Am finally back with a new post, and it is on travelling again!! *yaay~~*
I finally had the time to take a breather from work, and also I wanted to go somewhere near during the long weekend (during Hari Raya), me and my friend decided to visit Krabi since we have never been there before.
We actually booked our tickets to Krabi pretty late (about 3 weeks before the trip), and well, the price was abit over, but we decided to go on the trip since it is our first time to go overseas together. We booked it through an agent as we bought coupons from deal.com.sg, thinking that it was cheap, but it really wasn’t that cheap. Everything (from the time we stepped into Krabi and then back to Singapore) was already being arranged, and we don’t really need to do anything other than booking the land tours over there.
We took Tiger Air to Krabi, and the trip was about 1h and 25 mins, which was relatively good, but I felt bad on my way there, coz we were the last passengers to board the flight, and I really want to apologise to everyone who actually waited for us. Thankfully, we managed to reach Krabi earlier than scheduled. We also managed to find our tour guide who actually brought us around Krabi for a half day tour, and we went around the following places: Wat Tham Suea, Krabi Crab Statue, Marine Fish Park.
First, we headed off to see Wat Tham Suea.
This place is actually located near to the Airport, so we headed there first.
The new pagoda that is currently being constructed. This pagoda is really nice, and currently it is accepting donations. For every donation (not sure how much), you will get a tile and they will place this tile on the top for you.
A little history on Wat Tham Suea.
I didn’t take much photos as I believe that as a Buddhist, it is very inappropriate for me to take photos of the god statue, hence my photos for this part is pretty little…
We went inside the cave to see the temple, and it was really nice, and they even had a small cave for people to throw money in to make wishes. I didn’t do that though…
After that, we went to the other side of the temple to see other things.
Off to see ‘Guan Yin’
On our way there, we saw alot of monkeys! They were like running all around, and we even saw one monkey carrying a baby, which was really cute!! The monkeys there can be scary. They are really smart!
Back to the main topic, we wanted to climb up the stairs to see the view from above, but then time was very limited, and both of us were tired (my friend only had 3 hours of sleep), so we decided not to go up, and just stay around the area to take a look before heading back to the van.
After we head back, we managed to book our tours for the next day as we were leaving the day after next. We booked a night market tour to Krabi Town, a elephant trekking/ATV tour and a sunset cruise around 7 islands. All 3 tours came to about 100SGD, and both of us felt that it was pretty affordable.
After that, we headed off for lunch, and the tour guide brought us to this local food area which sells delicious yummy duck noodles!! When I heard it was duck noodles, the first thought that came to my mind was the duck noodles from Singapore. I was totally wrong!! The duck noodles there are actually these!
Looks nice right? And it is very different from Singapore’s duck noodles right?! It was really yummy and I hope to be able to eat this again!
After lunch, we headed off to see the Krabi Crab Statue.
The ‘must-go-and-see’ Crab Statue near Krabi Town!
After that, we went to this Fish farm, and sad to say, it was abit boring except for those fishes which were big that made us go ‘WOW’.
Right after that, we headed back to the hotel, which was located in Ao Nang, and yes, it was located near the mountain, which made it rather cool during the night. And of course, not forgetting that we are near the mountain or rather to say mother nature, there were loads of insects. After settling down to cool ourselves from the heat, we decided to head out for Thai massage as we didn’t want to waste the time until the night market tour.
We tried searching for a good and affordable one, and we finally decided to go to the one that is ‘near’ to our hotel, and initially the place was pretty hot as they didn’t switch on the air conditioner. It felt much better after they switch on the fans and air-conditioners for us. It was my first Thai massage, and thankfully it didn’t hurt much. Felt much better except for my neck. Probably when they stretch it I was too tense.
Our masseurs for the day!! Much thanks to them!!
Went back to our hotel to rest, and then we are off to our next tour which was the Krabi Night Market!!
Well, I didn’t take much photos of the night market, as it was really crowded. FYI, the night market only opens from Friday to Sunday night, so please make sure that you do come during the weekends to visit this lively night market. They also have live-singing provided. Some are good and some are well….average, and most of the songs are pretty old.
This young girl who is dancing is pretty good, and even when we left, she was still dancing.
At the market, they do sell souvenirs to tourists, so if you don’t know where to get them, this is also a good place to get them, and most of their souvenirs are similar everywhere, so do not need to really compare the prices. If possible, I would really recommend everyone to walk all the way to the end because…..that’s where all the good food are located at!! I was so happy to see those pasar malam food in Krabi. The last time I saw such stalls is 4 years back in Taiwan when I went with my FCH gang! Made me reminisce the days we spend eating non-stop at the night markets in Taipei and Taichung.
After that, we hurriedly settle on a restaurant as my friend was hungry and have proper thai food for our dinner!
This is what we have ordered. Tom Yum Goong, Spicy Tuna Salad (super spicy to the max!!) and Pad Thai! It was relaly yummy and I don’t mind coming back again! We spend much of our time eating, and listening to the live songs. After that, we walked around the night market as there was some time, and we saw this!
