Sometimes it's good that you travel on your own. but also, there are times when you get a guide to bring you around, you'll get to unadulterated experience of how the Thais live.
Our guide not only showed us Krabi, but he also opened his home to us. It was an attap house with a pond that his family uses to rear catfishes to be sold in Krabi Town.
We even had the opportunity to meet his family and also his daugther. He shared with me that his wife had passed away of cancer and thus, he moved out of his home into the city, while his entire family continues to stay in the attap house. He also mentioned that his house taps electricity from a nearby school and he has to pay 300Baht each month for their usage.
Nearby is located the Khao Sok national park, one of the most wonderful places. One can stay there for the night, in a floating bamboo house. One can also stay in a treehouse. It is hard to do hiking in summertime, because of the leeches! But put some tobacco on the wound and it gets better!
At low-tide, you can walk out from Nopparatthara beach to two small little islands nearby. Watch hermit crabs scramble all over the sand, and you may see the local children digging the sand for shell-fish...or even the occassional octopus!
When walking to Hat Tham Pra Nang Beach you will find a sign that will tell you to bring your climbing equipment. If you don't care to get a little dirty from the red clayish mud and are wanting to break a sweat you can climb this cliff. You can hike up the cliff and go down it as well to find a hidden lagoon or else just head up to the top and turn right to the beautiful viewpoints. Just be careful if you plan to venture down to the lagoon becuase it is not for the inexperienced climbers, in which I found out for myself, it was definatley a little bit of a challenge. There are ropes to help you, but they don't help too much, I found that to hold and grab onto the vines and roots were easier. Well I never made it all the way down to the lagoon but saw a corner of it! We ended up going to the viewpoints. Which are spectacular. You can see clearly the west and east beach, it is so gorgeous. I definatley recommend hiking up and getting a little dirty and a great work out to see these views.
in LAnta island there are lots of mountain and trees , the roads are not devoloped they are red road ( lots of dust ) but some are good enough to drive . if you come to koh Lanta you shouldn't miss ..
1 Koh Ngai
2 Koh Har ( five )
3 Light house
4 National park
5 Klong dao Bay
6 Sang ga uee fisherman
7Koh bu bu
A strenuous, adrenaline-pumped and very worthwhile excursion from Tham Phra Nang Beach leads to a hidden lagoon in the middle of the limestone cape.
The lagoon is only impressive during the rainy season when it's filled with turquoise water, in the dry season it looks more like a puddle of mud. The track is very slippery in the rainy season, but that's part of the fun.
Although I would not suggest this to just anybody, we were fortunate enough to really get to know the server at (surprise surprise) the Lost Sailor bar, who took us to his house (him on one bike, the three of us on the other) in Oa Nang, where he cooked us a traditional Thai meal, no westernization what so ever!
It was really awesome, seeing where he lived, how he cooked (on the back step with no hot water or soap, with a pet snake and tarantuala) and what real Pad Thai tastes like!
Along the cliff base towards Hat Tham Pra Nang from Railey East is a little hut/shelter and opposite is a very daunting looking wall of mud,rock,vines and ropes. It leades to an amazing viewpoint but the walk is hard and trecherous if wet. My clohtes got totally ruined from the reddy brown mud. I wouldnt advise going alone as it can be slippery and there's not a lot to stop you falling over the edge!
Wat Baan Riang was completed in 1997 after 11 years of construction. It offers a glowing example of the Thai's asthetic appreciation of their Buddhist culture. Merely watching the gently rolling hills emcompassing the temple is enough to lower your blood pressure and gladden your heart. When we were there the monks were busy cleaning the fountain pool facing the Kuan Yin boddhisattva. Soft repetitions of the chants over the speakers in praise of her name wafted in unison with the monks constant scrubbing. I simply watched in quiet delight. Please refer to the travelogue for more info and pics.
Ao Nang is 20 km west of Krabi town. From here the strip of land parallel to the sea is akin to a mini- Patong Beach in Phuket minus the whiff of raw sewage. On our first day there it rained non stop for 24 hours. We kept ourselves occupied by having my hair cut, her nails done and of course Thai massages. All in for just US $30 for both of us at the shop across our Best Western Ban Ao Nang Hotel.
We went to Nosey Parker's Elephant Park, only a 15 minute drive from Ao Nang.
There we went for an elephant ride, through the river and forest, for 1 hour.
Then they brought the elephants to a shed where we fed them bananas..
Wat Sai Thai is a wat in name only because there are not enough monks in residence to to make it official.
If you ask or are good at sign language one of the monks that are there will show you around.
There isn;t much left to see, an old bell-less tower and a former cremation hall from when it was an active monastery.
Than Bokkharani National Park was flooded with water after all the rainy days of September.
It has nine caves, pools, and waterfalls.
Tall trees provide plenty of shade.
It is quite busy on week-ends but we only saw a couple of people all the time we were there.
You can climb one of the karst-peaks! It looks just awesome. Just book a tour at one of the hotels or agencies around. Too bad I didn't have the time to do this. But I'll be back (as a famous "senator" once said...)
...wouldn't it be a shame to miss out on a dip in the beautiful turquoise water of the lagoon? It's such a great feeling after all the sweating and adrenaline rushes to just get rid of your dirty clothes and jump in the water...