Krabi, Thailand - Day 1 - Narcissism is Necessary

Krabi, Thailand – Day 1

My trip to Thailand was a good one. I enjoyed myself immensely, courtesy of See Tho from See Tho Holidays. See Tho is one of the most progressive men (extremely knowledgeable & Internet savvy) I’ve ever met and with a wonderful down-to-earth disposition to boot. Despite being the owner of See Tho Holidays, which has offices in Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Hatyai, he personally attended to us and made sure that we had a great time. And indeed, we had a fabulous time. Many thanks to Nicole Tan, who hooked us up with See Tho.

The reason why I enjoyed this trip so much was because we were introduced to a side of Thailand that you’d hardly see in the tourist brochures. All the trip packages offered by See Tho Holidays are personally customised by See Tho himself. He does it by travelling all over Thailand, trying out and experiencing every spot including towns, shops, hotels, restaurants and many more. Then, he would decide on the best and put them on his itineraries.

Personally, I’ve never liked group tours as the pace is too fast and you could never stay long enough to take in the beauty of any place. But with See Tho, there was never a single moment during the trip where I felt rushed. You may think that I’m a bit of a hard selling here, but frankly, See Tho deserves it.

On the morning of 6th July, KY and I took a cab to LCCT for RM65. We reached there and found Kellster and Nigel at Mcdonalds. To be honest I was quite worried about how Nigel and Kellster would be like as travelling partners as I didn’t know both of them very well, but they turned out to be quite a riot :) Especially Nigel. I’ll probably talk more about Nigel in future entries as his funny moments during the trip were priceless!

Nicole and Andy, our official photographer arrived shortly after and before we knew it, we were boarding the plane.

Plane.
Bound for Krabi.

Clouds.
Clouds.

The plane ride was a little bumpy and I had a bit of a trouble equalising the pressure in my ears so thank goodness we touched down after a quick 1 hour 20 minutes flight.

We met See Tho and Janine of Sheraton Krabi for the very first time and they welcomed us with beautiful necklaces made with real orchids. With the pleasant scent of orchid emanating from around my neck, it began to dawn on me that I was on holiday! :)

In Krabi Airport.
Camwhoring in Krabi Airport.

It was already noon and our bellies were calling out for food. See Tho took us to a restaurant which he called ‘Rain House’ (referring to the sprinklers installed at the restaurant to lower the temperature) to have the best duck noodle in Krabi. He really wasn’t kidding when he used the word “best”.

Rain House.
Rain House.

It was by far the most awesome duck noodle I’ve ever had. The broth was very flavourful – kind of like bak kut teh soup but with more kick to it. The silky flat noodles went really well with the soup and you could add more chilli to jack up the spiciness. Each bowl of soup came with a meaty duck drumstick, already braised to perfection.

Excited
Yes, I was really happy. PICTURE BY KY.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see the beauty of the duck noodle here as I gobbled it down before taking any picture. I only remembered to snap a picture half way through eating.

Half eaten duck noodles
Half eaten bowl of duck noodle.

Fanta Green.
Thailand’s unofficial official drink – the Fanta Green.

More detailed information about the duck noodle is available at KY’s.

After lunch, we continued our trip to Klong Thom Hot Springs. I really, really loved these hot springs. All the ones I’d been to had been restructured with man-made pools. But Klong Thom Hot Springs were completely natural. And the best thing was, they’re located right underneath big and lush trees that shaded us from the unforgiving sun. According to this website, the entrance fee to Klong Thom Hot Springs is 90 baht per person.

Hot Springs
Klong Thom Hot Springs

Don't rinse your mouth.
Yes, a lot of fluoride but don’t rinse your mouth with it!

Kim and KY.
Testing. PICTURE TAKEN BY KELLSTER.

Nigel, Kim, KY and Andy.
Nigel, Kim, KY and Andy cooking in the pool. PICTURE TAKEN BY KELLSTER.

Caption this.
Caption this. PICTURE TAKEN BY KELLSTER.

After soaking for about 20 minutes, we jumped into the cool river right next to the springs. Okay, we didn’t exactly jump but Nigel did make a splash by sliding all the way down the slippery rocks into the river.

Cooling down.
Cooling down. PICTURE TAKEN BY KELLSTER.

Took a quick shower at one of the bathrooms available (clean!) and made our way to the town. On the way, we saw a couple of durian traders by the roadside, so of course we had to stop for some durians!

Buy...buy!
Buy! Buy!

King of Fruits.
King of Fruits.

The durians we had were different from the ones that get exported to Malaysia (which are fleshy but bland). They were much more fragrant and not unlike our local durians. Sweet with a tinge of bitterness…hmmm.

Sheer pleasure.
Sheer pleasure. PICTURE TAKEN BY KY.

We continued our journey and reached town in about 30 minutes. The highlight of the town was definitely the market. There were so many stalls selling mostly food and raw cooking ingredients. Very colourful and definitely got my mouth salivating to the max.

Town.
Krabi Town.

Grilling fish.
Lady grilling a lot of fish, innards and all.

BBQ meat.
Assortment of BBQ stuff.

