First night at the beachfront

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
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Trip End Apr 08, 2011


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Krabi Resort Ao Nang
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Airport –> Krabi Market –> Hotel –> Ao Nang –> Hotel


Our flight from KL took about 45 minutes to reach Krabi. We were initially quite worried about our trip because it was raining non-stop for the past one week. There were also reports of flash floods and mudslides in certain areas of Krabi. However, our fear was proved unfounded, as the tourist spots (beach and islands) were not hit, as the damage only affect the interior province of Krabi. The weather was also good on us, as during our entire week's trip there, there was not a single drop of rain, except for a slight drizzle on our second last day of the trip towards the end of our day tour.

Arrival
Once touchdown, we book a cab from the airport to our hotel. The reason being is because we do not want to waste unnecessary time waiting for the public transport because the traveling time from airport to Ao Nang beach takes about 30-40mins. Remember to bargain for price of the cab, because the competition is intense at the counter.

The cab then took us to the Krabi Town on the pretext that he wants to bring us to the tourist information counter. Once there, the agent will try sell you tour/activities package, and how they will tell you the price is much cheaper in the town if compared to the beach. We held firm and rejected all sorts of offer. True enough, when we got to the beach, the price are even cheaper, because there are so many operators and competition is fierce.

Market
After that, the driver told us he was hungry and wanted to grab some food. So we told him to go to his usual place. This is a bonus for us because he brought us to the Krabi market and it's such an amazing experience. We get to see so many types of local food and instinctively we knew we had to pack some of the food back to our hotel room as our lunch.

Check-In
After packing, all sort of food, the cab drive us to our hotel - White Sand Krabi Resort. It's shop house converted into hotel. I booked this hotel through Agoda website, and it's quite cheap, about 1000THB/night. It's clean, modern interior decor and strategic location makes it an ideal accommodation.

We unpack our food and immediately feast away. Some of the food was tasty especially the glass noodle with chicken curry, BBQ calamari, crab, and the coconut juice was awesomely delicious. The fried noodle and corn was a disappointment.

Walk-about
After our lunch/dinner meal, we went for a stroll along the Ao Nang beach for the first time to see the sunset. It was a beautiful sight to be behold.

The entire beach front was full of shops and restaurants that it felt too westernized. You have fast food such as pizzas, spaghetti, burgers etc...One thing I notice is that, all these western restaurants are operated by Indians. Normally, it's a fusion where they have Italian and Indian cuisine. These restaurants made up about 40%, whilst fast food such as McD, Burger King, Subway made up about 5%, and the remaining joints are of course Thai restaurants. It's a nice walk because you get to experience the night life there and so many things to see - souvenirs, trinkets, t-shirts, art, bars, pubs, street food etc... one highly recommended-must-try street food is the banana pancakes and its Lassi (fruit juice yogurt). We tried one stall selling the pancakes, but it was too oily. We tried a different stall next day, and it was just fantastic!  We eat from the same stall for the next 3 nights!

After that, we retire to our hotel room, with Chang's in my hands, but after a while I felt hungry. Because at that time was late around 11pm, thankfully there is a restaurant opposite our hotel, that sells Thai and Indian food still open. Since we are in Thailand, we decided to go for Thai food. We ordered Phad Thai and its salad. The food is quite delicious actually and exceeded my expectation because I thought since it's operated by Indians and not the locals, it may not taste as good. But I was wrong!

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