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Southeast Asia Pilot by Bill O’Leary & Andy Dowden

Thailand Krabi & The Phi Phi Islands krabi rivers & marinas

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Four miles east of Laem Nang is the shallow delta where the Krabi River gives access to Krabi Town, Port Takola and the Krabi Town Marina.

From the south the channel starts at the safe water mark at Hin Ruru and runs directly north following the port and starboard marks up to Koh Nok, where the fork and land masses make it easier to stay in the deepest water.

From Laem Nang, head east-north-east to the port mark (No. 2) before turning north up the channel.

Two miles east of the Krabi River safe water mark is the entrance to Khlong Kanan, where the north channel leads to the new Krabi Boat Lagoon Marina.

The 100 kilometres of mangrove creeks, and the 200-square-kilometre tidal flats, of this massive confluence of three rivers is protected Ramsar Wetland since 2001.

Krabi Town is a port of entry for Thailand with Customs and Harbour Departments located near the Klong Ji Lard Pier. Note the old Krabi Immigration office has moved from town to beside the Marine Police office at 382 Moo7, Tharuea Road Sai Tai.

The once sleepy riverside town has seen many changes since the international airport and new ferry jetty gave tourists far better access to this amazing area.

In addition to the marinas described here, there are two possible anchorages in the river itself. The first is just north of Krabi River Marina. This anchorage is fairly popular because it is right in front of downtown Krabi; however, it is accessible only at high tide. The second anchorage, a bit further from the centre of Krabi Town, but accessible at all tides, is just north of Port Takola Marina.

A KRABI RIVER MARINA (KRABI TOWN MARINA)

KRABI RIVER MARINA. 8° 3.307N, 98° 55.283E

From the T-junction Krabi River starboard marker #5 head east keeping to the south of Koh Noi and Koh Nu. Follow the channel north keeping them both to port until well clear of the north mud bank on Koh Noi into the Krabi River Marina.

This new 40-berth marina is just south of the main town and close to all the facilities. Tel : +66 75 611115

Harbour Master +66 81 640 7136, wityanan@yahoo.com or

res@krabitownmarina.com | www.krabitownmarina.com

B PORT TAKOLA MARINA

PORT TAKOLA MARINA. 8° 02.532N, 98° 53.844E

At the T-junction of Krabi River, directly opposite the Krabi Administration Klong Ji Lard Pier, is the entrance channel to Port Takola Marina . As we went to print, work was progressing and the marina’s phase one was scheduled to open around September 2016.

The channel will reportedly be dredged to 2.5 metres LAT, which will make this marina accessible at all tides. In the first phase the basin will provide berths for 50 yachts of 10-30 metres; this will later extend to 260 berths (10-40 metres) in the second phase.

The boatyard will have 50 dry berths with a 38-ton hydraulic boat lift system. Repair and maintenance service will be available.

www.porttakola.com

Once tranquil Rai Lei receives its fair share of day trippers, most arriving by traditional longtail boat - Photo by Bill O?Leary
Once tranquil Rai Lei receives its fair share of day trippers, most arriving by traditional longtail boat - Photo by Bill O?Leary

C KRABI BOAT LAGOON MARINA

KRABI BOAT LAGOON MARINA. 8° 0.725N, 98° 57.691E

1.5 miles east of the safe water mark at Hin Ruru is the entrance channel to Khlong Taling Chan, giving access to this marina.

There is a red buoy channel marker (set by the marina) at 7°57.9N, 98°55.2E . For waypoints up the klong and into the basin go to the marina’s website and look for ‘Marina Approaches’. Printing out this waypoint chart and entering at high tide is recommended.

This marina is a sister project to the Phuket Boat Lagoon, with many similarities including an internal basin.

Krabi Town is 30 kilometres by road and about five miles by dinghy through the right branch of the river.

Tel:+66 (0) 75 656017 / +66 (0) 86281 0330. VHF Ch.67

info@krabiboatlagoon.com | www.krabiboatlagoon.com

While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this book is accurate, the charts of anchorages are based on personal experience and satellite imagery and are intended as a guide only. They should not be used for navigation. Please refer to Official Hydrographic Charts of the respective countries.

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