So my boyfriend was dying to get out of the country and pulled 2 of his friends and I to Krabi.
This is my very first visit to a beach-centric part of the world, really.
I didn't know what to expect, but it was nicer than I expected.
Yes, the views are fantastic.
The sand is soft (not Aonang, but Phi Phi).
And the sun was sure hot.
Phi Phi Don
Awesome clear waters, although there were A LOT of people.
White sands and clear water.
Okay, so the thing I didnt quite like about the trip was that the taxi driver led us to one if his sister's travel agency.
It was good in a way that the locals are trying to promote Krabi's sights and sounds.
But they were trying very hard to sell us their tour package.
I think we paid about S$30-40 per pax for:
- Car ride to Krabi market (we reached on a Saturday late morning)
- Boat trip to 3 islands + Lunch buffet + Snorkeling at 2 sites + Mini fruit buffet at the end
- Car ride back to the airport
Also, snorkeling at Monkey Bay (or something like that) was not impressive as the waters were not clear.
Snorkeling near Phi Phi Don was better as it was much clearer.
I recommend to bring some bread along to feed the fish.
Cheap thrills for having a school of fish swarming to a bread near you.
Anyway, don't be in a hurry to get a tour package for Krabi. Along Aonang beach, theres A LOT of tour agencies.
And they are most probably from only a handful of "providers/suppliers".
In fact, we joined other tourists for each of the sightseeing!
Krabi weekend market was nice - but more for food than retail shopping.
There is a mall near the market, which has KFC, Boots, clothes and such.
I loved Boots, because it carries Soap and Glory - got my shampoo and conditioner for the trip there!
View of the swimming pool at Queen's Bay Pavillon. We didn't dare go in, though.
My hotel/resort was Queen's Bay Pavillon.
As it was off-season, my boyfriend took advantage of the cheap room rate (about S$40 for 3 days 2 nights).
The room is HUGE + balcony and big personal swing + HUGE TOILET.
I admit its not as fantastic as I expected, but for the price we paid, it is worth the money.
Except that the rooms can feel humid/damp when you first enter - but after 2 to 3 hours of non-stop airconditioning, it becomes better. So remember to ask for 2 keycards and leave 1 keycard in the slot to keep the electricity on!
We also tried the famous Thai massage along Aonang beach. It was kind of a fixed price, even when we went to the extreme end of Aonang, where its a deadend to a certain resort.
They try to sell you the Aromatherapy Thai massage, but I didn't go for it (:
The Thai massage costs about 200 baht or so?
Food in Krabi is cheap! Compared to Singapore. I am a die-hard fan of zi char style of eating (i.e. call several dishes and eat with a bowl of rice) and I loved the Thai green curry, Tom yum, minced chicken and basil.
Oh my god, all too awesome!
The Thai ice milk tea that I ordered at 2 different places were VERY SWEET, please take note.
We also got pizza for one night and it was big and cheap. It is thin crust and not a lot of ingredients, though.
Transportation in Krabi is pretty straightforward. Tuk-tuk, walk or rent a scooter. My boyfriend rented a scooter for 24 hours and he enjoyed it. It allows you to explore the island, especially when some places are quite a distance away by foot.
He went to the 7-Eleven store which was quite far (still manageable by foot, I think) and bought Thai-produced bird's nest drink.
Apparently, only 7-Eleven is authorized to sell a specific brand of bird's nest drink, I can't exactly remember the brand.
It was not bad - the more expensive one (premium I think) is better. Less syrup, more bird's nest.
There are also some stores along Aonang beach that sells daily necessities and alcohol. I saw the smallest and cutest Absolut Vodka, very very apt for making your own vanilla extract.
I only spent 3 days and 2 nights in Krabi, but would definitely want to go back there one more time!
Bangkok is one of my to-go list as well! (: