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Island Escapade – Island-Hopping in Thailand

Sawadeekrap!

This time I will take you wanderers to The Land of Smiles, Thailand 🙂

My first trip to Thailand was simply amazing. The warmth of the sun, the famous beaches and the savourish food did not disappoint me at all. I went to four different cities and islands in seven days; from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi and from there to Koh Lanta before heading to Bangkok for my flight back home.

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Accommodation and food are fairly cheap, budget hotels are just next to each other and food stalls are lined up by the street. I took the earliest flight with Air Asia from Kuala Lumpur to Krabi and took a shuttle service to the nearest town before changing to a tuk-tuk to Ao Nang. Ao Nang is a beach town which is located in the amazing Krabi province. It is a must to spend at least a night in Ao Nang because it is one of Thailand’s best and there is plenty to like about the place.

I spent a night in Ao Nang at a place called J Hotel which is located just a few hundred feet away from the beachfront. The room costs around THB600 / USD18 per night with free wifi. I love the spaciousness of the hotel and it is absolutely a value for money. Apart from its reasonably-priced rooms and location, the other thing I like about it is the cleanliness and how helpful the staffs were. They arranged my transportation from Ao Nang to Krabi Pier to catch a ferry to Koh Phi Phi.

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The journey to Koh Phi Phi from Krabi pier took three long hours and I had the worst seasick ever. In Phi Phi, I stayed at The White for two nights and the cost for each night was THB1000 / USD30. The only this I enjoyed about the hotel is the location which is close to a convenient store and fairly close to the beach. Everything else was a flop; from the small, claustrophobic and dusty room to the unfriendliness of the staffs. Koh Phi Phi in general is simply breathtaking but it’s too crowded for my liking. It’s a great place for party goers, not really suitable for those who prefer serenity.

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I took the 1100 ferry to Koh Lanta and the journey was shorter this time as it only took an hour and 30 minutes to reach Lanta. Try to always arrange a hotel shuttle as it will save you money because knowing the transportation demand is high, many drivers tend to take advantage on tourists especially those who don’t know how much the fare usually cost. I stayed at Kaw Kwang Beach Resort, in Saladan District on Klong Dao Beach. The place was so quiet with not many tourists around. The first night wasn’t bad at all so I decided to stay in Lanta for 3 nights. Since there was practically no one staying at the hotel, I got the best room with a spectacular view of the sea. Due to the low season, the room only cost me THB600 / USD18 per night. I love how quiet and serene Koh Lanta is, but I wish I was there during the peak season just for the wave. Low season means low wave, it was impossible to surf because of the unpredictable wind and the almost non-existent surf break. The hotel is located quite far from the town. You can either arrange for a tuk-tuk to drive you or you can rent a scooter for only THB200 / USD6 per day from the hotel. I did not regret for making this trip as it was a much needed break from the hectiness of the city.

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I woke up as early as 0600 to catch a shuttle from the hotel to Krabi airport. The journey was a little under 3 hours and if I’m not mistaken, THB500/pax. The journey by land was really nice as you can see what is around the town, how simple the life there and how Thais make full use of what they have. We had to cross a bridge that connects Koh Lanta to the mainland. I managed to catch my 1230 flight to Bangkok and spent a night there. Bangkok is just like any other busy and crowded city. It is so hectic but perfect for those who crave for some adventurous experience of the city life.

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Transportation in Thailand is so convenient and I personally think it is cheaper compared to my hometown. I experienced everything from cab to tuk-tuk, ferry, minivan, bike and airplane. I wish I could spend more time exploring some of the other islands Thailand has to offer. I will definitely come back for more and for more exotic food I have yet to try! My next stop in Thailand will be Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan (for the full moon party), Koh Tao and Koh Lipe.

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