Driving in Krabi Province is a whole lot more relaxed than in Phuket or Bangkok. The roads are quiet and no one seems to be in a hurry. There’s a fixed-price policy between Ao Nang and Railey Beach when taking a longtail boat, although you’ll have to bargain for other nautical destinations.
If arriving or leaving by sea it's important to note that certain services cease in the monsoon season from May – October. If you really want to experience getting around Thai-style then try a local songtaew – a converted pickup truck; these can also be rented for the day. Both motorcycle and saloon taxis ply these roads.
Rent a Car
Krabi has a good road network, especially around the national parks and local attractions, so hiring a car and driving yourself is easy. Car Hire is available at most hotel desks or travel agents in Krabi. Take a map: road signage is not the best in this province.
Taxis & Local Busses
Open-air buses, (songtaews) converted trucks and motorcycle taxis provide a cheap and efficient public transport service throughout the province. Fares vary according to the destination - whether you're running around town, or travelling from Krabi Town to one of the beach resorts. Services are efficient and regular with buses stopping wherever you want to get on or off.
Better still, rent a Songtaew (taxi truck) to drive you round for the day.
Ferries to Koh Phi Phi & Koh Lanta
From Krabi Town
Krabi Town, as well as being the provincial capital, is also the main harbour for local boat services.
Ferries operate to the Phi Phi Islands, Jum Island and Lanta Island, catch boats from the new pier west of Krabi Town.
Note: Some services stop during the monsoon season (May-October) and are substituted by a combined bus and long-tail boat system which operates from small harbours along the coast.
If you don't want to use this system, a private transfer is the only choice for certain islands like Lanta Island. The two car ferries, which connect the mainland to Lanta Noi and Lanta Yai operate from 07:00 to 19:00. Transfer time from Krabi Town is about two hours.
From Ao Nang/Railay
The coast is also well served by local 'longtail' taxi boats. Fast, reliable and inexpensive, these boats depart from Ao Nang Beach (just go to the seafront) to Railay, Phra Nang and Krabi Town.
Fares average around 50 - 80 Baht depending on your destination and the time of day (more expensive after sunset) The boats operate regularly between Ao Nang and Railey and leave when there are enough passengers. They also operate year round - subject to weather conditions.
Note: Prices of local longtail boats are fixed so don't bother bargaining unless you are hiring the whole boat.