Monday, January 04, 2010

Krabi Holiday

8 of us took a trip down to Krabi just before the New Year. We fly via Air Asia straight to the Krabi airport. We would be staying at the Aree Tara resort on Ao Nang beach for 3 nights.

Ao Nang seems to be the main beach where all the tourists stay on, and it serves as a good base to then go visit the other islands and places.

So we quickly checked in to our hotel where it was already late afternoon. They have nice rooms and the hotel is quite nice. It's a little bit far away from the beach itself but there weren't really hotels that opened up on to the Ao Nang beach.


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After checking in, it was time to explore Ao Nang a bit. The beach itself is nothing to shout about, and not really a place you would laze or take a dip into the sea. But this seems to be the busiest part of Krabi (i.e. the place with the most tourists) and the place where you can easily buy stuff, visit restaurants and to also sign up for the various island trips, snorkelling or scuba diving activities.


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Our first drink in Krabi


On our second day at Krabi, four of us had signed up for a one-day diving trip. We signed up with Manta Point, and two of our friends would also follow us to go snorkelling. It would be a full day trip starting with a 7.30am pick up from our hotel, then a transfer to a boat to take us out. The boat would take around two hours to reach the first of our three dives. Unfortunately, all the pics of our diving trip is in my friend's underwater camera but it was an interesting day out for diving.

The first dive was down to Anemone Reef. As its name suggests, the reef there is filled with anemone which flows and bobs in the water. Visibility was generally quite bad the entire day in the water which was a pity. At the reef, it was the first time all of us were seeing a leopard shark up close. Unlike the reef sharks I'm normally used to, which swim away at the first sign of us, the leopard shark swims really close to us with its beautiful large back fin, pilot fish guiding it along, and with its purple spots. A beautiful sight.

Our second dive was a wreck dive, a first for all of us. It was cool circling and then exploring the ship, and it was a little bit scary when diving under some arches. The third dive was then at Shark Point, where we had to fight against heavy currents at some points.

An exhilarating but tiring day, and we arrived back at Ao Nang beach past 7pm where we then trooped off for a late dinner at Blue Mango. It looked like a nice place and the food wasn't that expensive, but it wasn't all that great. We ordered Thai food but it seemed all watered down to suit Western tastes, so it wasn't spicy.


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Dinner at the Blue Mango


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Our third day was to go island hopping and we went for a 4 island visit, which would last from about 8.30am till 2pm. We'd visit Phra Nang cave (not much of a cave to be honest) and then the famous Chicken Island, where there is a rock formation that really does look like a chicken's head, before we do a bit of snorkelling around the waters there. The third stop is at Poda Island where we get to have a nice chill-out time as well as to have lunch there. Our final stop is at Tup Island which has an interesting sand bar which allows it to connect to the Chicken Island.

The rest of the afternoon is spent lazing by the hotel's pool and to enjoy cocktails and massages.


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All of us lazing by the pool


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We then head off to look for a place for our final dinner in Krabi. Tripadvisor.com had recommended a place called Aree Bar Bar (corny I know) which supposedly has cheap and good Thai food. So we head over there and we weren't disappointed. We stuffed ourselves with lots of good Thai food and in the end, it only cost about RM27 per person.


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Final dinner at Aree Bar Bar


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That left one final challenge to carry out. One of our friends usually cannot mix savoury and sweet food together. She doesn't like that at all. One thing led to another, and it ended up to me challenging her to eat a Thai pancake (essentially it's like a roti canai) which is fried with an egg inside, and then smothered with condensed milk on top. She on the other hand, then challenges me to eat a pancake with mango added with cashewnuts, and with chocolate sauce drizzled on top. That made for a lot of trash talk the entire evening, with the 2 of us trying to psych each other out.

It was then time to face our challenge and to see if both of us could finish the pancake.


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The face-off


Which we both easily do. I have to say that the mango with the cashewnut, it's not that nice a combination. Even the fried egg with the condensed milk did taste a bit strange.


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We only had a morning left in Krabi the next day since we'd have to be at the airport by around 12.30pm. We headed for a final massage which was nice and relaxing and then we'd have to bid Krabi goodbye. Till our next trip then.

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah, Krabi ! Such a good post. May I know how much did you spent? Including like everything from accommodation, transport, this and that.

Thanks. -Cecilia

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