For most tourists and travellers, Krabi is just a stop-over on the way to the islands or surrounding beaches. The town itself doesn’t have much of a beach (a small stretch of sand near the river) and thus is lacking what tourists are looking for in this area. The touristy part of town seems to be quite small and just around the corner from my guest house is a Thai neighbourhood with a nice little Thai restaurant. Sooo good.
The beaches are all about half an hour drive away and the one I saw (Ao Nang) is heavily touristed. The whole beach-front is lined with shops and restaurants. Prices are inflated accordingly and hiring a scooter costs THB 400 while I paid THB 200 in Krabi town.
I’m not keen on finding a place to stay in Ao Nang and neither in any of the other beach areas, assuming they’ll be pretty much the same. A place geared towards western tourists might be very helpful if somebody is on a two weeks vacation but it doesn’t do anything for me. On the contrary.
By now I have tracked down some of the local gems in terms of eateries and came across a really good massage place as well. The food is still as good as I remember and it seems they have a bigger emphasis on curries here in the south. Hot as hell.
I’ll probably stay in Krabi for another 2-3 days before heading north. Don’t have any real plans yet on where I’ll stop on the way to Bangkok.