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.
Finding long-stay accommodation in Krabi in advance of arrival is usually pretty difficult – and not advised at all for the first time visitor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only foreigners holding non-immigrant visas with a year’s vailidity can own a vehicle in Thailand – and that too, only after considerable paperwork.
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.
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.
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.