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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

My Li'l Travel Book | Ao Nang, Krabi

Previously written : Phi Phi Islands

Just when I thought that I am done with the beach hopping and the next stop is going to be just another beach, Krabi town was standing just in front of me, ready to throw a surprise - on my face!

Very honestly, I slept through the whole ferry ride because I was tired, badly sun burned and was done with the sea waves and sun for sometime. I decided to go inside the ferry and take a good afternoon nap. And when I woke up, I was approaching this amazing beach of Ao Nang.



This was the first time that I was living in a hostel. And it was a completely different experience. This hostel has a funky name - Pop In Hostel. And it is not like any of the hostels that you see in any scary movie! This is clean, hygienic and emits extremely positive vibes.



As I said, this side of Krabi came with extremely different kind of experiences. Evening at the Pop In hostel was great - meeting other hostelers over barbecue themed dinner. But I have to admit, people from European countries are very scared of Indian people  - in general. We are infamous. Certainly!

We went to explore the streets later in the evening. All the places in Thailand have these li'l cafes, just at the corner of the streets and finding them is just overwhelming!

They have got a point!

We bumped into this very amazingly cute cafe called Fin. It had the perfect vibe for a holiday evening. Semi-open, at one corner of the street, and dimly lit with live music. I couldn't have asked for anything more!






It is always a good idea to try these cafes because they will offer the best of the local food. I had this opportunity to have freshly caught and grilled red snapper with lemon grass. It is traditionally savored with rice noodles and iceberg lettuce. And that is exactly what I did!



And this is when Umang and Rashi (my set of crazy people) decided to give my birthday surprise. The best birthday ever!



After a great night of music and dance, we retired to our hostel because we wanted to explore the town the next day. And that meant getting up early! The wonderful trip was reaching the end! *sigh*



Before going for a good night's sleep, we detoured to the Ao Nang beach for some sea- calmness. The view was certainly breath-taking!



The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, it was time for some fun. The breakfast at this hostel was nice and very, very affordable. The best part about this place was that you can rent scooters to move around. And this is exactly what we did. We rented scooters from the hostel itself (very reasonable - TBH 150 for 24 hours) and started searching for some "cool" places around!

The not-so-beast

I was a pillion rider with the best driver around. And I have never had such an amazing pillion riding experience in my entire life!




The roads are simply the way any road should be. Enticing - inviting you to drive. And trust me, with so much of cleanliness and those beautiful limestone walls with greenery all around you, you will fall in love with road trips. In my case, I fell in love with them even more.



And the weather was just the much needed cherry on the top!



And not just the highways, if you by mistake take some wrong turns, you will surely end up finding prettier roads.



When they say that the most beautiful journeys are unplanned, they say it for a reason. We had no plans whatsoever of renting a bike and then roaming around. We did that. We had no idea where we should go. We asked Google for help.

We started off for the renowned Emarald pool but thanks to the road signage, we changed our route to reach one beautiful place! The best part about the road signs of this place is that they know that they are tourism intensive place and they have put the most beautiful pictures beneath the name.

Inspired by the picture, we changed our destination to Pa Phru Tha Khlong Song Nam. And yet again, one of the best decision ever! This place is a li'l off beat and away from the major tourist destinations of Krabi. The entry fee here is TBH 100.



This is majorly a mangrove swamp made for nature walk. This place is the only fresh water area with an elevated trail to dig deeper into the jungle full of banyan trees, crabs and lizards.

Don't be sacred - these are just the roots of the flora around!

All right, so the above desciption did not come out that well but yes, this place is a li'l scary. So once you enter here, you see the swimming area and the path leading to the jungles. In case you are wondering about the name, it literally means a canal with two kinds of water.This is the place where the sea water and fresh water meet.



Miles to go!

The walk is beautiful and scary at the same time. Beautiful because you might never witness nature so closely. Scary because you are walking just above the water level and the water looks like it is home to some super wildlife.And on top of that, the jungle is dense with li'l source of light.




As you walk towards the ocean, the water starts to turn emarald and the roots of the trees are even more visible. And they are as creepy as they can get!



And then suddenly, we came across the source of the fresh water. It is small stream coming from some not so far away elevated land. This was a serene sight



Keeping the haunting vibes aside, this place is very pretty and quiet. And it is definitely worth a visit. I don't repent not going to the crowded emerald pool or the tiger cave.





This place is sheer beauty. And once you come out of this place, there are small snack stalls with all kinds of sea food and some very local sweets. I tried this amazing solidified milk sweet, whose name I keep on forgetting. I loved it - so much that I did not even wait to click its picture and finished it.

Then there was barbecued bananas served with condensed milk and coconut. I didn not like it much but yes, worth a try. I never imagined that bananas can be eaten like this!



