I stayed at Centara Anda Dhevi hotel in Aonang. I booked via Agoda. It was a very lovely hotel and I think is a great value for money. Its a good 10-15 mins walk to Ao Nang town. If you prefer a tuktuk, there are some parked outside, as well as a stall for motorbike rental. There is also a Swiss resto in front of Centara Anda but I wasnt able to try it. Maybe next time when I come back... :)
I love travelling! I could spend hours just reading travel blogs. I also realized I enjoyed reading more on solo travels. I find it challenging and interesting. I have great admiration for those who do solo or backpacking trips. I think it takes great courage to do that since you are forced to break out of your comfort zone.
I know solo or backpacking travel is not for everyone, but I dream of taking up that kind of challenge. Don't get me wrong, I love travelling with friends but I also dream of being in a foreign land making my own choices, surviving and relying on myself to survive. Being an only child, I value independence. I found I have low tolerance for people who always depend on others even if they can very well do things themselves. I find it inconsiderate at times, especially if others are forced to be someone's beck and call. I know others may find it cute (or something to be proud of) when someone is doing things for them but in my opinion you grow more if you learn to conquer tasks, especially challenging tasks, on your own. I agree no man is an island, and there are some things you need other people's help. But most of the time, I think it is best not to rely on other people too much. I believe you can discover great deal of strength and wisdom once you learn to break out of your comfort zone and do things by yourself. This is the reason why I want to try solo travel. Also, you get to plan everything from scratch which I love.
Ok, going back to the travel part, I saw a promo fare to Krabi last yr and decided right there and then to book it. It was thrilling! So on my birthday, off to Krabi I went. :)
I fell in love with place... it was just perfect paradise for me.
They welcome you with a moist towel and a cold drink, which was great in the hot and humid weather. I really love the ceiling... I find it unique and elegant...
Pardon for the picture-heavy post as I'm a visual person. I love posting pictures and I love everything about this hotel!
The pool is just divine....
I was so excited to explore Krabi so I just left my things in my room and decided to head out. I can still remember my excitement. I was shivering the whole time and I kept thanking God for the opportunity. In front of the hotel is a place where you can rent motorbikes. I decided to rent one as I used to drive motorbikes but that was years ago. While waiting for the guy in charge of the bikes, they let me choose my motorbike. I then paid the rental fee and they took my passport for safe-keeping. When the guy arrived, he prepared the motorbike and handed me the key. I was so nervous 'cause I haven't rode one in years! When I tried to ride it I dont know anymore...I zigzagged my way and eventually let the motorbike fell down...lol I saw the fear on the guy's face. I tried one more time and I really cant ride it so he refunded me my money. I so badly want to drive. I was so disappointed but I just said to myself, next time I'm here Ill make sure I can drive one!
I decided to just walk instead of taking a tuktuk to explore the place more. I exchanged a bit of my Singapore dollars in a nearby money changer. It was so hot so I finally I decided to take a tuktuk to a seaside restaurant. I love the resto they brought me! It was beside the sea and the view was so relaxing. I was very excited to eat Thai food! After my yummy meal, I strolled around to look for tours. I walked along the streets of Ao Nang in search of the best bargain for my 2-day Island hopping tours. I can remember going to almost all booking stalls.I was so tired but I didn't mind since the streets are lined up with various stores selling different kind of souvenirs and local items. If you're shopping in Aonang, make sure to haggle so you can get the best price.
I was able to book a good deal for a Phi Phi island and Hong Lagoon tour. I was initially contemplating to take the more popular Chicken Island over the Hong Lagoon but I don't want to overdose myself with Island hopping. So in the end, I chose Hong Lagoon. I was so tired after hours of walking and I settled myself in a cute cozy coffee shop... That's where I had my first Iced Thai Milk Tea and I understood right away why it is famous. It's uniquely yummy and refreshing.
So far my first day was a blast. I was so anxious at first pursuing this solo travel as some of my friends, out of concern, were discouraging me. I think most people dread being alone thus would often find solo travel weird. My friends would question why I would take on such scary/unpopular choice but being headstrong and committed to not live by other people's opinion, I am very glad I followed my gut. It is something i want to do and I was able to conquer fears. It was a different experience and i'll do it again in heart beat. Its very scary at first but the peace and solemnity of the travel was all worth it.
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)