Island Hopping in Krabi

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Good Evening all!

Back to the escapades of the Farrugia & Sargent clan.

We got to Krabi in the early evening and I almost did the Pope gesture of kissing the ground when we got to our hotel because the driver of our minibus from Trang was intent on winning the Thai Schumacker title. What is it with Thai drivers and taking over on a bend? 

Anyhow, our hotel was really nice and was run by this sweet Thai women who did everything there. When I say everything, I mean everything. From cooking breakfast, to cleaning the rooms, to sorting out tours to serving us beer late at night. The poor thing did not stop! As we got to the hotel late, we just went for a meal that first evening. We walked along Klong Muang beach and came across a very popular restaurant. The food was very good but my god it was spicy! My Mom & I had a Thai red curry and by the end of it we were the ones who were red! 

Krabi is the area people talk about when they say that the beaches and islands in Thailand are out of this world. One of those beaches is Railay beach. It is only accessible by long-tail boat which we duly hired on one of our days. The beach is amazing but a tad too busy for my liking. I can see why it is so popular though. On either side of the beach there are huge limestone cliffs that are very popular with rock climbers. It gives the feel of a lagoon and the water is certainly lagoon like. My Parents loved it and my Mom soon got into the swing of things and went for a foot massage and had her hair done into dreadlocks. Okay I am lying about the foot massage. After spending all day on Railay we headed back to Ao Nang. 

Ao Nang has a bad reputation for being a busy "in your face" type of place but in my opinion that is a false assessment. The reason it has this reputation is because it is the launch pad to get to islands off the coast or other beaches. If you are not actually staying on islands like Ko Phi Phi, etc, then Ao Nang is the perfect place to stay for a couple of days and just get on the boats every morning. There are quite a few restaurants and bars but it is no Ko Samui or Ko Phang Gan. 

We had a lovely meal and had a walk down the long promenade hoping that we would bump into a good friend of mine called Big John as we knew he lived somewhere in Krabi. I could not call him as he had lost his phone and all I had were old e-mail addresses. It would have been a damn shame to be in the same area of the world and not meet up with him!

On that note I will pass you over to my lovely assistant: The wonderful Karen Sargent!  

'Assistant???!!!' Honey after travelling with me for 5 months I didn't expect you to be so misguided. Although I do like the adjectives! 
Anyways, back to Ao Nang. On one day we hired a long tail boat all to ourselves and went round some of the most amazing islands in the area. We jumped from one gorgeous beach to another, swimming in crystal clear water and lying on white sandy beaches. There were two islands that were connected to each other by a stretch of sand that becomes visible during low tide. It was great walking across it from one island to another having the turquoise sea on both sides of the sand. 

The fish on these islands are used to humans feeding them and so gather round anyone who steps into the sea. It was incredible being surrounded by all these tropical fish in such shallow water. It got us all very excited but not as much as when we actually went snorkel ling in deeper waters. A roll of bread attracted hundreds of fish that all surrounded us for a bite or two of bread and in some cases our legs! Paul cheekily put some bread on his Dad's belly as he was relaxing in the sea and all of a sudden he found himself surrounded by scores of fish jumping on him - something he described as a piranha attack! Good job their teeth weren't as sharp! 

If you're ever in Ao Nang do make sure you go on this day trip, it's called the 5 islands tour. Hiring out your own long-tail boat will make it a lot nicer than joining a big tour on a speedboat though. 


After a long day on the boat we decided to stay in town and have dinner before returning to our hotel which was about 15 minutes away. (If you're ever in this area I think it would be better to actually stay in Ao Nang itself rather than the surrounding area). We found a great little street called 'Seafood street' with loads of restaurants selling, you guessed it, fresh seafood and stopped there for dinner. 

When it was time to get back to our hotel we asked the local tuk-tuk drivers for a price and when one of them told us I made the comment that we could get into an air-conditioned car for that money. Why travel squashed into a cart stuck to a motorbike? Clearly our sense of adventure was waning. After discussing with his friend he told us his friend had a car up the road and he would drive us to it in his tuk-tuk. Fair enough. We agreed and all squashed into the little cart for the short journey. Ten minutes later we were still in the tuk-tuk. When we asked where the car was the guy simply pointed forward. It wasn't looking good. Fifteen minutes later we were still in the tuk-tuk and driving down an unlit and uninhabited road with this stranger. Now I've watched one too many horror movies where bad things happen to people in deserted places and I totally freaked out. I was sure he had some friends waiting for us in a darkened corner where they would attack and rob us before abandoning us there. My whole life flashed before my eyes and I soon started shouting at the driver in true Mediterranean style. He stopped in front of house and said here - when I saw that there was no car I freaked out even more! The poor guy actually left his motor bike turned on and jumped off to run to the garage - where he did have a shiny new car parked. Disaster was averted and twenty minutes later we were in our hotel. Ah the joys of miscommunication or rather, misinformation. Although I bet you he'll never make the same offer to another tourist again! 

And so, with that exciting ending we were ready to move to our next destination, Ko Lanta where we would be celebrating New Year's eve. But more on that on our next entry! 

Lots of Love 

Karen and Paul


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peter carbonaro on

hey ! u seem to be havin a wicked many memories of travelling! how i miss it.. uff!! enjoy every second as it s d best thing in the world.
take care and keep updating us xxx

peter carbonaro on

hey you went to Tattoo de cafe in Krabi? that was my local there :)

Janet Silvio on

i totally agree with you many amazing I had told you before you left for your adventure and as I told Karen, deciding to travel for a long period is the best decision anyone can's something both know what I mean :)

mom on

Had such a wonderful time xxxxxxxxx

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