Oh Thailand, known as the country of smiles. The 22 hour flight is definitely worth it, trust me! When I was planning on going to Southeast Asia, it was so hard to decide where to go and what to do. Vacations never seems like you have enough time to see everything! If you’re not traveling alone, it can be that much harder because you have to… (what’s that word I don’t like?) compromise.
Traveling with a boyfriend or a significant other can be so much fun! Who better to see the world with than your best friend?! But if you’re like my boyfriend and I, complete opposites, then you understand why compromise isn’t my favorite word! He can’t get enough of the cold, mountains, and winter, and I can’t get enough of the sun, heat, and water. Bring on the tan! Visiting the southern islands wasn’t even a question, it was a must!
The real question was which islands to visit. A lot of people I knew had already been to Thailand and had suggested we not go to Phuket. It was a bit dirty and very touristy. Definitely a party city if that’s what you’re into. While I do like a good party, I also wanted to see the country for what it’s like for everyday locals and why I chose to go to Krabi instead. After all, you can make it a party anywhere you go as long as you have the right crew!
We flew into Phuket because it was cheaper than flying directly into Krabi, and had a taxi drive us to our hotel. It was about an hour and a half ride, but I didn’t mind because I got to see the gorgeous sunrise! My boyfriend was asleep the whole ride, so insane!! The taxi was clearly too comfortable…
We stayed at the Aonang Phu Petra Resort which I highly recommend! It was extremely affordable, the staff was excellent, and the resort was beautiful. The rooms themselves were nice- definitely a bang for your buck kind of deal! You get your own private bungalow with a porch, a very spacious bathroom and living space. They bring you fresh water everyday and you also have a mini fridge as well, you know for your beer or cocktail mixers. If you’re on a budget like me, you’ll become a mixologist in no time!
I really liked the location of this resort because it was tucked away off of a small side street, but still close to the main strip with tons of restaurants, bars, and street vendors. The beach was also a short tuk-tuk ride away! Another reason why I chose Krabi was because it had a great street scene in a more relaxed environment.
There was this amazing restaurant called Diver’s Inn Steakhouse that was on the main strip. It was so good we went back twice! It’s owned by this German man who’s always there making sure everything is running smoothly. To my surprise, there was a lot of worldwide food influence in Thailand. We also had buffet style brunch along the water at the Phra Nang Inn Hotel. It was normal breakfast food, the only thing I didn’t like was there was a lot of stray cats walking around. The staff does try to shoo them away, but of course they come back knowing there is food. Needless to say, I would maybe try to find another brunch spot.
Beyond food, you can rent a moped and check out more of the town! There’s plenty of street vendors for small bites you may want to try, shopping, and of course there are massage places at your ever turn. You could also take a ferry to other islands such as the Phi Phi Islands, which we did. The ferry was so much fun, but more about that and the Phi Phi Island in another post coming soon!
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