1. Travelling OptionsAs usual, transportation fees usually take up almost half of the already puny budget.
Option 1: Flight OptionsBest and easiest way to get to Krabi is of course, a direct flight to Krabi town. *The fares shown are based on a search from 31 Oct-3 Nov 2017 #HHWT tip: Best time to purchase flight tickets is during budget airlines' promotion hours, so keep a lookout! I remember purchasing a return flight tickets for 4 pax from Kuala Lumpur for under USD120!
Option 2: By BusCredit: [email protected] on FlickrIf you want to save even more, travelling by bus is the ultimate cost-saving option butthe down side will be the longer travelling time (approximately 8 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai). Enjoy the scenery or put on your sleeping mask and rest assured that you are saving a whole lot more on this trip :) Price for a return ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Hatyai: approximately USD40 (For more info, check outthis site)
2. AccommodationCredit: madhu_thegypsygirl on Instagram Check out Groupon/ Agoda/ Booking.com or any other related websites that offer deal services. Make these websites your new bff and surf them daily for deal-of-the-day offers! Nightly rates start from USD50 for a two-night stay (depending on whether it is peak season and location). I would personally recommend staying away from Ao Nang (tourist town where everything is at “tourist price”) and stay in the nearby town. For example, Klong Muang town is approximately 10 minutes from Ao Nang and although there is no nightlife or shopping centres, the place boasts of a quiet, calm ambience and at a cheaper rate :) #HHWT tip:Although the offer on these deal sites might be tempting, remember to read the fine print thoroughly for travel/booking period and transportation options. Once you have selected the hotel, you might want to callthe hotel directly and let them know you are considering booking a deal on XXX.com and offer to book with them directly at a lower price. They might just say yes!
Planning out your tours at Ao Nang town
Credit: Siva Dayalan on FlickrOn your first day in Krabi, head to Ao Nang beach and enjoy a nice stroll around town. This town is pretty small and many travel agencies are available for you to plan out fun activities throughout your visit. Ao Nang is where the tourists flock, which is also where you can get good rates on group tours (way cheaper than private tours of course) and since there are many travel agencies around town, their prices are quite competitive. #HHWT tip: If you are planning to rent a bike, try asking your hotel for help! The hotel’s rates are sometimes better than others offered in town. Bike rent is approximately USD10/day
Visit the local noon markets for cheap and good foodThe local market is held in different villages every day, usually from early afternoon until early evening. I would highly recommend that you visit Klong Haeng market, held just across the road from the big yellow mosque (this would make an easy landmark if you need to ask the locals ;p) Credit: durrah03 on FlickrWhat can youfind here? Expect lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and delicious authentic Thai delicacies from curries, tom yam, Pad Thai, sticky rice and everything in between. Forget the fancy restaurants in town, here is where you should go for cheap and awesome food! Credit: Anshu on Flickr Klong Muang Market: Not far from Baan Klong Muang School and Klong Muang Beach. Open every Friday from early afternoon till early evening. Ao Nang Market: Near Lai Thai Resort, Ao Nang. Open every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 15:00 – 19:30. Ao Num Mao Market: Located at Ao Num Mao three-way junction. Open every Wednesday and Friday from early afternoon. #HHWT tip: Klong Muang market is mainly run by the local Muslim population so it is not uncommon to see ladies with headscarves.
Island hoppingThere are four groups of islands accessible from the mainland coast in Krabi: Phi Phi Islands, Hong Islands, 4 Islands and James Bond Island. The tour would take one day, starting from around 8 am till around 4 to 5 pm. Snorkelling equipment is available for free but just remember not to lose them or you can say bye bye to your USD50 (penalty for losing the equipment). Learnt it the hard way when Ilost my goggles during the sudden downpour while snorkelling :( Credit: Alex Xela on Flickr If swimming is just not your thing, the scenery... My oh my, the scenery is just breathtaking! Words will not do justice. Credit:Joan Campderrós-i-Canas on Flickr Price: USD30 but you can easily negotiate the price to around USD25 or less depending on how many people are going on the tour. #HHWT tip: Hats, caps and sunglasses are highly recommended along with sunscreen. Be prepared for highly unpredictable weather - sun could be scorching hot for a minute and heavy rain could hit you minutes later. Credit: Mike Behnken on Flickr
Hot Springs & Crystal PoolCredit: bmwrider883 on Instagram Discover the beauty that lies in the south of Krabi province in Klong Thom district (around 70km from town and near the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve) and get some aqua-therapy from nature’s own jacuzzis. A visit to the hot springs would not be complete without a trip to the nearby ‘Crystal Pool’ and the other must-see site in the reserve is the brightly coloured ‘Blue Pool’, located some 600m further upstream from the Emerald Pool. Credit: Tobdesigner on Instagram Price: USD30 to USD40 depending on the package
