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Our Guide to Getting Around Krabi, Thailand

April 13, 2020
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A visit to Krabi is a glorious experience that can show you the best of what Thailand is known for. However, one aspect of the trip that tourists can have a hard time figuring out is transportation. Coming from a foreign country, you might not be entirely familiar with how the locals get around.

To make the most out of your adventure, you need to be familiar with the transportation options that are available in the region. There are quite a few—just so you know—and each one is better suited for certain occasions. We’ll give you a rundown in this article so you know where to begin.

Most common transportation options

First, let’s outline what those options are in the local tongue. You need to know these terms so that you can easily find these options and make your way around.

  1. Tuk-tuk: These are pretty much iconic in Thailand. It’s a motorized rickshaw with three wheels, and they can carry a maximum of two—or maybe three—passengers at a time.
  2. Samlor: A motorized samlor is a slightly bigger version of the tuk-tuk and is, therefore, able to carry twice the number of passengers at once.
  3. Songtaew: Finally, a songtaew is a four-wheel minitruck that operates much like buses. These have designated routes and stops, but you can hop on and off one at almost any point.

These three represent the most common ways of getting around Krabi. They’re also inexpensive, efficient, and are suited to shorter journeys within towns.

However, there are other, more familiar, ways to get around. There are taxis and the option to rent your own vehicle, and we’ll provide more details on these in the following sections.

Riding in a taxi

Taxis in Krabi provide a convenient—albeit slightly more expensive—option to get you from one place to another. There are sedan and motorbike taxis available, and you can hail one directly on the streets or arrange for a pickup with a service beforehand.

Renting your own vehicle

You can also rent your own private car or motorbike on a per-day basis, and doing so will give you the greatest flexibility and privacy in terms of transportation. You will, of course, need to have the correct driver’s license in order to operate these vehicles.

To and from the airport

If you are headed directly for Krabi from the airport, the best way to complete the journey is by arranging an airport transfer with a taxi service or your chosen accommodations beforehand. You could also hail a ride in a pinch, but we highly encourage you to book ahead of time to ensure your comfort.

Sea travel

We can’t write a guide about getting around Krabi without mentioning the nearby islands that you should definitely pay a visit to. You have two main options in this department: ferries and speed boats. Ferries provide a more comfortable trip than speed boats do, but ferries tend to be slower and could easily double the travel time.


There you have it—the most common and practical ways to travel in Krabi. We hope this guide has given you a clear idea of what to expect so that you can easily plan your trip and guarantee yourself a fantastic time.

The Tubkaak is a boutique resort tucked away in one of the most gorgeous beaches in Krabi. Get in touch with us today if you want to experience the wonder for yourself. We’ll be more than happy to help you get around!