My Li’l Travel Book | 3 days in Enchanting Krabi Islands | Ao Nang, Krabi

Previously written : Phi Phi Islands  

When I thought that I am done with the beach hopping and the next stop is going to be just another beach, Krabi Islands was standing only in front of me, ready to throw a surprise – on my face! Honestly, I slept through the whole ferry ride because I was tired, badly sunburned and was done with the sea waves and sun for some time. I decided to go inside the ferry and take a good afternoon nap. And when I woke up, I was approaching this amazing beach of Ao Nang.

Krabi Islands

This was the first time that I was living in a hostel. And it was a completely different experience. This hostel has a funky name – Pop In Hostel. And it is not like any of the hostels that you see in any scary movie! This is clean, hygienic and emits exceptionally positive vibes.

As I said, this side of Krabi came with extremely different kind of experiences. Evening at the Pop In hostel was great – meeting other hostelers over barbecue-themed dinner. But I have to admit, people from European countries are terrified of Indian people – in general. We are infamous. Certainly!

Krabi Islands: The cute cafe culture!

We went to explore the streets later in the evening. All the places in Thailand have these li’l cafes, just at the corner of the streets and finding them is just overwhelming!

We bumped into this very amazingly cute cafe called Fin. It had the perfect vibe for a holiday evening. Semi-open, at one corner of the street, and dimly lit with live music. I couldn’t have asked for anything more!

It is always a good idea to try these cafes because they will offer the best of the local food. I had this opportunity to have freshly caught and grilled red snapper with lemongrass. It is traditionally savored with rice noodles and iceberg lettuce. And that is exactly what I did!

And this is when Umang and Rashi (my set of crazy people) decided to give my birthday surprise. The best birthday ever!

After a great night of music and dance, we retired to our hostel because we wanted to explore the town the next day. And that meant getting up early! The beautiful trip was reaching the end! *sigh*

Before going for a good night’s sleep, we detoured to the Ao Nang beach for some sea- calmness. The view was undoubtedly breath-taking!

Exploring Krabi Islands like locals!

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, it was time for some fun. The breakfast at this hostel was excellent and very, very affordable. The best part about this place was that you could rent scooters to move around. And this is exactly what we did. We rented bikes from the hostel itself (very reasonable – TBH 150 for 24 hours) and started searching for some “cool” places around!

I was a pillion rider with the best driver around. And I have never had such a fantastic pillion riding experience in my entire life!

The roads are simply the way any route should be. Enticing – inviting you to drive. And trust me, with so much of cleanliness and those beautiful limestone walls with greenery all around you, you will fall in love with road trips. In my case, I fell in love with them even more.

And the weather was just the much needed cherry on the top!

And not just the highways, if you by mistake take some wrong turns, you will inevitably end up finding prettier roads.

When they say that the most beautiful journeys are unplanned, they say it for a reason. We had no plans whatsoever of renting a bike and then roaming around. We did that. We had no idea where we should go. We asked Google for help.

We started for the renowned Emerald pool but thanks to the road signage, we changed our route to reach one beautiful place! The best part about the road signs of this place is that they know that they are tourism intensive home and they have put the most beautiful pictures beneath the name.

Nature Walk at Krabi Islands

Inspired by the picture, we changed our destination to Pa Phru Tha Khlong Song Nam. And yet again, one of the best decision ever! This place is a li’l offbeat and away from the major tourist destinations of Krabi. The entry fee here is TBH 100.

This is majorly a mangrove swamp made for a nature walk. This place is the only freshwater area with an elevated trail to dig deeper into the jungle full of banyan trees, crabs and lizards.

All right, so the above description did not come out that well, but yes, this place is a li’l scary. So once you enter here, you see the swimming area and the path leading to the jungles. In case you are wondering about the name, it means a canal with two kinds of water. This is the place where the seawater and freshwater meet.

The walk is beautiful and scary at the same time. Fascinating because you might never witness nature so closely. Scary because you are walking just above the water level and the water looks like it is home to some superb wildlife. And on top of that, the jungle is dense with li’l source of light.

As you walk towards the ocean, the water starts to turn emerald and the roots of the trees are even more visible. And they are as creepy as they can get!

And then suddenly, we came across the source of the freshwater. It is a small stream coming from some not so far away elevated land. This was a serene sight:

Keeping the haunting vibes aside, this place is beautiful and quiet. And it is worth a visit. I don’t repent not going to the crowded emerald pool or the tiger cave.

This place is sheer beauty. And once you come out of this place, there are small snack stalls with all kinds of seafood and some very local sweets. I tried this fantastic solidified milk sweet, whose name I keep on forgetting. I loved it – so much that I did not even wait to click its picture and finished it.

Then there were barbecued bananas served with condensed milk and coconut. I did not like it much but yes, worth a try. I never imagined that bananas could be eaten like this!

What I loved here the most was the Khanom bueang which is a crispy crepe with any filling that you desire. There were various jams like strawberry and blueberry. And very obviously, I opted for both of them. Very light and yummy, I probably had the best sweet snack in Thailand that day! Locally prepared by a loving Thai aunty, she made sure she was giving the best of her creations!

We then started for the Fossil Shell beach. We were tired and hungry and by now the sun has begun to shine as brightly as it can. Therefore, we decided to skip the tour to the beach. We took our halt near the Fossil shell beach, had a li’l lunch, shopped for pearls and then came back.

