Ko Phi Phi Khok Yang Krabi Thailand
Maya Bay, also known as ‘The Beach’ is one of Thailand’s most famous tourist attractions. It is very beautiful and is easy to think of yourself as part of the film. Only downside is the amount of tourist’s that it attracts, however get there early and you will beat most of the crowds. Koh Phi Phi itself is an amazing chilled out island with amazing beaches, chilled out vibe and water so blue you would think someone has painted the ocean.
Ton Sai Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Rocking out: Ton Sai & Railay (5 days of a community you’ll never want to leave) Once you’re done with the beauty of Ko Lanta (if that’s such a thing) then head back up to the mainland. Boats frequently go from these southern islands to Krabi and once you’re here, you can either wander around the little town or hop straight onto a longtail boat to the bays around the corner from Krabi’s main beach, Ao Nang. Yes, this is a hectically busy guide. I didn’t say it was going to be a breezy walk in the park though! Alright, around the corner lies the awesome Ton Sai. I fondly refer to this as my slice of paradise as it’s a place that has drawn me back many times and I don’t care if I have to go alone. Surrounded by the towering limestone cliffs, Ton Sai is a teeny community of rock climbers and chilled locals. Electricity runs between 5pm – 5am and every guest house will look after you like you’re their first-born child. After two days, you’ll know everyone’s name; after four days you’ll cry at the thoughts of leaving your new family. Try some rock climbing on many of the cliffs or if you have no upper-body strength, lie flat on Railey Beach. Stay in Ton Sai for the vibes and cheap accommodation, climb over the secret cliff to Railay for the huge white beach. I feel a bit sad to tell everyone about Ton Sai, but that’s because I’m a bit selfish and want to keep it to myself…
Maya Bay Krabi Thailand
This is the famous spot where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed 'The Beach' and it is shamelessly sold to tourists throughout the day tour. The waters are fairly clear, however, there's simply too many tourists about that it makes even walking difficult because it's so crowded. I was glad that we were only given 30 minutes here because I felt suffocated by the crowd- can't even take a decent shot without having a tourist in it.
Koh Lanta Krabi Thailand
From Koh Lanta I went to Koh Tao to get my diving certification. Many people come to Koh Tao to learn how to dive or to party or both. So it is again, a town full of westerners with stands left and right for late night eats and buckets of alcohol (A mixed drink in a bucket, meant to share but many drink alone). The couple of main streets are littered with various genre of foods from around the world and shops selling flip flops and bikinis. I can see why many people come here and end up extending their time longer than planned. It’s a beach paradise in Thailand with most western comforts and amazing scuba diving/ snorkeling.
Railay Village Resort & Spa Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Raylay Village was absolutely perfect. Little cottages that surrounded a pool, a superb massage parlour, a location on the beach where the longtail boat landed made it the best option around. The food besides breakfast was not upto the mark, but all of 5 minutes away we had fantastic authentic Thai restaurants, so this didn’t bother us much.
The Palace Ao Nang Ao Nang Krabi Thailand
Contrary to its name, it's not exactly what I would call 'The Palace' but for just USD 160 with breakfast (buffet style continental breakfast) provided every morning, I'd say it's worth it! The hotel staff was extremely friendly & polite, greeting guests with smiles & willing to help if you have any enquiries. There is no lift though; so if your luggage is heavy, then good luck to you- gotta lug it all the way up! It's also conveniently located as it's smack right in the middle of a busy street, Aonang Beach just less than 5 minutes away, cafes, eat-out shacks everywhere and the street is well dotted with many convenient stores so do compare the prices of groceries before purchasing if you've got the time!