The next morning, we opened our curtains to welcome in the streaming sunshine!
As we made our way down to the reception, we ordered a minibus to our next destination, Patong. However as we’d forgotten to book earlier, the latest minibus that we could get was at 2pm. This gave us around 3 hours to explore the area, which our receptionist happily informed us would be more than enough time to see everything in town.
Although we’d been looking forward to climbing to the top of the mountain to see the Tiger Cave and big gold Buddha, it wasn’t meant to be this time! Not wanting to waste another minute, we set off to explore. Our first stop was the first of many shops selling bohemian-style clothing.
Most people come to Krabi Town in order to get somewhere else, but the town and surrounding areas are actually a great place to explore. The town boasts a good selection of centrally located hotels, guest houses, relaxed bars and restaurants at low prices. Yet, unlike Aonang, there is a much more laid-back, authentic atmosphere as most of the people that we came across were Thai locals as opposed to tourists!
Just an idea of how hot it is when you can dry chillies at 11am!
We also came across a souvenir shop where I bought a pack of magnets that coincidentally had all 5 islands and towns that we’d been to/were planning to go to! Plus they had elephants on them so I couldn’t put them down really, could I?!
As the heat was starting to become unbearable, we came across this cute little café for a spot of breakfast.
Oh sweet, sweet air-con! Also, how awesome are their walls?!
I also loved their decorations of jars of rock-candy, alternative tea…
…cute little cats, milky sweets and sweet flakes that I used to get from the Chinese supermarkets when I was younger!
They even had a cuddly pelican on the door.
After a rather long wait, our breakfast arrived. I’m not going to lie, it didn’t taste great, but it served its purpose of filling us up.
Plus the spicy ketchup was great!
As we emerged back into the early afternoon heat, we came across a security guard with his caged bird…
…and a rather authentic-looking room.
Wide empty roads are a refreshing change from Hong Kong!
Check out their road signs with little animal statues on top.
We took a walk along the water, where we were offered rides to the local islands. Unlike Aonang with its abundance of long-tail boats and tourists; there were about 3 boats and no one waiting to get on them. We probably would have taken a trip to another island if we had more time here though.
Continuing down the road, we came across more bohemian-style shops.
So many bags!
The traffic lights in Krabi are also pretty interesting.
These statues are of homo-erectus, meaning ‘upright man,’ as their remains were found in a cave near Krabi!
Krabi Town is also home to a lot of street food.
As we entered Krabi Town last night, our taxi driver pointed out a temple to us in the dark, quite close to our hostel. However we couldn’t find it during the day, so decided to take a tuk-tuk there.
Though as soon as he turned the corner, we saw the majestic white building and asked him to stop, feeling a little bit silly. Classic tourists!
Wat Kaewkorawaram is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Krabi. The golden dragons leading up to it looked awesome!
Up we go!
The exterior is absolutely stunning and intricately designed,
while interior is also beautiful and relaxing.
After taking in our gorgeous surroundings and basking in the air-con, we headed back to the hotel to wait for our minibus to take us to our next destination.
See you in Patong! 😉