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Krabi

Thailand brings culture, beauty, adventure, elephants and very cheap, delicious food together in one harmonious place. You could easily make lifelong friends, as the Thai people are known for being some of the nicest people on earth, hence why they have earned the nickname “The Land of Smiles.”

Visiting this country will give one a wealth of opportunity to explore different types of landscapes. The calm, green mountains and incredible beaches attract many travelers. If you fancy seeing unique, world-record breaking sights, Thailand is home to the world’s largest gold Buddha, the biggest crocodile farm, the largest restaurant, the longest single-span suspension bridge, and the tallest hotel.

Being the world’s 51st biggest country, tourism is overflowing, as there is no lack of exciting, remarkable things to do and see. If you plan to visit, bring your humor, a smile and the phrase “Khorb kun” which loosely translates to ‘thank you’.

Thailand

Asia

Thai, Central Thai, Siamese

Thai Baht

Important dates in Thailand

December 10 – Constitution Day

First day of the first Chinese lunar month- Chinese New Year

End of Feb /beginning of March- Makha Bucha Day

April 6- Chakri Day

April 13-15- Songkran

May 5 – Coronation Day

June 4th- Visakha Puja

 

For a full list of holidays in Thailand, just click here.

Interesting facts

  • There was a time in history when all young men in Thailand (including royalty) were required to become Buddhist monks–even if only for a short period of time–before they turned 20. This practice is not mandatory these days, however.

 

  • Bangkok used to be referred to as the “Venice of the East” due to the number of buildings that were built on stilts above the river. Gradually, most of the canals were filled in and became the streets you see today.

 

  • The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually in Lopburi, Thailand. The festival includes giving meats, fruits and vegetables to the local monkey population of 2,000 in Lopburi Province north of Bangkok, in return of them attracting tourist to the village.

Good to know



Those traveling for business or pleasure, do not need a visa as long as the stay is not over 30 days. Make sure to check if any vaccinations are required to enter the country.

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Culture and Etiquette in Thailand

As with many Asian cultures, respect to elders is an essential part of etiquette in the ‘Land of Smiles’. Greetings in Thailand are often signified by placing the palms together in prayer at heart center and bowing the head. For all of the practiced yogis, this will be second nature. This bow is considered the ‘wai’, and is often coupled with a smile. For yogis, it is difficult to observe, but try not to show the bottom of your feet, or lift them above the hips in public places as this is considered deeply disrespectful. If you want to capture a yoga-pose photo, just ensure it is not one-leg standing.

Try to dress modestly, especially when visiting temples. You should have your knees and shoulders entirely covered; the more coverage, the more comfortable you will be, the better.  Because the head is considered the most sacred part of the body, it is important not to touch someone’s head. As a gesture of cleanliness, try to avoid eating with the left hand, as this is used for ‘toilet functions’.

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As a coastal town, Krabi, Thailand doesn’t offer much for tourists on a rainy day. Visit during the sunny season, however, and you’ll be rewarded with pristine, white sandy beaches, isolated islands, and clear, calm waters perfect for diving, snorkelling, and lounging.

 

Read on to discover what Krabi, Thailand has to offer. From the adventurous tourist to the relaxed traveller, Krabi has something for everyone!

Railay Beach

Railay Beach is a small peninsula about 25 minutes (by boat) from Krabi town pier. Because Railay is flanked on either side by water, there are 2 sides, a west and an east side.

 From this map, you can see the two beaches labelled: Railay Beach West and Railay Beach East. This whole peninsula is bordered by Limestone cliffs, making boating in from a neighbouring port the only way to access the beach. Once there, however, you will find luxury resorts, spas, restaurants, and most importantly, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! Railay Beach West is home to a white beach that is more conducive to laying out and relaxing, while Railay Beach East has a dense mangrove forest and minimal flat sand to lay out on. Still, the East side of the beach provides a good docking point for long boats to come into the peninsula and has a commercial boardwalk/ promenade good for browsing, shopping, and finding a quick bite to eat.

While you’re here, Railay beach also has great access to climbing, so feel free to contact a local agency to set you up (beginners highly encouraged, and experts, a must!!).

There is no cost for visiting Railay Beach, although it does cost some to get there (because of the boat). There are a couple different piers offering boat rides to get to Railay Beach, so check with a local agency before planning to go there for a day.

