For Day — 1, 2, 3 of Indian Couple Travel to Thailand, read Indian Couple Travel to Thailand – Bangkok
Day – 4 Bangkok (Thailand) – Don Muang International Airport, Krabi, Ban Sainai Resort, Ao Nang
Next day we packed out bags and left for Krabi in Air Asia flight. The problem we encountered at the airport was – not booking our checked-in luggage in advance. We had to pay THB 1800 for two bags but immediately booked the two bags for our return flight in THB 690. We had in advance booked Bangkok – Krabi – Bangkok flight with Nok Air, the booking was made using a friend’s debit card but due to the policy of Nok Air to show the card used to book flights at the time of check-in, I had to rebook the tickets, this time with Air Asia.
At Krabi International Airport, we found counters for transfer to hotels in Krabi area. There was an Airport Shuttle bus service which goes to Ao Nang via Krabi Town. We booked a seat in the bus at THB 150 for Ban Sainai Resort located in Ao Nang. The bus was parked in the left side of the exit gate. This was an hour long, comfortable and inexpensive ride to the resort.
At the resort, we were welcomed with Butterfly Pea Tea (made of Butterfly Tea flower) which was refreshing and tasty. The cottages were decorated quite nice and we enjoyed the surroundings. I felt relaxed after the hustle of the capital city. We spent the evening roaming around the main street in Ao Nang looking for currency exchange and Indian restaurants. There is no dearth of both.
Ao Nang is not a very large town, the locals were soft speaking and we knew that we would enjoy our stay there. Here also, Seven-Eleven stores are aplenty for fulfilling day to day needs.
Day 5 – Krabi Ao Nang (Thailand) – Railay West, Railay East, Viewpoint, Lagoon, Phra Nang
Next day we went to Ao Nang beach. There are plenty of long-tail boats ready to take tourists to Railay and other nearby islands. We went to Ao Nang Longtail Boat Service Club ticket window and purchased returned tickets for both at THB 600. Then, we were asked to sit on benches and wait for sufficient number of passengers for a long tail boat. An engine operated long tail boat can accommodate eight passengers. You realize you are in Krabi when you see limestone karsts jutting out of the sea. The view was breathtaking. It is very much sure that if you sit in the front of the boat you will get wet.
The boat landed us at Railay West beach. The sea is calm, possibly due to formation of a bay and favourable wind direction but the beach was bustling with tourists. We took a pathway going towards Railay East. Railay East has mangrove trees, unclear waters and strong waves. Since it was afternoon, the sea was high and rocking the concrete pavement going towards Phranang Beach.
While going towards Phra Nang beach we saw rock climbers practicing their skills. After come distance, you see a trail leading to the Viewpoint and the Lagoon. I had to drop the plan to climb the trail because of my wife’s insistence. Anyway we moved towards Phra Nang beach.
The first thing you observe here is Phra Nang Cave which houses a shrine dedicated to the Goddess of Love (Phra Nang).
Though the beach was crowded and the waves a bit strong in this part too, it was beautiful with clear blue-green waters. We spent some part of afternoon swimming and later consuming the snacks I brought from India and seven-eleven.
While going back to Railay East beach, I could not resist the temptation to climb the trail to the Viewpoint. I successfully convinced my wife to climb with me. The climb was easy and we both enjoyed the view of both Railay East and West from the Viewpoint.
On our return, the adventurer in me could not resist climbing down to the lagoon as well. The climb was not easy and had some dangerous points. My wife waited for me at the top. The calm lagoon was surrounded by the greenery of towering trees. I made a short swim in the water and immediately came back to my wife. This must have took about forty minutes.
We had our lunch (pizza) at a local restaurant located on Railay East and moved back to our hotel in Ao Nang. We spent the remaining day at our resort swimming pool and relaxing. We also booked our next day’s tour to Hot Stream Waterfall, Emerald Pool and Kayaking at Ao Thalane in THB 2000 each at a discount of THB 200 per person. Thanks to our hotel.
Day 6 – Krabi Ao Nang (Thailand) – Hot Stream Waterfall, Emerald Pool and Kayaking at Ao Thalane
We got a call from the reception when we were having breakfast that our tour vehicle has arrived. We were late by ten minutes, then I came to know it is not appreciated to be late in Thailand. While going towards Hot Stream Waterfall we saw a giant Buddha image at Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi. We had dropped the plan to visit there in favour of kayaking.
Hot Stream Waterfall — About forty degree Celsius temperature, flows in a hot stream which the locals consider good for health if one soaks in for 15-20 minutes. The place was quite crowded and we enjoyed the water just by dipping our feet in the warm water. Not a very interesting place in my opinion.
Then the van took us to Emerald Pool which is a circular pool with uniform depth of around five feet. The pool is good to try swimming and we saw many Thai people there. There is Blue Pool about eight hundred meters from the Emerald Pool which I have read is more clear and less crowded. Since, we had to leave for Kayaking we did not walk till there.
We met another honeymoon couple from India at the pool. They had booked their trip with a tour operator from India and this was their first day in Thailand. We were content that we had the freedom to travel the country on our own.
We had Thai vegetarian lunch at a resort where we were shifted to another van for Ao Thalane kayaking. Ao Thalane pier is located north of Ao Nang. After wearing life jacket, collecting waterproof bag and paddles we went to the pier. The kayaks were two-seater and our group had eight kayaks.
This would be the first time kayaking for both of us. As soon as we boarded the kayak, we were struggling to control it. The guide was throwing instructions like left-backward, right-foreword etc which seemed random to us. The kayak was having its own mind of colliding with other long-tail boats parked on the pier. The guide took pity on us and toed our kayak to his.
After getting closer to the lagoons, he asked if we would like to try on our own. If not, we will have to pay THB 1000. We agreed to try on our own and succeeded. We enjoyed the adventure and clicked a lot of photographs of mangrove forests and lagoons. It was tiring but fun.
We were back in town by 1800 hours and spent the evening in the resort itself. We had fixed Bombay Palace Indian Restaurant for dinner which was also favorably reviewed by TripAdvisor. The food was delicious and the prices were not more that other similar restaurants in the town.
In our whole trip to Thailand, though for only ten minutes, today it rained.
Day 7 – Krabi Ao Nang (Thailand) – Poda Island
After a long discussion to plan this last day of our trip in Thailand, we decided that we will relax and enjoy the time on a calm beach. I favoured James Bond Island and Phi Phi Island Sightseeing trips but my wife insisted on more relaxed and closely located Poda Island. Being tired of yesterday’s Kayaking session, we decided on Poda Island.
Poda Island is only half an hour away from Ao Nang in a long tail boat. There are boat services to Poda, Chicken and Tup Islands which also form the part of Four Island tour. We booked return tickets for THB 300 plus THB 200 (National Park fees) per person. The island was less crowded and the boatman asked us to be back by 1500 hours. We had full four hours at the beach. We enjoyed the scenery, took a swim, slept under the shade of trees, had our lunch and recollected our memories of Thailand trip. It was a long time to spend on a beach and we enjoyed the free time.
After booking seats in a minivan for Airport transfer in THB 150 with a tour agency, we were back to our resort by 1630 hours. There were many such tour agencies providing Airport transfers including the Airport Shuttle Bus we took earlier.
We spent the last day in Bangkok shopping gifts for relatives and close friends. We had our flight back to India in the very early morning so we reached Suvarnabhumi Airport in the night itself. The trip was amazing. We enjoyed and learned from each and every moment in this beautiful country. Even before leaving Thailand, me and my wife were making plans for our next foreign trip who knows Thailand again and this time we may be able to Ayutthaya, North East Thailand and Chiang Mai.