if bringing electronics with 110 voltage. Your converter should look like this:
It’s advised to drink boiled or bottled water. Due to Thailand’s hot and humid temperatures, it’s not recommended to drink water from the tap. The ice, however, is safe, as most ice factories use purified water. Keep a look out for tubular-shaped ice.
Restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, hotels, fast food places, and the airport all provide Wi-Fi. Just make sure to ask the place if it okay to connect to their Wi-Fi. If you are trying to connect to a place that serves beverages or food, make sure to buy something before you ask to connect.
It’s recommended to travel via tuk tuk or the phone app Grab. Tuk tuks are used to travel to popular tourist sights such as the night market. Grab costs around the same price as a tuk tuk and is the Thai equivalent to an Uber.
Thailand is still a conservative country when it comes the LGBT rights. Though it hosts the largest Transgender beauty pageant in the world, the Land of Smiles doesn’t allow same-sex unions, nor public displays of affection. PDA in Thailand is considered taboo in general, so keep holding hands and embracing to a minimum.
Check out these 3 eco-activities in Krabi:
Kayak through Koh Klang mangrove but also make sure to stop at the cave where you can climb through a limestone mountain!
Swim in the Khao Nor Juji fresh water pools which is one of the last pieces left of the Virgin rainforests in Thailand! Also this is where the famous Emerald pool is, the color of the pool comes from limestone deposits!
If you are looking for an adventure walk, our number one recommendation is Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam. This mangrove is on the edge of the Andaman Sea where when you come from the coast, you get to experience first hand how the water changes from salt-water to fresh-water! You will also see trees rooted up from the changes in the water.