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I stayed in a 4 star hotel along the seafront called Oa Nang Buri, the staff were very friendly and eager to make me happy at thier hotel (and also stay longer). I have attached a little review of the hotel to the bottom  of this blog .

I rented a bicycle from a German shop owner in town , for only about 100 bhat  per day and kept it for 3 days.I cycled the whole seafront and also onto the beach and left it there when i went in the sea . The water was so shallow that i could walk out 100 yards and still only be up to my waist !! I enjoy beach combing and there were lots a small shells (see pic). The seabed was kind of muddy and squelchey underfoot and little clouds of  murky water came up as i paddled and waded thru it.When i returned to the hotel and showered , there was a brown tidemark
on the shower floor .

 

The German sometimes left his shop in the hands of the lady who ran the shop next to his , otherwise i could have asked him about motorbike rental , he had a furry ginger persian cat on a lead which spent  all of its time sleeping .

the fang , bike rental guys' cat(on a lead) , whichever way you put this it looks wrong .
 
There were several internet cafes in town , charging about 50 bhat for an hour and lots of T shirt/clothes shops where i bought T shirts and polo shirts reasonably cheaply .I still wear them and they are  quite  good quality , I did barter for them ,

but not down to the last ‘penny’.

I took several tours , including  the  Elephant tour/ride , 4 island boat tour , the rain forest tour and kayak tour. These can all be booked from the hotel or from about a dozen other tour places in town , and a minibus comes along and picks up everyone from thier hotel , I found that  it is a bit cheaper to book the tours on the ‘high street’ rather than at the hotel (it will nearly always be the same tour anyway).

It was raining during the rain forest tour and we got soaked , but it was warm rain ,and pleasant , there were several warm water springs/pools in the forest in which we wallowed for 15 mins or so (take swimwear).

sunset and longboats at anchor Krabi
There were only 4 people on this tour as well as 2 guides and i was the only foreigner , and they were all 20 something and they kept calling me Papa !! respectfully , but i could have done without it . Anyway i am pretty fit and they did not show me up for fitness .We must have walked maybe a mile or two thru the forest  to get to the hot water springs and the floor in parts  was clay/mud  and quite slippery  since it was damp. I took hardly any pics of this not wanting to get my camera wet .

 

We had a lunch  after the walk thru the forest and it was a table full of mostly fruit  with lots  of pinneapple , a little cat came to share .

raisin pancake vendor , and my bike


I am a veggie and although this is a buddhist country , they do have lots of meat/chicken and fish for sale , I ate veggie pizzas  during my stay and they cook nice little  banana/pinneapple/raisin pancakes from cooking stands by the roadside (see pic) for only about 30 bhat and there is always lots of fruit  and drinking coconuts .

Also i took a torso massage one evening which lasted for about 30 mins , i did explain that i had a stiff shoulder due to an injury but they dont always understand and i shouted in pain a few times , i was on my front , i think she must have been standing on me .She was a bit like a femail wrestler  and certainly did some pounding on my back  ;-) There were two  scotsmen also receiving a massage next to me and we exchanged a few jokes whilst
we were being ‘worked on’. The massage place was open to view from the street , I have had a Thai foot  massage elsewhere in Thailand which was very refreshing .

Elephant trek
 

The elephant tour was also good , i love elephants and we got to feed them afterwards ,
I was with a Norwegian family of  man + wife and two boys and the husband shared an elephant with me and we exchanged news of each others countries , I found we got onto politics and I did not/do not have a high opinion of the UK government  and told him so .

As I recall we fed the elephants with bananas afterwards , me thinking that I should save some for the Uks’ garbage government , but enough of that . An elephant ride  is a strange kind of rocking lurching  motion , i had taken one on a  Chaing Mai  trek a few years previous , when we waded thru a river . Another time when  India i took a camel ride ; i like camels too , but nearly got 'sea-sick' as we went over the hillside , that was more like being on a ride at a fair .

