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Krabi province

Area:4,708.5 km²
Ranked 46th
Inhabitants:371.814 (2001)
Ranked 62nd
Pop. density:79 inh./km²
Ranked 54th
ISO 3166-2:TH-81

Krabi (Thai กระบี่) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, at the shore of the Andaman Sea. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang. The Phuket province to the west is also neighboring, but without any land boundary.

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Geography The province is located at the shore to the Andaman Sea. Most notable are the solitary limestone hills, both on the land and in the sea as islands. Of about 130 islands belonging to the province, Ko Phi Phi Lee is perhaps the most famous, as it was the set of the movie The Beach.

History The first human remains in the province date back to 25,000 - 35,000 B.C., but the first recorded history dates back to Kingdom of Ligor in 1200 BC, when the city Ban Thai Samor was part of this kingdom. In modern Thailand the Krabi area was administered from Nakhon Si Thammarat, even after 1872 when king Chulalongkorn gave Krabi the status of a town. In 1875 it finally got full provincial status.


The seal of the province shows two crossed ancient swords (Krabi means ancient sword) in front of the mountain range of Phanom Benja and the Indian Ocean. The provincial tree is the Si-siat-nua or Acacia catechu[?].

Administrative divisions

  1. Muang Krabi
  2. Khao Phanom
  3. Ko Lanta
  4. Khlong Thom
  1. Ao Luek
  2. Plai Phraya
  3. Lam Thap
  4. Nuea Khlong

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