At 10-12,Feb 2012 I went vacation to Krabi, Thailand , together with my friends. We departed from Singapore and arrived there about 3 PM . For transport to hotel (at Aonang beach), it’s really easy, at airport there is taxi counter to booking taxi directly, no need to looking around and do not be afraid of being deceived (after go out from immigration gate, we already can see the taxi counter easily at first floor). First time, I though the taxi likes regular taxi has taxi lamp on the top of car, after i saw the car, really suprised because like we rent private car and the cost only 600 Baht ( 20 SGD / 25 SGD ). Travel time from Airport to Aonang Beach take about 1 Hour.
We stayed at Haleeva Sunshine, Krabi, Ao Nang. The hotel is really good, clean, and their service is really nice. When we just arrived and wanted to check in, they provided us welcome drink, gave us Aonang map and explained how to go to beach. Luckily we got a good room because the room overlooking the mountains 🙂 . After put our luggage, we walked to Aonang beach . Just take some photo there and saw the sunset. The sunset is really really nice . Here some beach photo and sunset photos which is taken there.
For dinner, we looked around along the main street. many restaurants and cafe there, for eating @ the restaurant min 200 Baht ( 8 SGD / 7 USD )
We took tour to go to phi phi island + snorkeling . We booked the tour at the hotel also (booked one day before), the price around 1200-1800 Baht/person ( 50 SGD – 74 SGD / 40 USD – 59 USD ). The package include : pick up from hotel to speed boat terminal and return back to hotel, snorkeling equipment(googles + life jacket), lunch, and snack & mineral water. They picked up us at 8.00 AM.
From terminal, by speed boat, we went to first island called Koh Phi Phi Leh, we stopped at Maya Bay,one of shallow bays of island. “The Beach” movie was filmed there (2000). Here some photos of Maya Bay 🙂
After about 1 hour at Maya Bay, we continue to go to nearby the Maya Bay to do snorkeling. Then we continue to Leamtong Beach to get our great lunch there 😀 . They(tour guide) provided really nice food. After lunch we still have some time and took some photos and went around the beach. The beach there is good also but a bit crowded because many tourist there.
After a great lunch, we continue to go to snorkeling again at Hin Klang. here is a great place to do snorkeling because the water is clear so can see the fish easily.
Tired after snorkeling, we continue to go to Bamboo Island to relaxing and swimming on the beach. I’m really like this beach because not to crowded and the water is really clear like swimming pool. Before went back, The tour guide provided us some snack (fruit and cake).
We arrived in krabi about 4 PM, and returned to hotel directly (arrived in hotel about 4.30 PM). We took shower first to clean our body. Because of we still have time, so we decided to go to Krabi town, to see around.and shopping. There is a small shopping center there, Vogue Shopping Centre. We bought t-shirt and pants, the price is really cheap start from 150 Baht (6 SGD / 5 USD). We took taxi to go there(not real taxi, looks like public transport but only us in the car) , 800 Baht for 2 way (go to Krabi town and back to Aonang street), the taxi can be found along the Aonang Street (Just bargain with the driver), and also they want to wait about 2 hours at city while we did shopping.
For dinner, we tried local food which is sell along the Aonang street. The price is cheaper than the restaurant, start from 50 Baht. We tried Thai fried noodle and Thai fried rice. The fried rice is good 🙂
After dinner, we went to massage 🙂 . We found a really awesome massage place. Their service is really good, frontdesk person is very kind and also the person who did massage, can speak english well. The place name is “Let’s sea : Let’s relax“. They have many kind of massage, Traditional Thai Massage, Hand & Foot reflexology, Aromatherapy Massage, Swedish Massage, and more. Price start from 300 Baht (12 SGD / 10 USD ).
Because our flight back to Singapore was 3.30 PM, we still have some spare time, so before go to airport, we went to a famous temple there, Tiger Cave (Wat Tham Sua). We booked the taxi at second day in hotel. For the price acctually 1200 Baht just for go to Tiger Cave + 600 Baht for go to airport, but after bargain, they give us 1200 Baht because after Tiger Cave, we went directly to Airport.
We depart from hotel at 8.30 AM and arrive in Tiger Cave about 9 AM. No need to pay/buy any ticket to enter Tiger Cave Temple .
At there, we decided to climb 1,237 steps to the top of the mountain. To reach the top of the mountain takes hard-fought, but if it reaches the top, you can see the beautiful sights and Buddhist statues. We need about 45 minutes to reach the top (include rest :p) .
Some tips for you who want to go to Krabi :
- Bring your own big towel, so you can use it as layer when want to lay down at the beach sand.
- Bring your own swimming goggles, so you can use it freely when want to swimming.
- If you want to climb to the top of hill in Tiger Cave Temple, better you enter minimum 2-3 hours for Tiger Cave at your schedule. Because to climb up and go down, at least need 2 hours.
- For Island tour & taxi, you can easily book it at your hotel where you stay, or you can look around the main street also, many tour agent there.
- Don’t forget bring your camera & swimming suit 🙂 .
- When you want to buy something, don’t forget try to bargain 🙂 .
- For hotel, you can search from some website, I used Agoda.com to book our hotel. You can find hotel easily here, and you can read user review about the hotel and can view some photos for the hotel, so you can decide which hotel you want to go.