Beach bumming in Krabi, Ao Nang

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

After a short city break in Singapore we jetted off to embark on our journey through south east Asia - our first stop Krabi. As Singapore and Thailand are all connected up we were lucky enough to get an almost internal flight straight to Krabi and bypass Bangkok - which made our lives a hell of a lot easier. What I mean by this is: we have basically split our Thailand trip into two halves - Krabi, the west side islands and the north (one month) then we will venture to Vietnam and Cambodia before coming back to do the second half - Bangkok and the east side islands. For those of you who are wondering why it's because of two reasons 1. We are only allowed 30 days at a time in Thailand on our UK visas and 2. We will be sharing our Thailand travels with some lovely visitors from home and the dates worked out perfectly for everyone to do it this way round. Anyway enough of me blabbering on let's talk about Krabi...

After looking at many different travel blogs and vlogs we decided to stay at Ao Nang in Krabi - about a 20 min drive from the main town and I'm so glad we did. The beach was lovely, with a beautifully drastic coastline. Our hostel (Krabi Forest) was also AMAZING and in no way a normal hostel - we had our own little bungalow with an enormous bed (that we lost one another in), great AC, own bathroom, free water and lovely staff, all set in a great location for £4 each a night.

As most of you know we were lucky enough to have Craig's lovely rents come out and see us during our stay in Ao Nang but before they arrived we had around a week to ourselves to chill and suss out all the best places to take them when they arrived. Although Ao Nang didn't really have a great backpacker vibe and it was mainly full of holiday makers it was the perfect place to soak up the sun (we were lucky enough to be graced with) and spend some time with family.

We spent the week before they came mainly laying on the beach, drinking watermelon shakes but we did make a trip to Railey Bay - a must if you visit Ao Nang. Only a 15 min boat ride around the corner and costing about £2 it's so worth it. A much more unspoilt version of Ao Nang offering clear water, more dramatic coastal scenery, a sandy beach, a view point hike and a laid back reggae vibe with little beach bars and cafes dotted down a small walking street.

As for the notorious Phi Phi islands tour we decided to save it for when Elaine and Mick came to see us (see next post) as it's something we felt would be nice to do all together.

As we spent more time than the usual traveller at Krabi/Ao Nang we accumulated a few favourite hide outs which I will list below...

Lion and Shark Cafe: super cool location with a look out over Ao Nang, you have to climb a ladder to get up there which is a novel twist. Not cheap 'Thailand' prices but still so reasonable for a tourist. Visit here for yummy smoothie bowls, coffee and western style breakfasts.

Cuckoos Nest: Okay, so this was hands down my favourite! The lady and her friend who ran it were so lovely and friendly always remembering our regular order! Plus they had the cutest doggies ever, Mia was our fav! On top of this the food was super yummy. We came for dinner twice and breakfast almost every morning after we discovered it! I highly recommend the French toast and ice coffee.

Busaba: Probably the best Thai food I've had in Thailand - very authentic and the Spring rolls were to die for. A little pricier but worth it for one night!

Govindas: Such a pretty little cafe, with a real boho vibe. Serving only vegetarian or vegan food it was an amazing find for me and Craig. The veggie lasagna was so so good and they also did great vegan muffins! Great spot of elevenies, afternoon tea or lunch.

Umbertos: As you can imagine Asian food can get a bit much night after night so for mine and Craig 4 year anniversary we opted for a blow out Italian meal at Umbertos. We both had pizza and loved it! Owned by an Italian chef you could 100% tell as the food was so good and the portion sizes amazing! Visit if you need a little bit of change up from Thai or just fancy indulging on a pizza the size of Saturn.

That's all for now in terms of Krabi but please await my next post on the Phi Phi island tour when we were accompanied by some familiar faces!

Elly x

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