Another island stop off


The islands tour is a must and there was some snorkelling amongst some very colourful fish , i did not participate , cant remember why and they offered me a snorkel  too .They were friendly fish and seemed to come and visit those in the water .I used Barracuda tours , if anyone else uses this company , be sure to note the number of the longboat , because they have about 9 and they will all be out at the same time , sometimes at the same island . We visited 4 or 5 islands (they all look the same ) and we passed many other longboats and speedboats also visiting islands , often full of european tourists .Generally  the boat  would  beach itself , we would have

about 50 mins before it left again , some would simply sunbathe , I would usually walk around the whole island beachcombing if it was small enough , I came home with a small collection of shells .
The kayaking was also enjoyable and quite lengthy , we took a picnic ,and we had it on a sandbank island .

krabi beach sunset
The water in the lagoons is very shallow and you can usually hop out of the canoe and be only waist deep in the water .There were lots of monkeys on the muddy rock beaches we visited . It was called Ao Thalane Krabi and we had a lunch/picnic , there were two Irish girls on the tour ; they had kayaked before and shared a kayak and i was in another with a tour guide ,they both lived in london and were on their way to australia.It was a bit strenuous  but I do enjoy exercise anyway .We visited a cave which had some ‘old bones’ in it , it looked like a setup to me although I am sure others would beleive that the bones were of cavemen .

Although I have said elsewhere that the driving is orderly and disciplined in Thailand ,before I ever went to Thailand I had been to another Asian country (India) several times where the driving is not orderly by any stetch of the imagination , maybe I had been comparing the two  , anyway on the way back in the minibus from one of the tours we saw the remains of a very bad accident where a car was on its roof  on a road that was not particularly busy .

kayak scene, mangroves



There were mopeds available for rent  in Krabi  and although i have never driven one , i thought that if a i got an automatic and had 5 mins tuition then i would be fine .

They are pleasant people and geniunely wish to please , but unfortunately , although they said 'yes yes yes' , i could not arrange the tuiton or properly make myself understood ,and got fed up and shelved that idea .

 

Krabi is a good place for families and people looking for a quietish time , the only rowdy behaviour I saw or heard  during my week there was from 2  couples in their twenties who were a bit  drunk in a full Italian restaurant (and not really aware of anyone else )and made enough noise to disturb the other diners .

sunset Krabi

The Thais  are quite tolerant  and full of grace and smiles and there is a gentleness about them that I like , they just seem to shrug off such behaviour .

 

 

 

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shells
shells
the fang , bike rental guys  cat(…
the fang , bike rental guys' cat…
sunset and longboats at anchor Kra…
sunset and longboats at anchor Kr…
raisin pancake vendor , and my bike
raisin pancake vendor , and my bike
Elephant trek
Elephant trek
Another island stop off
Another island stop off
krabi beach sunset
krabi beach sunset
kayak scene, mangroves
kayak scene, mangroves
sunset Krabi
sunset Krabi
sunset Krabi
sunset Krabi
friendly couple on  4 islands tour
friendly couple on 4 islands tour
Ao Nang beach  sundown
Ao Nang beach sundown
baracudas tours longboat number 1
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baracudas tours longboat number 1…
4 island tour
4 island tour
along Krabi beach
along Krabi beach
Longboats in port Krabi
Longboats in 'port' Krabi
soulmates , i was told that the mo…
soulmates , i was told that the m…
Rain Forest  meal and hungry guest
Rain Forest meal and hungry guest
my rental bike  on oa nang beach
my rental bike on oa nang beach
elephant parking area
elephant parking area
No deaths at Krabi in the Tsunami …
No deaths at Krabi in the Tsunami…
kitten
kitten
kayak scene , mud monkey
kayak scene , mud monkey
rainy day  at Ao nang Buri hotel
rainy day at Ao nang Buri hotel
cafe Krabi , they wait closeby in …
cafe Krabi , they wait closeby in…
krabi beach , last bit of sundown .
krabi beach , last bit of sundown .
Krabi Hotels & Accommodations review
Ao Nang Buri
Four star accomodation , popular with europeans , located 'around the corner' from Krabi itself .It is on the seafront and a 1 minute walk onto the b… read entire review
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