Last month, Madhi and I achieved a milestone; we have been together for 15 years! How time flies! Felt like it was only yesterday we were in school, dating and fast forward, now we have 2 adorable children.
To mark this year, we wanted to go someplace romantic. We settled for a 4D3N to Krabi because it was non-peak season and according to travel websites, a more laid-back place compared to Phuket.
We booked Ban Sainai resort as it was reasonably priced although it was listed as the No 1 resort based on travellers’ feedback in TripAdvisor. We arranged for airport transfer by the hotel. One thing, you would need to let the hotel know is the terminal number as apparently there are 2 terminals in Krabi. We arrived at Terminal 1 but the driver was waiting for us at Terminal 2. After a few phone calls, the driver came to pick us up half hour later.
This is the resort we stayed at for the duration of our holiday; Ban Sainai from Saturday to Tuesday.
We were greeted by exceptional front office staff. We arrived at the resort at 9am and although check-in time was 2pm, they were very accommodating and provided us our room at 10am itself. To top it off, the front office manager even gave us free breakfast. Ban Sainai’s welcome drink “Butterfly Pea Flower Tea” is a must-try. The tea is made by dropping a few of those flowers (2nd pic below) into boiling water in a cup and then adding freshly squeezed lime or lemon. It was so refreshing that I had 2 glasses of it. 🙂
Ban Sainai is a beautiful resort. It’s about 30 minutes drive from the Krabi airport and only 20 minutes walk to Ao Nang beach. The resort provides shuttle service every hour. As you step in, you feel a sense of calmness as you only see greenery everywhere you go. The entire resort is located on a small hill overlooking the mountain range.
Our cottage for 4D3N
Front view of the cottage. There is a swing right in front and you can see the pool at a distance
Could not get a proper angle of the bathroom
After checking-in and having breakfast, we took the shuttle van to Ao Nang beach and did some window shopping. We stopped for lunch at an Indian restaurant (a lot of north-Indian restaurants here for some reason..) and I had my first taste of Krabi vegetarian tomyam. Yum yum 🙂
Since we had no plans for the evening, we decided to book the “Pla Luang” Krabi Sunset Cruises. It’s a 5-island sunset cruise and the itinerary included snorkelling at Chicken Island and swimming at Koh Ta Ming and Koh Si. The waters were crystal-clear and we could see colourful fish swimming about. We really enjoyed the snorkelling.
After the snorkelling, we went to Poda Island where you could try cliff jumping if you are daring enough. We did not because to do that, you would need to first swim to the rocks, climb it and then do the jump. The current was very strong and the cliff looked steep. With my limited swimming knowledge (5 swimming lessons so far), I knew I couldn’t do it. Those that did try, could not climb the cliff and had to return to the boat. As it was nearing sunset, we had dinner while enjoying the sunset. The sunset was beautiful and it lasted for a good 45 minutes.
The last leg of the tour was swimming at the waters of Pranang Beach to view the bioluminescent planktons. By then, I was too tired to don the snorkelling gear again and opted out but Madhi went in the water and the view was excellent according to him. Even from the boat, I could see the planktons that looked like fireflies in water. It was a great cruise and a must-try in Krabi.
Sunset time “Captain” of the ship
We took the half day tour to visit the Tiger Cave Temple, Hot Spring Waterfall (Nam Tok Rawn) and Emerald Pool or Crystal Pool (Sa Morakot). The temple is a Buddhist temple and its main attraction is the golden Buddha statue at the summit. There is a stairway that leads to the top whereby you need to climb 1237 steps which would roughly take about 2-3 hours. At the summit, you would be able to see the whole of Krabi town. We were unlucky, we could not do it because it was raining heavily.
By the time we left Tiger Cave Temple and reached the Hot Spring Waterfall, the rain had stopped. I was looking forward for the waterfall as it was within a forest area (Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve) where there are nature-made bathtubs with hot water between 35-42C. We thought we could enjoy a soak in these natural “jacuzzis” after the cold rain but luck did not favour us a second time around as it was too crowded being a Sunday. We just stayed at the entrance at the man-made pool instead. 🙁
After about half hour at the Hot Springs, we went to the Emerald Pool and Blue Pool which was about 15 mins away. The Emerald Pool got its name because of its emerald hue coming from natural pure spring water. There are 2 ways to reach there, the 1400m route and the shorter route of 800m. Since we had a lot of time, we took the longer route that took us into the jungle and we came across some beautiful sights.
The 1400m trail and sights with lush greenery
Next up, we went to the Blue Pool which was about 5 mins away from the Emerald Pool and it was a sight to behold. Madhi and I were completely blown away by the natural beauty of the pool. No swimming is allowed here due to the different depths and quicksand and if you clap loud enough, you will be able to see bubbles coming out from under the ground.
We reached the hotel at the end of the tour and got ready for some evening rest and relaxation. Walked along the shops in town, tried some local food, had dinner and went for a Thai foot massage which was a welcome relief from the walking we did during the day.
It was our anniversary day and to make it extra special, we wore couples’ t-shirt and walked around with it. Not my idea.. 🙂
We had lunch at a simple Thai restaurant, went for a 2-hour body massage at Sukhothai Massage and roamed the streets. Dinner was at this fabulous restaurant called “Thailandia”. Great ambience and good food. As it was happy hour, we tried their happy hour cocktail drink, Mai-Tai and I definitely recommend it. It’s a must try, very delicious so much so we had three of it!
After dinner, we went back to the hotel and surprise, surprise, Madhi arranged room deco with the hotel and got me a bouquet of flowers. 🙂
Alas, it was time to go back but not before enjoying the last bit of time we had in Krabi. We walked by the beach, had delicious lunch at Krua Ao-Nang restaurant and was completely stuffed and relaxed which was a perfect end to our holiday.
There are still many places to visit in Krabi. I would definitely take a trip back again especially to go up the summit of the Tiger Cave Temple, visit Phi-Phi islands and a few other islands as well. Krabi is an ideal place to relax and spend time with your loved ones. Make a trip here. Trust me you will not regret it.