Give The Corals A Break...
Seems that one of the main attractions of going to Krabi is to view its supposingly beautiful corals. Well, they are not that beautiful, simply because most of them are dead.
Apparently, with the exception of Hin Klang located within the deep sea, most of the corals near the beaches have died due to disturbances to its surrounding caused by well, the droves of visitors.
So, to help in the regeneration of the coral colony, we should give them a miss for now. Trust me, you are not missing out on anything at all. In fact, after seeing the pitiful conditions of the various colonies near the beaches, I felt quite angry with the tour operators for still bringing us there since we were only doing more harm to the colony.
The row of shops opposite the beach in Ao Nang charge the skies for everything, even a bottled drink. If you don't bargain, you lose out.
Unique Suggestions: Do your research and scout around for the best deal. Bargain, haggle alot.
Fun Alternatives: Go into the main city. That's where tourists don't normally go, but the locals do. Contrary to most cities where the central business district has a surcharge on retail prices, Krabi's doesn't normally have, and you can still bargain.
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Don't ROCK THE BOAT
All water transportation and sea vehicle rentals / charters can cost you more than you think.
As you can see from the picture...these guys standing there work hard for their money.
BUT they also work hard to get a few more bucks out of you than delivering you the promised.
The ploy? They will tell you that they can do a private 'boat' charter for you. What they don't tell you are 2 things:
1. the boat that they will give you
2. the private - you may end up in a boat full of people but in a private corner!
so...take your time to negotiate and bargain, but don't make yourself a fool for bagging a few dimes out of them, some are legitimate and do offer what they say...be wise!
Unique Suggestions: There really seems to be no other way to get across the waters and oh, those other islands seem so tempting...so what do we do?
ask the fellas that you want to see the boat that they are offering (especially if you decide to charter a private speed boat).
if you like what you see, negotiate and talk about the terms of charter (ie: duration of hours, gas included, etc? drinks?)...
then set sail.....
Fun Alternatives: Ask your hotel to hire the boats or get you on the boats if you wish.
You may also try to bargain with the hotel, but please be reasonable, don't put your pennies to shame.
You may pay a little more if you go through the hotel, but well worth it....
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Tuk-tuk fares - ensure you haggle the price
Koh Lanta (south) is quite sparsely populated by the hotels and resorts. To get around you can either hire a scooter or tuk-tuk. Make sure you haggle the price. Fares from Rawi Warin Resort to Ban Saladan (main town on island) should be around THB300 for 2 pax.
Dont Take Taxi to the New Pier
Chow-Fa pier has apparently been moved to a new place. Its not next to the town anymore, its in the outskirt of Krabi Town. We were wandering around town looking for the pier when a taxi car offered us to take us to the new pier for 200 BHT. We refused.
Unique Suggestions: We then walked to the old pier, and what a relief to find that they do provide a Tuk Tuk to take us to the new pier FOR FREE !!!
Theres a tour agent at the old pier PP FAMILY. We even bought a ticket there for our next trip to Phuket.
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make sure to haggle everything in terms of transportation from tuk tuk, taxi and especially the LONGTAIL BOATS! it's one of the worse things in krabi on low season.. we stayed at railay east and the only way to go to ao nang or anywhere else is through longtail boats.. the ride costs 100bhat.. there should be at least 6 people for the boat to go.. but if not you can rent the whole longtail boat.. one day longtail boat ride will cost 470bhat the next day it'll be 800bhat! its ridiculous!
Unique Suggestions: you can try to wait for other people to fill up the boat.. if you're lucky you don't have to wait, if not it can take you hours (really long hours) to fill up the boat.. during low season, it's hard to get passengers but high season wont be a problem..
if you're really desperate (like you have a flight to catch like what happened to us) you have no choice but to bargain really hard and rent the whole longtail boat.. good price would be 500bhat-650bhat.. boatmen normally asks 800bhat+
Fun Alternatives: unless you have time to spare or loaded with cash, try not to stay in railay so that you wont suffer longtail nightmares.
Transportation on Airport Krabi
On airport Krabi there is only Limousine -services offered .
350.-Baht from Airport Krabi to TownTown is real much !
( for example :
to Koh Lanta = 90-120 minute ride cost in 9 seat van only 200 .- Baht .
Unique Suggestions: Ignore them .....
Fun Alternatives: Looks like there is no( Meter-)Taxis nor Sangthews .
This you can catch , if you go out of Airport , and go straight to the
busy Road (maybe 50 m only) .
There you can catch them.
Phi Phi Don - Tonsai Bay
It certainly makes a pretty picture, but would you want to swim there? Not to mention the noise of these boats. I almost feel sorry for the people who booked their accommodation on this side of the island. (Except for the fact that they have a heck of alot more money than me! ;) )
Follow Leonardo to the beach
The film the beach certainly helped to stimulate tourism in this area - as if it needed it.
