Who we are
Your Krabi is a small, family-run business with the simple aim of helping you to make the most out of your holiday in Krabi. The site is owned by Chiu, an Ao Nang native, and I (Seema, from the UK) and we employ other local villagers, Rit, Chirawan and Daeng, who live nearby.
All of the guys come from fishing families and grew up barefoot in a mini-paradise where dolphins could be seen from the shore and turtles laid eggs on the sand. Each has his own memory of seeeing the first tourists on the beach as teenagers and it is funny (and sad) to hear them reminisce about old times, sitting in the street outside a new Starbucks. Since that time they have been working in tourism: as longtail boatmen, taxi drivers and bar owners. Chiu brought the first elephant trekking camp to the area in the 1990s.
After working at The Daily Telegraph in London, I moved to Krabi in 2001 and created Flyer, a monthly magazine for tourists in English, which ran for seven years, and also published a widely acclaimed guidebook on the area in 2006. This website was launched in 2004 and we have helped thousands of people with their stays in Krabi over the years.
What we do
With so many activities (and blissful inactvities) in Krabi to grab your attention, not to mention the hundreds of places to stay, we understand it can be hard to plan your trip and find the accommodation in Krabi that will suit your particular needs.
So this site provides a lot of information, garnered from years of research and our unique local perspective, packaged in a way that will help you to find what you are looking for, whether that be adventure, relaxation, or just the best restaurant to eat lobster. Get started
To keep the site free and up-to-date, we offer a comprehensive tour and activity booking service, so if you feel that it has been useful, why not book with us? In most cases our prices are the same, or lower than our competitors, with no hidden costs or booking fees, and the service is always better!
Our after sales service is second to none: we offer you door-to-door airport transfer service (for a fee); on-site assistance in the unlikely event of any problems during your stay; plus all our customers can ask for advice or help with any aspect of their stay.
Despite many recent competitors snapping at our heels, including those claiming to be “experts” and “taking inspiration” (read: copying) from our site, we remain the original, the most reliable, and the most trustworthy online booking site in Krabi.
Why we do it
Other than giving us an income, this site gives us the opportunity to promote the businesses and services owned by the local community, or by those who actively invest in the local community. This is something we feel strongly about and which we believe is beneficial for both visitors to Krabi and the residents.
Rapid development over the last 20 years has had a huge impact on the local villages, both positive and negative. Tourism has made people who were farmers and fishermen relatively wealthy, but it has also divided the community, ravaged the land and marine environments, and disrupted the traditional way of life here. We want to ensure that the community remains strong and empowered through better education, job creation and both environmental and cultural conservation.
By choosing local, we believe visitors also have a better, more authentic holiday experience. Outsiders who have come to Krabi for the sole purpose of making money often have no real investment or pride in the area. By choosing local, visitors can see the “real” Krabi, be it the genuine hospitality of the villagers or the incredible insider knowledge offered by certain boat drivers or guides that we know.
Your Krabi is active in the local community. We have sponsored local football teams, donated funds to help villagers set up food stalls, and most recently help to run local direct action group, Trash Hero Ao Nang. We dedicate time and money to cleaning up local beaches and islands, as well as campaigning for better garbage collection and visiting local schools to highlight the growing problem of litter in Krabi.
We are also currently investigating ways to give back to those in the local community who have no connection with tourism, or the elevated income it provides. For example, the local mosque has a charity fund to support the area’s poorest families, whether they need money for a roof repair in rainy season, cash to buy school uniforms or books, or simply to give them a good free meal on festival days.
There are also projects educating school children about their fragile environment, or even fun trips out to the local islands – it is amazing how many people who were born here have never even had the chance to see the islands in front of their home.
Starting this year, we will be putting aside some of our income from every tour booking we receive, to go towards helping local Krabi people in need, with an emphasis on those left behind by the area’s development, and children – the next generation of gatekeepers to Krabi. A year from now, we will blog about what we have been able to achieve, and to what causes the money has gone.