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Krabi, Thailand

Railay beach, Krabi, Thailand
Sunset on Krabi, Thailand
Above: Railay beach, Krabi, Thailand
  • Railay beach, Krabi, Thailand
  • Sunset on Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is located on the west coast of southern Thailand and is situation at the mouth of the Krabi River into the Andaman Sea. In 2002 the population was thought to be approximately 25,000.

Brief History of Krabi:
Coloured paintings, stone tools, pottery and skeletal remains have been found in the many caves around Krabi that are thought to date back to 25,000 - 35,000 BC. In recorded time it is known as 'Ban Thai Samor'.

Approximately 200 years ago, when the capital was finally settled in Bangkok, the Rajah of the area established an elephant kraal in Krabi, this was done to ensure the supply of elephants to the larger towns. Many people began migrating to Krabi because of this and soon 3 districts had been created - Pakasai, Klong Pon and Pak Lao. In 1872 King Chulalongkorn decided to elevate these districts to 'town status' and called them Krabi.

Krabi today is a vibrant and popular tourist destination that mainly attracts those looking for relaxation in beautiful surroundings. Mountainous regions, highlands, plains as well as 130 Islands in the Andaman Sea make up the district of Krabi. The town has friendly local people, excellent food and some amazing beaches nearby. Many visitors to Krabi wish to visit the famous Phi Phi Islands, which are, located approximately 60km offshore. The Phi Phi Islands are much less developed than Krabi and many of the beaches appear almost deserted.

Krabi also plays an important role as the embarkation point for the ferries to the nearby islands of Ko Lanta, Ko Phi Phi and the beaches around Ao Nang.

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