Hi there its me again just completed a trip report for Bangkok (28th Nov – 16th Dec) in the BKK forum. Now its time for the second leg of my holiday...Krabi
We Land in Krabi and its like being in Barbados (palm trees blue skies). After the hustle and bustle of BKK this is what we needed. Our base for 5 nights was the Krabi Thai Village. Great location along a quiet road off the main strip in Ao Nang. Nice rooms if a little dark but we weren’t staying in our rooms all day. Usual facilities, fridge, AC ceiling fan, free safe. Large balcony overlooking one of the 3 pools. Breakfast was a bit disappointing but we didn’t starve. Outside the hotel there are a few restaurants and a mini mart. A little advice - if you need to iron don’t do it through the hotel as they are expensive and charge per item. Go to the pizza restaurant down the road where they charge per kg plus you are giving custom to a local business. KTV is 5 mins from the main strip of Ao Nang where there are loads of shops, restaurants and of course the beach. The hotel's location means you are guaranteed peace and quiet at night.
Look for Wangsai Seafood Restaurant, (10 mins slow walk from hotel) at the quieter end of AN with views of the beach and nearby islands. Please tip the staff, they do not earn much and are so grateful. My heart bled as I watched a young waitress wait on a couple only to watch them count their Thai money in front of her then leave without leaving a tip. According to the guide books they say to tip 20 baht which is something like 33p, I thought this was nothing so gave more it is pennies to us westerners.
The rest is similar for any beach holiday, lots of sun, plenty of shopping and tons of Thai food at disgustingly cheap prices. We had chicken wings BBQ style for 20 baht!!!! You’ve got to try pancakes, so light and fluffy with any filling you like for 20 baht.
We took a boat trip to Railey Beach for the day (180 baht each return), limestone rocks, clear blue water, white sands…..beautiful. Follow the signs to Railey East (or West I can’t remember) for a different view. Other day trips include Chicken Island, Poda Island, Phi Phi.
Ao Nang is safe to walk around at night the shops are open until late and there are plenty of tourists around. After a while the “you want massage, suit and where are you from” gets a bit tired but just smile, say no and keep walking.
Next stop Phi Phi