Alcohol drinks in a bamboo!! I’m really tempted to get this, but thinking where I’m going to throw the bamboo away is another problem, I decided not to buy it. We also ate Thai coconut ice-cream, and it was really nice after a hot day! Usually it costs 20baht for one Thai coconut ice-cream, and we shared one among ourselves. We also went to try some sunglasses and it was full of jokes! After walking around, and even walking to department stores to look for souvenirs, we decided to head back to the hotel to rest since the next day will be a long day. We tried to rest, but because our next door was laughing like crazy hyenas, being the Singapore me, I went to bang their wall to ask them to shut up. And I think they knew that I was banging on their wall to ask them to shut, they decided to quiet down a while and have some occasional hyena laugh. I didn’t had a good sleep that night.
On the 2nd day, we woke up a little wee-bit early as our tour bus comes around 8.30a.m., so we woke up early for breakfast.
The scenery from our breakfast area, which was located on the 6th level of the hotel.
That’s me without my make-up! Not much difference right? Hahaha!! The view was great and it was really cooling to eat at the mountain area except for the ants.
My breakfast for the day. There wasn’t much selection, so I decided to go for these. Pretty simple and nice~
After breakfast, we waited for our tour van to come to pick us up for Elephant Trekking and ATV!
Boarded the van and we met this couple from Malaysia. We had a great chat while on our way to the elephant trekking area.
Was happy to see the elephants as I think it is my first time seeing one, but I felt bad to ride on it. I was super guilt-ridden when I rode one, coz I know the elephants are going through a hard-time having to carry 3 person at one go. Plus when they were going down the slope, imagine all the weight putting on the elephant made me even more guilty.
That is Moo-san! He’s really cute right? His ear was bleeding because a big fat mosquito bit him, and I was quite worried when I saw blood oozing out from his ear, and I told my friend about it. Then when I asked the guide, he told us that there were big fat mosquitos here that bite them, and while talking about it, he managed to kill one while that mosquito is biting Moo-san. The size was like about 2 to 3 times bigger than the ones I see in Singapore. Moo-san was really nice, and after the elephant trekking, I kept apologizing to him coz I know how heavy my weight was and for him to carry my weight is like horrible….
After that was the ATV ride. Was already being warned to wear dark colored clothes for ATV, but silly me wanted to look nice, decided to wear a white top and cyan skorts. So during the ATV ride, my skorts was dirited (now I’m having a hard time to get rid of the mud stains), and being the ‘smarty-pants’ thinking that I could avoid whatever mud water there is, went up against the rock, and fell off the ATV. I ended up having scratches on my right knee cap, my white cap was totally dirtied. Plus, we were at the quarry area, it made it even difficult for me to clean my wound. All I could do was to use tissue paper that are soaked with water to clean the wound. Had to drive the way down the quarry to get proper medication to clean up the wound. Was given alcohol to clean the wound when we we reached the starting point, and it hurts alot till I was about to cry. And then iodine to help the wound to recover faster.
This was before I fell down.
And after I fell down.
ATV is really fun, and to be honest I still want to go and drive an ATV!!
After that, we went back to Ao Nang area to get some clothes because my clothes were totally dirtied and I needed a pair of flops as my white sandals were dirtied too. After getting them, we wanted to go for the Thai Boat Noodle, but it was closed!! I was abit sad, but there was no choice as we have another tour in another hour and a half, so we settled for somewhere near our hotel while stopping by Starbucks for a short coffee.
Basil Chicken rice, and Thai Coconut Milk Chicken soup, and of coz not forgetting….
Seafood salad!! Supper yummy!
We headed back to the hotel after the lunch and then off we go for our next and last tour of the trip, which was the 7 Island Sunset Cruise. Am regretting that I didn’t wore my swim wear because I thought I won’t go into the sea water, but I ended up going to the sea water (near to my butt area). Thankfully the new sundress I bought also dries up quickly too. Much thanks to my friend for supporting me when he knew that my wound is going to hurt when it touches the sea water. We went to a few island, and it was abit disappointing… Before I tell you why it was, let me show you a few pictures~
Yes, we managed to see real jellyfish!!! Heard that it was the season of jelly fish, so have to be more careful when swimming/snorkelling in the sea.
Chicken Island~ Looks like one right?
We also went to Poda Island
By the time we reached Poda Island, it was really cloudy and we didn’t really get to see the sunset, which was a waste, and ended up heading to Railey Beach to have dinner. Dinner wasn’t what we expected, and it was quite disappointing…
Dead jelly fish found in Poda Island.
And then we went back around 9 plus, and that’s where I actually injured myself when transferring to another boat while the waves are really choppy. I ended up spraining my right toe, and it was really painful that I had problems walking back.
Can actually see the blood is clotting up near the toe and it is getting pretty swollen.
Much thanks to my friend for helping me to get some ice from the reception to stop the swelling.
That’s about for my Krabi trip, coz we took the late morning flight back to Singapore, so there is not much to blog about.
In anycase, if you’re wondering which hotel I have stayed in, it is Ao Nang Mountain View. A lil bit far away from the main road, but it is definitely a nice getaway if you want somewhere quiet with great views. As for the tours, we actually book through See Toh Holidays, so maybe you can try considering them.
Hope you have enjoyed this long post of mine!
Here’s a last picture of Krabi to end this post!