Island Getaway – Krabi, Thailand

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Going to Krabi is not really on my plan for this year. It’s a random thing that I suddenly decided to do (and because out of the blue my friend text me and ask whether I want to go there..and I just said YES!!) … I am DAMN HAPPY THAT I SAID YES!! It’s was an amazing getaway! πŸ˜€

ABOUT KRABI

Timezone : UTC+07:00

Currency: Thai Baht (THB)

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

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GETTING THERE

Went there for 5 days 4 nights by Air Asia. The price for the flight ticket is quite reasonable. Can’t really remember how much but it cost around RM300+ (return tickets: KL-Krabi-KL).

ACCOMMODATION

Stayed in Ao Nang during my getaway. Ao Nang is a peaceful town and I really like it!! Shops, restaurants, cafes, massage center, tour agencies, hotels, banks etc. can be found everywhere along the road so it is very convenient to stay in Ao Nang.

There are a lot of nice hotels, resorts and even guesthouses on Krabi Island. During my stay there, I stayed in Ao Nang Topview in Ao Nang town. The price is quite reasonable but depends on season. Condition is good. There’s TV, hot shower, air-conditioning + fan, locker to keep your valuable things (like your passport), nice bed, cafe, etc. Since Ao Nang town is not really that big, the location of all the hotels are good – since everything is within walking distance.

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Went to Krabi again few months later but this time during peak season. The price during peak and non-peak season can be veryyyyy different! During peak season, the price might double the price during non-peak season. So this time I stayed at PK Mansion. It is run by the same people who run Ao Nang Topview (a place I stayed in earlier), but PK Mansion is a bit run down compare to Ao Nang Topview.

GETTING AROUND

Getting to Ao Nang from Krabi International Airport is quite easy. You can choose either to take a bus, taxi or mini van. Taxi cost around 600 Baht. Not so sure about other options.

To move around Krabi, Ao Nang or any other places, you can take either the mini van, ‘tuk tuk’ or rent a motorbike. The cheapest & healthiest way would be by foot a.k.a WALKING! That’s what I did but only around Ao Nang town since everything is within walking distance.

THINGS TO DO

There are a lot of tour that you can choose from such as island hopping, scuba diving, jungle tracking, ATV, water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, etc. Usually, during the journey from the airport to hotel, the taxi driver will stop by a shop and someone will come and ask you to purchase their tour program. I recommend NOT TO PURCHASE any tour program at the airport or along the way since it is more expensive compared to the tour agencies that open up their business in Ao Nang town. Remember to bargain, bargain and bargain for almost everything there, including for the tour program.

I purchased 3 tour from Orchid Tour agency. If you are a Muslim, choosing this agency is recommended since they provide Halal food:-

  • Phi Phi Island tour – paid 900 Baht. Travel around using speed boat. Visited several islands such as Phi Phi Island, Maya Bay (where the movie ‘THE BEACH’ was filmed), etc and buffet lunch included.Transportation from and back to hotel also included. They also provide life vest + goggle and drinks on the boat.

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  • 4-in-1 jungle tour – paid 900 Baht. Went to the Hot Spring (photos: first row), Emerald Pool – walk 600m from Emerald Pool, you will reach the Blue Pool which is soooo amazing! (photos: second row), Elephant ride (photos: third row) and Tiger Cave Temple – I CLIMBED UP THE STEPS TO THE TOP!! (photos: fourth row). Lunch and transportation from and back to hotel included.

  • 4 Islands Tour – get it for 400 Baht. You can choose to take a longtail boat instead of speed boat (that was what I did) and you can save around 500 Baht. Visited several islands such as Tup Island, Chicken Island, Poda Island etc. Lunch included (beach buffet on an island and there’s only a few people there! Such a wonderful experience!). They also provide transportation from and back to hotel, life vest + goggle and drinks on the boat.

