We are looking at staying in Krabi for 8 nights in late October. We originally were going to fly direct from Melbourne to Bangkok, stay a day & night (primarily for shopping) & then catch a connecting flight to Krabi. Our other option is to fly direct to Kualar Lumpur followed by a connecting flight to Krabi. Which is better for 5 star accomodation & shopping. I would prefer to shop in a mall & am looking at getting bargains (not boutique shopping) bags, sunglasses, shoes etc etc Which is cheaper, safer & has a better atmosphere? This is a family holiday so there has to be something to keep our children amused too.