Krabi in Thailand is a pristine beach location.It has beautiful beaches, nightclubs and lots of island tours to explore. One of the advantages of travelling to Thailand is you can have unplanned trip as most of the countries get ‘visa on arrival’.
I was very lucky to go with my partner to Krabi, we travelled from Singapore and had a direct flight to Krabi. The hotel was a medium luxurious hotel with old style architecture in the Ao Nang area It was walking distance to the beach and close to some amazing bars and clubs. We were there for three days and had a perfect time.
Here are some must do’s in Krabi.
Long Tail Boat
If you like the sea, and the waves and water splashing on your face, you must ride the long tail boat. The best and easiest one is to take one from Ao Nang beach to Railay beach. It takes around 20 minutes to travel and it cost around 80 Baht for two way travel. You get around two hours time to enjoy in the Railay beach. The counters close by 6:00 PM so you need to ensure you reach before that. There are night travels as well, but they are double the price and may be cancelled because of high tide. The experience is amazing and unique. One tip though, don’t sit near the motor and sit towards the other end. This side you can have water splashing on you, and wind on your face and you will experience the beauty of water and the limestone rocks all the more.
Railay beach is on a very small island and have caves to explore, limestone rocks to admire, water activities to be done and seclusion to enjoy. A good option would be to stay here one night,you have some amazing options to choose from. We were there for around three hours and spent had a wonderful time. It was difficult to not swim and take a bath in the beach as the water was very clear and inviting. On one side you could see the huge limestone formation and on the other there was a very big cave, and a bunch of long tail boats parked. This was a perfect shot moment. After swimming we decided to kayak for the first time in our lives.It was an ordeal for us, the water was unrest and are kayak toppled a few times. It is not so easy to balance if you are not a pro at it. And if you topple a little away from the beach to get up again on the kayak seemed very difficult for us. Many people helped us and we enjoyed it, but would have preferred calm waters.
Boogie bar is near the Ao nang beach and the bar plays dynamic live music, mainly Western classics. They have their own band which plays every night and it get magical. The set up is beautiful, on one side of the road you sit facing the band which plays in the bar on the other side of the road. People get up and dance around on the roads and it is open till late night. The only thing to note is that the place does not serve food, however they have a good collection of beers both imported and local ones. Our resort was very close to the place and it was a magical night. We explored the areas around for a lot of clubs but this one was the best because of the live music.Vish requested a few songs and it added to the fun.
We had booked the tour from one of the local travel agents who have shops all over the island. We definitely did a bit of bargaining. We paid around 450 baht for each person. It is full day tour, with pick up in the morning from your hotel at around 8AM. You have options of choosing a long tail boat or speed boat. We had chosen speed boat. We really enjoyed the whole day exploring the turquoise waters.Chicken Island
- The first island we visited was the Koh Gai, aka the Chicken Island, because of the weird mountain shape. We stopped here for around an hour and swim in the beautiful waters, and explored a little bit of the island.
- The second island in our tour was Koh Poda, where we snorkel and saw beautiful marine life.
Third islands were the Koh Mor and Koh Tu and since it was low tide we could walk walk the narrow strap of sands connecting the tiny islands. We was given lunch which was quite decent and simple and really enjoyed as were hungry. One girl of our group fell sea sick and we were glad to know the guide had medicines and people took really good care of her.
- The last island we visited was Phra Nang Cave beach, Railay. This was a beautiful place and we had the most time here, we explored the caves, it was slippery and quite an adventure to walk, however in one of the smaller caves we hear a noise like Rattle snake, and the whole place was vibrating with the hissing sound. We were super scared but it was adventurous as well. Around 4 we reached back to our hotel. For the first timers in Krabi I would definitely recommend the tour.
Oh these are the yummiest! One of the best road side foods I have ever had. These pancakes are pan/wok fried with bananas or other sweet filling added in the centre, then folded into a square and fried till crispy on both sides. They use condensed milk I think, and there are so many options available. I love the cheese and the banana nutella option the best. You can get a similar salty version as well. A must try for every person who visits Thailand.