Thais were hoping that this 2010 high season would be truly – high. It isn’t. There are definitely more tourists about than during slow season, but I’m calling this year’s high season quite low. This is nothing like some of the past years’ high seasons in Krabi where the roads were just packed with tourists in rental cars and on rental motorbikes.
Those in Pattaya and Patong Beach have said the same – it’s just not a good high season for tourists in Thailand this year. That’s a real shame because the Thais definitely need the money!
Maybe the diving dollar and Euro has something to do with it. I’m sure it does. The dollar, the last time I looked, was at 29.5 THB per dollar. That’s pretty bad considering when I first came to Thailand in 2004 it was about 37, and I think it even went up to 41 THB per dollar. So the dollar doesn’t have the strength it once did. Ever conscious of money – tourists are not flocking to Thailand in droves at the moment.
I think some stay home out of fear of what is happening with the government and protests. That really shouldn’t be any concern if you are coming to Thailand. If you’re coming, just avoid Bangkok during the protests. Patong Beach, Krabi, Trang, Chiang Mai, the unspoiled northeast of Thailand – are all wonderful places to go – whether there are protests in BKK or not.
Particularly good for Krabi tourists is that this place isn’t overrun with tourists at the moment – so – GET HERE AND ENJOY IT!
Krabi must be the most underrated Thailand destination in the country at the moment. There is just as much to do and see during the daylight hours as anywhere else in the country – including Phuket. Krabi has awesome diving, Phi Phi, caves, waterfalls, shopping, and other things to do like snake hunting if you’re up for it!
There is also some great hiking to be found in Tub Kaak, Krabi at Hang Nak Nature Trail. Have a look! Or, Tiger Temple, where you can climb 1,237 steps to the top of a small mountain and see for many kilometers. You can see Koh Phi Phi, Ao Nang, Koh Jum, Khao Phanom Bencha, Hang Nak (Norn) Mountain, and many other locations.