Day 7: Ko Samui and Krabi
We left our hotel for the airport around 10:30. We enjoyed a final, wonderful breakfast. Before we left, they took a picture of us, printed it out and gave it to us in a frame. It was a very nice gesture! We were really happy/impressed with the hotel!
As I said before, using the airport in Ko Samui is ultra chill. It is an open air airport and is super nice. Before security, there are tiny shops or cafes to check out. Once you go through security, which takes maybe 2 minutes, you can relax in the lounge areas (there are only 7 “gates”). While waiting, they have free snacks, drinks and wifi. Once your flight is ready, you hop on a trolley and head to the plane. There is zero stress at this airport and it is perfectly fitting for the place.
Arriving in Krabi’s airport was much different. The people are a little pushier. We got a cab to our hotel for 600 THB, which we thought was quite expensive. It turns out that our hotel was much farther away from the airport than expected!
Despite being far away, the hotel is well worth it. It’s situated on its own private beach near the Hong Islands. Like everything seems to be in Thailand, many of the facilities are open air.
After checking out the hotel, we decided to head into Ao Nang. One of the employees at our hotel gave us the name of a local restaurant. Finding the restaurant was super difficult and we were lucky he wrote the name and location on the map as well. We nearly gave up and then finally found it.
The restaurant was tucked away in a little neighborhood. The setting was super nice because it was away from the busy Ao Nang crowds. We ordered duck, chicken curry and chicken with cashew nuts as well as fresh coconut juice. This was probably one of the best meals we have eaten so far. The duck was especially nice as it had such a wonderful flavor. As with most of the local places we have tried, all of this was less than $20 (and we were definitely full!). If you go, make sure to either bring mosquito spray or ask for some! They saw us suffering and brought out a basket full of spray (which definitely made the experience better!).
After, we walked through the main street. It was mostly full of shops catering to tourists. However, unlike the quiet, almost reserved manner of the local Thai in Ko Samui, the people here were much more aggressive. There seem to be more immigrants here and they are uncomfortably pushy about trying to get you to come into a restaurant, shop or massage parlor.
When we were ready to go, finding a ride back to our hotel was difficult. The hotel offers a free shuttle twice a day, but with only 10 seats, it isn’t really practical as it fills up often the day before! We got into a Tuk Tuk who offered to take us for 60 THB. Well, we thought this was a good deal as it costs 500 THB from our hotel to there! After a 5 minute ride and an arrival at a random hotel…we figured out why it was so cheap. So, we got out and began our search again. We found another Tuk Tuk who had a cab. I talked him down to 400 THB and he took us back.
Overall though, it was a good first day in Krabi! I think we can definitely check the box on seeing the touristy side of Ao Nong and from now on, will stick to checking out the surrounding islands.