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Tourist Information Center
Krabi is one of the popular tourist destinations in Thailand and attracts travelers from all across the globe. The useful information about Krabi provides all the necessary information for the travelers while visiting this beautiful land. Tourist Information Centre in Krabi acts as a guide in exploring the major attractions of the city. Hospitals of Krabi provide medical treatments thus ensuring complete safety of tourists and locals. Generally Krabi is a safe place to visit in Thailand and is very rich in its culture. Krabi useful information provides details on certain basic facts which one needs to know while visiting this city. When to Go to Krabi states the appropriate time to visit this magnificent city.

Tourist Information Center
Tourist Information Center
Krabi Tourist Information Center
Southern office: Region 4
322/1 Kongka Rd., Paknam, Muang, Krabi 81000

Tel: 0 7561 1489, 0 7561 1704, 0 7562 1342, 0 7561 2740;
Fax: 0 7561 1489
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Visa & Customs
General Information
Temporary visitors to Thailand for the purpose of pleasure who are exempted from applying for entry visas must be of the nationality of and holding valid passports or traveling documents issued by: (countries follow soon) They must enter the kingdom by passenger transports such as aircraft or sea-going vessels of 500 registered tons and up; or through channels of immigration check-points or border check-points on the Malaysian boundary; or enter by means of passenger aircraft, sea-going vessel, rail, bus, taxi, touring coach or hired motor-cycle and having:

Fully paid ticket or other document belonging to the vehicle owner or to the operator of the vehicle which is to be used for leaving the kingdom within the period specified. Documentary evidence of the owner or operator of the vehicle showing fully paid reservation for the departure from the kingdom within the period specified. Exempted are Malaysian nationals entering the kingdom by means of bus, hired car, touring coach or hired motor-cycle through immigration check-points or border check-points bordering on Malaysian territory, who need not have traveling ticket or documents mentioned under Items I and 2. Persons mentioned in the above conditions are exempted from visas and are permitted to remain in the kingdom for a period not exceeding fifteen days from the day of entry. They are not allowed to extend their stay for more than fifteen days, unless under unforeseen circumstances such as illness or delay of aircraft departure. Visitors wishing to stay in the kingdom for more than fifteen days are advised to apply to missions in their countries. In the event there are no Thai diplomatic missions, they may apply to missions in neighbouring countries, or forward their request and supporting evidence to:
Krabi Immigration Office
116, Utarakit Rd., Paknam, Krabi Town, 83000;
Contact: Tel : 0 7561 1097, 08 1271 0580;
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri from 08.30 am. - 04.30 pm.
Foreigners who fall into any of the following categories are prohibited to enter the Kingdom.
1. Having no genuine and valid passport or document used in lieu of passport; or having a genuine and valid passport or document used in lieu of passport without visa issued by the Royal Thai Embassies or Consulates in foreign countries; or from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, except if a visa is not required for certain types of aliens in special instances. Visaing and visa exemption will be under the terms and conditions as provided in the Ministerial Regulations.
2. Having no appropriate means of living following entrance into the Kingdom.
3. Having entered into the Kingdom to take occupation as a laborer, or to take employment by using physical energy without skills or training , or to work in violation of the Alien Work Permit Law.
4. Being mentally unstable or having any of the diseases as prescribed in the Ministerial Regulations.
5. Having not yet been vaccinated against smallpox or inoculated or undergone any other medical treatment for protection against disease and having refused to have such vaccinations administered by the Immigration Doctor.
6. Having been imprisoned by the judgement of the Thai Court; or by a lawful injunction; or by the judgement of the Court of foreign country, except when the penalty is for petty offense or negligence or is provided for as an exception in the Ministerial Regulations.
7. Having behavior which would indicate possible danger to the Public or likelihood of being nuisance or constituting any violence to the peace or safety of the public or to the security of the public or to the security of the nation, or being under warrant of arrest by competent officials of foreign governments.
8. Reason to believe that entrance into the Kingdom was for the purpose of being involved in prostitution, the trading of women of children, drug smuggling, or other types of smuggling which are contrary to the public morality.
