The postcard-pretty beaches of Phi Phi had left us spellbound and we were excited to see what Krabi had to offer. I’ll be honest with you- visiting Krabi after Phi Phi Islands was a bit of a downer! But if you want a balance of serenity and crazy partying, then Krabi is your destination. You can choose to stay in Ao Nang where all the action is (read booths selling cocktails on the street). Or you can choose to stay at Railay or Klong Muang beach for some quiet time from where Ao Nang is about 30-45 minutes away. We wanted to stay in a tranquil place and chose the Dusit Thani at Klong Muang beach. It’s a beautiful property but unfortunately doesn’t have direct sea facing rooms; you get partial sea views through the mangroves.
Klong Muang Beach Railay Beach
When in Krabi over the weekend, the Night Market in Krabi Town is a must. It starts at about 6pm and wraps up by 8.30- 9pm. I picked up a lot of clothes for a steal (*does a happy dance) and some souvenirs. Contrary to common perception, one can’t bargain much here; the stall owners are quite rigid. It’s a heaven for non-vegetarians with everything from Pad Thai to grilled pork on offer. I settled for a Nutella crepe which was quite yummy.
After a lot of debate and discussion over which island tour to take, we zeroed down on the Hong Island tour. The conventional Four Island Tour is the most popular and tends to get super crowded. When we were waiting at the pier to board our speedboat, looking at the sheer number of people leaving for the Four Island tour, I was happy we were not joining them. The Hong Island Tour was not as crowded or let me just say the islands were big enough for all of us to enjoy without getting in each other’s way.
Glimpses from our Hong Island tour:
Soaking in the sun at Lading Island or Paradise Island
A narrow road through a forest led us to a small cove at Lading which was quieter and more serene.
The most gorgeous beach in Krabi according to me was Pakbia Island! There was something magical about it. Here’s where I actually let go of my camera and just paused to enjoy the moment and take in the beauty of the beach.
The Hong’s Room is a beautiful little lagoon where you could just dive in and swim. You have to time your visit during high tide or else there will be no water to swim in :p
The island tour culminated at Hong Island where we had a lovely lunch. The water here was so clear that you could see the yellow fish swimming in the sea from above the water surface. Beware of monitor lizards- there’s a national park here and a huge lizard decided to come out of the forest and say hello to us. That was the end of my lunch.
We retreated to our hotel and wanted to laze around and enjoy our last evening in Krabi. We were more than happy to not have partied at all on this trip; we were enjoying the laid back side of Krabi.
Our last sunset of the trip 🙂
We made the most of it by sipping on some great cocktails
Nothing is more relaxing than a Thai massage on the beach. It marked the perfect end to our vacation.
Have you been to Krabi? How was your experience? Would love to hear about it.