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Krabi expat guide

Whether you’re fleeing the long winter, or making a more permanent move to Krabi to retire or set up a business, long stay needs are likely to be very different from those of the average tourist who visits for a few days. Our guide to expat life in Krabi will help you to familiarise yourself with the area, how things work, and – more importantly – the kinds of home comforts that are (and aren’t) available here.

At an educated guess, around 2-3 thousand westerners live here in Krabi (including Koh Lanta) during high season (November – April), whether retired, working, or with private means. It’s a pretty friendly community overall, but one that can be cliquey and is generally resistant to any form of organised or orchestrated socialisation – so there are no expat clubs, societies or other obvious means of meeting people when you arrive.

Below we have covered a few practical issues you may consider before deciding to move here, to Krabi – information and tips on expat life in general in Thailand or observations on culture clash etc., are best sought on other websites dedicated to the subject. A good starting point, with some of the best – and the worst – advice you will hear, would be the forums at

Last updated: August 29, 2012