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Krabi Thailand


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.

retire by 40 chinatownWe 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 andΒ  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! πŸ™‚


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.

retire by 40 koh hong krabi

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.

Retire By 40 koh hong krabiKo 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.

squidThe 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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ™‚

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  • LifeAndMyFinances March 14, 2011, 3:41 am

    Looks like an awesome trip! I can’t wait to go on one like that myself. The landscape looked breathtaking.

    • retirebyforty March 14, 2011, 12:28 pm

      I’m sure you will get to go to many places soon, you guys are so young! πŸ™‚

  • 101 Centavos March 14, 2011, 4:24 am

    Very nice post, RB40. Sounds like you and the Mrs. had a great time, and Ko Hong looks absolutely gorgeous. Among the many things I’ve admired about Thailand, I’ve the graciousness of Thai people is the highest. I’ve been finagling for a way to make it back there, but so far, no luck.
    Thanks for the link back, by the way.

    • retirebyforty March 14, 2011, 12:27 pm

      I’m looking forward to reading more about your travel as well. I think I need a few tries to make these travel posts more fun. It’s hard to tell travel stories! Where did you go in Thailand? You’re lucky to have so many business trips in vacation spots. πŸ™‚

      • 101 Centavos March 15, 2011, 4:39 am

        Thailand was actually not a business trip. I went there years ago on vacation, and it was memorable if somewhat hazy. The Pogues had some nice songues about times like that.

  • Afford-Anything.com March 14, 2011, 10:36 am

    I visited Krabi two years ago (during my fourth trip to Thailand!) and enjoyed it, though I thought it was a little too “big” for my taste. So I ventured to the smaller towns of Rai Lai and Ton Sai, both of which are close to Krabi.

    Not only are they fantastic rock-climbing destinations, they’re also beautiful places … clean beaches surrounded by tall cliffs. I spent 12 days in Ton Sai: read one day, climb one day. Read one day, climb one day.

    • retirebyforty March 14, 2011, 12:26 pm

      Krabi is growing, but I really hope it stays family friendly. I would hate see bar girls here. πŸ™
      I didn’t make it to Ton Sai, definitely have to check it out next time.

  • youngandthrifty March 14, 2011, 11:50 am

    Thanks for the mention and I’m glad I inspired you! I love reading about traveling πŸ™‚ and Thailand looks amazing- I have heard great things about both Krabi and Ko Phi Phi. I might have a wedding to go to in Thailand early next year, so crossing my fingers it works out and I can go to those places you mentioned, RB40.

    • retirebyforty March 14, 2011, 12:25 pm

      Wow, wedding in Thailand! Sounds awesome! Hope you get to go. For a seasoned traveler like yourself, I’m sure you’ll find tons of cool places to visit.

  • BeatingTheIndex March 14, 2011, 1:42 pm

    it looks like you really enjoyed your time over there. I loved the picture of the baby squid!

    I’ve never been to exotic Asia yet, maybe one of these days…

    • retirebyforty March 15, 2011, 8:57 am

      The baby squid was really cool, such a great photo op.

  • LaTisha @FSYAonline March 14, 2011, 5:34 pm

    How cool! Thailand is one of those places I never considered but you made me want to reconsider…

    • retirebyforty March 15, 2011, 8:58 am

      Thailand is one of the more accessible SE Asia country to travel in. It’s much safer and easier than say Cambodia.

  • Money Reasons March 14, 2011, 6:08 pm

    I wish I traveled more… All of the places described in your blog sounds wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing, that’s the first I heard of those locations!

  • Evan March 14, 2011, 7:08 pm

    I haven’t been anywhere that far away (Greece is the farthest). That trip looks amazing, at what age do you think you’ll take your little one?

    • retirebyforty March 15, 2011, 8:59 am

      I heard Greece and Turkey are great. I would love to go someday. We’ll probably take the little guy when he’s 5 or 6. The mosquitoes will eat him alive over there.

    • youngandthrifty March 15, 2011, 12:40 pm

      I would love to go to Greece too! Santorini looks gorgeous. Hey, maybe we should all organize a PF blogger conference there? πŸ˜‰

  • Squirrelers March 14, 2011, 9:07 pm

    I’ve been to China, Hong Kong, and India – but never in between to Thailand. On the list for sometime in the future. Cool that you have such warm feelings for Thailand and you paint a really good picture of it. Also, you’ve shown neat pictures – both the beach photo and the squid. Very cool.

    • retirebyforty March 15, 2011, 8:59 am

      thanks! I love traveling in Thailand because I can speak a bit so it is easy for me. πŸ™‚

  • First Gen American March 15, 2011, 2:10 am

    My husband has a good college buddy who’s Thai, so we went about 8 years ago. I loved Thailand. It was one of my favorite places. I’d definitely go back. I even thought the scuba diving was better than the great barrier reef in Australia. Great place. I just wish I got a Thai massage every day. I just love when they beat on you with that giant herb tea bag. Thanks for sharing.

    • retirebyforty March 15, 2011, 9:01 am

      Wow, better than Great Barrier reef? Unfortunately we don’t scuba. Where did you go for scuba? I’ve never had the giant herb tea bag beating before, sounds interesting…. πŸ˜€

  • MoneyCone March 15, 2011, 2:21 pm

    The pictures are awesome! Loved the one between the rocks!

  • JC March 16, 2011, 1:57 am

    Yep, That’s why I have retired here in Thailand and try to get others to do the same. Great stuff. Keep up the good work.

    • retirebyforty March 17, 2011, 8:28 am

      Taking a few years in Thailand is definitely in the card. πŸ™‚

  • Buck Inspire March 23, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Those pictures are amazing. Need to visit Thailand one day! πŸ™‚

    • retirebyforty March 23, 2011, 10:52 pm

      Thailand is an easy country to travel in and relatively cheap. πŸ™‚

  • Revanche March 26, 2011, 9:30 pm

    We’re venturing to Thailand soon! How easy it is to get from the airport at Phuket to the islands (Ko Phi Phi, probably)?

    We’re organizing the trip for myself and PiC but wondered know how to navigate the long boats/ferries etc. ahead of time so that I could instruct one of my friends who might be coming along after us.

    Also, would you have any food/restaurant recommendations for the area?

    • retirebyforty March 27, 2011, 11:47 pm

      Sorry, I don’t know how hard it is. I think it should be pretty easy. Have you been to Thailand before? They have trip arrangers in the air port so I think you can book taxi/boat trip through them. I’d check with Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor.

  • lee March 16, 2016, 11:09 pm

    Been to Krabi many time n seriously looking into retirement in Krabi.Recently just came back from Palawan Philippines,after looking into easy travel n medical facilities,Krabi will be a better choice.

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