There are two legends concerning the origin of the name Krabi. The first is that
villager’s presented a large ancient sword (or Krabi) that was discovered by chance
to the governor. Later when a smaller, on discovering a smaller one, it was also
presented to the governor. Regarded as sacred and auspicious, the governor decided
to keep them in the province. As the process for the establishment of the province
was still in progress, the swords were placed crossing each other in Khao Khanap
Nam cave. Since then, the crossed swords have remained a part of the provincial seal.
The second legend is that Krabi was derived from the name of a local tree known as
Lumphi. The Malay and Chinese merchants mispronunciation of the name to Ka-lu-bi
or Kho-lo-bi finally resulted in Krabi (or sword).
How to get to Krabi From Bangkok
1. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No.4, passing Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan,
Chumphon, Ranong and Phang-nga Provinces for a total distance of 946 kilometers.
2. From Bangkok, proceed on Highway No. 4, on reaching Chumphon Provinces take Highway
No. 41 passing Amphoe Lang Suan in Surat Thani Province to Amphoe Wiang Sa, and then
take Highway No. 4035 to Amphoe Ao Luek and continue on Highway No. 4 to Krabi. This
route is 814 kilometers from Bangkok.
From Bangkok: There are air-conditioned bus services to Krabi leaving the Southern
Bus Terminal at Borommaratcha Chonnani Road daily from 6.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. The
buses provided include ordinary bus buses, 2nd class bus air-conditioned buses, 1st
class air-conditioned buses and 24-seat VIP buses. The journey takes about 12 hours.
For more details, contact tel. 0 2434 5557-8 0 2434 5557-8 (non air-conditioned
buses) or tel. 0 2435 1199 0 2435 1199
or 0 2435 1200 0 2435 1200 (air-conditioned buses) or visit www.transport.co.th.
From Bangkok: There is no direct train service to Krabi. But it is possible to take
a train from Bangkok's Hua Lamphong Station to Trang or Nakhon Si Thammarat and take
a bus or taxi to Krabi. For more information on trains, contact the State Railways
of Thailand at Tel. 1690, 223 7010, 223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th.
For Trang, an express train leaves Bangkok daily at 5.05 p.m. and reaches Trang at
9.40 a.m. and a rapid train leaves daily at 6.20 p.m. and arrives at 12.20 p.m.
For Nakhon Si Thammarat, a rapid train leaves Bangkok daily at 5.35 p.m. and arrives
at 10.45 a.m. and an express train leaves daily at 7.15 p.m. and arrives at 12.00
p.m. For more details, call 1690 or 0 2223 7010 0 2223 7010