Hong Island. A beautiful island with white sand, and not as touristy as some other islands.
I have some family in Krabi, Thailand, which is on the Andaman Sea and not far from Phuket. Flying solo from Sydney (yes, I was missing my photographer/Instahubby!), I picked up my nanny from Bangkok and flew down at the beginning of July, which is technically the wet season but this usually just consists of some moderate showers in the afternoon – usually a nice change from the mid-30 degree Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) days.
Previously when visiting I’ve stayed at Ao Nang, which is a small town on the beach and not far from Railay Beach, which is quite famous for rock climbing. This time I stayed in Krabi Town, which is the more populated area where the locals live. While the town is a little basic, it’s actually very charming and you will find some outstanding local street life and–more importantly–street food – YUM!
So here are some things to do in and around Krabi Town:
- Take a morning stroll along the marina on the banks of the Krabi River, and try and catch the old ladies doing their morning dancing exercises – so cute!
- Check out the night market on Maharat Road for some great street food
- Being so far south and close to Malaysia, the roti in Krabi is absolutely amazingly delicious – so don’t miss this!
- Beyond Krabi Town, head to Ao Nang where you’ll find loads of boats heading off to different islands – because I was heading out for some photo ops I hired my own boat for around eight hours – it was 3,000 baht, which is about US$85
- Kayaking: I went to the Ao Thalane mangrove area. You can buy a tour for around 600 baht with hotel transfers. I did a sunset kayak session but best to check the tides and do it when it is high. It was beautiful to catch the sunset when, but I caught a low tide.
- Check out Pa Phru Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam (just say ‘Tha Pom’ – they’ll know what you’re talking about). You’ll find mangroves set in crystal clear water, which is really unusual and unique – there are boardwalks through the area and you can swim there too. Again, best to do your homework and catch it at high tide.
This time I stayed in Krabi Town to visit family, but you might like to head to Ao Nang, Railay Beach or we stayed at The Tubkaak Krabi Boutique Resort in Nong Thale a coupe of years ago, which was secluded and worth the 30 minute drive from anywhere.
Enjoy the photos and thanks for stopping by!
I recommend hiring your own long tail boat!
Sunset Kayak at Ao Thalane