9. Having no money or bond as prescribed by the Minister under Section 14 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522
10. Being a person prohibited by the Minister under Section 16 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522.
11. Being deported by either the Government of Thailand that of or other foreign countries; or the right of stay in the Kingdom or in foreign countries having been revoked; or having been sent out of the Kingdom by competent officials at the expense of the Government of Thailand unless the Minister shall consider exemption on an individual special case basis.
The examination and diagnosis of disease of a physical or mental nature, including protective operations as against disease, shall be conducted by the Immigration Doctor. Information on location and contact number of the Thai Embassy and Consulate-General abroad could be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Consular Affairs, Visas and Travel Documents Division.
Note: Please check the period of stay stamped in your passport by the immigration officer. Visitors who overstay their visa will, at the time of their departure, be fined 500 baht for each excess day.
Visa for Thailand
Every visitor to Thailand must have a valid passport. Whether you need a visa or not, depends on your nationality and on the period of time you are expecting to stay in the country.

Tourists from several countries have to get their visas before entering Thailand. Other visitors are issued a visa on arrival at the airport or an immigration checkpoint. Some countries have agreements with Thai Government that enable their citizens to enter Thailand without a visa. Outside Thailand, visas are issued either by consulates and embassies. Within Thailand, the issuing authority is the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police.
General entry
Before landing in Thailand the Entry card [sample] are handed out by the flight companies. In order to avoid difficulties with entering the country, this card should be filled out completely and accurately. It is examined thoroughly at passport control. In former times, a customs declaration form was given out in the airplane, which was collected in again when leaving the airport. The customs officials now do without this form. Of course, you are obliged to declare the commodity and confirm the tariff code, just like everywhere in the world. In Thailand luggage can also be randomly inspected.
Entry without visa (Visa on Arrival)
Granted : Entry stamp when passing through the border
Requirement : - Citizen of most European countries **
- Return flight or onward flight ticket,
- Passport still has at least 6 months validity
- Child passports are not recognized
Duration of stay : - Arrived air: 30 days for Citizen of most European countries **
- Arrived by road: 15 days for Citizen of most European countries
Extension : 1 x 7 days
Multiple entry : 3 x 30 days is permitted in half a year (new Oct 2006)
Working : Prohibited

** List of countries which have concluded agreement on tourist visa exemption
1. Australia 17. Ireland 33. Poland : Republic of Poland
2. Austria 18. Israel 34. Portugal
3. Bahrain 19. Italy 35. Rep. of Korea
4. Belgium 20. Iceland 36. Qatar
5. Brazil 21. Japan 37. Singapore
6. Brunei 22. Kuwait 38. Slovak : Slovak Republic
7. Canada 23. Liechtenstein : Principality of Liechtenstein 39. Slovenia : Republic of Slovenia
8. Czech : Czech Republic 24. Luxembourg 40. South Africa
9. Denmark 25. Monaco 41. Spain
10. Finland 26. Malaysia 42. Sweden
11. France 27. Netherlands 43. Switzerland
12. Germany 28. New Zealand 44. Turkey
13. Greece 29. Norway 45. United Arab Emirates
14. Hong Kong 30. Oman 46. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
15. Hungary : Republic of hungary 31. Peru 47. United States of America
16. Indonesia 32. Philippines 48. Vietnam
Tourist visa
Granted : : Only at the embassy and in consulates outside of Thailand
Requirement : - Return flight or onward flight ticket
- Passport still has at least 6 months validity
- Child passports are not recognized
Duration of stay : 60 days (for each entry)
Extension : 1 x 30 days
Multiple entry : Visa enables three entries
Working : Prohibited
The Royal Thai Government has announced that they will continue to issue tourist visas free of charge until at least March 2010. This is part of a continuing effort to attract tourist to the Kingdom.
