Fly To Krabi, Thailand
The southern Thai town of Krabi makes the ideal base from which to explore the province of the same name. Considerably quieter than Phuket, Krabi is characterised by its lush jungles, limestone cliffs and idyllic islands floating just offshore in the Andaman Sea. Buddhist shrines still used by local monks are tucked into the chambers of the town's top attraction, Tiger Cave. The riverside pier links travellers with ferries and longtail boats to the best scuba diving, rock climbing and white sand beaches on the coast.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do not need a Visa to enter Thailand as its Visa free! A valid passport is however required, with at least six months left before expiration.
- The South African Embassy in Thailand is situated at 12th A Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok (about 8.5 hours from Krabi). Telephone: +66 (0)2 659 2900.
See and do
Major attractions to get you started include Hat Noppharat Thara, Ao Nang, Railay and Ko Phi Phi National Park. Then there are beaches such as Phra Nang, islands such as Lanta, Koh Lanta and Phi Phi; Ko Lanta National Park, Khao Phanom Bencha, and Than Bokk-horani national parks; rock climbing at Railay Beach near Aonang and scenic points such as Tiger Cave Temple. Island and beach culture overflows – prepare to enjoy snorkelling, lazing around in the sun, swimming, scuba diving and top it off with a few Singha beers.
Shopping is surprisingly modern and diverse – you can look out for books in all languages in town shops such as Asia Book, electronics in Koh Lanta, fabric in Ao Nang and Nopparattara Beach (the local Batik cloth is especially good for gifts back home), silk from the established shops around town as well as pearls and jewellery. Look out for curios such as sea shells, local handiwork and orchids.
Public transport is busy, decently priced and mostly simple. You can hire cars, scooters or motorbikes, or take motorcycle taxis, tuk-tuks and side-car taxis. You can also grab a shared songtaew ride (much like a bakkie, shared with other passengers), or regular cabs (known as taxi limousines), which are not as cheap but do have air-conditioning.
Krabi Airport – KBV
Krabi Airport is situated about 15km from town, and while it’s not the most modern airport in the world, it has all the basic facilities you need. This airport is a gateway to Thailand’s favourite unspoiled island resorts, with far less crowds than other such areas in the country.
Food and beverage: There is a small coffee shop, a Dairy Queen and a Thai Airways restaurant for refreshments at Krabi Airport.
Currency Exchange: There is a foreign exchange booth (open until the last flight of the day lands) and ATMs.
Lost Luggage: Look for the Lost and Found office in the luggage claim area, or ask at the information desk.
Airport Hotels: Nearby hotels include Lada Krabi Residence, Orange Tree House, Palmari Boutique Hotel and Palm House Apartment.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Europcar, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Krabi Airport (code KBV) is a hub for Thai Airways, which flights to and from Bangkok and various other destinations world-wide.