Krabi

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The cost of taxi’s here is incredible. A trip 45 minutes out of Bangkok to the smaller airport, Don Heung, cost us all of £5, give or take a few pence. We took Air Asia, which is the regional equivalent of Europe’s Ryan Air and EasyJet; Cheap flights that are as basic as it gets, but get you where you need to go. Exactly what we needed to get us from Bangkok to Krabi so we could catch the ferry to Koh Phi Phi.

We had an hour to explore the small town of Krabi before the ferry left, which wasn’t too exciting. The ferry was about an hour and a half to Phi Phi pier, which was a madhouse when we arrived. Our resort was about a 15 minute ride from the pier, and although they provided a free trip there, we couldn’t locate them when we first got off the boat, so we walked the island a bit before coming back to the now-quieter pier to figure out where we needed to be.

It was easy to see that Phi Phi was a major tourist destination and a hot party spot, so it was welcome nice to know we were staying a bit away from the main area. The point of this holiday was to relax, not party. Turns out, the only way to get to our resort was by boat taxi, which took us halfway around the island to a small row of beachfront huts. It was absolutely gorgeous looking. The taxi dropped us off in the water. Literally. It was knee deep where we disembarked, and one of the resort staff came to gather the bags for us so we didn’t drop them in the water.

Our hut was beach facing, not more than a couple of feet from the sandy beach and water. The scenery stunning, and the setting was quiet and serene. Just what we needed after a long year. All of the buildings were made from bamboo, including the floors which weren’t the easiest to walk on. The bathrooms in Thailand are a whole other story too, and the one here was actually probably one of the nicest ones we saw. Unstable and small, the shower was made up of a plastic bin with a drain and a shower sprayer, but after a long swim in the salty water, it felt amazing.

The resort served a free breakfast and the restaurant was open all day until 22:00, which was handy seeing as the only other option was the mini mart that had chips and suntan lotion. Everything else was a boat ride back to the main pier, which we weren’t too inclined to do after dark most evenings.

The staff at Rantee were so nice and accommodating too. Even with the lack of english, we were able to communicate without many issues. They had free snorkelling and kayaking which we made use of, and spent the rest of the time in the ocean or relaxing with our books on the beach. One of the evenings we even had a visitor to our hut, a cute little kitten we named Felix. She decided to stick around for a few days and came by each night to lay on our laps and keep us company whilst we read or talked the evening away.

We spend the majority of the time at the resort, but went into the main pier one of the days, making use of the free taxi from the resort that runs twice daily. There are hundreds of stalls lining the area, all selling the same or similar sorts of clothing, nick-knacks, diving equipment, etc. For an island that has to ship everything in, it had quite a bit of stuff. It reiterated why we liked our resorts remoteness, and after a few hours there we were more than happy to head back to the peacefulness of our private beach.

5 days of this, a resort staff that knew our restaurant orders before we sat down, and one kitten later, it’s time to move on to the next place – Koh Lanta. Let’s see what the next 6 days have in store for us!