Topic: need some info in getting around krabi and nearby islands

dear all,

I have been checking this site and its forum for few days and
it gives me a great idea of krabi and other nearby islands and good restaurants info.

I need your help further to make our trip a great pleasure.
we are 3 couples having less than 2,2+,3 years child each
willing to spend few days about 4-5 days in krabi

it would be great, if i get info on the following:
we are starting from bangkok to krabi by a pvt coach

1.could you advise me any good route to reach krabi from bangkok
and if anything on the way attractions where we can break our journey and continue
planning to start in the mrng 6.30am from bkk

2. we are staying in krabi town area as Dec fully occupied in Ao Nang area
in krabi town, can we access to beaches even we stay in krabi town?

3.planning to have a trip to phi phi islands and so many islands little bit
consusing, kindly advise good islands which is not to be missed
our period of stay: dec 28 to Jan 3

4. kayak? and canoing? are these same or different
we want to have a good experience to get the best
we want to see good spots like caves and mountains with paid paddlers

5. emerald pond is another option that we want to take a bath in the mrng
and come back to railay beach for sunset?
Is sunrise also good in railay beach

6. snorkling and speed boat to islands are same or different
where do we get the best deal through online or go to spot and bargain
which is the best option?

7 with small kids, would that be safe kindly advise
any precautions we have to take as we bring small children

8 anyplace to entertain them other than seas and swiming?

9 also we need your further recommendations if anything i missed out here
during our stay, we dont want to rush or dont want to leave anything
truly worthful

10 Is crystal pool is same or emerald pond is different?

11 as we have pte coach with thai speaking driver and thai speaking people
in our group a little bit further navigation from krabi also possible?
your advise please..

the above is i heard from my friend who visited krabi 2 times,
these are excerpts from him

your advise is greatly helpful

thanks in advance
-yezdi