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Some interesting Krabi facts

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Krabi is a province located in the south west of Thailand. It is situated about 800 km from its capital, Bangkok and is bounded by Phang Nga to its north, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat to its east and Trang to the south. You can find the popular tourist destination of Phuket about 2 hour's road journey from Krabi.

The population of Krabi is about 350,000 with about 60% Buddhists and 40% Muslims. Its area is about 4709 square kilometers and its economy is based mainly on agriculture of rubber, palm oil, pineapples and prawns and on fishing and tourism.

Interesting rock formations make Krabi interesting

The administration of Krabi is conducted by splitting the province into eight districts; Ao Luk, Plai Praya, Koh Lanta, Kong Pon, Khao Phanom, Klong Thom, Neua Klong and Muang.

One thing Krabi is famous for is its distinctive rock formations. There are 132 islands found offshore in the Andaman Sea where Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Lanta are inhabited. Most of these islands are included in the Marine National Park, and are protected.

Elephants found in Krabi made them the symbol of Thailand

It is because of the discovery of humanoid ancestors in a rock shelter of Krabi in Neua Kong that makes Krabi a place with the longest known history of continuous human settlements in Thailand. With the broken pottery, beads and coins from places in Middle East and China in archaeological sites in Krabi suggest that Krabi was once a thriving port of Asia.

Krabi was founded in the 13th century as a dependency of Nakhon Si Thammarat. It was about 200 years ago that the prince of the city had founded an elephant camp in Krabi. And this is why the elephant has been declared the symbol of Thailand.

Enjoy yourself on the beaches near Krabi

Today Krabi is a bustling fishing port. Though there are no beaches in Krabi town, tourists just have to take a short journey to beaches of Ao Nang, Klong Muang, Railay, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta to enjoy themselves there.


Last Updated: 18 Feb 2008