Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Trip to Krabi 2016 : 7 Tips To Travel in Krabi and Aonang

Hye All

I have shared with you the itinerary when we went for a holiday in Krabi. You may visit this link to read more :

Itinerary to Krabi

Now, let me share with you some useful tips when you visit Krabi.

1. Book package earlier to save time

You can book the packages or plan where to go when you arrived. There are lots of agents and packages available in Aonang/Krabi. However, if you were going for a 4-day trip, it'll be better to book earlier in order to maximize your time. Unless if you have a week or more, then you can explore, and have the time; can plan accordingly.

If you ask me, I will highly recommend the agent who arranged our trip. She's a muslim and can speak Malay! Under the company names Muslim Krabi Travel, she will arrange for halal food especially for the packages; ie Island Hopping usually includes Lunch.

She assisted us to arrange for airport transfer to hotel (return trip), Emerald pool & Hot Spring (travel time up to 50 mins drive, includes the park entrance fees) , Island Hopping (includes lunch), Krabi Night Market (Ao Nang to Krabi town took about 30 mins drive) and elephant ride. Very comfortable ride in a big van.

Price Range? During our visit for 4 days was less than RM250 per person. Very affordable!
Salma in purple scarf with us in Hot Spring, Krabi

2. Choose Hotel which is located in Ao Nang Beach, Not Krabi Town.

Do remember that Krabi town was not near to the beaches. It was about 30 minutes drive from krabi town to the beach, mainly Ao Nang beach. So dont be fooled to choose cheaper hotels by selecting Krabi town.

I've stayed in few hotels during my visits (three times already by now). I booked it through agoda.com. Do check out their offer regularly. Those hotels have the pros and cons.

Here are few hotels which I've stayed before :-

(i) The Small Hotel (My First Visit in 2013)

Pros : Very near to the beach, about 3-5 minutes walk, near to the street, easy access to the food. Very convenient!
Cons : However, since it is a 4-star hotel, be ready to have thicker pocket ;)

(ii) Aonang Terrace Hotel (My Second Visit in May 2016)

Pros : Large room! Has a massage center right below the hotel. So it is very convenient to wear ur pyjamas, and get ready to the massage center and later back to the room and sleep right away!
Cons : Since it is a budget hotel of 2-3 stars, what more can you expect, right? The location a bit far from the main street and beach, within approximately 15 to 20 minutes walk. Tho i dont mind walking, some of you might prefer riding a tuk tuk instead. They also dont have swimming pool.

(iii) Royal Nakara Hotel (My Third Visit in Nov 2016)

Pros : Have swimming pools. The room was super spacious. Has very friendly staff and can serve Halal food for breakfast according to order. The room and hotel also very clean.

Cons : This hotel located right beside Aonang Terrace Hotel. So walking will be approximately 20 minutes to the main street.

3. Food - Halal Food everywhere!

You can either choose street food or Restaurants. Get ready with thicker pocket as restaurant's charges might varies accordingly.
Do not forget to try these food/drink:-
- Thai pan cake
- Thai Ice Tea
- Green Thai Ice Tea
- Fried Fish
- Takoyaki (can be found in Krabi Night Market)
- Sotong bakar (fresh!)

- Fruits (Mango, pineapple, coconut, papaya) You have to try their mango and pineapple!!

4. Mode of Land Transportation

- Van or car for airport transfer, night market, emerald pool and hot spring.

- Tuk tuk for Ao Nang beach visit

- Most of the time we prefer walking along the beach and the ao nang town.Walk save money and healthier! hiks. btw, most of the ride in tuktuk charged about 30 ThaiBaht per person. You can bargain if you have many people, or if you're arranging for return trip. Do not forget to get their phone number. Calling them would be easier if you cant find any tuktuk nearby. 

5. Prepare your swimming attire & waterproof bags

Get ready from the beginning for Island Hopping!

6. Getting connected

Most of the hotels have wifi, however if you want to be connected all the time, do buy the sim card in the airport once arrived. The price range was less than RM40 for usage up to 7 days depends on the package. very very cheap, right? and it is unlimited internet data plan! Even tengah2 island pun boleh update Instagram. very very laju.

7. Do enjoy your trip!!
Krabi is a place where you relax and enjoy. Dont be too stressed out or packed with activities that you tire yourself and your travel companion.

You can just drop me an email at airindiana@gmail.com or text me at +6017-6511966 if you need further info :)

Thank you for Reading

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