Thailand may not seem like the most accessible of places for wheelchair users: in this culture, disabled people are not encouraged to leave their homes and so public spaces are not usually adapted for their needs. However, this means that whenever Thai people do see people in wheelchairs out and about, they are utterly amazed and falling over themselves to help! You’ll find a ‘can-do’ attitude here that will let you overcome the small obstacles (steps, transfers to boats etc.) that stand between you and a taste of paradise. Things are also changing here in Krabi. A few, clued-up hotels are now able to offer fully accessible accommodation, so that you can enjoy a hassle-free, comfortable stay. We list them below (note: we have taken into consideration all areas of the resort in these listings; many properties advertised as “wheelchair accessible” do not have accessible bathrooms, or swimming pools, for example).
Transport in Krabi is relatively simple: a car with driver can be hired for around 2500 – 3000 Baht a day, depending on where you are going. If you are happy about being lifted, it is also possible to use the local longtail boats to visit the islands. And even the weakest of swimmers can try out snorkelling with a life jacket. Several tour companies and diving schools are also able to cater for disabled travellers and we can help out with guides to these, as well as to accessible – and good! – restaurants and bars.
Paradise is for everyone
Justin Frishberg (pictured above), a British Paralympian and tetraplegic wheelchair user, recently spent a fortnight in Krabi. Read his account of his holiday here.
KRABI HOTELS WITH WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: OUR TOP PICKS
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Last updated: June 14, 2013