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Krabi

Orientation

The city is wedged into a strip of land surrounded by rivers, tributaries, mangroves and the rural Ko Klang to the east, dramatic limestone cliffs to the west, and the Andaman Sea to the south. Maharaj Road begins at the city centre, near the central market on Maharaj Soi 10, and cuts north and then northwest towards the bus station, which sits a good five km north of the city centre and backpacker area.

Uttarakit Road runs along the Krabi river, roughly parallel to Maharaj Road, before ending at highway 4 to the north of town, which continues in both directions for the length of southern Thailand. Chao Fah pier, with boats departing for Railay and boat tours around Krabi, is located off Uttarakit Road near the city centre. Just south of Chao Fah pier is Thara Park, a large and pleasant riverside stretch of green.

Not to be confused with the pier, Chao Fah Road shoots south from the city centre and runs parallel to Uttarakit. The largest number of guesthouses and hotels are clustered along these two roads, though several are also found in the heart of the city. It's an easy five minute walk from the backpacker area to the city centre.

To the south of town is Khlong Pilat pier, from where boats to Ko Phi Phi depart. Southwest of Krabi town, on the other side of the Chi Lat river, is Su San Hoi (Fossil Shell Beach) and Ao Nammao bay. The latter is the most reliable place to catch longtail boats to Railay (the peninsula is only accessible by boat). Continue northwest from here and you'll hit the beach towns of Ao Nang and Haad Nopphara Thara.

The Krabi hospital is located on Uttarakit Road about a km north of the city centre. The police station, immigration office and central post office are all located to the south of town, just south of city hall on Uttarakit Road. WiFi and computer stations are readily available at most guesthouses and hotels.

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