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January 19, 2015

4D3N in Krabi, Thailand

Managed a 4D3N mini getaway to Krabi, Thailand last week (13 January - 16 January)! I've been dreaming of a beach holiday for the entire school term (my wallpaper is a photograph of.. sand) and I'm so glad we took a leap of faith and made this trip happen!

The itinerary for this trip was simple - night shopping at Ao Nang, a day trip out to sea, hiking (?) the tiger temple, watching sunsets and enjoying thai food!

Red Ginger Chic Resort
168 Moo 3, Amphur Muang, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand 81000
Stayed at Red Ginger Chic Resort, with a red ginger drink served on arrival, great buffet breakfast every morning, swimming pool, spacious room and even a connecting door between two rooms. It's also in a great location, between the crossroads of two streets of food and markets, and within walking distance to Ao Nang beach. (180 SGD each for two nights)

Sala Bua & Lo Spuntino Restaurant
120 Moo 2, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Our first meal of the trip was dinner overlooking the sunset at Sala Bua, with lacklustre flavours but the view somehow made up for it. We had spiced sotong, seafood tomyum, stir fried kangkong and beef with mixed vegetables, which all kind of tasted like zichar back in Singapore.

Krabi Castaway Tours
The next day, we set off early for our boat tour! We booked a private longtail tour with Big, who was the correspondant, tour guide, cook and (occasional) sailor all at once. It was cool how his whole family still stays in the US (he used to work as a chef there) but he chose to return to krabi to start this tour service for tourists! (7000 THB for 4)

We embarked on the 4 island trip instead of the Phi Phi island as planned originally because the tides were too strong. Koh Gai was an island shaped like a chicken (hence named chicken island) and we snorkelled there for a while. Koh Tup and Koh Mur were two small and close islands/ beaches, linked by a shallow sandbar, where we spent some time just frolicking in the sun (mostly in the waters though, to avoid getting burnt).

Koh Poda was my favourite stop, with clear waters, shallow waters, corals and minimal crowd. At one point I fell asleep just laying down on the sand, and it was such a good sleep listening to the lullaby of the waves.

We had a good lunch at Koh Poda, cooked personally, on the spot, by Big, and it was awesome considering everyone else on the island were having packed lunch! Seafood tomyum, basil with sotong, mixed vegetables. Yumyumyum!

After a tiring day under the sun, the next day was declared sleep-in day. We finally embarked to a trip to the tiger temple in the late afternoon, which turned out to be great timing as the sun wasn't shining down on us. 1237 steps was certainly no easy feat (especially when we all skipped lunch from all the nuaing in the morning). Step by step, we made our way up, taking breaks every few hundred steps.

I'm so thankful to have my beloved by my side, encouraging me and providing me with strength - even as I puked out my breakfast and two glasses of orange juice at the 900th-ish step, and saw speckles of light when I was on the verge of passing out. But alas, we made it!

All in all, I think it was a very smooth-sailing trip, the food, tour and accommodation we chose were all not too bad. It's refreshing to be able to start the year with a relaxing holiday, before school starts for the next eight months!


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