The Best Guide for Digital Nomads in Krabi

Are you looking for a great place to work and play? Look no further than Krabi, Thailand!

I’m a part-time digital nomad who travels a quarter of the year to see and explore places to trek, climb, and visit all while I work in my full-time job. I’ve visited Krabi and other areas in Thailand, and hopefully, I can provide some answers to questions people have when considering Krabi as their next digital nomad destination.

Personally, I picked Krabi because I thought it had the perfect balance of things to do and proximity to amenities. Added bonus is its popularity among backpackers. You may have your own reason why you’re picking Krabi, but either way, let’s dive into our detailed guide for digital nomads in Krabi!

What is Krabi known for?

The name of the province itself was derived from the region’s most popular delicacy, crabs. It is also known for resorts and other water activities like snorkelling. Sport climbing is also gaining traction because of the karst and limestone walls suitable for the sport.

What is the atmosphere in Krabi?

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Krabi has a laid back and slow pace atmosphere. People tend to simply relax and sit by the beach on the afternoons. One of the nomads I’ve met in Krabi described it to be similar to Bali where it is a norm to be late. That said, don’t be surprised if you booked for a tour and they end up showing 15-30 minutes after the scheduled time.

Why be a Digital Nomad in Krabi?

Krabi is popular for digital nomads and remote workers because of its irresistible blend of tropical charm and practical amenities for remote work. If you’re still unsure, here are some reasons why Krabi is great for digital nomads:

  • Ideal Weather: You can enjoy a consistent climate, with temperatures ranging from 75°F to 89°F (24°C to 32°C) throughout the year.
  • Growing Nomad Community: There is a welcoming digital nomad community in Krabi, which is great for networking opportunities and shared experiences.
  • Reliable Wi-Fi: If you pick your accommodations well, you can work seamlessly with fast and reliable Wi-Fi against the backdrop of limestone cliffs and crystal-clear waters.
  • Diverse Activities: Take breaks with activities like rock climbing and island hopping, creating a perfect work-life balance.
  • Friendly Locals: Experience a warm and welcoming atmosphere, thanks to the friendly locals who add to the city’s charm.
  • Cost-Effective Living: Enjoy good value for your money, as Krabi offers an affordable living experience for digital nomads.
  • Strategic Location: Benefit from Krabi’s strategic location, providing easy access to other sought-after destinations in Southeast Asia.

Cost of Living in Krabi

Krabi can be a wallet-friendly environment for digital nomads. Compared to other popular nomad hubs, Krabi is at a relatively moderate expense level. However, the costs varies depending on where you stay in Krabi. It will also depend heavily on what activities you’d like to do in Krabi, so instead of giving a vague breakdown, I’m providing the prices as of February 2023:

Type
Price
Notes
Meal
80 – 120 baht
Add 20 baht for rice. Seafood starts at 200 baht
Accommodations
Private rooms with air-conditioning starts at 1,200 baht. Any private room below that only has fan
We found that accommodations in Railay have vague room descriptions so it’s a good idea. to double check what you’re booking
Transportation
100 – 150 baht per ride
Private chartered boats are around 1,200 baht. You can try to negotiate it down to 500 baht
Laundry
50 – 70 baht per kilogram
A cheaper option would be to just use the washer and dryer
Water
1.5L of water is from 20-40 baht. A 6L jug of water is 45-70 baht
A 1.5L jug can last two days for one person

Additionally, here’s a breakdown of some other key expenditures in USD:

  • Apartment in Prime Area: $500-$800 USD per month
  • Private Room in Hotel/Hostel in Prime Area: $20-$50 USD per night
  • Local Transportation (Bus): $0.50-$1.50 USD
  • Local Transportation (Taxi or Ride-Share App): $5-$10 USD
  • SIM Card: $10-$15 USD per month
  • Grocery Shopping: $150-$250 USD per month
  • Restaurant Meals (International): $10-$20 USD
  • Restaurant Meals (Local): $5-$10 USD
  • Street Food: $2-$5 USD
  • Local Beer: $2-$4 USD
  • Coffee: $1-$3 USD
  • Activities: $20-$50 USD
  • Gym Membership: $30-$50 USD per month

Budget per month (for a couple):

  • Frugal Travelers: $1,000-$1,500 USD
  • Average Travelers: $1,500-$2,500 USD
  • Luxury Travelers: $2,500-$4,000 USD

Best Time to Visit Krabi for Digital Nomads

Krabi enjoys a tropical climate, with warm temperatures and occasional rain showers. The best months to visit are typically from November to March, offering pleasant weather for both work and play.

