Krabi Information

Krabi History Krabi is a southern province of Thailand which evidence establishes as having a very ancient history. Glass beads,stone tools and bone,drawings and paintings from pre-historic times,have been found in great number. Pottery remains have been discovered and dated to an era 27 ,000 to 37 ,000 years ago. It is theorized that Krabi is therefore the most ancient settled community in Thailand, having existed from pre- history to the present. The area is said to have been called formerly "Ban Thai Samor", and was one of twelve towns using the monkey on its coat of arms. Subject to the rule of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, who was himself vassal to the King of Thailand, Krabi experienced a period of growth at the beginning of the Rattanakosin period (c. 1782) when Jao Praya Nakorn (Noy) ordered the erection of an elephant stockade there for animals pending shipment to Nakorn Sri Thammarat. Many people followed in his tracks, whose habitations and hamlets grew so numerous the community was divided into three districts : Pakasai, Klong Pon, and Pahklao. This arrangement persisted until 1872, when King Chulalongkorn was pleased to grant Krabi the status of 'Muang', or town. It remained subject to Nakorn, however, as the military chief of Nakorn was appointed first' Jao Muang', roughly equivalent to the word , governor', of Krabi. Then in 1875, Krabi became an independent entity reporting directly to Bangkok.

Present Day Administration Krabi Province is divided into 6 districts and 2 sub-districts. The 6 districts (or "Amphur" as they are called in Thai) are: Muang (Krabi Town) , Kao Panom, Klong Tom, Plai Praya, Lanta, and Ao Luk. The two sub-districts are : Lahm Tap and Nua Klong.

Location Krabi is 814 kms. from Bangkok down Route 4 (the Petch Kasem Highway). It covers an area of 4, 700 sq. kms. and is bordered thus :
On the north: by Phang-Nga and Surat Thani.
On the south: by Trang and the Andaman Sea.
On the east: by Trang and Nakorn Sri Thammarat.
On the west: by Phang-Nga and th.e Andaman Sea.

Geography Krabi is distinguished by mountains, hills, and plains; and there are more than 30 small islands off the coast. The still pristine jungles include white mangrove and mangrove forests. The soil is mostly sandy clay and rich loam, perfect for rubber, palm, cashew nut, coffee, and coconut plantations. Within the Muang district precincts flows the Krabi River, which enters the sea at Tambon Pak Nam. Other streams include: the Pakasai, the Big Krabi (Krabi Yai) , and the Little Krabi (Krabi Noy) , which have their sources in the Panom Benja mountains,Krabi 's largest range of mountains.

Weather Krabi is affected by the northwest monsoon and has only two seasons. The hot season starts in' January and ends in April. The rainy season begins in May and lasts till December. Average temperatures range between 16.9 to 37.3 degrees Celsius. Average rainfall is 2,568.5 mm: yearly.

Places of Interest in Muang District (Krabi Town) Haad Noparatarah-Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park: is spread across Tambon Nong Talay, Sai Thai, Ao Nang, and Pahk Nam. There are many interesting places to visit:

Tourist Attractions in Kao Panom District Kao Panom Benja National Park : lies 20 kms. outside Krabi town along the old market road to Ban Huoy Toe. It covers 50.12 sq.kms. in Kao Panom,Muang (Town) , and Ao Luk District. It is mostly dense forest and rugged hills among which are various interesting spots, such as:

Places of Interest in Klong Tom District

Places of Interest in Lanta District Moo Koh Lanta National Park covers 150 sq.kms. on Lanta Island. It is the furthest point south in Krabi Province and was formerly called 'Pulau Satak' which means in Malay that there are long beaches. Later, both Buddhist and Muslim Thais emigrated to the island in large numbers, which was dazzling, and so from this it came to be called 'Koh Lanta' meaning in English 'Dazzling Island'. There are many important places within the National Park

Places of Interest in Ao Luk District Tharn Boke Koroni Arboretum : covers 37.5 rai in Tambon Ao Luk Tai, about 1 km. from the Ao Luk Nua market intersection on the Ao Luk- Laem Sak road. It is a shady forest with many species of trees Apocyana Pond is at the confluence of several streams running beneath the mountain. Nearby is a copy of Buddha's footprint carved from wood. Also nearby is a shrine dedicated to the local deities, Toh Yuan and Toh Chong.

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