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What a dream it was to honeymoon in Thailand. It was the most relaxing yet adventorous trip with my husband. I highly recommend honeymooning in Krabi or taking a trip just to go. Krabi is a hub for access to the other islands down south such as Koh Lanta, Koh Poda etc. The ferry runs daily, and there are several different touring stands that have boats that go to and from each island.
It’s funny because as much as Kyle and I have traveled, we’ve never actually traveled just the two of us to a destination. We’ve always gone with family or friends. This time, it was actually quite surreal to be on a honeymoon with your new hubby.
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I tell you, deciding on a resort to stay was the most difficult part! Using the Agoda app and comparing the pricing Cliff Beach Resort was our best option. Overall our stay was magical, I would definitely stay again. Once we arrived to Krabi we were approached by MANY people asking us if we needed a taxi or van to our resort. Of course we did, but I hate when people get too close to me. So if you ever go to Krabi airport be warned.
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We just wanted to breathe some fresh air and have a second to gather ourselves. We were approached by a lady who offered us 150B per person on a joint van to our resort. It was a good choice, it only took about 45 minutes and you can’t beat spending 300B which amounts to around $10 on transportation.
Upon arrival to our resort, our bags were taken for us and they had us seated in the lobby. Once we did the initial check in, we took a car up the hill/cliff to the other lobby. Which was a little confusing to me that there are two lobbies. They offered us drinks, guava juice, while they checked us in. It only took about ten minutes, then we were in the car up to our room.
This resort is called cliff beach resort, so there are steep hills and lot’s of steps. We read reviews and that it was a con of the resort. Kyle and I didn’t mind because of the other benefits to the resort.
Once we entered our room it was so magical. Two sinks in the bathroom, a rain shower, king sized bed, love seat lounge and the panorama view with a private bath tub on the balcony. We also received bath robes, and a beach mat to take to the beach.
Just right outside the resort is the town. Filled with restaraunts, and lot’s of touristy shops. It reminded me a lot of the night bizarre in Chiang Mai. Although I don’t like touristy traps, it wasn’t horrible. I’d say Krabi is a mix between of Phuket and a more relaxed beach. There are also several bars down a road that offer happy hour specials.
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Andaman Beach Restaurant & Private Beach
Aonang Cliff Beach resort offers a private beach front, and restaurant. We just let the resort know that we wanted to go, you board a truck and they take you to their private beach. It was about a 10 minute drive and is actually located on the other side of the cliff, that you view from the resort. I wouldn’t say this is a swimming beach, rather more for relaxing.
They have beach mats, swings, and hammocks. We grabbed some drinks and hungout for two hours. It was nice because it was incredibly private, and relaxing. However, we didn’t get a chance to eat there but I would recommend it if you want to get away from the crowds of the beach.
Private Longtail Boat trip to Koh Gai and Koh Poda
By far the best part of our trip was taking a private long tail boat to Koh Gai and Koh Poda. There are several boat service stands in town. We chose one that was closest to the beach. The second day there we decided to just go ask about the boat trips, and decide whether or not we wanted to spend the money. Well, we ended up spontaneously going right then and there.
It was 1700B for 2 people, 4 hours, private long tail boat to Koh Poda and Koh Gai. We were like oh alright, that’s pretty cool. Then she asks, ‘you go now?’ so we’re like shit okay! You get on a truck and they take you to a private area of the beach about five minutes away to load onto the boat. I’ll be honest it seemed a little sketchy.
You have to climb down this rock hill to get on board the boat. It was navigated by a Southern local and his child. Not even ten seconds after getting on the boat, we were off! Let me tell you, it was ahhmazing. The feeling of the boat and seeing the turquoise water. It was beautiful and an amazing experience. I wouldn’t suggest going if you get sea-sick because it’s a little bumpy.
We arrived to Koh Gai first, Chicken Island, because well it’s shaped like a Chicken. Koh Gai has a smaller beach front, and you arrive to crystal clear waters on shore, and white sand. You get off the boat off the side with a small ladder, so be prepared. Luckily Kyle and I wore beach clothes and had what we needed (sunscreen, water, sunglasses, flip-flops).
The navigator told us we could stay for as long as we wanted. I will forewarn you there are fees for entering the private islands as they are considered National Parks. It was 400B per foreigner or 40B per Thai. Of course I forgot my Thai ID and not being able to speak Thai, we ended up paying an extra 800B overall. However, we don’t mind paying the fees as they go to the clean up of the beaches.
After we soaked up the beautiful scenery of Koh Gai we boarded the boat and headed over to Koh Poda. A much larger Island with a bigger beach front. The nice part was being able to go all the way around the Island and finding our own little private spot.
Overall, I highly highly recommend a private long tail boat for an authentic experience. It has always been a dream of mine to see the white sand, and clear waters. The best part was sharing this day with my husband on our honeymoon.
I love food, so I always research places to eat before going anywhere. I want to know what kind of food there is, how much and plan any trip off of where to eat. No shame. I found this Indian restaraunt online which was literally across the street from our resort.
We had dinner there our first night and we were blown away. In Chiang Mai there’s this really great Mediterranean/ Indian restaurant, but this place blew our socks off. Seriously, if you love Indian food I recommend this place 100%. We ended up ordering more than we should have but it’s all good because we just took it to our room.
Our meal consisted of Garlic Naan, Butter Naan, 2 Steamed Rices, Butter Chicken and Chicken Madras. The restaurant is called Taj Palace.
Ao Nang Beach
Ao Nang Beach is right inside Krabi area, which was a short – very hot, five minute walk from our resort. The waters reminded me a lot of Florida. The water wasn’t white sand, or as clear but it was a beach we enjoyed to go to in the evenings.
We went around 4pm during low tide, and the water was so amazing and warm. The sun was starting to go down and it was nice to just sit on a beach mat and relax. There’s a coffee shop and some juice stands across the street, grab a drink and head to the beach. It’s perfect.
Of course we had to have at least one nice, pricer, dinner. We opted to go to Jenna’s which was two doors down form the resort. As soon as we sat down to order the electricity went out on the whole strip. Typical Thailand events, so we didn’t worry about it. The employees came over and lighted candles, since we sat outside, and told us we could order salads if the power stayed out.
I laughed, I was like I will wait until the power comes back on, this girl wants seafood! Not even ten minutes later the power came back on. We ordered Seafood Pasta, and Grilled Lobster Tail to share. For dessert we had coffee’s and cheesecake. It was so good, all I wanted during this trip was to eat fresh seafood.
Walk Around Krabi Town
Krabi Town like I mentioned is slightly touristy but not overwhelming. There’s bars, restaurants, coffee shops, places to get cheap massages, shops, touring stands and tattoo shops.
The entire trip was great. We stayed 3 nights and 4 days. It felt longer than that, yet it didn’t. It was just the right amount of time. Our resort was great, we may have had too many drinks and went to bed at 9 am, all the food was amazing, and you couldn’t beat the views.
I would definitely go back to Krabi for a few days and then head out to another island that is unspoiled like Koh Lanta. If you ever have the opportunity to honeymoon in the south of Thailand, do it!
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