My company organized a business trip to Hatyai and Krabi Thailand to look at opportunities in rubberwood timber manufacturing and production. We traveled by Toyota Commuter to Krabi from Hatyai and took us the whole day including scheduled stoppages. The journey passed by rubber plantations, small towns and nothing to shout about until we were near Krabi and saw the Andaman sea.
Krabi is just a small town by the sea with 40-50% Muslim population, that takes care of the Halal Food issue. In December most hotels were fully booked and charged the high season rate. We were able to get Aonang Sunset Hotel quite near the beach for THB 2,400 including breakfast. Cheaper hotels are available but they are kilometers away from the beach and town.
Beach at Aonang are full of bikini-clad young and old tourist mostly from countries hit by adverse winter season. The scenery was very picturesque and get your camera at sunset for nice photography spree.
In the town itself, shops selling souvenirs are aplenty but they called the price high and expect you to bargain, which to me is a waste of time...restaurants are plenty too, from Indian food to European dishes and Muslim food not a problem.
Renting a motorbike is a must especially if your hotels are far from the twon and beach. Big heavy motorbike were rented at THB 400 for 24 hours wile the smaller scouters were give away at THB 200 for 24 hours.
I intend to come back during low season perhaps in March, 2011.