By the time everything finished, it was now the sunset time at the Ao Nang beach and there is no sunset on the beach that should be missed. Even if you don’t do anything in Krabi, trust me you can sit at the Ao Nang promenade all day and you won’t regret it.

Krabi Islands and Beaches

This side of Thailand is not commercialized much, and you can breathe free – away from people and the crowd. While I was busy enjoying my peace, I heard someone ask to plan for Walking Street at night. No, I was not ready for it. Nope. 

But then, I had nothing else to do. The same roads which were so blissful during the day were scary at night. Krabi Walking Street is also known as the Mini Bangkok because of the beautiful shopping market. It was nothing like the walking streets of Phuket or Pattaya. Thank God for that!

Let me reiterate – Thailand is full of cute li’l stuff. I shopped for a lot of lovely things! 

I couldn’t take many pictures because I could either shop or shoot. And it’s no brainer that what I decided to do!

Hidden gems of Krabi Islands

For me, the next morning started at five. This side of the town did not let me witness the sunrise, but yes, there was a lot to explore. I began with Aditi. This time on the scooter because our 24 hours of rent was still not complete.

We wandered off towards the villages, and the views were amazing. I could finally spot elephants, real elephants among the limestone ones.

We halted at the dead-end of one of the village roads. There was this small cafe, which was still closed. Nevertheless, it had an open sitting area, and we decided to venture out there.

Once inside, what we saw from there was one heavenly view. God, I have never been  left this speechless.

Krabi Islands | The Hidden side of the Town

I was, for some time, in a complete state of bliss and shock. I couldn’t believe that I was witnessing something so beautiful, calm and tranquil. After spending our moments of introspection, we started off to go somewhere else, maybe the ocean where this stream met.

But I don’t know how we reached a cemetery on the beach. This beach had no signs of human settlements near it.

Krabi Islands | What Serenity

I got back and decided to pin these places on the map or maybe do a li’l research to know their names and location. But then I immediately dropped this idea. Some areas should remain as they are perceived – unknown and just in the memories.

Food tour of Krabi Islands

The last meal in Krabi made my sugar high. It was from some street cafe. However, one thing is for sure – Thailand will never leave you starving. There are so many options for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian people. I certainly loved the food here!

The first thing was this extremely sweet Kao Tom Mud which is made of rice, coconut milk and banana. These are served, tied with bamboo stripe.

Usually two Kao Tom Mud are tied together as this sweet is said to symbolize a couple. Sweet!

Local food of Krabi Islands

Then there was this deep-fried bread called Pa Thong Ko, which also represents something interesting – two evil people, fried in hot oil. No matter what, they taste incredibly lip-smacking with the condensed milk/custard dip on the side.   

  And never miss the traditional Thai coffee. This is super concentrated coffee with condensed milk. And you add water according to your taste, whenever you drink it. I decided to skip the water. The coffee tends to get stronger with time. So here how it goes – I did not add water and drank it after a pretty long time. And I should not talk about my coffee high now!  

  And with so many amazing memories, the Thailand trip was coming to an end. We started our  road trip to Phuket, where we were to spend the last night before saying goodbye to this beautiful and surprising island.  

Bye bye, Krabi Islands!

Till we meet again!

(Last day in Phuket)

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  1. @Stefanie

    Thanks for that elaborated comment. It makes me feel good that people are actually reading about my experiences. Krabi is a complete package if you are travelling solo or with family. With so many wonderful places and gastronomical experiences to discover, Krabi has to be on your bucket list! 🙂

  2. @Happily Tanned

    Oh, that is the first time anyone has said that! Thank you so much.

    And I am glad that my blog helped you increase your bucket list. I really hope that you visit this amazing place one day!

    Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

  3. @Max
    Oh please! Please go ahead and do everything that you wish to do in Thailand. It is one of the safest places to try out all the adventures. And yes, the food is scrumptious and I will waiting for your pictures.

    Thanks for the lovely comment. Have a great trip!

  4. Glad you had a fabulous birthday! This looks like the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. That hostel looked so cozy and welcoming (not scary at all!), and it sounds like there are a lot of nice restaurants around. Not to mention the neat nature experiences! And I've never heard of barbecued bananas before! Now I really have to try that! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. This is the second blog I commented today about Krabi. Perhaps its sign that I need to visit the place asap. I would love to try those delicious delicacies you posted. Looks delicious!

    Btw, I had a hard time locating your comment box. Hahaha

  6. I loved Krabi. It has a totally different vibe than the mainstream party towns like Phuket and Pattaya. I stayed in Slumber Party hostel and it was so much fun. Alas. I didn't time to try much of street food in Krabi. Probably next time 🙂

  7. Finally some respite to see other than beach photos of Krabi and this looks even better! Girl pal trips are definitely the best and you seemed to have enjoyed a lot and also celebrate your birthday. Beautiful pictures 🙂

  8. I'm headed to Krabi in January!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Do you think motorbike is the absolute best way to get around Krabi? Also, even though you didn't like it, I want to try the friend banana and coconut right now. And the fish. Maybe some curry. Just, all the Thai food. I'll be sure to send you pictures of it all. 😉

  9. @Bushra
    I am so elated and so glad. Please feel free to contact in case you need any help and do share your amazing Thailand stories. It is an amazing island!

    Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  10. Sushmita, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your trip to Krabi. I am going to explore your other travel stories from Thailand as well. Your details are certainly going to help me plan my island-hopping trip 🙂

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