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Thai culture is predominantly an Indian culture, though many inhabitants of Krabi are descended from Chinese immigrants. While Buddhism defines much of Thailand's culture overall, Krabi is an eclectic mix of Muslim, Buddhist, and Chinese-Thai influences, with a small number of gypsies. Krabi's citizens celebrate a number of Chinese holidays and its Muslim population observes its share of rituals.
The culture may seem, to the outsider, contradictory at times. While overall, there is an unstated mutual respect based on Buddhist traditions, partiality is shown to different sets at different times. For example, the elderly are generally deferred to, except in the presense of a monk, in which case, the monk is favored. So, status more than age is the standard adhered to. Women are generally on the lower rungs in regard to societal rank.
Agriculture plays a large part in Krabi society, which is predominantly rural. Originally, Krabi was established as a source of elephants for nearby Bangkok. Rubber, coconut, and pineapple plantations eventually covered much of the surrounding area, and was Krabi's major industry long before tourism.