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What's on in Krabi?
Songkran is one of the biggest annual events in Thailand. It's a country-wide celebration of the Lunar New Year, marked with an epic water fight to wash away the bad luck from the previous year. There are also processions beginning at various temples, and which bless waiting crowds and wash images of Buddha. If you want to plan your airfare to Krabi around the festivities, look to travel in mid-April.
Andaman Sea Festival
The annual Andaman Sea Festival takes place from 16 to 18 November. It marks the start of high season in Krabi, and locals celebrate with various water sports and other competitions. As it is one of the busiest periods to buy return flights to Krabi, you should book your hotel room as soon as you've secured your tickets.
The Laanta-Lanta Festival is held in the district of Koh Lanta. Book your tickets to Krabi for March travel and spend three days feasting on Thai cuisine and watching traditional entertainment. Rong-Ngen, a form of traditional music, and the dance of Thailand's Sea Gypsies is a must-see performance on the main stage. There's also a second beachside stage with jazz and reggae performances.
When is the best time to visit Krabi?
The best time to visit Krabi is over the dry season. From December to March, you can expect hot, sunny days and good water visibility for snorkelling and diving. While it's the most popular time to buy return flights to Krabi, you can avoid the December crowds by flying into Krabi Airport (KBV) between late January and March. For great deals on airfare to Krabi and hotels, look for flights that land at Krabi Airport (KBV) between April and November. These months are monsoon season for the island, and tourist numbers drop over this period. It's a good option for budget travellers looking for cheap flights to Krabi. Before booking your flights to Krabi, check to see if your dates fall over Chinese New Year. The island sees a huge influx of travellers, and prices on the island - not just the cost of tickets to Krabi - can increase as a result of the extra foot traffic.
What are the dos and don'ts of visiting Krabi?
Temple attire for Thailand
If you want to visit any temples while away, you need to pack appropriate clothing in your suitcase before departing on flights to Krabi. Both men and women need to wear clothes that cover their knees and shoulders. Visitors that aren’t dressed appropriately may be refused entry.
Take off your shoes
Feet are considered dirty in Thai culture. When packing for your flights to Krabi, be sure to include a pair of shoes that easily slip on and off - ideal for if you’re visiting a local home or a temple and need to quickly take off your footwear. Another thing to keep in mind when you're admiring Krabi's temples is to not point the soles of your feet towards a statute of Buddha. Instead, tuck your feet underneath you if you are sitting on the ground. It's also considered insulting to step on a picture of Thailand's royal family or to use your feet to point at something.
Don't touch someone’s head
The top of the head is considered sacred in Thai culture. Never touch the head or hair of a stranger or a child.
Avoid pointing at people
If you need to point something out to a person or call someone over, use your whole hand. It's considered rude to point with your palm towards the ground.
One of the things that first-time visitors to Thailand - not just those on return flights to Krabi - will notice about their holiday destination is how frequently the national anthem is played. It is broadcast is most public spaces every day at 8am and 6pm. It also plays before the start of a movie at the cinema. Be sure to stand for the anthem as a sign of respect to the Thai King if you’re out and about and it begins to play.
Make sure to use your right hand when eating. The left hand is considered unclean in Thai culture. It's also good manners to leave some food on your plate. If you finish everything, it implies you're still hungry and your host didn't give you enough food. It's also thought rude to lick your fingers when you're finished eating.