From the catalogue (Ursula Spraul Doring):
From the catalogue (Monika Koppold):
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From the catalogue (Ursula Spraul Doring):
From the catalogue (Monika Koppold):
Event announcement: The Magic of Colours Art Exhibition in Krabi Contemporary Art Museum
Artists: Ursula Spraul-Doring, Monika Koppold
Nature of work : Paintings
Duration of the show : January 25- February 10, 2012
Tue – Sun time 9.00 p.m. – 17.a.m. . (Monday Closed)
Opening ceremony of the exhibition: January 25, 2012, 15.00
Krabi Contemporary Art Museum
Isara Rd.Thambun Paknam Amphur Maung, Krabi 81000
Tel. 0 – 75630 – 061 , e,mail [email protected]
Railay Bay Resort Ltd Partnership, which owns the popular Railay Bay Resort and Railay Princess Resort & Spa, has taken over the management of backpackers' favourite YaYa Resort, on the east side of the Railay Peninsula in Krabi.
Ya Ya Resort opened more than 10 years ago with wooden "tree house" style accommodation and has now grown to 111 rooms, both fan and air conditioned. Its restaurant is renowned for excellent Thai food.
“We are honoured to be taking on this property," says Khun Weerachoke Waiyarat, Railay Bay's Sales and Marketing Manager. "We look forward to sharing our values including the “Wow” factor and 100% guest satisfaction guarantee, with staff and customers alike."
The group is planning a major renovation of the property beginning in April 2012, which will transform the resort into a high quality "bed and breakfast" type hotel. Meanwhile, as of 3 November, 2011, the resort is being run as the "Railay Princess Budget Wing", as it is located adjacent to the Railay Princess Resort.
For further information, please contact sales (AT) krabi-railaybay.com
You could do it that way round, but you would need to leave VERY early morning to make it for your flight (Hot Springs is past the airport, about 40km further south, plus you will be wet / need change of clothes etc. on your return).
For 10 people, you can rent a minibus, sure.
It's possible, but you may wish to "hit the ground running" as the airport is already half way to the Hot Springs & Emerald pool. You'll need to negotiate with the airport taxis to do that itinerary, then take you to Ao Nang, or wherever you are staying.
Otherwise, by the time you get to your hotel, check in, and find a taxi to take you back, it may be hard to do everything before dark.
Alternatively you could do Hot Springs and Emerald Pool on Day 1 and stop off at Tiger Cave on way back to airport on Day 4 (you'll need around 1 hour +, more if you want to go to the top). Shopping can easily be done in the evenings as most shops only open at 10 - 11am and stay open late.
We have been receiving several enquiries from visitors to Krabi asking where they can make donations for flood victims.
In fact, there has been overwhelming support for victims of the landslide in Phanom Bencha and the flash flooding in other areas of Krabi, so much so that most of the donations are now being directed to far worse hit areas in neighbouring provinces, in particular the very rural and isolated area around Bang Sawan village in Surat Thani province.
A few local businesses in Ao Nang have been co-ordinating their own relief effort, driving out to affected areas and simply finding people whom other volunteers and aid workers have not yet reached. They found that though the waters have now completely receded many people have lost a great deal of their possessions.
Gidi Mevissen, one of the co-ordinators (above, in the cap, on April 7th with a man who had seen no-one for 7 days following the destruction of his home) has this message: "We are going again on the 17th of this month to the affected areas, we have now collected more than 90,000 baht and still some more money is coming in. We would like to go and buy some rice-cookers and water boilers, as they are hard needed. But food, clothing is always good, so the victims do not have to spend money on that and they will have spare money to buy other things."
If anyone would like to contribute, kindly bring donations to Carnivore Restaurant (directly opposite the car park of Thai Village Resort), before 17th April please.
On Railay itself, there are two great beaches. You can rent a kayak and paddle around the coastline, or there are some nice trails you can explore inland with caves, forest etc. - not more than an hour's walk. And of course, it's easy to get off the peninsula and do some island tours before your friends get here - there is a great sunset snorkeling cruise that leaves from Railay.
Thanks for the "eye witness" report :-) Unfortunately you can't upload pictures directly to our site, you will need to upload them to your web host (e.g. Flickr, Photo Bucket, Facebook etc.) then post a link to them, between img tags like this [ img ] link [ / img ] (leave out the spaces) so they show up in your post.
Hope you are enjoying your stay! Still lovely, warm and sunny here people!
Railay is more beautiful than Lanta, but there is less to do in the immediate area - for any cultural activities or shopping etc you would need to take a boat to Ao Nang (15 minutes ride). Lanta has cookery classes, elephants and so on, on the island, all more easily accessible by road. The beaches are also quieter than in Railay (no longtail boat traffic), but again Railay wins the beauty contest hands down.
Thanks ahpek99! It was indeed a lovely sunny day yesterday and promises to be equally good today.
