The people are genuinely friendly and helpful and with the new addition of maps located on prominent stands along the pavement, it is easier to find your bearings.
The best way to explore the town is to just walk and see what you can find.
If you are missing the flavor of your home country and need a little comfort food, there are a few restaurants in the town that offer western food. These are usually owned and run by ex pats so the food is excellent.
During the day, there are plenty of noodles and chicken stalls on street corners to keep you going throughout the day, as well as food chains like KFC, Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts all located in the Vogue Department Store, the only one in the city center.
From the boat, Khao Phanom Bencha, Krabi highest mountain, is clearly visible and has a single puffy cloud towering above it.
The waters of the estuary of the Krabi River are calm, the perfect day for a tour of the mangroves; boats from the other direction are full of people from the islands who commute daily to town for shopping, working or simply socializing It is for this and for several other reasons that I love Krabi.
Sooner or later, I always seem to end up back where I started.
It is a charming town, with a more ‘local’ feel to it than the tourist areas.
Some of the best authentic Thai food can be found at the local food markets.
Chao Fa Pier night food market is a good bet, as well as the larger night markets that take over whole streets from dusk.
The town in itself might not be a particularly attractive one in the conventional sense, but it is a real rough diamond that tourists use as a base for visiting the major attractions in the Krabi Province, and save time, hassle and money.
This picturesque city is usually a transport hub for travelers on their way to places such as Ao Nang, Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi and other destinations in the South of Thailand.
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Soi 8 off Maharaj Road is now designated as a pedestrian walking street during 5 to 10 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.