Shyan and I have been busy the last few months, despite not updating our blog. We stole some time late November, spending four nights in Krabi after attending a good friend’s wedding dinner in Bangkok. The dinner was amazing, we were blessed with cool weather and were at the top floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok. The venue, atmosphere, guests, meal and weather fitted my fun loving friends Yen and Steve to a T!
It was our first time in Krabi and we booked everything on line, so we were not sure what to expect. On arrival, one sees that the small airport is well organised, with transport to the resort we booked easily arranged. However, the taxi fare of 600 baht is more expensive than a trip from the airport to town in Bangkok, which averages around 400 baht. Anyhow, since we were on holiday, I tried not to think too much about the money spent…We arrived at the Krabi Orchid Resort and was happy with the location. It’s just a few seconds walk to the main road, which stretches with restaurants and shops on both sides. Our first experience though was not pleasant – the hotel made a mistake on a tour we booked and I had to ask to see the manager to get things resolved. The bell boy was rude, and showed us attitude. Not a good start to the trip but Shyan and I decided not to let this dampen our spirits!
We took things slow the first day, and decided to spend time at the hotel’s pool, which was nice enough. The view isn’t bad with a mountain as backdrop, and the pool is designed for resorts, with a bridge to a central platform, and fountain like fixture. The chairs were not well maintained and I could not relax seated as was afraid I’ll fall over!
We booked ourselves on a 4-island hop tour the next day and were blessed with good, sunny weather. The walk between Tub and Mor Islands was quite amazing, at low tide, we actually could walk across from one island to the other, like walking on water. The water is still unspoilt and clear and we spotted a few sea urchins as we trod across the islands, it was fun. It had been a long time since I am out at sea and under the sun which I enjoy, so it was extra special to do this trip.
We passed by Chicken Island, see photo and no explanation needed. Normally, we would have snorkeled around the island but the current was strong that day so we missed that. Where we were brought to was shallow and had only angel fish to see, so that was a little of a let down. We then headed to Phra Nang Beach and Cave. It was crowded and noisy, and we were not allowed into the cave itself. Would have been nice to get to explore.
Unfortunately, the rest of our stay in Krabi was rained out, so we spent the next day in and around the resort. Not ones to give up easily, we decided that we would get out the next day, come rain or shine. It rained 😦 but we went ahead with our plans for elephant trekking anyway. We were first brought to the emerald pool, which is a small pool with clear, cool water. What we remembered more was the muddy road we had to trod out on because of the rain and by the time we got to the van, we were both cold and wet. Thankfully, I had the foresight to bring some towels so we at least could dry up. But this means we were not able to visit the waterfall hot spring which was the next stop, oh well, something to do if and when we do visit again. We got to sit on elephants and the poor things had to walk through thick muddy roads on our behalf. There was really not much to see, with or without the rain, and we have done more interesting treks in Phuket before.
Regardless of the service at the resort or unfavourable weather or not too interesting tours, I am glad to have this time with my daughter. She grows up so fast, and I am thankful we still have common interests and are happy to spend time together. I look forward to our next adventure together!