Dry Season (November to March)

Pros: Mild temperatures, lower humidity, and minimal rainfall
Cons: Peak tourist season can lead to higher accommodation prices, and attractions can be very crowded

Hot Season (April to May)

Pros: Warm temperatures are ideal for beach activities and exploration.
Cons: Higher temperatures and occasional heavy rain showers can be less conducive for remote work

Wet Season (June to October)

Pros: Lower accommodation costs and fewer tourists make it an economical choice.
Cons: Frequent rain and potential storms may disrupt outdoor activities, impacting the overall experience.

My Experience in February

During my visit to Krabi in February, the weather was delightful, featuring mild temperatures and lower than average humidity. The dry season was in full swing, offering clear skies and gentle breezes. This made outdoor activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, and island tours, a joy.

However, it’s a different story for working from there, I found it difficult to concentrate when working given the humidity levels and temperature especially in Railay Beach. If you’re coworking, I would recommend spending most of your time in Koh Lanta or Ao Nang. There’s definitely digital nomads in the area as evident by popular coworking spaces.

Keep in mind that February tends to attract more tourists, so it’s advisable to book accommodations and plan activities in advance to make the most of your stay.

How long to stay in Krabi?

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We only stayed for a week, but we could have stayed longer in the area to do all the other activities.

To be able to experience and have some downtown in this paradise, you’ll need at least two weeks. You can fit a lot in one week like we did but we had to pick and choose our activities.

If you are traveling and working at the same time, a month is ideal. You can do a lot in the mornings and leave the afternoon and evenings for work. It’s a perfect schedule.

Transportation – How to Get to Krabi

Getting to Krabi is a breeze, typically involving a flight to Krabi International Airport. From there, you can take the shuttle bus to reach your accommodation in the city. Note that taxis are limited at the airport due to its distance from Ao Nang and Krabi Town, and the shuttle bus can be slow with lengthy waits, so arrive early!

What airlines fly to Krabi?

There are three budget airlines that regularly take tourists to Krabi:

  • Thai Airways
  • Air Asia
  • Thai Smile Air

Keep an eye on deals since these also come up occasionally. It’s also recommended to book at least a month in advance to get a decent price. Krabi is a very popular destination in Thailand, so it’s highly likely that demand is high and booking earlier is better.

We waited two weeks before we had to be there to book and all direct flights were sold out. The price also doubled in the two weeks we waited.

What airport do you fly into Krabi?

Krabi International Airport (KBV) is the closest airport to Krabi and surrounding areas.

The evening flights are the most popular option so expect the airport to be busy if you choose a flight anytime after 5pm. When we showed up, there were at least three other planes that arrived within an hour.

I would recommend taking an earlier flight if you prefer less crowds and if you’d like to get to your accommodation sooner. With the larger crowd, you can expect that luggage pick-up will take longer and longer waiting times for the public shuttle because of the queue. In our experience, the wait time can be as long as an hour and a half, to the point that it may be justifiable to just take a taxi.

But then, there is not much for taxis in the evening so it may be wise to book your transportation in advance if you can.

Transportation from Krabi Airport

Public shuttles are similar to collectivos in South America where they passengers will have to wait until the shuttle is full. It’s cheaper than taxis at 150 baht per person. You can however get taxis or cabs for 600 baht, which will be a better offer if there’s at least four of you or if you value your time more.

