Phuket to Krabi, Phuket Day Trip
How far from Phuket to Krabi via Phang Nga Bay is easy to answer, it’s almost exactly 200km by road. This is a drive along probably the most scenic and attractive coastal region in Asia.
During the last 10 years Krabi, Thailand became a very popular travel and “green” destination. A feast for the eyes, places to relax, beaches, jungle, rock climbing, excellent food, good and very good Krabi hotels of all sizes of wallets, spa’s, friendly people, but the prices are high compared to other tourist spots in southern Thailand, on many items and services up to 3 times the prices they ask in Phuket.
Driving this route opens up some great panoramas of limestone hills densely covered with jungle and all kind of creepers along limestone boulder, see the pics below. Since the road is excellent (2012) because for almost the whole distance it was expanded to a 4 lane highway over the last 3 years its just a Phuket day trip distance to Krabi and Ao Nang which is where most people travel in Krabi Province. The second most travel destination is Phi Phi Islands but that only is accessible by ship.
For the road trip rent a car or take the bus, an alternative could be a scooter or motorbike but road travel in Thailand is very dangerous its better to have some metal for protection around you.
The best on this trip is probably a Phang Nga Bay tour, turn right at the intersection after the Phunga Hotel before reaching Phang Nga Town, the road leads to the visitor center and there are always longtail boats for hire to move around, what to expect is here.
A Phuket trip
Should always include this area. There are also buses leaving from the bus terminal in Phuket town, just tell the driver to stop at the intersection to the visitor center, take a motorbike taxi to travel down. After finished take another one to the intersection back and wait for a bus, there are continuously buses moving back and forward, if you see one just raise the arm, they will stop. Travel in southern Thailand opens up views and panoramas you never saw before. Very popular are day trips offered by travel agents into this area with “James Bond” island as a destination, it’s a nice day trip, but be aware, you won’t be alone there.
The most interesting spot is Phang Nga Bay with a surrealistic water world, beaches, and mangrove forests, this is a Thailand must see. During the last 10 years, Krabi Thailand became a very popular travel and “green” destination. A feast for the eyes, places to relax, beaches, jungle, rock climbing, excellent food, good and very good Krabi hotels for all sizes of wallets, spa’s, friendly people but the prices are higher compared to other tourist spots in southern Thailand, on many items and services up to 2 times the prices they ask in Phuket.
The latter possibility is not on all the time. This Phuket to Krabi sea trip via
Ko Phi Phi Don is mainly offered during high season from November to April.
Krabi to Phi Phi Don boat service leaves daily at 10.30 am. Phuket to Phi Phi daily at 8.30 am and 13.30 pm. This can change, and on top of it, there are several other big ferries and speedboats on the same route for different prices and different time
On the journey
There are basically 2 possibilities to travel to travel from Phuket to Krabi probably during your holiday or vacation in Phuket. One is road travel from Phuket to Krabi via Phang Nga and Ao Luk, the other is to use the Phuket ferry to Phi Phi Island stay there for a day or more and take the other Krabi ferry, probably a speedboat from Phi Phi to Ao Nang. There is no direct ferry boat between Krabi and Phuket, in the water, it goes through Ko Phi Phi Don, usually this is available throughout the year but there are always some exceptions.
The best is from Phuket to Krabi, take a motorbike taxi in Phuket Town and go to Rasada pier and ask, don’t start walking, it’s too far out. As an alternative go to a Pure car rental in Phuket town at Rasada Road and buy the ferry ticket there, they also might supply transportation to the pier and they have all ferries in the program. The positive catch is they do it for, you don’t have any problems and very important! they don’t cheat. They also have all the usual Phuket tours and travel programs on offer, plus hotels, and low price villa and houses in Phuket downtown, all new. etc.
After this ferry information, you will find now a trip description how to go from Phuket to Krabi, this could be easily done via a day trip to Krabi from Phuket since the time from Krabi to Phuket by road is only about 2 hours, but takes some more time, it’s worth it. When you travel from Phuket to Krabi you could also take the bus, it will take about 3 hours. The Phuket to Krabi bus leaves in downtown Phuket bus terminal opposite the Royal Phuket hotel. There is no flight between Phuket and Krabi.