Song-Thaew in Krabi
The shared songthaews are undoubtedly the cheapest way to get around Krabi area. The songthaews in Krabi replace local buses and offer a regular and inexpensive service both within the city of Krabi and among the main tourist resorts of the region. Throughout Thailand, the songthaews are passenger vehicles adapted from a pick-up with canopy on the top and used as a share taxi. Songthaew in Thai language literally mean "two rows", reported to two bench seats fixed along either side of the back of the vehicle. To the roof are attached curtains and plastic sheeting to keep out rain. The access for customers is in the rear of the vehicle, where there are not doors. The songthaews in Krabi follow fixed itineraries, with certain stops along the way, but a simple gesture with your hand to the driver is enough to get on board at any other point along the route. When it stops, hop in the back of pick-up and grab a seat on one of the benches. Then press the buzzer to go down when you reach the destination. When the songthaew stops completely jump down and walk to the driver to pay for your ride. The prices of the races vary depending on the destination. Therefore, it is best to ask to the driver before boarding. Songthaews can also be hired as a taxi by a single person or a group of friends, so you just have to stand on the side of the road and signal the driver to stop. Remember in this case to agree on the price before going up, as typical Thai tradition.
Motorbike-Taxi in Krabi
Motorbike-taxi is definitely the quickest way to travel around Krabi area for those travelling alone. Thanks to its manoeuvrability, the bike can dodge the cars and quickly darting amid the traffic most chaotic. Nevertheless, cannot say that they are the most economical and safe means to move within Krabi Town and the main beach resorts of the region. The shared songthaews are cheaper although slower and definitely safer; instead the motorbikes are probably the most dangerous. Their stations are scattered everywhere around Karbi area, but it is also possible to flag down one that pass by along the roads. The motorbike-taxi drivers are easily recognized. All licensed drivers in Thailand wear vests with number on the back, mostly orange or red with fluorescent strips, and the helmet, as per the law; most of drivers also carry a spare helmet to offer to passengers. The motorbike-taxi drivers can be spotted in groups near street corners, close to shopping centres, hotels or offices, in the busy roads, near places of tourist interest and beaches or in waiting of customer at the bus terminal. The fares vary according to the distance of the destination, the hours of the day and the traffic. Normally a very short trip will cost between 40 and 70 THB; for longer distances the cost is in the order of 100 THB or a little more. All costs are negotiable, as typical Thai tradition.
Taxi Service in Krabi
Taxicab is a usual form of public transportation throughout Thailand, highly appreciated and often used both by locals and visitors for their cheap prices. Taxis in Krabi are very numerous and can be found at any time of the day or night. The available taxis are the ones with the glowing red vacant sign. A simple gesture with your hand to the driver is enough to get on board. Tourists often rent one for the whole day for fares that are around 2,500 THB; it is the most convenient way to explore the Krabi region with maximum freedom and without having to drive. To give you an idea of the cost of a taxi ride, keep in mind that from Ao Nang to the airport you pay about 700-800 THB, from Krabi Town the ride costs about 500-600 THB, while up to Phuket you pay about 2,500 THB. Also in this case, as with motorbike-taxis and songthaews, remember to negotiate the price before going up. The drivers are usually polite, but someone is reluctant to use the taximeter preferring to haggle on the price, in this case you insist decided but politely and if taxi driver still refuses, do not worry, come down quiet and look for a cheaper songthaew. In Thailand, since 1992, taxis are all equipped with a taximeter that calculates the rate based on the distance covered. In all Kingdom, the fare is calculated as follows: 35 THB are charged for climbing into a taxi as a use fee, 50 THB to and from airports; 5.50 THB for each of the first 10 km; 6.50 THB per kilometer for 10 to 20 km; 7.50 THB per kilometer for 20 to 40 km; 8 THB per kilometer for 40 to 60 km; 9 THB per kilometer for 60 to 80 km; 10.50 THB for each kilometer more than 80 km away from the departure point. In the event that the taxi is slowed down by traffic and is forced to stop or move at less than 6 km per hour, there is an extra charge of THB 2 per minute. Roughly, the cost of a 6-km ride is 71 THB, but can rise up to 170-200 THB in the event of heavy traffic. Alternatively, car services and non-metered taxis are available on an on-call basis which is more suitable for out of town destinations. It can be arranged through most travel agencies and many hotels and resorts. The price is more expensive than a shared songthaew.
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