I would recommend getting a cab if you take the evening plane because there will be a long wait time for the public shuttle. In our case, our plane arrived at 8:30 PM but we did not get to our hotel until two hours later

Transportation – Getting Around Krabi

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Once in Krabi, getting around is convenient with various transportation options. Taxis and ride-sharing apps offer flexibility and comfort, but they can be pricier. Local buses are a budget-friendly alternative, while giving an idea of what it’s like to live here. Additionally, renting a scooter or motorbike is a popular choice for exploring at your own pace, although it requires confidence in going with the local traffic.

Summary of Transportation Options:

  • Taxis/Ride-Sharing Apps:
    • Pros: Convenient and comfortable.
    • Cons: Can be expensive, especially for longer distances.
    • Cost: $5-$20 USD, depending on the distance.
  • Local Buses:
    • Pros: Budget-friendly and a cultural experience.
    • Cons: Schedules may not always align with your plans.
    • Cost: $1-$2 USD per trip.
  • Scooter/Motorbike Rental:
    • Pros: Freedom to explore independently. Ideal for day trips if you want to hit multiple places all at once.
    • Cons: Requires confidence in navigating local traffic; helmet use is essential.
    • Cost: $5-$10 USD per day plus fuel. A full tank is around 100 baht ($2.50 USD). We paid 250 baht per day for our rental ($6 USD) although could be higher in Ao Nang.
    • If you want to go for the cheapest option, you can also drive yourself and rent a motorbike for a day. It will cost you around 250 baht plus fuel. A full tank is around 100 baht. I’d recommend this option for day trips or if you want to hit multiple places all at once
  • Songthaews:
    • These trucks are everywhere in Thailand. They can be in the form of a pickup truck whose carryboy have two benches for passengers and a cover for shade, or a red truck specifically designed with two benches inside. These vehicles have their routes listed on the truck itself so you’ll know what you’re getting into.
  • Tuk-tuks:
    • These are similar to “tricycles” in the Philippines where they have motorbikes at the front and passenger car at the back. They are usually more expensive compared to songthaews, so it is recommended to bargain before hopping into one. A rule of thumb to follow is to start bargaining half the price they said and work your way up from there.
  • Samlor:
    • This is similar to a tuk tuk except that it has a side car. Unlike tuk tuks though, they charge per passenger.
  • Motorbike Taxis:
    • I’ve never realized this was an option until I noticed locals in their bikes would constantly slow down, say something, and point at their bikes. It took me a while to realize that they’re asking me if I need a ride. I look like a local after all, but unfortunately I do not speak Thai.
  • Long-Tail Boats:
    • These is the most common way to get to the islands with regular departures. They work in a similar way like that of a songthaew where they wait until the vehicle is full.
  • Minivans:
    • The airport shuttles are also the same as the minivans that provide cheap transportation between the main areas of Krabi.

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Where to Stay in Krabi

There’s plenty of areas to stay in Krabi, although we, Railay, Ao Nang, Koh Lanta, Tonsai are our top picks.

Best Areas in Krabi

Krabi Town
Krabi Town is the closest you can get to experiencing how it’s like to live like a local. There’s vibrant markets for food and landmarks like the Krab statue. Accommodations are more affordable here, making it an ideal choice for remote workers or people looking to stay long term. However, it lacks direct beach access and there isn’t much to do here, which is a big downside for us.

Ao Nang
Known for its stunning beaches and lively atmosphere, Ao Nang is a popular choice for digital nomads, backpackers, and party-goers. The area is full of party hostels, and provides easy access to island hopping tours and boasts vibrant nightlife. Keep in mind that it can be crowded, and prices are relatively higher compared to other areas.

Railay Beach
Railay Beach has breathtaking scenery and opportunities for rock climbing and other outdoor activities. While its pristine beaches and relaxed ambiance are major highlights, accessibility is limited to boat transport. It’s a perfect retreat for those who want to enjoy the beaches in the morning and have some night life in the evening. We preferred staying in Railay West, being more budget friendly compared to the touristic Railay East.

