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!
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.
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.
Spots to Visit:
>> Red Island
>> Hong Island Lagoon
>> Rai Island
>> Hong Island Bay
>> Chicken Island
>> Phranang Cave & Beach
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
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.
Spots to Visit:
>> Huay Tho Waterfall Safari
>> Ferry back to Phuket
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.
Spots to Visit:
>> Chalong Temple
>> Big Buddha
>> Phuket Old Town
Where We Stayed
>> 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.
• 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!
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|
|Thalassa Exclusive Tour*||6,500||8,710||4,355|
|Day 2: Phi Phi Island Tour|
|KrabiTrek Group Tour*||2,500||3,350||1,675|
|National Park Fee||800||1,072||536|
|Day 3: Elephant Bathing & Off to Phuket|
|KrabiTrek Group Tour*||1,600||2,144||1,072|
|Ferry from Ao Nang to Phuket||1,400||1,876||938|
|Dinner at Phuket Night Market||320||428.80||214.40|
|Day 4: Phuket City Tour & Depart for Manila|
|Phuket City Tour + airport transfers||1,500||2,010||1,005|
|TOTAL||THB 22,930||Php 30,726.20||Php 15,363.10|
Note: *With blogger discount. Airfare and pasalubong money not included.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or reach them via Facebook here.