The Emerald Pool

The Emerald Pool (or Sra Morakot in Thai) is a natural swimming pool located about 50 metres from Krabi. Since it is a bit far from Krabi town, it is highly recommended to rent a scooter, motorcycle, or car to get there. The road is easy to follow, and plenty of people should be able to help point you in the right direction should you get lost. While you’re there, don’t forget to also visit the “blue pool”! It is located about 600 metres from the Emerald Pool and is also a brilliant sight to see.

Costs to visit the Emerald Pool can be found here. Check a local rental agency for the current price on renting a scooter, motorbike, or car.

Krabi Night Market

The Krabi Night Market, or Thanon Khon Dern as it is in Thai, is a bustling late night activity that gives both locals and tourists an opportunity to chow down on authentic street food and support local artisans. Open from 17:00- 22:00 every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, at Soj Maharaj 8 and the nearby 2,000 sq. metre plaza behind the Vogue Department Store, the market is a bustling epicentre of sights, sounds, and smells. While you’re there, make sure to try some of the local street food like chicken satay or grilled fish, and check out some of the paintings and tchotchkes made by local craftspeople.

Phi Phi Island

If you’re feeling like you want to see something a little bit further, but still close enough for a day trip from Krabi, Phi Phi Island is a great option. Only 45- 90 minutes away (depending on if you  take a normal boat or speedboat), Phi Phi Island is perfect for those who want to explore a bit of the surrounding islands of Thailand. An archipelago of – islands, Phi Phi Island contains 2 main islands: Ko Phi-Phi-Don and KPhi-Phi-LePhi-Phi-Don is where the accoùodations are, and the only place where tourists are able to find the right hotel, hostel, or resort to fit their needs. Just because you can’t stay on Phi-Phi- Le, however, doesn’t mean it’s not worth a visit! While Phi-Phi-Don is the one that contains all the accommodations,  Phi-Phi- Le is where the Leonardo DiCaprio film, “The Beach”, was filmed.  It is home to a beautiful expanse of white sand and calm, blue waters. A little tip, try to get to  Phi-Phi- Le earlier in the morning in order to avoid some of the larger tourist-filled boats that arrive later in the day.

Click here to read more about Phi Phi Islands!

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We all know what it’s like to be “hangry”: you’re angry, hungry, tired, and just overall not a nice to be around. But when we’re in a foreign country, it can be hard to plan for when the hunger bug strikes. As a traveler, we ain’t got time to be hangry! Luckily for us, no matter where in the world we are, there are fantastic foods and flavors to be found…especially, in Krabi, Thailand!

Read on for our top picks on where to go when the hunger bug has hit and you’re feelin’ crabby in Krabi!

Grand PP Arcade

Don’t be fooled by the “arcade” in the name (although I know we all think a joint cafe/arcade would be awesome)! The Grand PP Arcade serves up fresh fruit shakes and spring rolls, pad thai, and curries. Most of the staff here seems to speak English, which is great for people still trying to ease into the Thai culture and language. While you’re here, don’t forget to try the mango smoothie and spring rolls!

Check out their Facebook here!

โกจ้อย ขนมจีนไก่ทอด (Fried Chicken with Fried Chicken)

Don’t be discouraged by the name! Though the shop makes sure you know fried chicken is their main dish, they also serve up fresh rice noodles and fresh curries every day. According to the reviews, they also serve on-the-house fresh vegetables such as green beans and bean sprout salads, in addition to complementary tea. Of course, while you’re here, you should try the fried chicken!

You can find them here: โกจ้อย, Nuea Khlong, Changwat Krabi 81130, Thailand

เรือนไม้ (Ruen Mai) 

For those looking to indulge in a little bit finer of a dining experience without the fine dining price tag, Ruen Mai is a perfect choice. Reviewers have stated that this restaurant serves some of the best Southern Thai Food they have ever had! Fresh seafood, soups, vegetables, and noodles are also offered in addition to the normal spread of rice, meats, and curries. While you’re here, don’t forget to try the green curry and crispy pork!

You can find them here: Sai Thai, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000, Thailand

Jungle Kitchen

A little bit further from the water, but no less fresh! Wait times here are described as “a bit long”, at 20-30 minutes, but every reviewer agrees it was well worth the wait! Much like the rest of the eateries in Krabi, Thailand, Jungle Kitchen serves fresh vegetables, meats, and curries alongside fresh-made noodles and rice. While you’re here, don’t forget to try the Pineapple Curry!

Find them here! 33 หมู่ 2 ถนน อ่าวนาง Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81000, Thailand

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