Krabi is situated along the Andaman coast in Southern Thailand. It’s different from Phuket – Phuket is crowded and has lots of entertainment. Krabi, on the other hand, is quieter and more laidback. I didn’t make any plans on what to do or what to see in Krabi – all I wanted was a quiet weekend by the pool and the beach, perhaps go for a massage – just to relax and to rejuvenate.
Here’s Ao Nang Beach, the prime beach resort of Krabi – these photos were taken on the first day in the afternoon. Because it was August, my stay in Krabi was right during the rainy season.
I stayed at the Centara Anda Dhevi Resort & Spa, only 15 minutes walk to Ao Nang Beach. It’s a 4-star hotel and the prices are reasonable at US$60 a night for a double deluxe room especially during the low-peak season and the facilities offered at the property are good.
A date with “Mr. Singha” by the pool, the street food stalls just outside of the hotel (delicious and cheap!) and the cute little dog sleeping inside a tuk-tuk 🙂
Do make a trip to Krabi Town at night to see the Night Markets (locals go there to shop) and sample the delicious Thai food. You can hire a tuk-tuk for a return trip to town and back to Ao Nang.
That fish is huge!
On the third day of my very relaxed holiday in Krabi, the sun came out in the morning but it was only for a short while. Within an hour, the waves became bigger, the wind became stronger and dark clouds looked very ominous. The good thing about rain in Krabi – it only rains for an hour or so – and then the sun comes out again. Should you wish to visit Krabi during the rainy season to take advantage of the low hotel prices and lesser crowd, don’t let the rain deter you, the downpour is only for a short while.
Getting there: There are direct flights from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore to Krabi, or take a 2-hour drive from Phuket to Krabi.
Sights & Activities (apart from Ao Nang Beach):
– Railay: A peninsula south of Ao Nang and its beaches are ranked the best in Thailand. You can travel from Ao Nang to Railay on a long-tail boat.
– Koh Lanta: Located just south of mainland Krabi and the biggest island in Krabi province, it is blessed with 9 sandy beaches, catering to backpackers who wish to have their vacations in solitude.
– Tham Seva: Tiger Cave and Temple – walk the 1,200 steps to the top for a great view.
– Caving, Rock-climbing.