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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Krabi gets more flights, listed as New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2014

Ao Maya, Ko Phi Phi Le
Krabi, a beach resort destination on southern Thailand’s Andaman coast, is welcoming more flights and being listed as one of the “52 Places to Go in 2014” by the New York Times.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of TAT said, “The increasing number of flights through Krabi Airport, and the recent release by the New York Times that includes Krabi among the “52 Places to Go in 2014”, has further reaffirmed Krabi’s positioning as one of the popular tourist destinations in Thailand and the world.”
Ko Phi Phi Don viewpoint
Koh Phi Phi
Krabi is welcoming more flights both from domestic and international destinations. From 3 February, 2014, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has announced that it will introduce a direct Kuala Lumpur – Krabi service with four flights per week, according to local Malaysian media reports.
MAS’ announcement came as Thai budget airline Nok Air launched a twice-daily Bangkok-Krabi service from 1 January, 2014, and Bangkok Airways’ newly-introduced twice daily flights on the route from March 2013.
Meanwhile, from 25 November, 2013, low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia launched a daily direct Singapore-Krabi service and increased the frequency on the Bangkok – Krabi route to eight flights daily. The LCC also introduced a new direct daily Krabi-Chiang Mai service from 15 December, 2013.
During the recent Christmas and New Year holiday, Krabi also welcomed charter flights from Europe. In addition, the province is attracting visitors travelling with charter flights to Phuket during the current winter high season. (Read more on: Phuket to welcome more flights for 2013/2014 high season).
According to surveys by the TAT Krabi Office, accommodation at various beach destinations both on the mainland and several popular islands of Krabi are reporting an average room rate of 95 per cent during this week. Forward bookings for the coming weeks also look promising.
The positive tourism outlook for Krabi is further strengthened with the New York Times’ recent release of its “52 Places to Go in 2014”. The list tags Krabi as “A Phuket-like hideaway, but still unspoiled.” (Read more on 52 Places to Go in 2014)
Krabi is famous for its myriad of beautiful beaches and islands, particularly Ko Phi Phi and Ko Lanta, and limestone cliffs that draw rock-climbing enthusiasts from around the world.
From Bangkok, the flight time to Krabi is 1 hour 20 minutes. From Phuket, the travelling time by car is just under 2 hours and by boat is about 45 minutes.
Other airlines operating through Krabi Airport include Thai Airways International and THAI Smile Airlines from Bangkok and Tigerair from Singapore.

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