Klong Muang
For a quieter experience than Ao Nang, Klong Muang offers beautiful beaches and luxury resorts. The atmosphere is serene, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer a more laid-back environment. However, nightlife options are limited compared to busier areas.

Tubkaek Beach
Tubkaek Beach is known for its stunning sunset views. It’s an ideal location for relaxation, offering luxury resorts to enhance your experience. Keep in mind that dining and shopping options are more limited compared to busier areas.

Koh Lanta

Those who want to get away from the crowds will enjoy staying in Koh Lanta because of its distance from busier areas like Ao Nang and Railay, while still maintaining the infrastructure required for remote workers and digital nomads. Trusted sources recommended staying here if you’re slowmading or traveling at a slower pace while being near the beach.

Tonsai

Another quiet area in Krabi which is in the same island where Railay Beach is. Most people who stay here are climbers because of the sport climbing routes available in the area. You’ll see them scaling the karst walls of Tonsai in the morning and chilling by the beach in the afternoon. Note that wifi can be limited at some points of the day, so Tonsai is not the most ideal spot for digital nomads.

Personal Experience Staying in Krabi Town, Ao Nang, and Railay Beach

We stayed in three areas while in Krabi. We picked them based on proximity to amenities, ease of travel, and things to do.

Krabi Town
We enjoyed the local vibe but missed the beach access. Plus it did no help that there’s not much to do in this town.

Ao Nang
We loved the lively atmosphere and beach access but found it crowded during peak times. Some travelers actually stay at Ao Nang to save on accommodation costs and they just do day trips to Railay beach, but I would advise against this if you plan to visit Railay Beach multiple times because the costs do add up

Railay Beach
If you’re here primarily as a tourist and second as a remote worker, then Railay Beach will be best because of its breathtaking scenery and the number of things you can do, despite its limited accessibility.

Where to Stay in Krabi

Pop-in hostel in Ao Nang

1. Pop-in Hostel Ao Nang (Ao Nang):
Affordable and centrally located, Pop-in Hostel Ao Nang is ideal for budget-conscious travelers, digital nomads, and remote workers. We stayed in a private room with private washroom. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the hostel, and the staff was friendly for booking tours and answering our questions upon arrival. Just a few minutes walk to Ao Nang Beach the location was perfect.

2. Pak-Up Hostel (Krabi Town):
Known for its lively social atmosphere, Pak-Up Hostel is a great choice for those seeking a vibrant community. We stayed in a private room with private washroom. The hostel is in a prime location, close to the night markets of Krabi Town.

3. Railay Rapala Rock Wood Resort (Railay Beach):
With a beachfront location, Railay Rapala Rock Wood Resort is perfect for those looking for a serene and scenic retreat. We stayed in a private room and shared bathroom. The staff is very accommodating and facilities are well-maintained. Even if it’s beside a party hostel, our room was quiet so would recommend staying there. I wouldn’t recommend working from here though, as the wi-fi is spotty.

Finding Apartment Rental in Krabi

To find apartment rentals in Krabi, consider exploring online platforms such as Airbnb and local Facebook groups like “Krabi / Ao Nang Locals” or “Krabi Aonang Real Estate“. These resources often feature a variety of rental options, from short-term stays to more extended arrangements, providing flexibility for remote workers, expats, and digital nomads seeking accommodation in Krabi.

How far in advance should you be booking for accommodations?

We’ve seen people walk from one place to another to see if they can get last minute accommodations. But if you want a stress-free stay, book in advance. I would recommend booking at least a month in advance. We’ve tried booking a week in advance and was left with less than ideal rooms in good hostels.

Where to Buy a SIM Card in Krabi

Getting a SIM card in Krabi is a straightforward process, making it easy to stay connected. You can purchase a SIM card from various local shops, 7-Elevens, or even at the airport upon arrival.

When it comes to SIM card options in Krabi, a few major providers stand out. AIS, TrueMove H, and dtac offer reliable coverage across the region. Each has its pros and cons, with AIS known for wide coverage, TrueMove H for high-speed internet, and dtac for competitive pricing. Data plans vary, so you can choose according to your usage needs, ranging from short-term to monthly options.