Boiled corns.
Boiled corns.

Stumbled upon this stall that sold at least one dozen types of belacan. The smell in the air was pungent and all I could think about was a bowl of piping hot rice. It did not materialise :(

Assortment of Belacans.
Belacan heaven.

T-shirts.
T-shirts.

Chicken wings.
Delicious looking chicken wings.

Salad
Wonder why Thai girls are so slim?

Loob chook.
Loob chook.

Krabi town is also home to some rather interesting traffic lights. They were held up in the air by paleolithic men! According to See Tho, the statues were made to commemorate the earliest settlers of Krabi.

Traffic lights.
Caveman and his traffic lights.

Before leaving town, we tried to take a bite out of a giant sundae.

Sundae.
Dessert, anyone? PICTURE TAKEN BY ANDY.

And then it was dinner time. See Tho brought us to Ruenmai Thai Restaurant. The restaurant was really beautiful, it was like dining in a garden. The food was excellent too.

Ruenmai Thai Restaurant
Ruenmai Thai Restaurant

I didn’t take a lot of pictures of the food as it was getting dark. But here are some that I managed to capture…

Mango salad.
Excellent mango salad.

Tom Yam.
Authentic clear tom yam soup.

Herbs and dips.
Definitely my favourite of the evening – assorted vegetables and belacan dip.

To find out more about this restaurant, hope over to KY’s as usual :)

What a fine day it was. See Tho arranged everything perfectly. From food to the places of interest to the pace of the tour. We made our way to Sheraton Krabi, checked into our lovely rooms and found more desserts waiting for us.

Sigh :)

Desserts.
Now this is hospitality.

Sheraton Krabi
Plush bed, hot shower, TV and more.

Stay tuned for Day 2.

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29 Responses to Krabi, Thailand – Day 1

  1. KY July 26, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    Tiring first day but very awesome wasn’t it? :D

  2. beetrice July 26, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    Love it…more! more! :)

  3. a@ron July 26, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    Now my mind is on Krabi…

  4. naeboo July 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    do u need to share a room?

  5. nadnut July 26, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    woah! great pics! i wanna go krabi now!!!

  6. Suertes July 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    wow, all that in a day? packed!

  7. Kimberlycun July 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    ky: yeah tiring but not till the extent of collapsing heh. all good!

    bee: soon! soon :D

    aaron: go before the invasion of the tourists!

    naeboo: yes we are sharing room – my roomie is kellster!

    nad: thanks :) do check it out, it’s worth going.

    suertes: a good packed, i’d say :)

  8. Sheryl0202 July 27, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    wah…so nice to have a holiday babe!!!

  9. tom July 27, 2008 at 12:31 am #

    Sheraton Krabi! Definitely a nice place…!!

  10. Daryl July 27, 2008 at 1:02 am #

    Really nice pics & narrative Kimberly! Will be checking in for more. Heard Thailand topped Florence as best travel destination. Must go soon.

  11. Kimberlycun July 27, 2008 at 2:01 am #

    sheryl: definitely! :)

    tom: it was very nice!

    daryl: thanks man. asian destinations ftw. hope to see you around here again :)

  12. Big Boys Oven July 27, 2008 at 8:57 am #

    This is awesome, next time I will come along . . . . if you incite me ! lol!

  13. zewt July 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm #

    hahahaha…. i noticed something which confirmed what suanie told me :)

  14. Huai Bin July 27, 2008 at 11:29 pm #

    OMG! Customized trip, sounds like a whole lot of fun. It’s great to travel with someone who knows the area well, the nooks and crannies are where the good things are.

  15. Mama BoK July 28, 2008 at 4:56 am #

    Love the new template..! awesome picture too..!

  16. Cheesie July 29, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    hahaha i notice something missing in this post! =P

  17. Kimberlycun July 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm #

    BBO: if i had the opportunity i will surely invite you! :)

    zewt: haha what on earth did suan tell you? whatever it is, i think it’s justified :)

    hb: agree! travelling with someone who doesn’t know much but is willing to explore is fun too.

    mamabok: thanks mamabok :)

    cheesie: learned from the best ;)

  18. Yumm July 31, 2008 at 6:20 am #

    ..just wondering .. what size is your wide angle lens? .. pics are terrific!

  19. Sharon July 31, 2008 at 4:52 pm #

    I thot you captured some nice shots of Krabi. I’m kicking myself right now for booking only a 3d/2n stay! How come no one took any shots of Rara the elephant at Sheraton Krabi?

  20. Kimberlycun July 31, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    yumm: thanks! i used a 10-20mm :)

    sharon: Thanks! Rara was there but didn’t greet us and I was too lazy to go and take her picture hehe.

  21. tc boy August 3, 2008 at 4:51 am #

    i went there last week… it wasn’t really awsome but its a great place to relax… bet u got more pic using DSLR.. grab a peek of my pics at FB…

  22. Kimberlycun August 3, 2008 at 6:39 am #

    tc: yes, krabi is far more nature oriented than the usual tourist towns of Thailand. nice pics dude!

  23. james January 16, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    nice pics, what camera/lenses are you using?

    looks like a D80?

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