For other posters, please see read above posts for information you require. In brief - all major roads in South clear, no sanitary issues.
It seems a lot of information is getting lost or skipped over in this long thread so here is what should be a FINAL summary.
1. Everything is as normal in Krabi, with the exception of the immediate perimeter of the landslide area, an isolated village some 50km inland.
2. There is no flood water anywhere: all roads and footpaths are completely dry
3. No hotels suffered any storm damage
4. Airport, ferries, roads are open and operating
5. All islands are accessible
6. Shops and all other commerce in all areas are open as usual. There is no shortage of food, water, or other supplies in Krabi (or ever was at any point last week).
7. Photographic evidence can be found earlier in the thread
Unless we post anything to the contrary you may assume that the above still holds true and is applicable to all tourist areas and every hotel.
It has not rained for 3 days now, other than the odd shower. Today it is sunny and warm. The Krabi weather forecast at any time of year is always unclear and hedges its bets - I think the Thai Metereological Department must be the only one to have a special all-in-one "sun, rain, cloud and storm" symbol, which it just uses every day, year round :-)
To see the current weather situation you can click here: () and read the report at the top of the page. You can also check the percentage chance of precipitation in the forecast below (ignore the pointless symbols) as this can be a reasonable guide to the chances of rain. I would say anything below 50% means showers will be isolated.
Do also note that this time is the traditional start of the rainy season, so some showers are to be expected if you visit in April - but this normal monsoon rain certainly does not lead to flooding or landslides.
First, the pictures, taken today (2nd April) at around 1pm. This is the beach road in Ao Nang, dry, no debris:
This is the beach just in front, lots of people, longtail boats, everything as you would expect for early April:
We don't have 100% guaranteed information about road conditions outside of Krabi. It may be that as large areas of Surat Thani are still under water that travelling north (or south from Bangkok) is problematic. But at the same time, mail and so on is coming through fine. So I would check directly with the transport authority for an answer - if in Thailand the free call centre number is 1490
Travelling south to Had Yai (or north from there) is fine, no problems - the Trang - Krabi stretch of the road was temporarily blocked, but is now clear.
There are several clinics in Ao Nang, but the nearest hospital is in Krabi Town (15 - 20 minutes by car). It would be physically impossible to block all roads in and out of Ao Nang.
Everything is 100% back to normal now in all tourist areas, no rain for a couple of days - it's sunny with patchy cloud this morning. A few beaches have storm debris on them, but this will clear naturally with the tides in the next day or so. Will take pictures later today and post as "evidence" for anyone still in doubt whether they should come :-)
That's very kind of you; I'm sure clothes would be welcome as well. The rain has now stopped and the Thai Metereological Department says the low pressure area has moved on, so I'm not sure how long these people will have to stay in the shelters before they are allowed to go home, but I know that up to 100 houses have been completely destroyed so some families will still be homeless.
Krabi Resort is located near the main beach front of Ao Nang, it's not really near Sunda, but you are sure to be in this area if you visit Ao Nang Beach. Here is a (); the entrance is opposite Blue Mango restaurant.
It is now 3.30pm in Krabi. No rain yet today, it has remained cloudy with a few sunny intervals. The street in Ao Nang has now been cleared of sand and debris and is now clean (actually cleaner than before!). All island excursions are operating as normal; inland trips to some National Park waterfalls and springs are not advised due to high waters.
This morning I also met with Son, one of the owners of Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort, who had to evacuate resort staff and 12 guests to Krabi Town following Tuesday's landslide near Phanom Bencha Mountain. He also mentioned the relief effort and donations required for several thousand villagers from around the foot of Phanom Bencha mountain who are currently living in temporary shelters until it is considered safe to return to their homes. Drinking water, blankets and nappies (diapers) are the most urgently required items. If you are in the area and have items to donate, please bring them to Krabi Resort in Ao Nang. These will be collected at 13.00 and 15.00 daily and brought to the schools and temples where the homeless are living. The death toll from the landslide is now 6 people.
Good morning from an overcast Krabi. It's been cloudy this morning, but no rain! Roads are dry, sea is calm.
The airport is open (it never closed) and all flights are operating as usual. I'm afraid we don't have information about Koh Phangan, other than the same news sources as everyone else.
Another thing to note re: media reports that are circulating containing hysterical tourist "tweets" and snapshots of Krabi - these images and information are all from a brief period on Tuesday when, as explained above, there were huge and terrifying storms and flash floods across Krabi (and this is also when the devastating landslide occured). It was a frightening time, especially for foreigners who have never experienced tropical storms, and who were understandably very upset at seeing their hard-earned holiday ruined. Information was not clear and the tweets reflected this.
However, these floodwaters in the vast majority of cases province-wide, and in all cases near tourist areas, receded within a few hours and there is now no inundation in any built-up area that we know of. Roads are clear, shops are open, and there is absolutely no food or water shortage other than in the perimeter around the landslide area - but in any case villagers have been evacuated from this and other areas considered at risk.