Non-immigrant 90 day visa
Granted : Only at the embassy and in consulates outside of Thailand
Duration of stay : 90 days (for each entry)
Extension : 1 x 7 days
Multiple entry : Request “Multiple Entry Visa”
Working : Only with work permit
Non-Immigrant Visa (Long Stay)
Granted : Only at the foreigners authority (immigration office) in Thailand
Requirement : - Valid 90 day non-immigrant visa (attain before departure)
- Monthly income of 40 000 Baht
Duration of stay : 365 days
Extension : Annual
Departure from Thailand : Request a re-entry permit (otherwise yearly visa is forfeited)
Pensioner starting from 50 years:
Granted : Only at the foreigners authority (immigration office) in Thailand
Requirement : - Valid 90 day non-immigrant visa (attain before departure)
- Thai Bank assets of 800 000 Baht or monthly income of 65 000 Baht,
- Upon application it must have been in the account for 3 months
- It must be available at all times and therefore may not be committed
Duration of stay : 365 days
Extension : Annual
Departure from Thailand : Request a re-entry permit (otherwise yearly visa is forfeited)
For Businessmen
Three-Year Non-Immigrant Visa “B” (Business only) Foreign citizen who wishes to visit Thailand for business purpose may apply for a three-year Non-Immigrant Visa “B”. This type of visa may be issued to businessmen for multiple-entries and is valid for 3 years. It allows holder to visit Thailand as often as required for as long as the visa remains valid and allows holder to stay in Thailand for a period of not exceeding 90 days during each visit. Employment of any kind is strictly prohibited for holder of such visa.
Thai Long Stay Management
This is a support program to encourage affluent pensioners to consider a longer stay in Thailand. The privileges of this program are assistance varying from entering the country and applying for a visa to discounts and offers in shops, holiday homes and health arrangements.
Residence Permit
Granted : Only at the foreigner’s authority (immigration office) in Bangkok. A new date is set each year for the residence permit application.
Requirement : After 3 years as the owner of annual visas, you can apply for a permanent residence permit.
Duration of stay : Permanent
Departure from Thailand : Request a re-entry permit (otherwise yearly visa is forfeited)
Register obligation Sample
Owners of an annual visa must report to the immigration office every 90 days and fill out a report form. Neglecting to do this can lead to strong punishments. The 90 day period is calculated from the date of entry. Foreigners often count the 90 days from their last immigration office visit and then have to pay hefty fines because the period was exceeded. Therefore the best option is to confirm the next date with an official. Foreigners who have found accommodation with friends or relatives must imperatively remember to register at the immigration office immediately upon arrival. Hotels take over this service for tourists. Since July 2008, the immigration office requires an address confirmation for the 90 day registration. This address confirmation does not necessarily have to be a landlord/rental contract. The immigration office will also accept different types of documents which confirm the address. This can be a Thai driver’s licence or an electricity, telephone or internet bill.
Re-entry permit sample
Owners of an annual visa must request a "re-entry permit" before a departure. Failure to request a re-entry permit means forfeiting the annual visa.
Check entry stamps. You should immediately check the stamp which has been entered into your passport. At this time, you will still be able amend any errors without any problems. For example, if a non-immigrant visa is mistakenly stamped with only a 60 day stamp, you will surely have a problem later.
You should absolutely avoid exceeding the duration of your stay stated in your visa. One day is possibly still tolerated at departure. For each day exceeded over the departure date, a fee of 200 Baht becomes due. If an entry is made in your passport, it can lead to problems in acquiring a visa at a later date. If you are stopped and checked by the police and are found to have an expired visa, you can count on detention and deportation. Long-term overstays lead to high fines and/or detentions.
Good manners
As with all authorities, decent clothes and a friendly conversational language are recommended.
If you are not able to stick to the duration of your visa due to illness or accident, you must present a medical certificate. Certificates from national hospitals are recognized by the immigration office. It is possible that treatment at a private hospital must be confirmed by a national hospital.
Duty Free Allowance
The duty free allowance will be applied to accompanied personal effects up to Bath 10,000 worth if i) the items are intended for your own personal or professional uses; ii) the quantity are reasonable; and iii) the items are not subject to prohibition or restriction. However, there are limits on the amount of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, cigars and smoking tobacco to which you may include in your duty free personal exemption as follows:

- 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of cigars or smoking tobacco
- 1 litre of spirituous liquor.

Personal effects do not include motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts regardless of the length of time used and owned.
