Not So Krabi
Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
163Trip End May 02, 2013
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Feeling better we decided it was time to hit the beaches again.
We caught another pickup (the local bus; see aside below) to Ao Nang, a seaside town with a big beautiful beach and cliffs along one side
Back in Krabi Town our popular guesthouse was full and we unfortunately hadn't given them enough notice that we wanted to stay longer so we were forced to move again. It was quick and painless this time because the owner simply drove us to his other hostel around the corner with a bigger, less cozy room for the same low price of 550 Baht (~$18) per night.
Earlier on in Ao Nang, we had booked a half day kayaking tour for the next day. Our friends Ange and Felix had a great experience kayaking with Starlight Tours in Ao Thalane Nature Park when they were here in 2011 so we were looking forward to doing the same
At the last possible moment, Jason managed to secure two spots on a Four Islands boat tour. We ran down the beach, waded out to thigh-high water and boarded the biggest longtail boat in the sea. True to its name, the tour took us to Poda, Chicken (named for its shape; see photo), Tup and one-we-can’t-remember-the-name-of Islands.
We went snorkelling twice and saw plenty of colourful tropical fish and coral. When travelling between islands, the view from the seats below was sub-par so we climbed to the roof of the boat. The scorching sun nearly melted our skin on contact but we were loving it! The tour’s final stop was Phra Nang Cave Beach, where we’d been the previous day, but it proved worthy of at least two visits.
After a great day on the water and sand, we decided to treat ourselves to a seaside supper Ao Nang-style. We selected our own fish and prawns from the seafood showcase and sat right on the edge of the patio overlooking the beach with the setting sun in the distance. Dinner was delicious; the perfect finale to our "beaches of Thailand" sojourn
With a flight back to Bangkok booked for early the next morning we had room for one more pancake with condensed milk before calling it a night.
Aside: We rode this 'bus’ with a young Scot named Alex who relayed a rather horrifying story to us along the way. He and his friends were out partying in Ao Nang the night before and upon exiting the bar, two of his friends got into an altercation with several Thai guys, got cut up by broken bottles and ended up in the hospital for head stitching and partial finger reattachment. Needless to say we excluded clubbing from our Ao Nang itinerary.