Krabi, a small, relaxed city and good destination to experience Thailand
Krabi is a small city with a population of around 18,000. Located just upriver from the coast, it has no beaches and most visitors make a beeline for Had Yao, Ao Nang or Rai Leh (Railay). Nevertheless, Krabi is a relaxed place which is pleasant enough for travelers to spend a night or two and one can certainly better experience Thailand here than in Ao Nang or the other beach resorts.
Krabi does not have a railway station. Most travelers head to Surat Thani and transfer onto buses to Krabi from there.
Buses run from Krabi's bus terminal at Taladkao. Buses connect Krabi with Surat Thani (with connections to ferries to Ko Samui and the other islands).
Choose your ticket carefully - the trip should take no more than three hours, but some travelers have endured ridiculous ten hour rides (giving thieves ample time to go through the bags underneath the bus, happened to us, too.) which included extensive "repair stops" right in front of restaurants coincidentally affiliated with the bus company... such hassles can be avoided by using state/government-run BKS buses instead of dodgy private operators.
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