Instruction on Import and Export of Goods
1. Currencies
Foreign Currency :
Passengers are allowed to bring in and take out unlimited amount of foreign currency. However, if the amount of foreign currency is equal to or exceeds 20,000 USD, Foreign currency Declaration Form shell be completed and submitted to Customs while procession through Customs offices.

Thai Currency :
- Inbound passengers are allowed to bring in unlimited amount of Thai currency.
- Outbound passengers travelling to Lao PDR, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Vietnam are allowed to take out Thai currency not exceeding 500,000 Baht, but those traveling to other countries are permitted to take out not exceeding 50,000 Baht.

2. Buddha Images
- Buddha images, Bodhisattva images or related fragments, part of ancient monument and prehistoric objects, are forbidden to be taken out of the Kingdom. Newly cast Buddha images in complete condition can be exported for worship, cultural exchange or educational purposes with licenses issued by the Fine Arts Department. Not more than 5 pieces per person shall be allowed. (More information contact to 02-628-5033)
Shopping Advice
Shopping in Krabi and Ao Nang for many is an exciting and pleasurable experience. Whether you are shopping for a suit or bargain hunting, looking for that extra special 'something' for someone special back home whatever it is, shopping in Thailand can be fun. Street vendors often seem to be on every street corner showing you their goods (with a calculator in one hand) from silk scarves, hammocks and sarongs to laser pens etc. If you are interested in any of the wares you find, then it is time to start bargaining, If you are not interested in what is on offer, simply smile and continue on your way.
A little smile could help getting cheaper price. The nature of Thai people are smiley and easy-going and they like people who share the same.
Cultured pearl production mimics the natural process to produce pearls of guaranteed quality. Cultured pearl farms are found principally in southern Thailand, particularly in Koh Samui and Phang Nga or Phuket and Surat Thani provinces.
Further down the road from Ananya you can stock up on beachwear, beach toys, snorkeling equipment and all things marine. Here haggling is needed as the opening prices are somewhat elevated. As always smooth the transaction with a pleasant manner and a smile.
Thailand is one of the world's leading manufacturers of ready-to-wear clothing. Fashion boutiques are found in every shopping mall, while cheaper clothing such as T-shirts and jeans are available at bargain prices from street vendors and stores alike. Custom tailoring is also very affordable and tailors can produce most styles promptly. Then of course there are the 'designer label' copies that frustrate the designers themselves but are a dream come true for many bargain hunters.
Gems Throughout Thailand, coloured gemstones such as rubies and sapphires are readily available. Many other varieties of coloured stones can be found here as well.
Practiced in southern Thailand for hundreds of years nielloware is the craft of decorating gold and silver objects with delicate etched designs filled with a metal inlay. Nielloware trays, boxes, vases and other items are often strikingly beautiful and because they are created from precious metals can be of great value. They are excellent examples of souvenirs unique to southern Thailand.
Thailand is famous for its huge variety of orchids. Their magnificent colours and beauty make them a popular purchase. Specially packaged flowers, complete with water supply are readily available for the long journey home and can be conveniently purchased in many locations including the Gift Shops in the international airports.
Pewter ware
Pewter is fashioned with great skill by Thai craftsmen, the smooth, silky finish of this attractive alloy is enhanced by delicate decorative relief. Pewter ware items include plates, boxes, vases and pocket flasks and are available in many shops throughout Krabi and Ao Nang.
Probably the most famous of all the kingdom's handicrafts, Thai silk is available in a range of colors, patterns and plys. It is sold by the yard or as ready-made clothing and souvenir items. A unique style of Thai silk is Mat Mee, a tie-dye silk traditional to the North-East.
Credit Cards
In Thailand you should prefer cash payment to credit cards. Be careful to use your credit cards only at the reputable businesses and with caution because credit card fraud is increasing. Ensure that credit card never goes out of your sight. Few stores might charge handling fee for credit card purchases.