Check our dedicated article below for more in-depth details on our personal experience.

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Krabi Internet Speeds

Have you ever wondered how fast the internet is in Krabi?

The average internet speed in Krabi is around 30 Mbps, providing a decent online experience for remote workers, expats, and digital nomads.

At the top cafes in Krabi, you can expect internet speeds averaging around 20-40 Mbps, making them suitable spots for remote work and online meetings.

In apartments and hotels/hostels, internet speeds can range from 10 to 50 Mbps, depending on the accommodation. It’s advisable to inquire about the internet speed when booking to ensure it meets your work requirements.

For efficient work as a digital nomad, a minimum internet speed of 10 Mbps is usually recommended. However, for smoother video calls and handling larger files, opting for a speed closer to 20 Mbps or higher would ensure a more seamless remote work experience.

Krabi Coworking Spaces

One of the best coworking spaces in Krabi is Lekker Cafe in Krabi Town. Located centrally, it offers a cozy and productive atmosphere. Situated in Krabi Town, it’s easily accessible, surrounded by supermarkets, grocery stores, and restaurants. Lekker Cafe serves a variety of affordable meals, including vegetarian options, so you might not need to leave the space during your workday. With an outdoor area for smoking and accessible electrical outlets, Lekker provides a convenient working environment.

However, being a blend between a restaurant and a coworking space, there are drawbacks. Some desks and chairs may not be comfortable for extended work periods, and the ambiance can get somewhat loud as some patrons come to mingle rather than work.

There is no fee for working at Lekker Cafe, only the expectation to order food and drinks.

Another popular coworking space in Ao Nang is Phansa Space, which offers hot desks and private desks with a quiet garden terrace on the second floor for relaxation. It provides high-speed Wi-Fi, and amenities include coffee, tea, and cold beverages. Catered meals from a nearby Thai/Western food restaurant are available, and there’s free parking on-site.

Best Cafes in Krabi for Remote Work

Here are the 3 best cafes in Krabi, each with its unique charm:

  1. Zoo Cafe in Krabi Town: Zoo Cafe, a cute little spot in the heart of Krabi Town, is surrounded by hotels and hostels, making it convenient for those staying nearby. With its eclectic decor, it creates a vibrant and creative atmosphere. The cafe is open every day from 8 am to 4 pm, making it a perfect daytime workspace.
  2. Cafe 8.98 in Ao Nang: Cafe 8.98 offers a cozy and relaxed setting, perfect for focused work. The cafe is known for its specialty coffee and friendly ambiance. Located in Ao Nang, it provides a comfortable space away from the downtown hustle.
  3. Sprucy Cafe in Krabi Town: Sprucy Cafe, located just outside the downtown area, is gaining popularity for serving some of the best coffee in Krabi Town. With a separate coworking area in the back, it offers a peaceful environment for remote work. The cafe is open every weekday from 7:30 am to 6 pm and from 8:30 am to 7 pm on weekends.

Essential things good cafes need for digital nomads include reliable plug-ins, fast and stable Wi-Fi, friendly and accommodating baristas, a comfortable and well-ventilated workspace, and reasonable prices. These elements contribute to a positive and productive remote work experience in cafes.

Is There a Digital Nomad Community in Krabi?

Wondering if Krabi has a digital nomad community? Absolutely!

Being a digital nomad can have its downfalls, but having a community can provide invaluable support, offering connections, advice, and a sense of belonging in a foreign place.

The local digital nomad community in Krabi is diverse and welcoming, fostering a collaborative environment where individuals can share experiences and resources.

The best places to meet new people in the digital nomad community include coworking spaces like Lekker Cafe and Phansa Space, as well as popular cafes such as Zoo Cafe and Sprucy Cafe.

Joining Facebook groups like Krabi / Ao Nang Locals is a great way to connect with fellow digital nomads in Krabi. Looking into the future, the digital nomad scene in Krabi is likely to thrive, with an increasing number of remote workers discovering the beauty of this region and the benefits of a supportive community.

