Krabi is a southern province
on Thailand’ Andaman seaboard with perhaps the country’s oldest
history of continued settlement. After dating stone tools, ancient
coloured pictures, beads, pottery and skeleton remains found in
the province’s many cliffs and caves, it is thought that Krabi has
been home to Homo Sapiens since the period 25,000 – 35,000 B.C.
In recorded time it was called the “Ban Thai Samor”,
and was one of twelve towns that used, before people were widely
literate, the monkey for their standard. At that time, c.1,200 A.D.,
Krabi was tributary to the kingdom of Ligor, a city on the Kra Peninsula’s
east coast better known today as Nakhorn Sri Thammarat.
At the start of the Rattanakosin period, about 200 years ago when
the capital was finally settled at Bangkok, an elephant kraal was
established in Krabi by order
of Jao Praya Nakhorn (Noy), the Rajah of Nakhorn Sri Thammarat,
which was by then a part of the Thai Kingdom. He sent his vizier,
the Pra Palad to oversee this task,
which was ensure a regular supply of elephant for the larger town.
So many emigrated in the steps of the Pra Palad that soon Krabi
had a large community in three different
boroughs: Pakasai, Klong Pon, and Pak Lao.
In 1872, King Chulalongkorn graciously elevated these to town status,
Krabi, a word that preserves in its meaning the monkey symbolism
of the old standard
The town’s first governor was Luang Tehp Sena, though it continued
a while as a dependency of Nakhorn Sri Thammarat, this was changed
in 1875, when krabi was raised a fourth level town in the old system
of Thai government in Bangkok, and Krabi’s history as a unique entity,
separate from the other provinces, had begun.
During the present reign, the corps of civil servants, the merchants,
and the population generally of Krabi and nearby province have together
organized a royal residence at Laem Hahng Nak Cape for presentation
to Her Majesty the Queen. This lies thirty kilometers to the west
of Krabi Town on the Andaman coast.
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