Credit cards are widely accepted. For lost cards
American Express Tel: 0 2273 5100, 0 2273 0022
Diners Club Tel: 0 2238 2920, 0 2238 2680
Master Card Tel: 0 2256 7326-7
Visa Tel: 0 2256 7326-7
Exchange Services
Exchange of Money
Cash can be exchanged for Thai Baht at the international airports, banks and exchange bureaus located in international airports and throughout the city. Pounds, Euros, US dollars and other currencies can be promptly exchanged. Authorised money changers and banks offer better exchange rate than shopping centers and hotels.
Exchange Control
- Foreign currencies can be brought or transferred into Thailand without limit. Those who brings into or takes out of Thailand an aggregate amount of foreign currency more than 20,000 USD or equivalent must declare to a customs officer. Failure to do so may lead to arrest, confiscation of the excess amount involved and/or prosecution.
- There is no restriction on the amount of Thai Baht that may be brought into the country. Travellers leaving Thailand to neighbouring countries including Vietnam are allowed to take out Thai currency the maximum amount of 500,000 Baht and to other counties up to 50,000 Baht per person without prior authorization.
- Foreign visitors are welcome to open a foreign currency account with any commercial bank in Thailand without limit. As a special gesture to non-residents, no restrictions are imposed on the maintenance of and withdrawal from the account, as long as the funds originate from abroad.
- Foreign visitors may open Thai currency account with authorized banks in Thailand. The account may be deposited or withdrawn for general purposes except funds related to investment in securities such as trade, services, foreign direct investment, investment in immovable assets and loans. The total daily outstanding balances for each type of account must not exceed 300 million Baht per person. Ones must not transfer between different types of accounts.
- For additional information concerning foreign exchange regulations, please contact any authorized banks.
Credit Cards, Debit Cards and ATMs
It may be best to not bother to carry too much money into Thailand, or even carry on you while travelling around within Thailand, because you can get Thai baht from the ATM machines using your major credit card, even in many small towns around Thailand. The exchange rate is automatic and roughly as good as you’ll find. MasterCard and Visa are most commonly accepted, but other kinds of major credit cards are commonly accepted as well. Some carry a sizeable surcharge per withdrawal, e.g., $1, so check with your credit card company beforehand if this is bothersome to you. There are also Currency Exchange outlets, particularly in tourist areas. These are especially useful if you forget your PIN number or if you can’t find a working ATM’s near you which will accept your particular card for some reason. You will need your passport. You should always keep a good bit of cash on you at all times in Thailand. One reason is that the ATM machines often crash late at nite, and aren’t reset until the morning. Another reason is in case your credit cards are stolen or lost. While Thailand is a relatively safe country, theft can happen anywhere in the world. Not all ATM machines take all kinds of cards. Many will not take Visa or MasterCard, or will take one but not the other. You have to look for the credit card logos on the ATM signs. There are also the credit card groups such as Plus and Cirrus. If you look around, you will usually find a machine with your insignia on it. But I advise you to not get too low on cash. While most ATM machines offer both Thai and English, many offer only Thai. Those which process foreign credit cards like the above usually, but not always, offer dual language. You may be better off paying cash than using a credit card. While it’s technically against the law for the Thai vendor to pass onto you the fee that the credit card company charges them (approximately 2.25% to 3.5%, depending upon card type), it’s quite common for them to do so, and it’s usually not negotiable — you either pay the surcharge or don’t use your credit card. They often want to charge 4 or 5% instead of the 2.25% to 3.5%. You should also be aware that many vendors use a third party to bill your credit card. Thus, your credit card number may not be safe. Any time your credit card number goes down on paper, you could possibly be at risk.
Krabi Town has a number of banks that provide standard services, Mondays to Fridays, except public and bank holidays, between 8.30 am. and 3.30 pm. Check our town map for location details. Currency exchange centers also operate from 7.00 am. to 9.00pm., seven days a week including holidays.
Currency Unit
Thai Currency
The unit of Thai currency is Baht. One Baht is divided into 100 satang and approximately 0.03 USD. (32.1 Baht is 1 USD) Major credit cards are widely accepted but cash is always preferred. The notes and coins are denoted by Arabic and Thai numerals. All notes are depicted with the image of the King of Thailand.
