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Krabi: Getting There

The best way to get to Krabi is to fly there. The only other realistic option is by bus, which takes in excess of 12 hours from Bangkok. The train completely by-passes the Andaman coast, so it is not really an option. You can also get to Krabi through Phuket, but this involves either a long boat ride (more than four hours) via Phi Phi, or an even longer over-land journey.

Domestic Airlines Serving Krabi

There are only a couple of domestic airlines currently serving Krabi (airport code: KBV). Domestic travel to the area fell off significantly after the December 2004 tsunami, and hasn't really returned, even though the province was relatively unaffected by the disaster, with the exception of Phi Phi.

Thai Airways
The national flag carrier flies to almost all major tourist destinations. Their web site allows you to view schedules and seat availability. You can book and pay online for paperless travel.
Bangkok Airways
The nation's second carrier is almost solely responsible for developing special destinations such as Samui and Sukhothai. Their now extensive network covers several countries and many of the major world heritage destinations of Southeast Asia. They have some limited e-ticket capability.
Air Asia
Air Asia was the first budget airline to go regional. Based in Malaysia, Air Asia started flying in Thailand in 2002, and has a reputation for offering some of the lowest fares around. Thai destinations include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai and Phuket. The airline also flies from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur and from there on to Bali, Singapore and other destinations. If considering Air Asia, it's important to keep in mind that the fares go up the closer you get to your departure date. To get the cheapest fares you need to book at least three months in advance.

International Airlines Serving Krabi

The airport at Krabi is set up for international traffic, but at last check there were no regular international flights.

 

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