Thailand has become one of the top holiday destinations in the past few years. I’m sure you all see the stunning images circling on social media.
I have spent a few weeks in Krabi, a small holiday town by the beach, and the last days of the trip in Bankok. Just going to put it out there right in the beginning! That I was disappointed in Bankok. The city is bustling and has its charm a lot of hipster coffee shops, but the people are just so unwelcoming that after these few days not sure I plan to go back to this part of Thailand any time soon.
When Is The Best Time To Go To Thailand?
Thailand’s hot, dry season occurs between November and April, meaning the best time to visit Thailand is during our winter. April and May are the hottest months, whereas May to October is most of Southeast Asia’s rainy season. Don’t be put off by the sweeping monsoons during this period; it means the beaches are quieter and hotel rates are often cheaper, making it still a great time to travel.
Krabi located on southern Thailand’s west coast. It is a province characterized by craggy, sheer limestone cliffs, dense mangrove forests, and more than a hundred offshore islands. Some of its most popular beach destinations include the Phi Phi Islands, which jut from the sea like giant rainforested boulders, and Railay Beach, accessible only by boat and a prominent rock-climbing spot.
Thailand has so much to offer if you are looking for rock climbing or scuba diving. I was looking for an excellent relaxing time to take it easy. However, when you have so much to see, you do have to make the most of it. So wasn’t even a question we had to do one of the island hopping tours.
Day trip on the sea
We didn’t book anything in advance! I Just asked around our hotel and chose the one company which was the most charming one for us.
I like to get as many authentic experiences on my holiday as possible. So for that case, I wasn’t interested in making this trip on a fancy yacht. Cruising between those tropical islands with traditional tail boats has their charm.
As we were a group of friends (five people), we didn’t have to share the boat with anyone else and had our private tour guy. Who picked up us by the hotel entry. On the way to the boat, he even both us a fresh pineapple.
After head to the dock and board the boat. Sail to Phra Nang Cave, known as the house of a princess spirit worshipped by the local fisherman.
Continue to Tup Island, one of Thailand’s unseen highlights situated along Koh Dam Khwan. As the tide recedes the white sand and limestone beach will begin to appear connecting with Chicken island.
Journey to Poda Island and enjoy a picnic lunch. Spend time snorkeling and discover the area’s amazing marine life.
Lastly, we stop at Chicken Island, named after the distinctive chicken-like rock formation.
Taste of Thailand
Like most of the hotels, our one had offered a breakfast buffet. As a thru breakfast lover, I am always trying to book the accommodation where breakfast is included. Usually, the price difference is not that significant and who doesn’t like to have a coffee and some fresh fruits before heading to a long day lying in the sand.
All types of fruit contain vitamins, potassium, fiber and are relatively low in calories. One cup of chopped fruit provides about 80–130 calories, depending on the type. It also contains antioxidants that can help reduce disease risk.
During the day is so many local delicacies to choose from. One of my favorites was a passion fruit smoothie. They simply blend the fruit with ice. So simple and refreshing. Some days I had two or three of those.
Whatever is your dietary preference, one thing for sure, the food was prepared every time from fresh and local ingredients. Except for our last night, we went to one of the sea view restaurants to have a beautiful dinner altogether. I have to say the food wasn’t as fresh. So my advice tries to eat in restaurants that look like the locals will go there and leave the fancy bars for cocktails.
Cheeky Monkeys at Railay Beach
I have heard this advice in Cambodia from a tour guide: Don’t let the monkey see your food because you will lose it if the monkey saw your food, don’t try to hide in your bag because you will lose your bag too.
Many of the monkeys are accustomed to tourists arriving and distributing food at the beach. This is bad for both monkeys and tourists. For one, the monkeys start to depend on the food given to them. Then, those responsible tourists who do not give out food end up enduring the wrath of those monkeys. These animals can be cute, but remember, they are wild animals, so be sure to appreciate them from afar.
Railay Beach is one of the most popular stretches of sand in Krabi. It is here visitors will find beaches perfect for lounging, steep cliffs for rock climbing, and one too many monkeys. Where there are not hotels and resorts, the peninsula is home to lush, green jungle. One of the highlights of visiting Railay is to climb up to the viewpoint. The path there is decorated with monkeys walking lazily on the fence that borders the trail up to the steep climb. They can also be spotted on the actual climb to the viewpoint as well as the lagoon located on the peninsula.