Currency Notes
Notes are in denominations of 1,000 (brown), 500 (purple), 100 (red), 50 (blue) and 20 (green) baht. Coins consist of 25 satang, 50 satang, 1 Baht, 5 Baht and 10 Baht.
Currency Coins
There are 100 satang in one Baht; coins include 25-satang and 50-satang pieces in copper and denominations of 1, 2, 5 are in silver and 10 in silver on the outer ring and gold in the centre. 25 and 50 satang coins are not practical and rarely used. It can be useful only in department store when VAT is included in the price and sometimes, the total bill will come up with these satang units.

Thai baht is in denominations of :
1000 Baht front
1,000 Baht front
1000 Baht back
1,000 Baht back
500 Baht front
500 Baht front
500 Baht back
500 Baht back
100 Baht front
100 Baht front
100 Baht back
100 Baht back
50 Baht front
50 Baht front
50 Baht back
50 Baht back
20 Baht front
20 Baht front
20 Baht back
20 Baht back
10 Baht front
10 Baht front
10 Baht back
10 Baht back
VAT Refund
Goods purchased in Thailand are VAT inclusive. Foreign visitors are entitled to obtain the refund of the 7% VAT. (Value Added Tax) on products purchased at registered retail outlets which will show the sign 'VAT Refund for Tourists'. You could get the refund at the airport at your departure.
Who can claim VAT refund
- Has not been in Thailand for more than 180 days in a calendar year.
- Is not a crew member of an airline.
- Departs Thailand by air carrier from an international airport.
How to Claim a VAT refund
1. VAT refund only applies to goods taken out of Thailand within 60 days from the date of purchase.
2. The goods must be purchased from stores displaying the "VAT REFUND FOR TOURISTS" sign.
3. On any day, goods purchased at a participating store must not be less than baht 2,000 and the total amount of goods purchased, including VAT, must not be less than baht 5,000.
4. At each store ask the sales assistant to complete 2 VAT refund forms (P.P.10) and attach the original tax invoice to the forms.
5. Before departure, present your purchase to Customs and Revenue officers for inspection in order to obtain VAT refund at the departure lounge after check-in and Passport control.
6. In case the VAT refund exceeds baht 10,000, you can either present your claim to the Customs and Revenue officers at the VAT Refund Office of drop it in the box at the Refund Counter or mail it from your home back to the Revenue Department of Thailand.
How will refund to be paid
Refund Amount Not exceeding 10,000 baht Exceeding 10,000 baht
Refund Method - cash in Thai baht - draft
  - draft - credit to credit card account
  - credit to credit card account  
The following fees apply to refund request
- For Cash refund, a fee of 100 baht
- For draft refund, a fee of 100 baht plus draft issuing fee at the rate charged by banks and postage fees.
- For credit to credit card account refund, a fee of 100 baht plus money transfer fee at the rate charged by banks.
Important to Note
You cannot claim VAT refunds for the following goods :
- Prohibited items
- Firearms, explosives or any any similar items
- Gem stones
Some hints
- Allow yourself adequate time at the airport for the refund process. In case your request for refund by draft or credit card account receives no reply within an appropriate period of time, please contact at VAT Refund Office at Bangkok International Airport, Tel 535-6576-79 or the VAT Refund Center, Revenue Department, Phaholyothin Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand, Tel. 272-9376-87, Fax. 272-9388
- Further information can be obtained from the participating stores or at the Revenue Department.

The purchases for which you are claiming VAT refunds are subject to inspection by Customs and Revenue officers before departure at the VAT Refund Office inside the departure lounge.
Health Care in Krabi
Here is a brief on the complete Krabi Health information to equip you in case of any medical emergency during your trip to the mesmerizing destination of Krabi. The health and Medicare facility in Krabi maintain a good standard and is well equipped with services to tackle the common health hazards and the minor injuries. Though the hospitals and pharmacies in Krabi bear facilities to fight the common ailments but in case of any life-threatening emergencies, the hospitals in Phuket will be the best options offering facilities of international standard. They lie in close proximity to Krabi and are easily accessible from the capital town of the province.