Krabi ATMs & Making Payments

Most places in Krabi primarily accept cash, so it’s advisable to have local currency on hand. This includes local establishments such as street vendors and most markets. However, larger establishments, hotels, and some restaurants in tourist areas usually accept credit cards.

The most common and often recommended ATMs in Krabi are those affiliated with major banks like Krung Thai Bank, which generally have lower fees. I would advise staying away from currency exchange booths to avoid being overcharged, and just use ATMs.

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Where to Buy Groceries in Krabi

The best supermarkets for buying groceries in Krabi are Tesco Lotus and Big C, both readily available and located close to the city center. In Ao Nang, check out Makro Food Service for the best selection.

Tesco Lotus Krabi Town: Tesco Lotus offers a wide variety of products and is known for its convenience. However, prices can be slightly higher compared to other options.

Big C Krabi Town: Big C is another excellent choice, providing a diverse selection of groceries at competitive prices. It’s a popular destination for both locals and expats.

Makro Food Service Ao Nang: Makro Food Service is a convenient option. It offers a range of food products, including bulk items, making it suitable for those looking to stock up.

For a more local experience, explore the local markets and smaller shops, especially in Krabi Town, offering fresh produce and unique items.

Foods and Drinks to try in Krabi

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  • Horseshoe crab salad
  • Green curry
  • Massaman curry
  • Panang Curry
  • Laarb
  • Duck Noodle Soup
  • Stir-fried Spicy Seabass with Fingerroot

Where to Eat in Krabi

One of our favorite hobbies while traveling is trying different cuisines from around the world. During our time in Krabi, we were quite impressed with the food, specifically the abundance of local markets and southern Thai curries.

When it comes to street food vendors in Krabi, explore the lively night markets in Krabi Town and Ao Nang are a must. These markets offer a variety of local delights, such as Pad Thai, Satay, and fresh fruit smoothies. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the authentic flavors of Krabi from these bustling street food stalls.

If you’re a market enthusiast like me, Krabi has several night markets to explore:

  1. Poo Dam Night Market: This easy and local market was our favorite due to its quieter nature and offers a variety of fresh produce and food, including Som Tam, meat skewers, fish cakes, curries, soups, mango sticky rice, fried vegetables, Thai-style donuts, pad Thai, and more.
  2. Chao Fah Pier Night Market: A mini-cluster of outside restaurants offering plastic chairs and metal tables. Opening around 5 pm, it features a plethora of Thai dishes, including fried rice, curry, Thai pancakes, fruit shakes, and fresh seafood.
  3. Walking Street Krabi Town Night Market: This weekend market sells food, clothes, and other items, with live performances. Try the “Baan Toy,” a pad Thai in an egg crepe, savory bean buns, fresh veggie spring rolls, fruit shakes, omelet on rice, satay, kebabs, and the heavenly homemade coconut ice cream.
  4. Maharat Morning Market: An early morning market offering fresh fruits and vegetables. Perfect for experiencing local life or grabbing food at an ungodly hour.

Krabi’s night markets are budget-friendly, with prices ranging from 10-50B for various dishes. These markets offer a diverse culinary experience, making them a must-visit during your stay.

Can you drink tap water in Krabi?

No, you cannot drink tap water in Krabi.

It is recommended to buy filtered water, or stay in accommodations that offer filtered water. We tried bringing a Lifestraw bottle thinking that we can get away with it but it does not filter out viruses from water.

Nightlife in Krabi

The nightlife in Krabi Town is pretty tame, offering a few bars and some chill reggae spots. If you’re seeking a livelier scene, I recommend heading to Ao Nang.

For those who really want to get down, consider making a short trip to Koh Phi Phi for the weekend and partying as long as you can handle. On the other side of the Krabi province, Long Beach on Koh Lanta is usually where the party is at.

Shopping in Krabi

Krabi offers diverse shopping experiences for every taste. In Krabi Town, explore the local markets for unique finds, from handmade crafts to traditional Thai souvenirs. Don’t miss the vibrant night markets, where you can immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and shop for local goods.

