An empty collapsable bag in case you overbuy and can't fit them all in your luggage. Beachwear with boardshorts can get you into most places, though not too provocative cos Krabi has a high density of Muslim locals.
Sunhat that covers your head fully and/or sunglasses. Krabi on good days are bright and sunny. Sunscreen, after-sun care products, sunblock. Get these from your home countries as Krabi sells Coppertone and Banana Boat twice to thrice the price in Australia and Singapore already. Such products are also hard to find and you can't bargain much for these items cos sellers know you need them bad. For analogue/manual cameras, 400 speed film is good enough. Mosquito repellant
They're noisier than anything but they are the best way to see the sights around the shoreline the fastest way. Keep in mind that the operators have been taking tourists to sights for years. As always, do some research before beginning negotiations and have some questions ready to ask your potential boat operator when choosing this mode of transportation.
Wonderful Beachfront Location!
Part of the Sand Sea Resort Complex, this seemed to be the most sophisticated bar/restaurant that was open to all.
It occupies a prime beachfront location with fabulous unrestricted views of the beach - though make sure you get yourself some shade if you're sitting outside during the day...
In keeping with the understated upmarket style of the place, it is entirely made out of wood with rattan furniture and has a troupe of extremely friendly and efficient wait-staff.
It really is a great place to wait for your longtail boat back to Krabi or while away a few hours just drinking in the atmosphere and other just as intoxicating beverages such as an ice cold Singha beer or something more exotic from the extensive cocktail menu...
The food menu seemed to be a mix of Thai and Chinese with an Western influence. Prices were above the average for the area, but are still peanuts by Western standards and the extra price did seem to reflect a superior quality of food on offer.
Unfortunately, the one thing we were unable to do here was appreciate the reason behind the name of the restaurant as our visit to Rai Ley had to be over before the sun set - I can only imagine that this would truly have been a breathtaking experience... :-((( OK, unfortunately here we sort of ran out of money and there wasn't a cash machine nearby so we plumped for a Pad Thai for me and something I can't quite remember for my partner in crime...
I have to say that the Pad Thai here, which also happens to be one of my favourite Thai dishes anyway, was excellent here!
The other thing of note from here were the excellent tropical fruit juice drinks - top notch!
Elephant trekking - fun and delightful!
Have you tried elephant trekking in the forest? If not, you'll find it refreshingly fun to do it in Krabi, just like me!
Do it in the morning, where the air is fresh and windy. What a comfortable ride on the back of an elephant while it slowly carry you through the forest and across the rivers.
I've joined the "Nosey Parker's" 1 hour elephant trekking package. It takes around 2 hrs for the whole trip because it's elephant trekking for an hour in their rubber plantations and forest, then you get to feed the elephants with cucumbers they provided and then watch the elephants showers in the pond. They serve drinks and provide transport to and fro your hotel.
The cost is $750 baht per adult (Feb 08).
I enjoyed the trekking experience very much, the elephants were very tamed and the instructor attached to my elephant is very humorous and the weather was cool and windy when I went.
From what I know, there are many other elephant trekking operators in Krabi. Some even have baby elephants. So, check them out before deciding which package to get!
See how the elephants flaps their ears, see how they swirl their trunks to get the food from you and stuff the food into their mouth! Touch their hairy head, feel their skin, love them!
Check out the Crazy Geology in Krabi!
Krabi and Koh Phi Phi in the Sea of Andaman are among the most amazing karst regions in the world. The blue green waters are dotted with towering pinnacled islands full of caves and odd natural sculptures. Karst is a Slovenian word that means ?internal drainage? and is the key to understanding this wacky land. Geology also implies long stretches of time and so we look back 300 million years ago when South East Asia was the largest coral reef in history. The reef ran from Thailand all the way to Borneo and Bali. With help of the tectonic plates, the ancient reef was pushed up to create the Isthmus of Kra (Malay Peninsula), one of the World's Classic "land bridges" that provided wildlife a path to populate Borneo and the islands of Indonesia. Pressure and time transformed the ancient reefs of South East Asia into limestone. Limestone covers nearly 20% of the Earth's surface, but it only forms bizarre and fantastical formations in areas of heavy rainfall like in Phang Nga in the Sea of Andaman where heavy rains create jagged surfaces and honeycomb caverns. Water almost never pools on the surface of limestone. Streams actually disappear into the earth. The rainwater on top of the islands is mixed with the decaying vegetation on top of the islands creating a slightly acidic solution. This acidic solution finds tiny cracks to fill. Since limestone is alkaline the corrosive rainwater eats away on the inside of the rock. Gravity pulls the solution completely down through the rock to sea level. The solution also carries away dissolved rock that may be redistributed in other areas creating pans, stalactites, and stalagmites. The process that dissolves particles in the water that flows down through the island is called percolation. This Eventually a large cavern will be created from the corrosion of the limestone that may collapse creating a large open space surrounded by limestone walls. These hidden lagoons are called ?Hongs?.