05:50 23/11/2013 For the third time we’d bargained our baby slumber for an early flight with Air Asia. Now, it has been customary for us to hail a cab on the wee hours going to KL Sentral. While catching forty winks during a bus travel to LCCT. Yes, it was slightly inconvenient but far better than camping and snatching a doze on the cold airport floor. Being used with this routine had lead us some advantage. Like arriving at the airport on a desired time enough to run some pre-departure necessities like document verification( applicable for no luggage, international flight) and grabbing some goodies for breakfast
Just breaking daylight, the glossy Airbus 320 was all ready to bring passengers on board for their ultimate beach get away. AK 1966 left Sepang, Selangor 7:15 AM sharp took us to Krabi and landed 15 minutes after. Taking flight for only 15 minutes? Eh? We forgot to mention that Krabi lags behind an hour with Malaysia. So technically the travel time is an hour and fifteen minutes to be exact.
Ten minutes before landing the visibility suddenly change from semi cleared to foggy. A sign of impending rain and just we landed at Krabi International Airport (KBV), a heavy downpour welcomed us. What a day to start this ultimate beach get away.
After clearing Immigration, we immediately scout for Money Changers to buy some Bahts. But unfortunately all of them were closed and will only open 10AM onwards. Awkward right? An international airport with no 24/7 money changer, Sigh! Can’t complain, our lack of research leads us cashless (Bahts we mean) Thank goodness the bus counter accepted our crisp Ringgit upon purchasing bus tickets to Ao Nang. Though the rate was bit lower but still good than nothing.
|UL to clockwise Ao Nang Strip, Limestone Karst, Ao Nang Beach, Ao Nang Road
Ao Nang district is 26 KM away from the airport and taking the public bus takes 45 minutes or so. But It took us more than an hour to reach it. The winding road going to Ao Nang and unfavorable weather cause much of the delay. We ain’t complain as safety is much priority rather than going their in pieces, lol.
Our Temporary Abode
We come to know this place from Niza (travel NizaZainal) who her budget plus convenience choice was also same reason why we opted KL House as our temporary abode. It’s located along Ao Nang road close to convenience stores, restaurants, massage spa, diving shop and even a clinic. We’ll share our great experience and how to save 300 baht from tour hopping on on a separate post.
Where did we go in Krabi?
|UL to clockwise Bamboo Island, Maya Bay, Paradise Island and Hong Island
Of course the main reason why people flock to Krabi is because of it’s world renowned white sand powdery beaches with astounding limestone karst as it’s background. It’s imperative to book island hopping packages as DIY will be much more expensive unless you go there in a big group.
Our first day in Krabi was spent bumming in a not swimming friendly (big waves due to bad weather) Ao Nang beach. We visited Bamboo Island -Phi Phi Island (Maya Bay, shooting location of The Beach) -Viking Cave- on the second day and Paradise island- Hong Lagoon-Hong Island on the third day. These island hopping escapade deserves a separate post.
What we did in Krabi?
|UL to clockwise Beach bumming at Ao Nang Beach, Jumpshot at Bamboo Island, Star fish kissing at Hong Lagoon, Snorkeling Hin Klang
Since the weather didn’t cooperate on the first day, we just enjoyed lying on our new lagu beach blanket while listening to the big waves pounding the shore. With a n alluring background of Krabi, we find ourselves repetitively levitating in the air for that awesome jump shot. Our tour guide click the shutter at the right time, accidentally captures that “Perfect shot”.
Snorkeling is one of water activities that shouldn’t be missed when having a island tour hopping in Krabi. With it’s rich marine bio diversity, Sky was lured and jump to Andaman Sea even though he didn’t know how to swim. But don’t worry he wore a life jacket. Teehee and did his first snorkeling experience and had an intimate moments with sea creatures.
Aside from beach activities, we found our selves chasing golden Sunsets twice on separate occasion at Ao Nang beach. With long tail boats turning as silhouette just made it more even scenic and err.. romantic. With some bahts to burn we shop and bargain at Ao Nang market stalls. Buying fancy stuffs and travel mementos. After getting tired from shopping we’d an authentic Thai Massage to one of hanky panky massage parlor.
|Birthday Boy sipping that famous Thai bucket.
And we didn’t pass the opportunity to sip the infamous Thai bucket. Remember the hangover in Bangkok? Hahaha. A concoction to choose your own (we had local whiskey, sprite, red bull etc forgot other mix). Apparently this booze didn’t knock us off, as we filled loads of ice to keep us from ordering another one.
|Upper L-R Thai Grilled Chicken, Khao with Fried Veggies, Thai Green Curry
Middle L-R Tom Yum, Seasoned Fried Chicken, Fried flat noodles
Bottom L-R Thai Chicken Skewer, Pad Thai, Fried Spring rolls
Leaving Krabi without tasting it’s mouthwatering local cuisine wouldn’t be complete. The array of choices available at Ao Nang will surely delight it’s tourist. But our taste buds were longing for Authentic Thai food. We end up emptying two bowls of Tom Yum, three plates for Pad Thai, huge bowl of Thai Green Curry, Grilled and fried chicken, Spring rolls, and Banana rotis. Hey we didn’t consume it at one shot, ok? Admittedly we gain 4 lbs each after this Krabi trip, if you ask if we regret, Hell NO! Their food is to die for!
Aside from accumulating weight that’s really obvious from photos above. We added new friends to our travel roster. Tyler whom we casually chitchat during flight from KL to Krabi. That quirky bracelet vendor Pin, who convinced us to buy personalized bracelets. Jaija, only local tourist that joined in our Hong island hopping tour who became our friend. To the folks of Roots Rock Reggae who made Sky special Day more memorable, greeting him HBD with a live band. Awesome! Last but not the least Tar (owner) and Nam (female receptionist)who gave us great recommendations and where to information that greatly helps our trip in Krabi. Not to mention made our stay pleasant, fun, economical and memorable.
We missed the 4 island trip, Elephant trekking and swimming at Emerald lagoon, which are enough reason to come back for Krabi.
Reā phlād khuṇ Krabi!
Sky and Summer