Krabi Town is a gateway to Islands in the Andaman Sea, on the west coast of southern Thailand. When many people say they’re going to Krabi, they’re actually referring to Ao Nang, the beach side resort town about 30 minutes drive from Krabi Town.
I actually came to be in the area because after 12 months away from home (Christmas 2015 – Christmas 2016), my parents wanted to come and visit me (and also have a holiday themselves) before I travel further.
Up to this point I had only been planning a few days in advance, but to agree a time with them I planned out the next 2 or 3 months, and suggested somewhere in Southern Thailand in March. They did their own research and decided to meet me in Ao Nang for a week.
I had spent a night in Krabi before I went to Koh Lanta, and also spent two nights there on my return. As I mentioned earlier, Krabi is a gateway to the islands, so it was perfect for this purpose. There are some tourist attractions around, such as the Tiger Cave, Hot Stream Waterfall, etc. but these are well outside the town, also accessible from Ao Nang.
The Krabi Weekend Night Market was my favourite thing in town – It was quite similar to the one in Chiang Rai – good & cheap food, good atmosphere, cheap drinks and mediocre live music. There’s also a small promenade on the river with some sculptures, and the traffic lights in town are the coolest I’ve seen anywhere.
I thought the famous Pak-Up Hostel might be worth visiting in itself, but in my opinion, it was a bit overrated – a party hostel with not enough partying guests and a bar that didn’t quite hit the mark price-wise, music-wise and atmospherically.
Ao Nang is a resort town about 11km from Krabi Town by Songthaew. It is also a gateway to the surrounding islands, but also has some nice beaches around.
There are hundreds of hotels, restaurants, massage shops, souvenir shops, travel agencies and bars all catering to a tourist crowd.
I made my way to Cliff Beach Resort, where I would stay for a week with my parents. This resort was by far the nicest place I have stayed in 15 months overseas.
Together we hiked over to Pai Plong Beach (Centara), we also took a longtail boat out to Railay Beach, and did a Phi Phi Island Tour together, including some snorkeling.
Unfortunately, after three days together in Ao Nang I got sick, so now I’m largely confined to my room whilst Mum and Dad are out at the beach.
So I’m making the most of the opportunity now to relax, and take a break from the backpacking solo on a shoestring, which can get a bit tiring. It also gives me a chance to plan the next part of my trip.