For a more extensive shopping spree, head to Ao Nang, known for its bustling shopping streets. Here, you’ll find a mix of local boutiques, international brands, and souvenir shops. Whether you’re looking for clothing, accessories, or souvenirs, Ao Nang has you covered.

If you’re into beachwear and island vibes, consider a trip to the nearby islands like Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. These destinations offer beachfront markets with a laid-back atmosphere, perfect for picking up beach essentials and unique island-inspired items.

As you explore the shopping scene in Krabi, remember to haggle for the best deals in markets and enjoy the variety of products the region has to offer. Happy shopping!

Does Thailand have a Digital Nomad Visa?

For entering Thailand, you typically get a visa exemption for 30 days upon arrival. If you wish to stay longer, you may need to apply for a visa extension or consider other visa options.

If you’re an expat, a remote worker, or a digital nomad thinking of extending your stay, check out our detailed article below on the various Thailand Digital Nomad Visa options. It provides valuable insights into the application process, requirements, and benefits of each visa, offering a hassle-free experience during your time in the Land of Smiles.

Health Care in Krabi & Emergency Contact Info

Health care in Krabi is generally good, with several clinics and hospitals available. In case of emergencies, Krabi Hospital, located in Krabi Town, is a reputable medical facility.

Emergency Contact Numbers:

  • Police: 191
  • Hospital: 1669
  • Tourist Assistance: 1155
  • U.S. Embassy: +66 2 205 4049 (Bangkok)

Dental care in Krabi is accessible, with costs for routine check-ups and basic procedures ranging from $30 to $100, depending on the complexity of the treatment.

For drug and medicine providers, local pharmacies in Krabi offer a variety of medications. Basic over-the-counter medicines may cost around $5 to $10, while prescription medications’ prices can vary.

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Where to Do Your Laundry in Krabi

Ever had laundry issues while traveling? I definitely have!

Doing laundry in Krabi is relatively easy, and you have a choice between having it done at your hotel/hostel or using a designated laundromat. Both options are reliable, but laundromats can be more cost-effective.

Here’s a list of some of the best laundromats:

  • Otteri Wash & Dry (Krabi Town)
  • Laundry Bar (Krabi Town)
  • Image Wash (Ao Nang)
  • Easy Coin Laundry (Ao Nang)

In our experiences while traveling, there’s always that one item that seems to go missing when we have our laundry done by others. To avoid this, consider doing a quick inventory of your items before handing them over.

Do you Need to Speak Thai in Krabi?

You can get by with just English in Krabi, especially in tourist areas. However, some less touristy places might be challenging without Thai.

It’s always good to speak a bit of the local language to enhance your overall experience and potentially get better deals. Learning some key phrases can make your stay more enjoyable and culturally immersive:

  1. Hello – สวัสดี (Sawasdee)
  2. Thank you – ขอบคุณ (Kob kun)
  3. How much? – เท่าไหร่ (Tao rai)
  4. Where is…? – ที่ไหน (Tee nai)
  5. Goodbye – ลาก่อน (La korn)
  6. Excuse me/ Sorry – ขอโทษ (Khor toht)
  7. Yes – ใช่ (Chai)
  8. No – ไม่ (Mai)
  9. I don’t understand – ฉันไม่เข้าใจ (Chan mai khao jai)
  10. Help! – ช่วยด้วย (Chuai duay)
  11. I need… – ฉันต้องการ (Chan dtong gaan)
  12. What time is it? – กี่โมงแล้ว (Gee mong laew)
  13. Where is the bathroom? – ห้องน้ำที่ไหน (Horng naam tee nai)
  14. I’m lost – ฉันหลงทาง (Chan long tang)
  15. Can you recommend a good restaurant? – คุณแนะนำร้านอาหารที่ดีไหม (Khun nae nam raan ahaan tee dee mai)

Even a few basic phrases can go a long way in fostering positive interactions and making your time in Krabi more rewarding.

Is Krabi Safe for Digital Nomads?

Krabi is generally a safe destination for digital nomads.