4. Eat, shop and don’t forget to haggle!
Krabi Night MarketsNo holiday is completewithout getting a little something for those back home. Don’t be fooled by the rows of nicely lit shops by the beach to do your shopping. The secret is to visit Krabi night markets for your souvenir shopping! Credit: lin Judy on Flickr Keychains, t-shirts, handicrafts and all sorts of knick knacks can be found here. Quality wise, it's practically the same as anywhere in the country, it is where you buy them that makes the difference! Credit: lin Judy on Flickr You can also experience local delicacies while enjoying the traditional music/art performance by the students from local music schools. Address: Krabi town at Maharat Soi 8 (behind the Vogue Department Store), Maharat Rd., Mueang, Krabi Opening hours: Fri - Sun from 05.00 pm. - 10.00 pm How to get there:
- From Manutboraan intersection: On Maharat Road, head to Krabi Town passing left along Vouge Department Store, where you'll find "Walking Street". On the first Soi (Maharat Soi 8) to the end of Soi, you'll find several souvenir shops along the road with activities area, dining tables and onstage shows.
- From Ao Nang: Flag down a taxi or songthaew along the main street in Ao Nang, it costs 50baht per personduring the day time and when going back to Ao Nang, catch the taxi/songthaew infront of 7-Eleven or the main entrance of the market, which costs 60baht at night. Watch out for the overpriced tuk-tuk service in front of Vogue Department Store.
Skip the fancy restaurants, go local!Look for the many local halal restaurants around town and skip the fancy restaurants serving western or Middle Eastern fares! Credit: haniaziz on Instagram What you need to try is real home-cooked meals by Krabi’s mommas and aunties or maybe uncles? Don't forget to ask for the “sambal belacan” (sweet and sour shrimp paste with lots of bird’s eye chillies)! *drools*. Price: Around USD5 for a decent meal for 1 pax
Street FoodA visit to any foreign land is incomplete without trying out the street food. Be it sweet, savoury or something you may not be able to define, you just have to try them out! Khanom Bueng Credit: yongyee_liaoerer on InstagramMade fresh just like a French crepe but thinner. Thewhite center filling tastes like meringue and is topped off with sweet grated coconut. Crispy, sweet and bite-sized, this is my all time favourite Thai sweet and the best thing is that it is so cheap and sold by the dozen!Price: 1 box of 10 pieces or more is approximately USD 1 Credit: winged_bean on Instagram Krabi Pancake Credit: fadzli.zulkoad on Instagram Say what? Pancake? Looks more like a prata but these are not the traditional ones you'll find in Singapore/Malaysia which are paired with curries and dhal. You can get them in different flavours like Nutella with bananas, plain with condensed milk or cheese and many more. Price: Approximately USD1.40 #HHWT tip: The size is quite decent and can be shared between 2 people. Credit: tores234 on Instagram Seafood The Andaman offers an array of seafood and you will find them everywhere! Want them grilled, tempura style or BBQ? Just name it and you’ll find it here. You won’t go hungry in Krabi! Credit: krabi.thebeachseafoodgrill on Instagram Credit: krabi.thebeachseafoodgrill on Instagram
5. Indulge in a cheap massageThe moment you land in Thailand, one of the first things you'll notice is the spa & massage parlours everywhere! Whether you're on a budget ornot, a Thai massage is something you wouldn’t want to miss. The secret is to stay away from those by the beach and in town. Where should you look for then? Along the interconnecting towns in Krabi, where you'll spot many massage houses by the road side.Credit:weyrichthaimassage on Instagram Pick any one that seems to have little or no customers at all. And no, I am not kidding ;) But do make sure that you talk to the masseuse regarding the type of massage you want and agree on the price beforehand. Credit: emmett anderson on Flickr Price: Depending on the service you request, the price can start as low as USD10 #HHWT tip: These massage houses are sometimes an extension of their own houses, so rates are cheaper and haggling is possible unlike those at tourist spots! If you play the cards right, you might just get away with free manicures and pedicures too! So let’s recap how much you would need to spend for 4 days 3 nights stay in Krabi.
|TRANSPORTATION (by bus) KL – Hatyai - Krabi||USD 70.00|
|ACCOMMODATION (4 days, 3 nights)||USD 100.00|
|ACTIVITIES (Island hopping / hot spring + Spa)||USD 50|