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Krabi Town, A More Local Side

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Krabi Town, located only a short jaunt from Ao Nang, is the heart of Krabi province and offers tourists a glimpse into another side of life of locals.

Krabi is a melting pot of cultures, races, and nationalities. 95% of the people who live in Krabi town are Thai people, but they come from a diverse background. In fact, a growing number of descendants are the offspring of Chinese migrant workers who came to Krabi more than a century ago in search of a better life for themselves and their families. These migrant workers they brought with them a wide range of goods, practices, and traditions which have now become everyday essential parts of the society of the town. You can see a number of Chinese temples which dot the town.

Krabi Town MueangSurprisingly, a large number of Thailand’s population is ethnic Chinese. A huge number of Chinese emigrated from China from the 18th century into the 1950’s. The people who fled were typically peasants and field workers and laborers. They were fleeing China due to famine, starvation, wars, and political corruption. These souls were looking for a better life with better opportunities, and they found these things in Southeast Asia, the Americas, South Africa, and Australia. The Chinese that fled to these places established themselves insmall communities and formed many of the famous China towns throughout the world.

Krabi Tiger Cave TempleAlthough Krabi has no official “Chinatown,” it does have a certain Chinese influence. In addition, Krabi town has so much to offer and explore. We’re going to try to cover some of the must-visit spots, but it’s a difficult task to cover them all. So get on a motorbike (or car) and get to Krabi town yourself and see what this place has to offer.

Restaurants in Krabi Town

Viva Restaurant

Twenty years ago, Renato was a backpacking man and decided to set his roots down in Krabi. He did what any Italian man who loved good food, wine, and company would do – open an Italian restaurant. Since its inception, Viva has become one of the town’s go-to spots for real Italian food, from the freshly baked homemade bread and pizza dough to the tiramisu and all the pizza and sauce in between, it’s a feast each time you visit Viva.

Open daily from 11 am – 11 pm

Located next to the Thai Hotel behind the Vogue Department Store

GPS: 8.063330, 98.917201

Cafe Europa

was founded by a couple of Scandinavian friends more than 15 years ago when Krabi was still in its burgeoning stages as a tourist destination. Cafe Europa was one of the only places one could find quality European food and the only place you could find Scandinavian food. Come by and try some of their gamut open bread sandwiches, wash it all down with some schnapps, and then enjoy the tuk* tuk* and the screech of bikes and cars wiz by in the distance.

Open daily from 10 am – 6 pm

Located behind the Yamaha dealership at the beginning of Maharat road

GPS: 8.061089, 98.915561

Esan Esan

Now are you looking to try something else Thai, but not another curry? We know the feeling and that’s why we recommend this fantastic restaurant located close to the bus station. Owner operated and friendly staff filling the dining area, this place serves some of the best Thai food the country has to offer. The ambiance is wonderful – each table is separated into distinct bungalow salas which offer a certain privacy for diners.

Open Friday – Wednesday (closed Thursday) from 11 am – 9 am

Located on Juthamet Road road

GPS: 8.093269, 98.906811

Ruen Mai

Now if there ever was a quintessential Thai restaurant in Krabi you simply cannot miss, this is it! Ruen Mai means “Old wooden house,” and is a friendly meeting spot. Ruen man is made out of bamboo. The roof of the restaurant resembles that of a wizards hat and the grounds and restaurant are filled with organic vegetables grown by the staff for the restaurant.

Open daily from 11 am – 3 pm and from 5 pm – 9 pm

Located on the road to Krabi town (from Ao Nang)

GPS: 8.087637, 98.881831

Shopping Spots in Krabi Town

Krabi Exotic Decor

Looking to bring something back from your travels which can really change the feeling and energy of a room in your house? Look no further than Krabi Exotic Decor. With goods ranging from table top vases to entire bureaus, Krabi Exotic Decor can give any space an entirely new look. They offer shipping back to your country of origin, so don’t worry if you worry about luggage space.

Open daily from 9 am – 5 pm

Located close to Chao Fah pier directly opposite Topp Caroen

GPS: 8.063139, 98.918232

Krabi Town Vogue

Vogue Department Store

For all your general shopping needs, spread out over four floors, the Vogue Shopping Mall offers you excellent selection and more. Ground floor is primarily jewelry, sunglasses, and other odds and ends, first floor is women’s wear, a number of restaurant such as Swensen’s, KFC, and The Pizza Company, the second floor is all baby stuff and men’s clothing. Finally, the fourth floor is reserved for gym, fitness, and active gear (spandex, basketballs, etcetera). Overall, Vogue is your go-to shop for general shopping needs.

Open daily 9 am – 9 pm

GPS: 8.064146, 98.915421

Village Outlet

Looking for new jeans, sneakers, hats, or speedo swimsuits? The Village Outlet has got you covered! You can find everything you need and more at the Village Outlet if you’re looking for nothing “Thai” style. Here is only a short list of some of the many brands you can find at The Outlet Village: Ralph Lauren, Polo, Levi and Strauss, Timberland, Dr. Scholls, Nike, Puma, Converse and so much more.

Open daily 10 am – 6 pm

Located on Pekasam road (the way to the airport)

GPS: 8.109266, 98.932888

Souvenir Shop

Located beside Krabi River, this little souvenir shop is truly a backpacker’s dream. Canvas backpacks and shoulder bags, elephant pants, mango wood bowls, and so much more. You’re bound to find anything you or your friends will love.

Open daily from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Located next to the Art of Tea on Uttarakit road

GPS: 8.063393, 98.917750

Other Areas of Interest in Krabi

Wat Geaw

Located in the downtown area of Krabi town (or “Muang” as it is called in Thai) Wat Geaw rests atop a hill overlooking the main street going through the heart of Krabi. The temple is home to more than 30 monks. The temple is also home to more than20 dogs and cats whom are looked after by the monks. The temple is open 24/7, but the best time to come for a visit is around 5:30pm.

GPS: 8.062688, 98.91445

Andaman Art Museum

The Andaman Art Museum opened to the public in 2015. Since then, it has been a breeding ground for creativity – not only for local artists and students, but a number of international events have been held at the museum over the past year. Check out the ongoing exhibits which highlight photography, oil painting, and sculpture.

Open daily 9 am – 5 pm

Located on Maharat Road near the tiger traffic lights

GPS: 8.070559, 98.913270

Thara Park

Thara Park offers a good range of outlets for all ages. A running track allows you to get your exercise while the jungle gym is a perfect place for kids to monkey around on and play freely. The park is easily accessibly but still fenced off from the main road so it is safe for kids.

Located close to Chao Fah Pier

GPS: 8.051651, 98.918476

Krabi Town Walking Street

Waking Street

Walking Street is a great place to spend any weekend evening. There is shopping, dining, and a small event every night for visitors to enjoy as they gorge themselves on the huge range of Thai dishes. Try traditional Pad Thai or more exotic dishes such as fried squid or doner kebab, and much more. Be advised – Walking Street is very!

Open Friday – Sunday from 7 pm – 10 pm

GPS: 8.063906, 98.916171

Krabi town is a place full of life, shops, restaurants, rivers, nature, and much more. It’s truly a great place to see a different side of the local culture.

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