Saturday, July 19, 2014

Krabi on the iPhone

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Railay Beach

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The other side of Railay

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Bae and I went on a relaxing trip to Krabi, Thailand 2 weeks ago and it was yet again, nothing short of amazing. Thailand always makes me happy; they have affordable (and sometimes cheap) food, activities that you could do at a fraction of prices if you bargain, the ever consistent 200 Baht thai full body massages and banana chocolate pancakes! The only thing that probably dampened my mood while heading to the airport was forgetting my camera batteries that I left overnight at the charging sockets back at home. So I brought my cameras with me but they were never utilized, sadly. What bummed it up even more was that the electronics store in the airport said the model of my battery was sold out. Dang.

We flew to Krabi via Tiger Airways, it was fairly affordable. The prices vary (if you get them while they’re on promo) they could go as low as $80 to $200 (at peak). We were lucky we got them somewhere in between, considering we’ve got our leaves approved one week before we departed. Tiger Airways has a standard timing of flights at 10ish in the morning, so we didn’t want to take a taxi to the airport due to morning peak hour traffic… So bae and I woke up at 6.30am to prepare, board the train and take it all the way to the airport. Thank god for first times, so it wouldn’t be so bad if I would have to do it again :)

We purchased 150 Baht tickets on the Airport Shuttle service to Ao Nang Beach upon arriving Krabi International Airport. The whole journey takes about an hour, including waiting for people, for the shuttle to fill up and the super slow travel to Ao Nang. We’ve beaten that time riding on our own from Ao Nang back to Krabi Internal Airport. Takes us about 20 minutes, and grab a map from your hotels because.. The way to Krabi Town is about the same route! You just turn at different directions at the same intersection!

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We checked in our stay on the first 2 nights at Ao Nang Cliff Resort. The room was perfect, it was beautiful and we had a huge balcony to ourselves. And it’s right along the roadside of Krabi Town! You get everything just right outside your door at night. The streets get filled with roadside stalls, food stalls, massages, night clubs and bars.. It’s a really small town and everyone is so helpful, polite and it depicts the whole idea of a quaint and laidback lifestyle. I could honestly get used to that. We had no check-ins, so we both left with just carry-ons, sufficient bikinis, swimwear and what not for that 4 days and I still overpacked! Always have this habit of overpacking for anything. Brought along my shoes and gym outfit hoping that we would have time to head to the really awesome fitness centre but nahhhh. The day activities took up so much time we just want to go for massages, have dinner and relax.

We loved our stay at Ao Nang Cliff Beach, They provided everything for us, even beach bags, floor mats, books, flip flops, room slippers… Everything! The only thing was that it was fully booked when we went, and we had to settle for a twin bed (which was already big) but we were traveling as a couple, so they helped us pieced them together and put over something to make it a single bed. How thoughtful :)

We also met a Russian, a solo-ranger whom travelled to Myanmar for work before this, spent a month in almost every part of Thailand, and now in Krabi. So after spending a day at Phi Phi Island together, we spent another day at Railay via long-tail boat (only 200 baht per person, 2 ways) hiking, and snoozing by the beach, looking for cliff-jumping attempts.

I mean, the whole vacay would be perfect if I had a working camera, got my batteries, have a Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition... But I guess things don’t always work out your way, and I am in sync with how Gopro sells the memories that comes attached with the kinda extreme sports/ sports you do, together with the beauty with it. I mean, that’s why they’re so successful eh? Almost everywhere is selling Gopro right now, it’s hard not to get one, especially if you’re into capturing moments on extreme sports, or just moments. You’ve got Deal, Challenger, Lazada Singapore & more… I mean, if the deals are good, why not?!

But for now, 3 more weeks till our next vacay and I’m equally stoked. No where far, but always happy for every moment spent with you!

10 Things to do in Krabi

1. Go Island Hopping
2. Explore different beaches
3. Go to Koh Tao (Will go next time!)
4. Visit their night markets (Krabi Town is one of them)
5. Tiger Cave
6. Snorkelling/ Scuba Diving in Koh Tao
7. Cliff Jumping/ ATV/ Elephant Trekking
8. Have dinner at sunset beaches
9. Have their local delicacies and road-side street food
10. Rest and Relax!

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