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Useful Krabi Travel Tips to Know – Before Heading Out to Thailand

One of Thailand's popular seaside resorts, Krabi is a sunny escape. In this article you can learn about planning your budget, purchasing SIM cards, and scooter hires, together with other useful Krabi travel tips worth knowing before heading out.


Krabi's most alluring attractions

The most alluring aspect of Krabi is the area's rugged limestone cliffs. The magnificent structures have been attracting rock climbers from across the world, eager to attempt the most difficult climbs such as the ones located on Railay Beach and Ton Sai Beach. Krabi's other attraction is island hopping. And you can book tours from there to go explore Hong Island, Phi Phi Island, Bamboo Island, and Four Islands which consists of Tup Island, Chicken Island, Phra Nang Beach, and Poda Island. For the most alluring stays in Krabi, look for places such as Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort. From these stunning locations, you can easily plan island hopping, scuba diving, and rock-climbing tours, which are amongst the most popular Ao Nang things to do.


Setting aside a daily budget for your Krabi travels

To budget your meals, stick to eating local fare. Thai food is renowned the world over and especially street food has made a mark. However, for those of you wanting to play it safe or those of you who have special dietary needs, there is western fare to be ordered too, although prices will be slightly higher than when you order local favourites. Of course, staying at top Krabi hotels like the international chains will treat you to a variety of choices in choosing the type of food you wish to dine on, with absolutely no qualms about the safety and quality of your food choice.


Currency and money tips when travelling to Krabi

The official currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht. And travellers exchanging US$, Euros, or the GBP will have lots of mileage since exchange rates are very impressive. And you must be aware that the nation, while being a top tourist destination, is not too card friendly, with many places preferring cash transactions. Hence, it's wise to get your currency changed and have some cash in local currency. Also, using the credit card at some places will at times incur an additional 3% on the cost. And while ATMs are available for cash withdrawals, you will have to pay a high withdrawal fee of around 220 Thai Baht (at the time of writing this article) for every withdrawal. The solution is to withdraw a lump sum at once and keep the extra in your Krabi hotel safe and carry around only what is required.


Obtaining a sim card in Krabi

To avoid those ghastly roaming charges, buy yourself a local tourist SIM card as soon as you arrive in the country. You'll be happy to know that the internet is very fast and quite reliable in Thailand. SIM cards are sold at the airport and 7Eleven stores. Here's a tip; SIMS sold at the airport cost a bit more since vendors know that internet deprived travellers will eagerly pay a bit more for a SIM at the airport. Therefore, be smart and hold off your cravings and buy a SIM once you get into the city.


Travelling around Krabi

Transport in Krabi consists of buses, tuk-tuks, and taxis. However, since the area is small, you can easily explore Krabi on foot. The most popular rental vehicle in Krabi is the scooter. If you are a good rider, scooters are ideal for exploring those coastal tracks and hidden villages.