It will happen at some point: you will start to miss the food from home. For some a meal every few weeks is enough, others require western food every day. In the tourist areas (Ao Nang, Klong Muang, Phi Phi, Ko Lanta in high season), there is a reasonably good choice of western restaurants, that are run by expats themselves, and thus offer fairly authentic food. See our restaurant guides for details on specific restaurants.
There are also several international fast food chains here, including McDonald’s and Burger King (Ao Nang), Swensen’s, KFC, Dunkin Donuts, Dairy Queen (all in Krabi Town or the larger malls).
If you would like to cook at home, the choices are increasing. The supermarkets in Krabi like Tesco Lotus sor Big C are starting to stock a decent selection of western goods, though still nothing compared with the same shops in Phuket. However, it is possible to find pasta, potatoes, cereals, imported meat and a limited selection of bread and cheese. (Anyone who wants to open up a good bakery is most welcome!). Makro, the cash and carry wholesaler (on the highway Route 4 heading north to Phuket) is a better bet for fresh western fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as frozen meats and fish. They also have a good range of foreign sauces, condiments and spices, including those for Indian food.
Some fresh ingredients such as fruit (e.g. apples) and vegetables (bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus etc.) can also be found in the morning market in Krabi Town, or the local markets in and around Ao Nang. Dried herbs and imported sauces and seasonings are also fairly easy to get hold of.
Drinks-wise, good wine is quite hard to find and very expensive when you do. This also goes for beer – although there are specialist pubs in Ao Nang which have a better selection than most, including draught Guinness. International brand spirits and soft drinks are available everywhere.
- Krabi transport connections
- Opening a bank account in Krabi
- Finding employment in Krabi
- Expat entertainment in Krabi
- International TV & Media
- Internet, phone and 3G connections
- Owning and driving a vehicle in Krabi
- Hospitals and health insurance in Krabi
- Krabi international schools
- Learning Thai & other language difficulties
- Krabi expat guide
- Krabi: Practical info during your visit
- Long stay accommodation in Krabi
Last updated: August 29, 2012