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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Krabi Day 1... Aonang


LCCT - Krabi Airport - Aonang
Mon, 7 May 2012


Last year, when I booked ticket to Krabi, never thought of planning trip to Krabi, all in my mind was Beijing, Seoul and other overseas trip. But, since I was just a bit late, all ticket to Tianjin finished in just a few minutes. I tried other places as well but finally the only hope I had was to Krabi but the cheap fare only available during weekdays. Meaning you have to sacrifice your four working days for this trip. Since all my friends agreed, I proceed with the booking and alhamdulillah, finally I was in Krabi enjoying my trip. 

The price for return flights for KL-Krabi was RM210 (All in fare including fuel surcharge, baggage, convenient fee and Insurance). Worth it right. But, have to book about 1 year earlier to get that RM10 ticket price.


waiting for calling... after 25 minutes flight delay, still boleh sengeh lagi ek


We touched down at Krabi Airport at 2.00PM (Thailand Time) after 25 minutes delayed with AirAsia flight. Alhamdulillah, No problem at Emigration. Then, we went out and try to look for taxi or anything that can bring us to Aonang. End up we book van from second counter on my right. They offered 800 Bath with very big Van… looks like Alphard. So, each person was charged at 100 Bath (RM10).


Transport yang membawa kami ke Aonang


On the way to Krabi Resort, the van driver stopped us at one tour agency. I believed there must have some share or connection with the tour agency. So, I guest, any tourist come to krabi taking the van, they will probably bring you here for tour package. Like us, kami terpedaya juga after a series of bargain with the “Tree”, the Thai lady. We got 2200 bath for two packages, Phi Phi Island Tour and Jungle Tour. Ok lah... but seriously menyesal juga sebab at Aonang you could get cheaper price with better option. So, next time if they offered you package here… go to Aonang for more option of price.


We stopped here for tour package... last2 terpengaruh juga dengan Tree


After spend 2200 Bath at Somporn Travel & Service, we proceeded straight away to Krabi Resort which is only 30 minutes away from Krabi International Airport if no stop. It was located right on the Ao Nang beach and the only resort in Ao Nang that has private beachfront area. Ao Nang beach is the most popular beach in Krabi, with white sandy beach and interesting array of shops, bars and restaurants. It’s also quite near to Ao Nang beach where all the tourist attractions and markets located. To me, it is better to book Hotel in Ao Nang rather than Krabi Town. I think the only attraction in Krabi town is the night market which is only available during weekends (fri, sat and sun). We didn't go to the Pasar Malam (since our trip was on Mon till Thurs) but I did some reading on a few blogs about Krabi Town.

I actually booked our hotels through Groupon few months back when they gave 69% discounts to all the hotels offered in Krabi Resort. Not only Krabi Resort that they have but a wide choices of hotels they offered thru groupon too. But, when I surveyed, Krabi resort is the only places at Aao Nang Beach that only had private beach access, so, I decided to proceed with the booking. Yes, only a walking distance from our Hotel to the beach. 

We arrived at Krabi Resort around 3.30pm. We need to show the groupon voucher as a proof of our reserved booking. Krabi Resort got no Halal certification, meaning, for Muslim people you need to find Halal food outside this resort. 



Welcome to Krabi Resort


View in front of our Hotel


Our favourite spot at Krabi Resort



Our Accomodation @ Krabi


After checked-in at Krabi Resort… we took a short rest… pray and then prepare for a short tour around Ao Nang. Since, today is our first day and we arrived at Krabi a bit late, so, no plan for any activities for today. So, we went out to Ao Nang beach that evening with the missions of shopping and jalan-jalan cari makan. There were so much to see, so much to buy… oppss but don’t forget to bargain. But honestly, it was a bit hard to bargain here... they preferred let you go rather than reducing the price. I still remembered how rude one of them spoke to us... sounds like this

"... You want to buy or not, if you want to buy no discount, if you don't want to buy, please go away... you all blocking my shop, I'm busy right know... blah blah blah...."

Actually, he keep mumbling until we walked away from His shop. Kekwat sungguh. I don't know why he has to treat us like that. Is it because we're Muslim or maybe we're just Asian people. But, one thing I'm very sure he was actually busy gambling in front of shop next to His shop. Serioulsy hampeh, busyyy lah sangat.


Tut Tut... Thailand taxi


Right outside of our hotel, there were many shop lots, travel agents, restaurants and Thai massage. Luckily, all of them speak (understandable) English. As for food, you don’t have to worry since most of them are selling the Halal food. You could see most of the shops selling food are putting the Halal sign and I believed the traders are also Muslim people. So, yakini jelah… hehehe.



A lot of Shops for makan-makan


Evacuation Route signboard @ Aonang for people to stay alert


Bus stop yang unik and cute


Our activity on our first day at Krabi... Shopping


Shopping lagi yea...


Travel Agent & Currency exchange


Night @ Ao Nang


After dah puas jalan-jalan, it was time to have dinner. Our first day Dinner was at Chaba seafood, Halah yea. And tuan empunye kedai macam faham-faham je kami ni from Malaysia so, he played Dadali song... hehehe, macam tahu-tahu jer Lagu Dadali "Saat aku mencintaimu" hit sangat kat Malaysia. Food kat sini OK lah especially the Tomyam. Anyway, there was a miscommunication during the order... Omelette (4 eggs) costs 90 Bath (RM9) while Omelette (2 egg) @ 20 Bath (RM2). We asked the small one but they gave the expensive one. Emmhh... bayor jelah jawab nye... malas dah nak argue. But, still wondering why was the price so different.


Dinner @ Chaba seafood... OK but quite expensive


Tomyam @ Chaba Seafood...  memang sedap


Samba ketuk gojes yang memang best... sempat lagi buat before nak ke LCCT, konon2 nye takut takde sambal yang kick kat Krabi, anyway I really like it


Morning @ Ao nang... the shops start to open at 11 a.m



Budget for my Krabi Trip 

Return flights for KL-Krabi - RM210 (AA promo include baggage, insurance, fuel surcharge, convenient fee) 

Krabi Resort Hotel (deluxe room with breakfast for 2) – RM210 per person for 4D/3N (After 69% discount) 

Transportation from Airport to Hotel and Hotel to Airport – 200 Bath (RM20 per person) 

Phi Phi Island package (1 day tour inclusive of lunch, drinks, fruit, entrance fees, guide, return transfer) and Jungle Tour (1 day tour inclusive of lunch, drinks, fruits, entrance fees, return transfer) – 2200 Bath (RM220) 

 Other expenses (Foods, Shopping, Massage, Transport to Krabi Town) – 3000 Bath (RM300)


 To be continued...




4 comments:

Sbipk said...

Woww!!! nice trip. If you can’t decide for your next trip…Phuket is the best choice for you!!

And if you are looking for hotel in phuket for your holiday. Surin Beach Hotel will be the best choice for you too.

Insignificant One said...

Hello! Would like to check what type of room they gave you for this Groupon deal. I have bought the same deal too and am going soon :) Thanks in advance!

Fiza said...

Insignificant one...You may refer to this

http://www.krabiresort.net/?MPage=12

It's a deluxe hotel with double bed. OK & comfortable.

Tammy Miu said...

thanks for your advise on not buying the tour package from the "stop" by the van/taxi person. Think i'll just buy mine from Ao Nang straight if can "defend" the taxi/van's advances.

Btw, do u remember how much it will be in ao nang for the tours?

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