As for Krabi town, it is a relaxed place with great food. People do treat it as a staging point. There is nothing much to keep you there but it is pleasant and a good place to visit. I find the town charming and relaxed.
Krabi is known more for its natural beauty and has relatively lesser options for sightseeing. So if you have big checklist to tick off, then you are better off at Phuket .
The Phuket Krabi ferry route connects Phuket Island with Thailand and is currently operated by 2 ferry companies. The Phi Phi Cruiser service runs up to 7 times per week with a sailing duration of around 3 hours 30 minutes while the Tigerline Ferry service runs up to 14 times per week with a duration from 4 hr.
Krabi area or Phi Phi ? Well Railay/Ton Sai is visually more spectacular and has fewer hassles than Phi Phi . But snorkelling off the beach is not as good (although your Phi PHi daytrip from Krabi will take in the good snorkelling spots and visually spectacular areas).
Travel apps. Save money by booking your Krabi journey with Grab ; the ride-sharing app offers cheaper prices than regular taxis and you’ll have an estimate of the fare before your trip even starts.
Average stay: Phuket is relatively expensive as an average hotel stay for 2 people in a 3 or 4-star hotel costs around 10000 THB. Krabi , for the same costs around 5000 THB. Places to stay: If you want a more sophisticated option to stay, then obviously Phuket is better .
How much money will you need for your trip to Krabi ? You should plan to spend around ฿1,486 ($49) per day on your vacation in Krabi , which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ฿367 ($12) on meals for one day and ฿134 ($4.42) on local transportation.
Getting to Phi Phi Island is pretty easy. This group of six islands is located 46km from Phuket and roughly the same distance from Krabi . The ferry is by far the most popular method of reaching the islands. Ferries take about two hours from Phuket and 90 minutes from Krabi or Koh Lanta.
A taxi will cost from $83 for a trip which lasts 1 hour 45 minutes. The Phuket to Krabi distance is 180 km by land, and three times less – by water.
Krabi Day Tour is available both from Phuket and krabi , in Ao Nang area, Tour to explore famous Chicken Island, Tap Island, Pranang Bay and Poda Isl. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, exploring and photography are the main activities to enjoy.
If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Krabi to Phuket Airport . Your trip will be a total of 61 miles (97 km). The flying distance is 46 miles (74 km).
Krabi is famed for its breathtaking karst landscape, and Tiger Cave Temple, or Wat Tham Suea in Thai, is a series of temples that includes a stunning Buddha statue just a mere 1,247 steps up to the summit of a mountain.
Koh Phi Phi is one of the most expensive islands in Thailand, especially for budget accommodation. Even a bed in an 18-bed dorm room can cost you upwards of 1000 baht per night ($33).
Phi Phi is worth an overnight – it really is. I first visited it in the early 90’s (yes it was different then and much more beautiful and relatively pristine – but things change) but went back a few times since (most recently in 2012). On the most recent trip I stayed up at the PPIV for 4 nights and loved it.