If you are to visit the location for the beach (Koh Phi Phi) then bear in mind that the place is trading upon it's new-found fame.
Some people feel that the environmental damage caused by the filmakers means that we should not further add to the decay experienced on the isalnd : 20th Century Fox shot portions of the movie on Maya Beach of Phi Phi Le Island in Thailand, a Thai National Park. But the producer Andrew Macdonald was unhappy with this natural paradise, so bulldozed some sand dunes, removed native vegetation (Giant Milkweed, Sea Pandanus, Spider Lily and other beach grass), and planted 60 temporary, non-native coconut palm trees.
Find out more about it at WWW.Thaistudents.com/the beach
Unique Suggestions: Just take a day trip across to see the place - such as it is.
Fun Alternatives: It's only a beach - plenty more where they came from around here - go discover your own !
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Ao Nang Princess day trip to Phi Phi
The main reason why I wanted to sit in an airconditioned ferry is because I was rather sunburnt and the pamphlet made it all sound so nice. We were actually also ferrying passangers paying ONE THIRD less than us who were being taken one way to Phi Phi Don. They constantly complained why were making stops here and there. I should have realized that because its a ferry obviously, in spite of the what the pamphlet promised, we would never actually stop anywhere but out at sea or in a harbor. So we didnt go to any beaches (though the pamphlet showed them). When we did stop for snorkelling: 1) All the coral were dead 2) once we stopped somewhere with such a strong undercurrent that it took all my energy to swim back and two women had to be pulled back in 3) ALL the masks were leaking! it was ridiculous. The windows were dirty so it made it impossible to really enjoy the view (one of the reasons I took an air-con ferry was so I could avoid the sun of longtail boat for a day but still enjoy the view from inside.) The lunch we were served was some of the worst food I have ever tasted in thailand. And unbelievable as it may seem, they actually served us pinneapple that tasted like detergent! At the end of it people were really complaining. AVOID THIS TOUR!!
Fun Alternatives: It's a perfectly fine way to get to Phi Phi, if you will be staying there perhaps, but you simply won't get to see or enjoy much if you take it as a one day tour. The 4 island longtail boat tour was vastly superior and a third of the price.
Princess Cave and beach
This is shown in all the pictures of Krabi and touted as one of the most beautiful spots. When we got there the water was full of longtail boats and the beach far from deserted, but instead full of other one-day trippers like us. There is also absolutely no where to escape the crowds yet nowhere to get a drink. The worst of both worlds - crowded, yet not convenient!
Phi Phi Don
Ok, I can't judge for sure as I was there for only a couple of hours. However upon arriving at Phi Phi Don you can forget about Tonsai Bay: it's a boat harbor. Then walking across to the otherside you have to walk through litter-filled and very very smelly little streets. On the otherside you are greeted with blaring music from the beachside hotels and restaurants and signs telling you that the beach-chairs blocking the sand and views can be hired. I was glad to get out of here quick!
Unique Suggestions: If you can afford the expensive resorts that are probably away from the sewer-like stench that permeates the Tonsai area, and don't mind the music and Club-Med type atmosphere than you just might love it!
Mind your step and hold your nose as you walk across from Tonsai Bay to the otherside of the island. I was shocked that this is a National Park?!? There is clearly some problem with waste disposal. I hope they can solve it soon...
Boat taxis will try to screw you
yes every single one will try to milk you for all you're worth, especially on railay west it may be easier and cheaper if you walk the 5 min path to east railey and catch a boat from there, just haggle with them they should come down wherever you are.
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Koh Panyi (aka Panyee).
Whilst being very picturesque from afar, this Muslim floating island is a real tourist trap. If you take a boat tour to Ko Ping Gan (James Bond Island) a stop here for a meal and visit will certainly be included.There are a good half-dozen restaurants lined up with roughly 4/500 places each catering to the tourist trade, and the quality of the meal shows it. On top of that there is no alcohol here and none must be taken onto the stilted island. After your meal, you are told you have a half-hour to visit, and of course the whole place is full of souvenir shops. The salespeople are not at all aggressive, but what was certainly a very pretty place has been taken over almost exclusively for the tourists (although of course I am one) and their supposed needs.
Some tour companies offer a homestay here.
Unique Suggestions: As the meal is probably included in the tour price, enjoy it as much as you can.
Fun Alternatives: Try to wander down behind the shops where they all live, but be careful the boards are not always nailed down.....It is colouful but there is MUD underneath (you can see it on the photo.) Probably not very good for the health if you fall in.
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