Other than that you can also go for a massage. I went to the same place almost everyday! They even give you discount if you are a regular customer and the normal price before discount is already quite cheap. Only 200 Baht for traditional Thai full body massage!

SHOPPING

There’s a lot of shops selling souvenirs along the road in Ao Nang but I would also suggest for you to go to Krabi Town Night Market (Friday to Sunday). It’s a good place to enjoy night time + eat + shop. Just take a Tuk Tuk (around 400 Baht) or the mini van. Remember to BARGAIN, BARGAIN & BARGAIN!!!

I would also suggest to buy the water-proof bag. VERY USEFUL! I bought the 10L Ocean Pack brand for 350 Baht but there’s one shop selling for 300 Baht. The first shop I went to selling it for 660 Baht! So do remember to ask around for price and bargain.

  • Ao Nang Town Shopping

  • Krabi Town Night Market – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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EATERY AND FOOD

Restaurants and cafes can be found everywhere, including halal food! If you are in Krabi, do try out the pancake which comes in different flavours. It is quite similar to ‘roti canai’ but thinner and quite crispy. The fruit shake drink is also a must! Delicious & cheap!! A great way to enjoy food! πŸ™‚

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Last but not least, THIS IS ME … BEING ME WHILE ENJOYING LIFE !

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30 thoughts on “Island Getaway – Krabi, Thailand

  1. I really love ur blog! Im going krabi in 2 days time and ur bblog has helped me a lot with the information i missed out.the orchid tour agency is in aonang itself right.any landmark to help me recognize it…it will be nice to be able to enjoy halal food while on tour. I have a question to ask u.. I will be bringing my 70plus ur old granny to krabi..she can walk but is quite fragile/weak. Will the speedboat island hopping be suitable for her? Any recommendation frm ya.. Phi phi island tour or 4 island tour?thank u in advance. I really enjoyed looking at ur pix. .oh n can i get those waterproof camera case in aonang.can it be found there? Do comment or email me at suicidebox@gmail.com

    • hi fadzlin!! tq for visiting! πŸ˜› krabi is a nice place!! i think u will really enjoy urself there. thinking of going there again but dunno when!

      that orchid tour is at ao nang itself.in front orchid resort. same stretch as 7eleven. cant really remember now but it’s just in front of the main road.

      i think it will be a bit difficult for your granny because she has to climb up and down from and off the boat and it will be quite slippery as well. both the tour is nice but need to consider getting on & off the boat. that’s the only issue i think

      waterproof camera case i’m not so sure. but do buy the waterproof bag! very useful. i just had a look for the bag in malaysia. ocean pack 15L is selling around RM90 here and i bought mine 350 Baht in krabi.

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  4. hello farah…i got to thank you for all the tips. really useful tau..

    I’ll be going to krabi next week, now baru nak google everything. Lucky that I found your blog πŸ˜€

    I just have few question. it’s about the waterproof bag, Do you bring them along while snorkelling? as u can’t leave your passport anywhere kan?

    xxxx
    rasyidah

    • hi..better leave passport kat hotel je. lagi selamat dari bw sana sini. waterproof bag tu i bawa time snorkeling tp i just tinggal dlm boat je. dh pegi krabi 2 kali & xde lagi la hilang barang everytime tinggalkn bag tu

      also kali ke2 i ada sewa motor. ada motor kat jalan nak pergi top view hotel tu agak murah. in case nak sewa la πŸ˜‰ enjoy your holiday!

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  6. wow.. honestly one of the BEST travel blogs i’ve read ever, i felt very reassured abt my trip after reading this! Thanks!

  7. Hi, just a quick qns.
    Do you book first the tickets to the activities or you could just buy at krabi itself? Any suggestion for a cheap package places?

  8. Hai Farah,
    Thanks fr ur blog. Enjoy reading it. I am planning to go to Krabi n hoping fr good experiences just like what u went thru. I want to ask u, recomended hotel or tour for me n friend? And how many days fr the tour?

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