Pool Villas, Hot Springs and the Tiger Cave Temple

Returning to our pool villa after elephant trekking, we took a final quick dip in the pool while waiting for our taxi to take us on our next adventure!

Since this was our final day here, we thought we’d  give you a little tour around the Golden Pool Villas. Tucked away beyond the grove of rubber trees is a row of 4 beautiful villas, adorned with hanging red lanterns and little gold dragons. The location is amazing, a little bit secluded to ensure a great night’s sleep, but only a 5 minute walk to the local beach.

Welcome to Villa Ayutthaya!

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Come on in!

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This is the lounge area, connected to the kitchen and a little study area.

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The attention to detail really makes it feel more like a dream home than a regular hotel room, such as the beautiful scrolls, artwork and oriental ornaments.

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Here’s the view from our balcony. Check out that gorgeous, heated pool!

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This is the back of the villa, taken from the pool. Feel free to check out our review on Trip Advisor (although my cousin owns this accommodation, all views expressed our own. We honestly couldn’t recommend it enough!)

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Our taxi arrived and we said our goodbyes to Suki and Daniel!

Suki had made sure that we had the best time possible on Koh Lanta and she was even generous enough to organize a taxi ride to our next destination, Krabi Town, with a few fun stops on the way! 😀

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Our first stop was the Hot Springs near Klong Thom town, around 50km South of Krabi Town. The hot pools of minerally enriched water come from thermal springs, originating deep underground in volcanic chambers. At 35-40°C, it is a great place to swim and relax. The water is so hot; you can actually see steam coming out when it rains!

We couldn’t work out the relevance of the Snow White and Seven Dwarves ornaments though…

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We dipped our toes into a few of the pools, but they were ridiculously hot!

We saw lots of people coming to just dip their feet in the pools too.

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We eventually found an indoor pool that was just right! 😀

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Ryan loved it as it soothed his sunburn!

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HOT SPRINGS ARE AWESOME!

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After easing ourselves in on milder pools, we gradually worked our way around the hotter pools!

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Though a few of them were just so insanely hot that we couldn’t put more than a foot in before wimping out…

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Why are hot springs so awesome?!

– They increase the temperature of the body which can kill harmful germs and viruses.

– They increase blood circulation, helping to dissolve and eliminate toxins from the body.

– They increase the flow of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, bringing improved nourishment to vital organs and tissues.

–  It relieves the pain of stressed muscles and tired joints

–  Some mineral waters are also used to help heal wounds and other skin injuries (perfect for Ry’s sunburn!)

To find out more, click here.

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Feeling fully relaxed, we popped back into the taxi, where our sweet driver took us to the Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua).

Unfortunately it was quite late by the time that we arrived, so it was shut.

However we still really enjoyed looking around; the darkness made the temple feel really creepy!

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The area is known for an amazing temple with a massive gold Buddha on top of the mountain, boasting panoramic 360 degree views of the Andaman Sea, tropical islands, limestone cliffs and rainforests. We’ll have to check it out when we’re in the area next time!

The foundation of the temples dates back to 1975, when a Vipassana monk named Jumnean Seelasettho witnessed tigers roaming around the cave that he was meditating in. Another legend has it that a tiger once made the main cave his home, hence the temple’s name, ‘Sua’ or ‘Suea’ being Thai for tiger.

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I was genuinely terrified of these giant tigers in the dark!

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These guys were also petrifying…

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Hands down the scariest Buddhist monastery we’ve ever come across!

The Goddess of Compassion, Guanshiyin, was a friendlier sight though.

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Ryan always seems to attract cats in Thailand…

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Though the feeling’s never mutual.

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Having seen as much as we could in the dark, we popped back into the car and were taken to our final destination of Krabi Town!

Suki recommended staying in the Krabi Cozy Place Hotel, which we really enjoyed! The staff were friendly, the rooms were clean and comfortable, tucked away 5 minutes from the town centre – the perfect location!

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Suki had warned us beforehand that Krabi Town is different to many other areas in Thailand, in that there is no night life as most shops are shut by 10pm.

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However this wasn’t a problem for us, as we’d already had a really eventful day, so we were just happy to grab some dinner and snooze the night away!

We opted for a lovely little restaurant by the name of Gusto, serving both Italian and Thai dishes.

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The lack of windows made it a great place to take in the sights and sounds of Krabi Town.

Even better, we had koi fish for company!

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I opted for my usual of Spaghetti Marinara, which was good, but nothing special. I’m not a big fan of Parmesan.

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Ry devoured a delicious bolognaise pizza!

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However our favourite order was the clear soup with mince pork and bean curd that we shared, called ‘Gang Jued Taow Hu’.

It reminded me of my mum’s cooking – it was THAT GOOD! 😀

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Reflecting on our day of ‘waterfalls’, elephant trekking, hot springs, Tiger Cave Temples and arriving in a new town; it really is amazing how much you can achieve in a day!

Hope everyone’s had a wonderful weekend! 😀

xxx

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2 thoughts on “Pool Villas, Hot Springs and the Tiger Cave Temple

  1. I agree with you, your visit in the dark to Wat Tham Sua was probably more atmospheric than if you had seen it in daylight. It might be worth advising people to visit in the evening. And so I slope off to lick my wounds now ‘my’ holiday is over. J.

    • Definitely very atmospheric, but it was a shame that it was shut and we didn’t have the opportunity to climb to the top to check out the big Buddha and epic views! Will definitely return one day! xx

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