Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Krabi Town

The main town of Krabi is located about 30 minutes drive from Klong Muang. Krabi Town reminds me of the small towns in Malaysia. It’s not much different except for some very unique traffic lights! The traffic lights at the Krabi Town Square are held up by ape-men statues to commemorate the archaeological findings of 43,000-year-old human skeletons in the Krabi district.
The main road in Krabi town is filled with rows of shops including food shops where visitors can have a cheap authentic local meal. There are also some food stalls along the pavements for a quick pick-me-up. For visitors who would like to engage in a spot of retail therapy, there’s the Vogue Shopping Mall in the middle of the town. It’s quite small, but adequate I guess. There’s a small supermarket and a Boots pharmacy on the ground floor as well as a KFC and Dunkin’ Donuts.

We also spotted a brand new Wat (temple) being built nearby at the back of a hill.
Away from the main street, there’s also a market opposite the City Hotel. When we were there at 1pm, there were many fruit stalls where the king of fruits, the durian, are sold as well as many other local fruits. A section of the market houses food stalls selling Muslim food. The fragrance of the curries filling the air is really hard to resist! Chao Fa Pier is also located nearby. I’m told that a night market opens every night in Krabi Town where visitors can buy souvenirs and other local foodstuff.

Unfortunately, we were not able to go to Krabi Town at night as again, transportation costs from our resort is really expensive! It costs THB500 per way from the resort which works out to almost RM50 each way!

Finally, there’s also a Big C Shopping Mall and Tesco Lotus (where I’m told there’s lots of great Thai food!) on the way to the airport.

All said, I think Krabi Town is a good location to stay if accessibility is what visitors look for. The only downside is there’s no beach.


Borneo Falcon said...

I start to love Krabi already by looking at your post

Sharon said...

Thanks! Krabi is really a nice place for a holiday ... except transportation will take a big chunk off your budget.