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History of Krabi

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It is because historians think that proper civilization on Krabi started way back in 1200 BC that Krabi history is considered to be as old as human history. It was between 25,000 to 35,000 BC that the first traces of humans were recorded in Krabi history.

According to Krabi history, Krabi was under the administration of Nakhon Si Thammarat

However, according to recent Krabi history, the administration of Krabi was conducted from Nakhon Si Thammarat till 1872. In fact, this continued until after king Chulalongkorn declared Krabi to be a town. It was only when Krabi was incorporated in the administration of Bangkok in 1875 that things took a change.

According to Krabi history, this is when Krabi grew into an independent province, and lead to today's Krabi province. It was in 1900 that the governor of Krabi shifted the center of Krabi from Ban Tadal Kao to its present location at the mouth of Krabi River.

Though archeological evidence in Krabi history suggest Krabi was a province since prehistoric times; the lack of documentation leads to the history of Krabi being taken into consideration from the time of Ligor Kingdom.

Confusion on the meaning of Krabi in Krabi history

There is some confusion to historians regarding the meaning of the name Krabi. This is because there are two legends or theories to the origin of the name. The first legend of Krabi history suggests that there was a sword that was discovered by a governor's excavation. It was called Krabi, and thus the name to the island.

The other legend in Krabi history suggests that Krabi was derived from the local tree 'Lumphi' where it was because tradesmen from Malaysia and China had distorted its pronunciation. This eventually led to the development to the present name, Krabi.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2008