Krabi expat guide

Our guide to expat life in Krabi will help you to familiarise yourself with the area, how things work, and – more importantly – the kinds of home comforts that are (and aren’t) available here.

Long stay accommodation in Krabi

Finding long-stay accommodation in Krabi in advance of arrival is usually pretty difficult – and not advised at all for the first time visitor.

Krabi transport connections

Since the opening of the international airport in Krabi in March 2006, the number of connections has been increasingly rapidly and, while still far behind Phuket, the area can now be considered a fairly good international base.

Opening a bank account in Krabi

Only foreigners with a non-immigrant year-long visa, or a year long visa extension, can open a personal Thai bank account, and you will also usually require a work permit.

Finding employment in Krabi

Are you a teacher, a dive instructor or a chef? If you have what it takes, you could find legal employment in Krabi. Other professions, not so much. Find out more here.

Expat entertainment in Krabi

There is very little in the way of organised activities such as clubs and groups in Krabi: the expats here are very laidback and unwilling to be coerced into doing anything.

International TV & Media

These days, most expats in Krabi find ways to stream content online; if you still need good old-fashioned TV channels, we show you the options.

Internet, phone and 4G connections

All except the most remote areas of Krabi are well connected so you need never be more than a few minutes away from checking your newsfeed.

Western food in Krabi

Restaurants in Krabi are able to cater for all but the most specialised whims; Makro has also covered most bases with its western food inventory.

Owning and driving a vehicle in Krabi

Only foreigners holding non-immigrant visas with a year’s vailidity can own a vehicle in Thailand – and that too, only after considerable paperwork.

Hospitals and health insurance in Krabi

Doctors, dentists, opticians and hospitals in Krabi: which are any good, and which should be avoided? Find out here in our guide to health care for expats.

Krabi international schools

There are currently two international schools in Krabi offering primary and early secondary education using the British curriculum; fees are relatively low to reflect the lack of available resources.

Learning Thai & other language difficulties

Most expats try to learn some basic vocabulary, such as how to order food and drinks – and that may be all you need to get by, especially if you have a Thai partner helping you out.