Before visiting, it’s important to be aware of common safety practices. While Krabi is relatively safe, like any other place, it’s recommended to stay vigilant, especially in crowded areas. Keep an eye on your belongings, be cautious with valuables, and familiarize yourself with local customs to ensure a smooth and secure experience during your stay.

Activities & Things to Do in Krabi

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Here’s a list of some of our favorite Krabi activities:

  • Railay Beach Adventure: Explore the stunning Railay Beach known for its limestone cliffs, white sand, and vibrant nightlife.
  • Four Islands Tour: Embark on a boat tour visiting Phra Nang Cave Beach, Chicken Island, Tup Island, and Poda Island for snorkeling and relaxation.
  • Tiger Cave Temple Hike: Challenge yourself with a hike to Wat Tham Sua, offering panoramic views of Krabi and its surroundings.
  • Island-Hopping to Phi Phi Islands: Discover the famous Phi Phi Islands for snorkeling, diving, and enjoying the crystal-clear waters.
  • Thung Teao Forest Natural Park: Visit the park to see the iconic Emerald Pool and take a walk through the enchanting forest.
  • Kayaking in Ao Thalane: Paddle through the mangrove forests and limestone cliffs for a serene kayaking experience.
  • Night Market in Krabi Town: Immerse yourself in local culture by exploring the vibrant night market, offering delicious street food and unique souvenirs.
  • Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail: Take a hike through the Tab Kak Hang Nak Nature Trail to witness breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Rock Climbing at Tonsai Bay: Challenge yourself with rock climbing at Tonsai Bay, a popular spot for climbers of all levels.
  • Sunset at Phra Nang Beach: Enjoy a breathtaking sunset at Phra Nang Beach, known for its stunning views and the Princess Cave.
  • Morning Kayak at Railay Beach: Start your day with a peaceful morning kayak at Railay Beach, exploring the beauty of the coastline.
  • Eat Southern Thai Curries: Indulge in the flavors of Southern Thai cuisine by trying local curries, known for their rich and spicy taste.
  • Hike to Phra Nang Bat Cave: Embark on a hike to Phra Nang Bat Cave for an adventurous exploration.
  • Khlong Thom Hot Springs: Relax and rejuvenate at the Khlong Thom Hot Springs, known for their therapeutic properties.
  • Chill at Koh Lanta: Unwind on the beautiful island of Koh Lanta, known for its serene beaches and laid-back atmosphere.
  • Dragon’s Crest (Ngon Nak Nature Trail): Hike to the Dragon’s Crest on the Ngon Nak Nature Trail for spectacular views.
  • Walk through the Mangroves to Khao Khanab Nam Cave: Explore the mangroves and visit the Khao Khanab Nam Cave for a unique experience.
  • East Railay Viewpoint and Hidden Lagoon Hike: Take a challenging hike to the East Railay Viewpoint and Hidden Lagoon for panoramic scenery.
  • Ao Nang Beach: Relax and enjoy the sun at Ao Nang Beach, a popular spot for beach lovers.
  • Monkey Trail Hike in Ao Nang: Embark on the Monkey Trail Hike in Ao Nang for an adventurous trek.
  • Watch a Muay Thai Match: Experience the excitement of Muay Thai by watching a live match.
  • Jungle Trail from Railay Beach to Tonsai Bay: Hike through the jungle trail from Railay Beach to Tonsai Bay for a scenic adventure.
  • Khao Phanom Bencha National Park: Explore the hiking trails and natural beauty of Khao Phanom Bencha National Park.

These diverse activities offer a mix of adventure, nature, relaxation, and culinary delights, ensuring a well-rounded and enjoyable experience in Krabi.

Finishing Thoughts on Digital Nomads in Krabi

If you love the seas and enjoy water sports, Krabi should be on your radar. There’s plenty of things to do especially if you’re into snorkeling, climbing, or even kayaking. Plus, it’s also fairly affordable and food is just hard to beat.

If you’ve been to Krabi and have something to share, let us know in the comments below!


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