Tropical Diseases
Due to Thailand's tropical climate which is hot and humid, some tropical diseases are prevalent. Health ministries of most countries publish a health brief for travellers visiting foreign countries. Some types of inoculations may be suggested but not required before arriving Thailand. Some doctors might suggest vaccinations or boosters against polio, tetanus, typhoid, diphtheria and hepatitis A. There is a risk of malaria mainly in rural and forested areas including areas along the borders with Burma, Lao and Cambodia. The only anti-malarial drugs that are currently likely to be effective in these areas are Doxycycline and Malarone. The disease is carried by mosquitoes that bite from dusk to dawn. Dengue fever is also found in the country especially during and after the rainy season. It is carried by the mosquitoes that bite during the daylight hours. Travellers should consult doctors before travelling.
There are, at the very least, five pharmacies in Ao Nang. Most pharmacists are English speaking and have extensive knowledge of what they stock. Over-the-counter drugs are far more available in Thailand than in the west and the typical Thai approach to most maladies is to swallow a bunch of antibiotics. If you are fairly up to date with what ails you go ahead and purchase but when in doubt consult the pharmacist, or better yet visit a doctor.
Krabi, a beautiful archipelago comprising over 130 islands is frequented by thousands of visitors every year. This province in Thailand offers great traveling facilities to its visitors and includes the best of the hotels, supreme locations, pristine beaches, beautiful islands to hop around, great outdoor activities, brilliant environment and great locals to make your vacation a memorable one. Another major tourist facility in Krabi is the availability of Krabi hospitals in and around the city. Although, the medical services in Krabi can't be considered as the very best but still the hospitals in Krabi meet the requisite standards to assist one during the time of need. Most of the Krabi hospital surly bears facilities to handle the common problems that a visitor faces on a tour. If the situations get out of control then there is the option of shifting the patient to the hospitals in Phuket. The Krabi hospitals are adequate enough to tackle minor injuries. In most of the cases, if a tourist falls sick then they are rushed to the Krabi International hospital.
Health Insurance
Travellers should get proper health insurance before visiting a foreign country, not only Thailand. A variety of health insurance plans are available from different companies. Real worth of the insurance is the amount of the bill covered and pace at which the company provides you service. Therefore, the company and the plan should be chosen with care.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Emergency & Information
Ambulance and Rescue 1554 Krabi Municipality Office 0 7562 2581
Ao Nang Tourist Police 1555 Krabi Search & Rescue 0 7561 2756, 1196
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration 1195 Medical Emergency Call 0 7563 0033
Crime 1193, 0 7566 3434 National Disaster Warning Centre 1860
Customs Office 0 7561 1097 Police (General Emergency Call) 0 7561 1222, 191
Fire Brigade 1669 SOS - Police And Fire Department 199
Highway Police 1337, 0 7563 2041 press 9 Time Service 181
Immigration Department 0 7561 1350 Tourist Association 0 7561 1111, 199
Krabi Marine Police 0 7563 7208    
Tourism Offices
Central :      
Kanchanaburi 0 3451 1200 TAT Call Center 1672
Hua Hin 0 3251 3885 Tourist Assistance Center 0 2281 5051
Eastern :      
Pattaya 0 3842 8750 Trat 0 3959 7255
Rayong 0 3865 5420    
Northern :      
Chiangmai 0 5324 8604 Mae Hong Son 0 5361 1812
Chiangrai 0 5371 7433    
North-East (Isan) :      
Khon Kaen 0 4324 4498-9 Nakhon Ratchasima 0 4421 3666
Southern :      
Koh Samui 0 774 20504 Phang Nga 0 7562 2163
Krabi 0 7562 2163 Phuket 0 7621 1036
Tourist Police Stations
Central :      
Bangkok (Airport) 0 2535 1053 Kanchanaburi 0 3451 2668
Bangkok (Radio Station) : 1155 Hua Hin 0 3251 6219
Eastern :
Pattaya 0 3865 1669 Trat 0 3953 8091
Northern :      
Chiang Mai 0 5327 8559 Mae Hong Son 0 5361 1812
Chiang Rai 0 5371 7796    
North-East (Isan) :      
Khon Kaen 0 4323 6937-8 Nakhon Ratchasima 0 4434 1777
Southern :      
Koh Samui 0 7742 1281 Phuket 0 7635 5015
Krabi 0 7563 7208    
Travel Agency
Web Sawadee Plc.      
