Saturday, January 31, 2015

Part 1 - Happy 11th to Us!

Ahh. First post of 2015. Funny how I still write 2014 on my notebook sometimes.

Anyway, the year didn't kick off that well, or rather it's a continuation from the previous year. But I will not let it last. 

So, I've decided that I should start the blog this year with something positive! Babe and I just celebrated our 11th Anniversary on 24th January and we went off to Krabi for the weekend.
Funny thing is, we only booked it like few weeks before the travel date which is crazy! 
No thanks to his busy schedule. *shift eyes*

Upon arriving at the Krabi Airport, we bought the island hopping tour for 1200 Baht per person for the Phi Phi Islands tour. Normal price is 1800 Baht so perhaps you can get a better deal at the airport!

Travelling to your hotel in Krabi is fairly simple. Just buy a one way ticket to Ao Nang / Krabi town (whichever your hotel is at) for 150 Baht and you're ready to go! The bus departs every 15 mins if not mistaken.

Airport shuttle bus!

In the airport shuttle bus.

However, we were expecting to be dropped right at our hotel when the driver asked us to wait at a shop after the town area probably because it'll be easier to drop the bunch of us who are staying nearby each other. After about 30mins of waiting, finally we were ushered onto a pick up truck....not too shabby though.

3 groups of people heading to Ao Nang!

It was only short 30 mins or less to reach Ao Nang and this was where we were expecting to stay at:

A standalone bungalow unit at Golden Beach Resort. That cat decided to follow us somehow...and got too cosy some times.

But the hotel staff claimed that the internet was down when we made the booking so they didn't manage to capture our booking and the hotel was full! But thankfully they managed to upgrade us to a room in Ao Nang Villa Resort which is just next to Golden Beach.

Checked out the beach while waiting to check in.

The hotels are just next to the beach which is great for sunset :D

First meal in Thailand was Big Breakfast because we were too hungry to check out other places.

No caption needed.

The beach in front of the hotels were always crowded with lots of people sunbathing! Most of them are quite veterans though...

Since we only had half day left on our first day in Krabi, we decided to book the Elephant Trekking and Tiger Cave Temple tour so that we don't over exert ourselves on a holiday! So we quickly grabbed the famous Thailand pancake before going on the tour.

I had cheese and ham pancake (50 Baht) while he got the Nutella one (30 Baht)!

Started off with elephant trekking! The day was so hot and we were sweating buckets! Although I did feel a little bad for having the elephants to carry us around..but Babe said elephants are sacred in Thailand and this is one of the ways to make sure the elephants continue to be taken care of. Thank you, elephants for the wonderful ride! :)

Just the greens. Love it!

Our little friends we made during the trip.

After a round (quite big round really) on the elephants, we were then ushered to another area to watch the baby elephant show.

Awesome Baby! (yes, this baby is aptly named Baby)

We were all very impressed of how she managed to take instructions so well and she's very tame too!

Next on the itinerary was the famous Buddhist temple known as the Tiger Cave Temple. History has it that there used to be a tiger who lived there hence the paw prints on the wall of the cave. 

There are 2 paths at this temple where you can either choose to visit the cave (which is a more leisure one) or the strenuous one to go all the way up to the top of the mountain with great scenic view of Krabi.
There's also a Buddha statue at the top of the mountain, too (if you're willing to climb 1300 steps that is).

Deciding which path to take.

In the end, we decided to explore the cave instead heheh.

Stumbled upon this Buddha statue while exploring the cave. Very well kept area!

The temple outside the cave. Majestic looking temple. Looks like they're still building a huge pagoda behind!

That is all we did on the first day. Was starving like mad and I was craving for some tomyam (duh) so we went to a restaurant called Tom Yam. Oh yes.

Shared a bottle of Chang beer just because. :P

The famous long tail boat with the Krabi sunset as the background.

Ao Nang Villa Resort's pool view.

That's all for Part 1! Part 2 will be on Phi Phi Islands tour! Fun day ahead!


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