Light rain is continuing in to the evening.
Please read the above posts for your replies. I was shopping in Krabi Town yesterday - everything is open as normal.
For those searching for news about the landslide in Khao Phanom district, the latest update from the Krabi governor's office is that 3 people have been found dead, 24 are still injured and 6 people are still unaccounted for. The Thai prime minister, Abhisit Vejajiva, is due here this afternoon to visit victim's relatives and inspect the site.
Thank you for all your posts and emails.
We are very glad to report that this morning was dry and - for brief intervals - quite sunny and hot. Here is a picture of Ao Nang Beach at approximately 1.30pm today (local time), taken in the same spot as the picture above:
Note the dry road (though some sand / debris is still present) and the relatively blue sea. Amazingly, the sea is very calm and flat today, with longtail boats and all ferries operating as normal (I had not seen the sea yet when I wrote this morning's update and had assumed it would look like it did yesterday, where you could barely make out the islands on the horizon):
What a difference a day makes. Here is a picture of the beach this afternoon:
This comparison should show you how quickly things can get back to normal.
However, the rain has not yet stopped. At approximately 2.30pm, another downpour started and, an hour later (as I write now), it is just tailing off. This shower is more like normal monsoon rain, though, and the clouds are definitely lifting.
To those of you watching events on the news, please understand that the floods cover a large geographical area of southern Thailand, many hundreds of miles across, which tends to be forgotten in a 5 minute news report, especially one mentioning lots of place names you may not be familiar with.
Due to the mountainous terrain, the weather also varies dramatically from coast to coast. The east coast of Thailand has been far worse hit overall than Krabi, suffering more than 3 - 4 times the rainfall on this side. Many places on Koh Samui and the mainland of Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Surat Thani are still under water.
The reason that the media is focused on Krabi is because of a landslide that occured inland near a mountain that swept away nearby houses and has sadly led to several deaths. This is an isolated incident in a very rural area. So there has been a disaster in Krabi but Krabi itself is not a disaster zone - important difference. There has been no flooding, I repeat NO FLOODING anywhere near the coasts or town (where most of you will be staying), other than temporary low level flash floods on Tuesday as water run-off rushed down from the hills. This cleared within an hour or so.
And now for the weather report :-)
There has been no rain since yesterday evening. This morning is overcast, with a few patches of blue sky and sunshine appearing. It seems as though the depression has cleared and moved on; we will post pictures and further reports later in the day.
To answer the questions above (apologies for no individual replies): the ferry to Koh Phi Phi is currently suspended due to high waves, but if the weather stays clear, it is likely to be running by the weekend. All other places mentioned are unaffected, and this is unlikely to change as the weather is now clearing; however you may wish to keep checking back here as we will keep updating on sea condition etc. , which could be an issue if you are staying at Centara, or travelling to the islands.
The rain has now stopped (finally!) - for the moment. The forecast is that the sun will reappear this weekend. If you are travelling to Krabi in April, our advice is NOT to cancel yet. The weather here changes very quickly and as flooding is restricted to a few isolated areas far inland (nothing near the coast), once the sun comes out, things should get back to normal within a few hours.
The sea is a slightly different story: the Krabi - Phi Phi ferry is currently suspended, due to large waves. The sea is likely to remain churned up for a few days, meaning island excursions could well be restricted if you are travelling in the coming week.
Update on Khao Phanom landslide, following some emails we have received: this incident took place very far from Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort (other side of the mountain). All guests there are safe and have already been evacuated, as a precautionary measure, to Krabi Town.
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Since 24 March, Krabi - along with the rest of southern Thailand - has been pounded by relentless heavy rain, leading yesterday to several flash floods and landslides around the province.
We are still gathering complete information about the incidents; we can report after driving around the tourist areas and the provincial town this morning that temporary flood waters from yesterday have completely receded and there was no evidence of inundation anywhere other than plantation and national park land, though there were the remains of mud and debris along Ao Nang beachfront road from run-off from the hills last night. This was being cleaned by council workers.
Ao Nang Beach after heavy rain, 30 March 2011
The main incident near to a tourist area seems to have been near the Talaat Kao intersection in town, on the way to Krabi Airport, where a section of road near a small bridge collapsed, leaving many people trapped on one side. There was also a small landslide on the road from Klong Haeng towards Chong Pli Village; that section has been closed off for clearing.
All tourist excursions to the islands have been suspended due to rough seas.
Concerned relatives of any expats or visitors in Krabi should note that the reported (), which has killed several villagers, is in a rural area at least 40km from the tourist coast and is highly unlikely to involve any foreigners.
The rain has eased considerably today, and is expected to stop by Friday. Things should then return to normal by next week.
We will update with any further news as we get it.
Well, when you see stories like this:
you do wonder... :-(
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