Krabi Day 3

Jan 13, 2007

We decided to dedicate the third day of our trip to doing mostly nothing. It sounds remarkably lazy but it was really great just chilling and doing nothing.

“!(img)!(Our balcony view)”: “!(img)!(Greedy Jimmy)”: “!(img)!(Grilled chicken)”: “!(img)!(Pancake)”:

After grabbing some grub from the roadside stalls dotting the town of Ao Nang, we had a leisurely lunch sitting at the balcony of our hotel. It was a lovely, cosy corner and we had our privacy ensured by tall plants standing just outside.

“!(img)!(Sun rays at Railey)”: “!(img)!(Sun rays at Railey)”: “!(img)!(Beer Chang)”: “!(img)!(Sulky boy)”:

The next stop on our agenda was Railey beach, renowned for its beauty and serenity. We boarded a long-tail boat after a short wait of 15 minutes for just 60 baht each and were not disappointed by Railey. Like Maya, it had sand which was soft and powdery and clear, emerald green water that went on for miles. For more than an hour, we sat by the beach armed with chips and beer and basically did…nothing. It was heaven.

When we got back, it was time for dinner. Since we had no plans for the evening, we decided to take the local bus down to Krabitown for a mere 40 baht per person.

“!(img)!(Swensen’s)”: “!(img)!(The boyfriend hearts me)”: “!(img)!(Hearts in chocolate fondue)”: “!(img)!(Bus stop)”:

Krabitown was not really impressive after the beauty and simplicity of Ao Nang. We grew bored after a meal by the roadside and some chocolate goodness at Swensen’s (139 baht for a chocolate fondue). After stocking up on beauty essentials at my favourite shop in Thailand, Boots, we headed back to Ao Nang and back to The Lost Pirate Bar for the Manchester United-Aston Villa match.

There, we encountered the most obnoxious Caucasian we had met on the trip. He was a Briton and a fellow Man U supporter. Like us, he was sitting at the bar, which was nearest to the television, and was there to catch the match.

For the entire 90 minutes of the match, Mr Obnoxious was shouting, in his limited vocabulary, the following – “Go Scholesy!”, “Re-fer-ree!” and “You’re rubbish!” It was terribly annoying and it took a lot of patience on my part not to slap his face into that pint of Singha beer that he was downing. His poor Thai wife tried to restrain his enthusiasm by casting aggrieved looks in his direction but they were sadly laughed away by him.

We bade farewell to that warm and friendly waiter we had come to know at the bar and walked back to the hotel to pack our bags for our last day in Krabi.

Krabi Day 1
Krabi Day 2


Krabi Day 2

Jan 12, 2007

It’s really wrong to wake up early when you are on holiday. Because I couldn’t get used to sleeping in an unfamiliar environment, I didn’t get much sleep. The boyfriend claims that I had smacked him smartly on the tummy when he snored a little too loudly but I plead innocence!

Off we went for our four islands tour at 9am after a relatively light breakfast (didn’t want to regurgitate food during the boat ride). Thankfully, the weather was cool after the rain the previous night.

“!(imgleft)!(Krabi waters)”:
The water of Krabi is absolutely amazing. The colour of emerald, it was clear and refreshingly cold to skin that was heated up by the sun. We could look down from our boat to see beautiful corals and schools of fish making their way around the seabed.

“!(img)!(Fishy)”: “!(img)!(School of fish)”: “!(img)!(My very own whale!)”: “!(img)!(Me)”:

Things picked up rather nicely when we started snorkeling. It was such an amazing experience swimming with the fishes. There were all sorts in various colours and patterns, and the silence of the water was just incredible. We were in another world, a world which I was dying to explore further. I wanted to keep snorkeling, to remain underwater and see more sights. Looks like obtaining a diving license with Trevor is next on the cards!

“!(imgleft)!(Maya beach)”:
Another highlight of the tour was our last stop at Maya Beach. Famously known as the beach where the movie “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed, it was definitely one of the best beaches in Krabi. The sand was silky soft and the water clear and blue. Surrounded by Krabi’s famous karsts, it was akin to being in paradise.

We trooped back to the hotel, feeling buoyed by the entire experience and vowing to come back again once we could dive.

After a quick shower, we headed down to the other side of Ao Nang beach for some sunset but it was too overcast for anything spectacular. Following an extremely hearty and delicious seafood dinner at Wangsai’s, we hit the town and moved on to a pub for my Beer Chang fix.

The Lost Pirate bar gets my thumbs up for having a most relaxed vibe and wait staff who were friendly and ever smiling. We sat there with our beers and chatted till my eyelids were drooping. We walked back to the hotel hand-in-hand and that was how my birthday ended, with a smile.

“!(imgcenter)!(Having a pint at the Lost Pirate bar)”:

Krabi Day 1
Krabi Day 3