Bangkok Office 0 2674 5555 Koh Samui Office 077 429 999
Police Stations
Aoleuk police Police Station 0 7561 1301 Krabi Town Police Station 0 7569 1475
Koh Lanta Police Station 0 7568 1070 Nua Klong Police Station 0 7566 8192
Dental Care
Chaowalit Dentist Clinic 0 7565 2971, 08 6998 8961 Wasin Dentist Clinic 0 7561 1005
Krabi Smile Dental Clinic 0 7561 1606-7    
Ao Luek Hospital 0 7561 1212 Krabi Hospital 0 7568 1159
Khao Phanom Hospital 0 7561 1223, 0 7563 2204 Krabi Ruam Paet Hospital 0 7562 2151
Khlong Thom Hospital 0 7569 9029 Lam Thap Hospital 0 7641 1616-7
Koh Lanta Hospital 0 7568 7454-5 Nua Khlong Hospital 0 7568 9566
Koh Phi Phi Hospital 0 7564 3255-6 Plai Phraya Hotels 0 7563 6596-8
Blood Transfusion Services
Central Blood Register 0 2686 2700 The National Blood Centre 0 2252 1601
Credit Cards And Traveller's Cheques
AIG Card 0 2697 8300 JCB International 0 2256 9151-4
American Express 0 2273 5544 Macquarie 0 2694 7999
ANZ 0 2168 8777-8 Standard Chartered 1595
Bangkok Bank 1333 Siam Commercial Bank 0 2777 7777
Citibank 1588 HSBC 0 2614 5555
Diners Club 0 2238 3660 United Overseas Bank (UOB) 0 2285 1555
Post Offices
Ao Luek Post Office 0 7561 1050 Krabi Town Post Office 0 7568 7121
Khao Phanom Post Office 0 7569 7068 Nua Khlong Post Office 0 7569 1468
Khlong Thom Post Office 0 7568 9196 Plai Phraya Post Office 0 7568 2091
Koh Lanta Post Office 0 7564 0342    
Airport Information
Available Airlines Timetables Krabi International Airport 0 7563 6541-2
Don Mueang Airport 0 2535 1192 Suvarnabhumi Airport 0 2132 1888
Bangkok Airways (PG) 0 7570 1608-9 One-Two-Go (OG) 0 7570 1639
Nok Air (DD) 0 7563 6061 Thai Air Asia (FD) 0 7570 1551
Thai Airways (TG) 0 7570 1591-3    
Boat & Yacht Charter
A A Marine Service Co.,Ltd. 08 4188 5225 East Marine Co.,Ltd. 08 1082 8811
Boat work Service Ltd.,part 08 1788 8951    
Bus Transportation
Available Bus Timetables Krabi Bus Terminal 0 7561 1804
Bangkok Bus Terminal / South 0 2434 7192    
Car Rental
Avis 0 7570 1546, 08 9969 8676 N.D.C Car Rent 0 7648 6161-2, 08 1728 7412
Krabi Carrent 0 7560 0153, 08 1979 0965 P.J. Krabi Car Rent 08 3507 6438
Lanta Carrental 0 7568 4411, 08 1719 9132    
Motorcycle Rental
Krabi Car Rent 0 7569 5772 Krabi S.T. Ltd., Part. 0 7562 2226, 0 7562 2227
Krabi Kollakarn Ltd. 0 7561 1372, 0 7561 1371 Krabi Taksin Yontarakit Co., Ltd. 0 7568 9090
Krabi Phaisal Lissing Ltd., Part 0 7563 2420 Krabi Teerapong Honda 0 7564 0178
Lanta Sandy Beach 0 7568 4548 Tawan Suzuki Co., Ltd. 0 7568 7358
Taxi Services
Thai Sea Sand Krabi Travel 0 7563 8217 Krabi Tours Travel 08 1737 8628