What I loved here the most was the khanom bueang which is a crispy crepe with any filling that you desire. There were various jams like strawberry and blueberry. And very obviously, I opted for both of them. Very light and yummy, I probably had the best sweet snack in Thailand that day! Locally prepared by a loving Thai aunty, she made sure she was giving the best of her creations!




We then started for the Fossil Shell beach. We were tired and famished and by now the sun has started to shine as brightly as it can. Therefore, we decided to skip the tour to the beach. We took our halt near the Fossil shell beach, had a li'l lunch, shopped for pearls and then came back.

By the time everything finished, it was now the sunset time at the Ao Nang beach and there is no sunset on the beach that should be missed. Even if you don't do anything in Krabi, trust me you can sit at the Ao Nang promenade all day and you won't get regret it.


This side of Thailand is not commercialized much and you can just breathe free - away from people and crowd. While I was busy enjoying my peace, I heard someone ask to plan for the Walking Street at the night. No, I was not ready for it. Nope. 

But then, I had nothing else to do. The same roads which were so blissful during the day were scary at night. The Krabi walking Street is also known as the Mini Bangkok because of the wonderful shopping market. It was nothing like the walking streets of Phuket or Pattaya. Thank God for that!

Let me reiterate - Thailand is full of cute li'l stuff. I shopped for a lot of cute things! 


I couldn't take many pictures because I could either shop or shoot. And its no brainer that what I decided to do!

For me the next morning started at five. This side of the town did not let me witness the sunrise but yes, there were a lot to explore. I started off with Aditi. This time on the scooter because our 24 hours of rent was still not complete. 

We wandered off towards the villages and the views were amazing. I could finally spot elephants, real elephants among the limestone ones. 



We halted at the dead end of one of the village roads. There was this small cafe, which was still closed. Nevertheless, it had an open sitting area and we decided to venture out there.

Cute Viking ships!

Once inside, what we saw from there was one heavenly view. God, I have never been  left this speechless.





I was, for sometime, in a complete state of bliss and shock. I couldn't believe that I was witnessing something so beautiful, calm and tranquil. After spending our moments of introspection, we started off to go somewhere else, may be the ocean where this stream met.

But I don't know how, we reached a cemetry on the beach. This beach had no signs of human settlements near it.








I got back and decided to pin these places on the map or may be do a li'l research to know their names and location. But then I immediately dropped this idea. Some places should remain as they are perceived - unknown and just in the memories.

The last meal in Krabi made me sugar high. It was from some street cafe. However, one thing is for sure - Thailand will never leave you starving. There are so many options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian people. I certainly loved the food here!



The first thing was this extremely sweet Kao Tom Mud which is made of rice, coconut milk and banana. These are served, tied with bamboo stripe.



Usually two Kao Tom Mud are tied together as this sweet is said to symbolize a couple. Sweet!



Then there was this deep fried bread called Pa Thong Ko, which also represents something interesting - two evil people, fried in hot oil. No matter what, they taste extremely lip smacking with the condensed milk/custard dip on the side. 


And never ever miss the traditional Thai coffee. This is super concentrated coffee with condensed milk. And you add water according to your taste, whenever you drink it. I decided to skip the water. The coffee tends to get stronger with time. So here how it goes - I did not add water and drank it after a pretty long time. And I should not talk about my coffee high now!


And with so many amazing memories, the Thailand trip was coming to an end. We started our  road trip to Phuket, where we were to spend the last night before saying a goodbye to this beautiful and surprising island. 


Till we meet again!

(Last day in Phuket)


8 comments:

Bushra Muzaffar said...

Sushmita, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your trip to Krabi. I am going to explore your other travel stories from Thailand as well. Your details are certainly going to help me plan my island-hopping trip :)

Manu Khandelwal said...

detailed experience it was. The cafe looks really cool. Would love to visit one day. :)

Sushmita Malakar said...

@Bushra
I am so elated and so glad. Please feel free to contact in case you need any help and do share your amazing Thailand stories. It is an amazing island!

Thanks for your kind words :)


Sushmita Malakar said...

@Manu
Thanks! You'd Gould definitely explore the local cafes in Thailand!

Sonia said...

Looks beautiful, I'm hoping I can visit some day

Sushmita Malakar said...

@Sonia
You should definitely! Krabi is one peppy yet peaceful place. I guess its the only island in Thailand where you can travel with your family!

dysfunctionalmind said...

You have such a pretty blog! I love it.
@samantha_rjsdr

Sushmita Malakar said...

@Dysfunctionalmind
Thank you so much! But I am scared of your handle! *kidding*

Thank you for dropping by! :)