BUDGETARIAN SERIES: My Dream Krabi-Phuket Trip for Only Php 15,000 ($318)

BUDGETARIAN SERIES: My Dream Krabi-Phuket Trip for Only Php 15,000 ($318)

Krabi is world famous for its amazing beaches. TripAdvisor even had it in the ‘Destinations on the Rise’ list. But I didn’t know that until recently. Upon seeing the photos online, I was in spellbind. My thoughts then?

I NEED to go to Krabi. That was way back 2013.

Three years later, I finally got the chance to add it to my travel schedule (naks, feeling busy). Being a self-confessed beach lover, Krabi has been my dream destination since 2013. Read it right! This is a trip that was 3 years in the making.

Disclaimer: Airfare and pasalubong shopping not included. We got our RT Cebu Pacific Phuket tickets for P6,536/person during a seat sale (not a piso sale though). In total, our Krabi-Phuket expenses will be P21,899.10, to which was still reasonable enough for a 5-day international trip!

And oh, we splurged a bit on our Hong Islands tour since I wanted to celebrate my birthday exclusively. Just imagine the lowered cost if we happen to join a cheaper group tour that day.

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Jump-off point

To get to Krabi, Thailand we need to land in Phuket. From Manila, the fastest way to get to Phuket is by plane. Cebu Pacific flies directly to Phuket thrice a week, MWF. It will take around 3 hours to get there. From Phuket, a land travel of almost 2 hours is still needed.

If you’ve got patience, you can also fly via AirAsia (for Manila-Phuket / Manila-Krabi) or Jetstar (Manila-Phuket) with a layover in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, respectively. The amount of layover time may depend upon the airline but it can get as long as 21 hours.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Hong Island Tour

On this tour, I finally got to ride a long tail boat…exclusively. Just because it was my birthday. What really did stood out for me was Hong Island’s very fine sand.

Tbh, I got scared for Palawan and it’s number 1 island status. Read here to know more about our experience.

Hong Island (9)

Spots to Visit:

>> Red Island
>> Hong Island Lagoon
>> Rai Island
>> Hong Island Bay
>> Chicken Island
>> Phranang Cave & Beach

Day 2: Phi Phi Island Tour

Oh Maya Bay and it’s very crowded beach. Leo Dicaprio’s ‘The Beach’ really made this island popular and its beauty was now hidden by the tourists.

Got to sit at the front of a speedboat though and be friends with two adorable American travelers. Read our full experience here.

Spots to Visit:

>> Bamboo Island
>> Pi Leh Bay
>> Maya Bay
>> Losama Bay
>> Monkey Beach
>> Phi Phi Don
>> Hin Klarng

Day 3: Elephant Trek and Bath

My best travel experience yet! Trekking with the elephants was one thing but the fact that I got to bathe them was very much surreal!

The feeling is still nakakakilig. Aahhhh! Read our full experience here.

Elephant trek (5)

Spots to Visit:

>> Huay Tho Waterfall Safari
>> Ferry back to Phuket

Day 4: Phuket City Tour

Our last day in Thailand and we chose to make it productive by doing a city tour.

Good thing we did because I saw the most stunning temple and got to be blessed by a monk. I felt holy that time. Lol. Read our full experience here.

Phuket (8)

Spots to Visit:

>> Chalong Temple
>> Big Buddha
>> Phuket Old Town

Where We Stayed

Krabi
We stayed at Ao Nang Home Stay for 3 nights thru booking.com. The cost per night is THB 950 (around Php 1,273) per night. The home stay was neat and situated in a strategic location.

Phuket
We stayed overnight at Patong Princess Hotel thru booking.com. The cost per night is THB 500 (around Php 670). Also, you can get to use their rooftop swimming pool for free.

Food Recommendations

>> Fried Seafood Glass Noodles – Bought it cheap from the night market and it was even good enough for two.

>> Tom Yum Goong – This is a Thai soup which most known to tourists and oftenly cooked with shrimp. A dish you shouldn’t miss when you are in Thailand.

>> Fried Prawns in Tamarind Sauce – This became my immediate favorite because of its balanced flavor.

>> Coconut Juice – Yes, you need to try Thailand’s buko because it tasted quite different from what we have here.

Travel Tips

• For budget travelers, opt for a group tour to avail cheaper tour rates.

• Always listen to your guide. Observe proper etiquette when interacting with the elephants.

• Majority of the tour agencies offer hotel pickup, ensure that you will be ready when they arrive. You are a foreigner in their country and they don’t understand much of the Filipino time. Be considerate to your tour mates.

• It is better to have your own tour driver to roam you around Phuket. You can manage your own time and no tour mates to mind.

• Try the authentic Thai massage. It’s actually cheaper and those sore muscles will be awaken!

**Our Krabi-Phuket tour has been done during our Thailand trip last May 2-6, 2016. Pics were taken using Nikon D3100 and Sony Cybershot TX30.

Travel Expense Summary

Expenses in THB in Php ÷ by 2
Phuket to Ao Nang transfers 2,000 2,680 1,340
Krabi Hotel (3 nights) 2,850 3,819 1,909.50
Hotel Phuket (overnight) 500 670 335
Day 1: Hong + 4 Islands Tour
Breakfast 240 321.60 160.80
Thalassa Exclusive Tour* 6,500 8,710 4,355
Dinner 480 643.20 321.60
Day 2: Phi Phi Island Tour
Breakfast 160 214.40 107.20
KrabiTrek Group Tour* 2,500 3,350 1,675
National Park Fee 800 1,072 536
Dinner 440 589.60 294.80
Thai Massage 400 536 268
Day 3: Elephant Bathing & Off to Phuket
Breakfast 160 214.40 107.20
KrabiTrek Group Tour* 1,600 2,144 1,072
Ferry from Ao Nang to Phuket 1,400 1,876 938
Lunch 300 402 201
Dinner at Phuket Night Market 320 428.80 214.40
Day 4: Phuket City Tour & Depart for Manila
Breakfast 310 415.40 207.70
Phuket City Tour + airport transfers 1,500 2,010 1,005
Lunch 470 629.80 314.90
TOTAL THB 22,930 Php 30,726.20 Php 15,363.10

Note: *With blogger discount. Airfare and pasalubong money not included.

Contacts

We used the exclusive long tail boat services of Thalassa Tour on our first day in Krabi as well as organized our Phuket to Ao Nang land transfers. You may email them at thalassatour@gmail.com or reach them via Facebook here.

For our Phi Phi Island and Elephant Trek tours, we used the services of Krabitrek. You may email them at info@krabitrek.com or reach them via Facebook here.

As for our accommodations, we chose to stay at Ao Nang Home Stay in Krabi for 3 nights. You may email Mr Chang at info@aonanghomestay.com or reach them via Facebook here.

In Phuket, we chose to have our overnight stay at Patong Princess Hotel. You may email them at info@patongprincess.com or reach them via Facebook here.

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