What to bring to Krabi – and what to leave at home
Pack lightweight clothes, unless you’re coming in the rainy season (May – October), in which case you should bring a light (non-woolly) sweater or cardigan. Unless you are staying at a five star resort, formal clothes are rarely necessary – Krabi is very laidback and casual dress (though not swimwear) is acceptable everywhere. Laundry services are widely available at around 35-40 Baht per kilo.
Sunglasses are a must – the sun is extremely strong. Well-priced designer sunglasses can be bought from opticians here; please do not use the fake versions you can buy on the street, as these offer no protection. Bring at least one pair of flip-flops or slip-on shoes (or buy them here). As well as being cooler, they are also easily removed before entering a Thai home or temple. A small flashlight can be useful for occasional power cuts or to find your way back to your bungalow at night if you are staying at the beach or at a remote guest-house.
Other weather-related items you may like to bring are a light poncho or rain jacket which, even if not raining, can be worn or used to cover valuables on speedboats to keep the spray off. A dry bag (can also be bought here) would be even better suited for this purpose. A cap, sunhat or even a parasol is also recommended.
Other holiday essentials such as suncream, batteries, camera memory cards, mosquito repellent as well as basic brand-name toiletries such as Colgate and Nivea are widely available here, so there’s no need to panic if you run out!
If you plan to spend a great deal of time in the water, you might want to bring your own snorkel and mask – although these can also be purchased here. Some people may also want to bring their own specialised equipment for diving and climbing, though again these can be bought or rented very easily.
ELECTRICITY IN THAILAND
The standard voltage in Thailand is 220V with a frequency of 50Hz. Most laptop computers do not require a converter but check with your manufacturer before you come.
The standard Thai socket accepts many kinds of plugs:
The picture on the left shows an earthed 3-pin socket, found in most hotels and in many homes in developed areas. The alternative socket is a 2-pin version of this one (without the hole on the right).
Both the 2 pin and 3 pin sockets will accept any Type A, Type C and Type E plugs (the flat pin or round pin plugs used in most of Continental Europe and America).These plugs are shown on the left.
The 3 pin sockets (if you are staying in a hotel that has them) will also accept Type B 3-pin plugs, which have 2 flat pins and 1 round pin.
Any other type of plug, including UK, Singaporean, Indian and Australian plugs, will require an adaptor.
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- How to plan your Krabi holidays
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- Suggested itineraries for a holiday in Krabi
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Last updated: July 28, 2013