It was midday as we docked on a beach after four hours of cruising along the waters of Andaman Sea for a day of island hopping activities. We escaped the intense heat and settled under the shade of huge trees that lined the shore. My buddies insisted on hiking while I chose to bum around with some cans of Chang beer. This was our first and last island stop on our Krabi Four-Island Tour.
|Fine day for our sea excursion|
After a ferry and bus ride from Koh Pangan (THB550 each), we settled at Holiday Inn Resort Krabi and snoozed the afternoon away for a much needed respite. That night, we went out and searched for a nice dinner place when I saw a small tour agency that offered island hopping tours around Krabi. The gracious Thai lady was suggesting for us to hire our own boat instead of joining shared trips, which actually was a good idea. I haggled, and haggled, until all eight of us were on the counter computing and pleading for the cheapest price (THB1,700 for the whole boat). The lady, amused but confused, agreed to our price which brought some cheers from the group that some of the guys almost kissed her, we’re crazy like that.
The plan was to visit some of the neighboring islands and explore snorkeling sites around Krabi. The standard Krabi Four-Island Tour consists of Koh Poda, Koh Hua Gwan, Koh Tub and Koh Mor. There were certain islands that require entrance fees, but we don’t wanna spend that much (as me and my buddy were saving up for the next leg of our trip) so we specifically asked for the boatman to bring us to those islands that are free-of-charge which practically meant that we won’t be visiting the island itself but just the surrounding waters. Haha.
I was seated on the front row seat of the boat and had an unobstructed view of early morning scenes as we sped off across the quiet morning.
First stop was a snorkeling area where a number of boats can be found. The water was crystal clear and everyone wanted to dive in right away. After we anchored in the middle of the sea, the boatman put down a ladder for easy dismount but I rushed towards the bow of the boat, grabbed my snorkel gear and jumped into the water. It was totally refreshing.
We had too much fun snorkeling that soon enough our skin wrinkled.
|Grabbed from LP|
Our boat docked on shore, its first and last, along Phra Nang Cave Beach. A dozen or so long-tail boats lined the beautiful shoreline. Karsts, white sand, traditional boats, turquoise water and glowing midday sun; it was the perfect beach day sans a cool chill music as background.
We bought cans of beer and basked into the sweltering heat of the sun. I enjoyed that quiet time; chillin’ and people-watching on the beach. While I was relishing that perfect beach moment, my friends decided to explore the whole stretch of the shore and Phra Nang Cave, another lazy friend was left behind and shared that beer time with me.
Two hours and three cans of beer later my buddies went back to where I was with their muddy feet. I was just about to take my afternoon siesta but was too absorbed with the serenity of the beach. Their stories were great as they spoke of their hike adventure which didn’t captivate me at all as I do not adore hiking that much.
After the hullabaloo, we jumped back into the boat and passed by Railey Beach and were amazed on the beautiful karsts and rock formations. We would’ve docked there for more beach chillin’ action but it was too late. We ended up using it as the perfect backdrop for our group shots.
|Gorgeous backdrop of Railey Beach|
The Krabi Four-Island Tour was great as we got to see the gorgeous rock formations and checked out the underwater scene along the waters of Ao Nang. The good thing was that we had no time limit as we had the boat all to ourselves and with crazy friends around, it was a great way to spend the day while in Krabi.
|Grabbed form Kurtzky|
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