My biggest regret about Krabi was not realising before we got there that there are many different areas within the same name, ie. Ao Nang, Railay. If I had realised, I would have skipped the tourist strip of Ao Nang and headed to the apparently quieter and nicer, Railay. As it happens we didn’t spend much time in the stop-off town as we did a seven hour tour of seven islands on our only full day.
The minivan/minibus from Hat Yai to Krabi was a good deal. It fit about eleven people but was faster than a coach as it bumped along the terrible-at-times roads and overtook cars and motorbikes with oncoming traffic just a short distance away. The thunder and lightening show added to the thrill. Arriving in the town centre at nighttime with no accommodation wasn’t our best idea yet but 2.50 euro extra to the driver got us the half hour out to Ao Nang and dropped off at a few potential guest houses. We didn’t refuse.
After dinner we hung out at a bar with live music. It was quite the cheesy holiday package vibe in Europe but we enjoyed singing along and having a much-needed boogy.
The seven-hour tour was good, albeit the drunken lopsided ferry and needing to be transported to the beach by a long tail boat anytime we went near land. The highlight was jumping into the deep, dark water in the night and swimming with glow-in-the-dark plankton. It was just magical. A bit of snorkeling added to the adventure as schools of fish swam around me. The night was topped off with a bbq on the beach (we were a bit late to enjoy sunset from the beach) and a fire show.