I’m inspired by Young and Thrifty’s Vietnam Travel on the Cheap and 101 Centavos’ India Travel Journal to write about some of my trips also. We love traveling and it’s one thing we splurge on although we’ll be vacationing closer to home now that we have a baby. We went to Thailand to visit my parents around Chinese New Year last year. We met up in Bangkok to see families and visit a few sites before heading south to the beach.
We were in Bangkok during the Chinese New Year celebration and went to Chinatown to have dinner and see all the festivities. The street scenes are so lively and interesting in other countries. There were food stalls, restaurants, gifts, souvenirs, street performances, and more. The main street in Chinatown was closed off to traffic and it was packed to the grill with pedestrians. They had a big stage set up for performances and we saw Beijing Opera, a pop singer, and Bian Lian (the face mask changing show.) I’ve never seen a Bian Lian show live before and it was the highlight of the night. I love free shows!
We flew to Krabi after a few days in Bangkok and had a great time there. Krabi is a town on the west coast in southern Thailand. My sunset banner at the top of the site is from Ao Nang beach in Krabi. I really like Krabi because it is a family destination. There are many activities to do here including snorkeling, scuba, kayak, island tours, and rock climbing. We’ve been to Phuket and Pattaya and were turned off by all the bars and other male oriented businesses. This is more our speed and we had a great relaxing time.
The highlight of a Krabi trip is the island tours and we booked a couple tours through the local agency. My favorite island from the tours is Ko Hong. We booked one of these long tail boats and tour 4 islands that day. Ko Hong is a small island with a cove in the middle. The cove is accessible though an inlet during high tide and give the island it’s name. Hong means room. The cove is very shallow, only a meter deep during high tide and it was very calm and peaceful in there.
Ko Hong is a little bit further away than other islands and it cost a bit more for the tour. This was actually really good because it was not too busy and the small white sand beach was beautiful and not overly crowded. If you’re in Krabi, don’t miss Ko Hong!
We took a boat trip to Ko Phi Phi another day and I like these beaches a lot as well. Phi Phi Island became a major tourist destination after the movie “The Beach” was filmed there. The 2004 tsunami destroyed many of the infrastructures, but everything was rebuilt when we visited. The island was full of tourists and I didn’t see any sign of the tsunami.
The beaches on Ko Phi Phi were really nice. The sand was top notch and there are nice shady area where you can rest. Don’t underestimate the importance of shady spots when you visit the tropic. On the beach, I caught a baby squid in my hand. It was swimming around and squirting little ink blots, really cute. Of course, I let it go after the photo op.
We had a really great time in Krabi and would definitely love to go back some day. Hopefully the area keep the same family feel and stay somewhat pristine. I wouldn’t mind living a life of leisure in Thailand for a few years that’s for sure.