After spending a few days in Chiang Mai, we flew to Krabi to make our way South to even warmer weather. I’m still in shock at just how beautiful the views are here! One of our favorite memories was island hopping in Krabi, because there are so many gorgeous beaches to see. We stayed about a 5-minute walk from the beach (Ao Nang), which made it convenient to head there early in the mornings.
It was my goal to take part in a 4 Island Tour while in Krabi. This is a great and affordable way to island hop. You can buy tickets at many places in Krabi. We ended up buying our tickets the evening before our tour for a total of 900 baht for the two of us (around $25). The morning of our tour, we got on our longtail boat with our guide and about 12 other people for a day of fun.
We got to visit Poda Island, Tup Island, Chicken Island, and Phranang Beach. We traveled by longboat to all of these locations and got to explore. Our tour guide told us about the history of the islands. We also stopped and ate a picnic lunch together. Our favorite areas were Poda Island and Phranang Beach because there were a lot less people and it made for a more relaxed environment. I recommend this tour if you’re looking to do some island hopping in Krabi. While there are full day packages available, we felt that the regular package, which runs from about 8:30-3:00 is a good fit.
On a separate day, we also decided to island hop to West Railay Beach, which also offered beautiful views. The food, drinks, and souvenirs here are a bit pricier, but it’s worth it because the beach is less crowded than Ao Nang. I was originally drawn to the Krabi part of Thailand after hearing about Railay Beach from some travel friends and researching the beach online. It’s very easy to take a longtail boat to this beach without a tour package and only costs about $3 each person, one way. I liked how easy it was to travel to other beaches.
Most of our days were spent getting up early and heading to the beach before it got humid. We both did a lot of reading, which was nice. We also enjoyed lots of fresh fruit and fruit smoothies. I already miss having a smoothie each day! We spent our evenings exploring the streets along the beach and trying different foods and drinks. We both agreed that the food was a lot more authentic in Chiang Mai. After a few days, we found some great Thai restaurants that we did frequent — it just takes a little exploring to find the best places.
There is quite a mix of foods available in Krabi, because so many international visitors vacation here. You can find a lot of Indian and Italian food. Since we’ve been living in South Korea, we very much enjoyed a few Western breakfast meals and a couple of pizzas (with MARINARA SAUCE and no corn?!!!!) These are foods that we can’t get in our small rural town in Korea, so it was a nice treat.
We also visited the weekend market in Krabi Town. Krabi town is about 35 minutes away from Ao Nang, so it’s a bit of a hike. We both felt that the Chiang Mai Sunday Night market was more worthwhile. This market did have a lot more food choices, which was cool — but it was a lot smaller. My favorite thing here was the homemade coconut ice cream! I recommend trying this.
One thing to mention is the fact that Krabi has become very touristy. Our favorite times were those spent along the beaches. On our walk to the beach, we walked past many shops and restaurants, and every time we dealt with people trying to sell massages, food, and souvenirs. After a few days, this got kind of old. I didn’t read about this when researching Krabi, but I figured I would point it out here in case you ever want to visit the area.
We spent 8 nights in Krabi. I still can’t get over just how beautiful it was there! We especially loved walking along the beach, taking in the breathtaking views, relaxing and reading, and watching the monkeys play on the rocks. I’m so glad and thankful that we finally got to see and explore Thailand. Visiting here was something I never saw myself being able to do a year ago.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read our blog. We’ll leave you with a few more pictures from our stay. You’ll see for yourself just how beautiful the beach views were! 🙂