Kai and I went on a short getaway to Krabi, Thailand, a while back. It was a much needed and well-deserved getaway from our work. We were wrecking our brains on where to go – countries further up north or down south at NZ or Aussie would be far too expensive, and Malaysia, don’t even talk about it, I wonder what I will lose there.
So when Groupon released a deal for a 3D2N package for The Cliff Resort at Ao Nang, we jumped on it and booked it immediately! Unfortunately, Tiger Airways was the only airline that serviced the SIN-KBV route, and much to my reluctance to take Tiger, I ultimately had to book the flight.
So the day came, and we set off for the airport early in the morning! Our flight was at 11 but hey, we were there at 8 for breakfast with my parents :) After a hearty meal at Toast Box, we checked in and went jalan-jalan in the three transit terminals! I must admit the transit terminals always never fail to attract me. It’s just more peaceful, quieter, and nicer to shop inside than compared to the buzzing and noisy public terminals.
I tell you, even the sky trains were a huge difference. While you see kids running and screaming about in the public sky trains, the transit carriages were so much better. We were the only passengers on board the carriages most of the time while we were in transit!
And when we were bored, we went over to Terminal 3, sat down near the glass windows, sipped coffee from CBTL, and watched planes take off.
11 am came, and we trotted off to our departure gate at Terminal 2! Boarding was a breeze, and I was actually amazed that the plane was already there! You know, not that I want to whack them, but
sometimes most of the time, budget airlines ain’t punctual yah?
So we didn’t need to wait in the departure lounge, and straight away boarded the plane!
The 2 hour flight was pretty calm, less the occasional turbulence and rattling of the puny A320. We touched down safely at Krabi International Airport, and my first thought was: gosh, were we the only plane here?!
It was empty. Like FREAKING empty. No planes on the tarmac, no passengers in sight at the arrival corridors -.- It’s like walking into a ghost town. But fortunately, at least there were still immigration officers lol!
Cleared immigration, went down and started hunting for my name (machiam like some VIP) and met our driver. The Cliff sent a driver along to ferry us to the resort, but we weren’t the only two – the driver was supposed to pick up 4 other Singaporean teens. 3 of them arrived after a while, and I swear we waited almost 20 minutes for the fourth to turn up. And guess what. When he did appear coming down the escalator to the exit, he had the cheek to take his own sweet time, ba-long-long walking and breezing as though he was in a runway show.
WTF. Why do some people have skin thicker than elephants? Buay paiseh one leh. If it were me, I’d be fucking embarrassed having made some stranger wait for me.
So we began our half an hour journey to The Cliff, and we didn’t even know we arrived until the van suddenly made a turn into a narrow path between two shop houses. Eh? We’ve reached!
We were served welcome drinks (or rather, syrup because it was so sweet lol) and led to our villa. The resort has 21 villas, and ain’t like your ordinary resort. This rustic resort makes you trot on stepping stones through the trees to reach your villa. There are only two classes of accommodation – our normal villa, and a Suite. ONE Suite only. So obviously, you can’t negotiate for an upgrade no matter how good your grounds are (unless the Suite is empty).
The villa came with an outdoor shower and WC, which is actually kind of cool, although I find it a little cramped. The only down side of it is the MOSQUITOES. Oh my god. I don’t even want to explain how thirsty for blood they are.
After unpacking our stuff and changing into more comfy clothing, we decided to explore the resort and head down to the beach!
The town of Ao Nang is surrounded by cliffs and mountains, not too sure if they’re limestone cliffs. It provides a very scenic and laid-back atmosphere for you to enjoy your holiday, rather than compared to an urbanised, busy city like San Francisco or Tokyo.
And we finally arrived at Ao Nang beach!
Truth be told, Krabi’s beaches are over-rated. Why do I say so? First of all, it’s way too crowded. Krabi is populated with tourists – loads and loads of them. Now if that’s not a strong enough factor, the beaches ain’t as pristine as they say it is. We deduced it might probably be due to the over-influx of tourists, and also because it is the end of the monsoon season. The sand is coarse, dirty, occasionally littered with glass bottles (wtf right), and only certain areas are nice to trot on. But still, we had an enjoyable 3 days there!
The background of Ao Nang beach are the cliffs of Krabi – and I realised it made a fantastic back drop for portraits! (Yes, photographers, you say and sigh). This is a chance to make full use of my new 50mm! Hahahaha!
So after walking the beach for a while, we headed off for the shops (not very exciting, so no photos for now).
Dinner was when we came out of 7-11 (they had SO MANY 7-11s there I tell you – we easily counted 4 along our stretch!) So yes, we walked out of 7-11, looked at the sky, heard thunder, and made a bee-line for the eatery opposite hahaha.
It was called “Aree Ba Ba” HAHAHA.
If there is something I must commend about Aree Ba Ba, it would be their helpers. They’re no other than young teenagers (probably in secondary school or equivalent), and boy, are they hardworking. They pay attention to every single detail, clearing plates once you’re done, rushing to clean up once a customer leaves after his meal… Two thumbs up!
Because it was pouring, we finished our dinner, waited for the rain to stop, and headed back to our resort for an early night!
Post on day 2 coming soon!