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Sometimes you need a break from the winter blues…At least I do living in Canada. Ugh. 50 cm of snow in one storm? No thank you, keep that to yourself Mother Nature.
Thai Islands are a great place to escape winter (or anything else that ails you).
I flew from Bangkok to Krabi (when the flight price is only a few dollars more than a 13 hour train ride, you definitely fly) to become a beach bum. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about travelling, it’s worth checking all modes of transportation available because you never know what deal there is to be had).
The beaches are just stunning. You see photos of them in magazines and you may have even dreamed about them but these pale in comparison when you see them in person.
Clear skies, hot sun, white sand, warm water of the bluest blues and the greenest greens, surrounded by karst islands…there’s really no reason not to be enchanted.
Krabi Town (and surrounding islands) have a laid back feel. Lots of fun cafes and restaurants line the beach. Prices are marginally higher than elsewhere in Thailand with respect to food and beverage (but we’re talking about 20-30 baht…so, like $1 CDN).
Accommodation prices are generally higher if you want to be on the beach, but that’s to be expected anywhere in the world. After roughing it for a few months, I made this my treat for a week and “splurged” on a nicer room that I didn’t have to share with anyone (and had my own bathroom).
I spent my time walking around town, enjoying the beach daily, and on occasion taking a longtail boat to other islands (Ko Phi Phi, Chicken Island, Bamboo Island, Ko Lanta). You can buy your ticket for boats at Ao-Nang beach (and likely elsewhere…this was just the closest for me).
There’s no set times as to when the boats leave – just a general “8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.” window. You buy your ticket (100-300 baht, depending what island you’re going to, about $3.75 – $11 CDN), present it to the boatman and off you go.
I would go as far as saying that you shouldn’t stress yourself too much about deciding which island is best to stay at – they are all wonderful, magical and charming. And even those with the “worst” beaches are actually stunning. There really is no terrible beach in these islands.
I went kayaking during low tide and I recommend this experience to all. During low tide, you can see a bunch of crabs scuttling about and a bunch of monkeys chasing after them (I guess they don’t eat just bananas…or the lunches they steal from tourists).
The islands have definitely made me lazy and I think that’s what I needed after running around like crazy in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
Here’s my recipe for the perfect Thai island day:
Start your day by sleeping in and having a leisurely breakfast while looking over the sparkling water. There is no better way to start your day.
Next? Grab your towel (P.S.: These were all the rage while I was in the Thai Islands) and head down to the beach with a good book and enjoy a swim to cool off. If you’re hungry, check out one of the little huts to get yourself some Pad Thai. If corn on the cob is more your speed, there’s people walking up and down the beach ready to shuck you an ear of corn and grill it right beside you. Now that is “table-side” service.
By this time, you may be itching to move, so enjoy a leisurely stroll around town, pop into some shops to check out their wares, and enjoy an ice cream as you walk back to the beach for one more swim before cleaning up for dinner.
This, right here, is why I am 100% sure I could become a woman of leisure.