From Elephant Hills it took about 3 hours in total to get from the rainforest camp back to the pier, then onto our road transfer down to Krabi. Our home for the last two nights of the trip was the 5* Centara Grand Beach Krabi. Although not far from the main tourist town of Ao Nang, the resort is set on a quiet bay, a mountain between the busy resort and the hotel. To access it we took the hotel’s own speedboat from the Nopparat Pier in town, direct into a jetty off the hotel beach. As we were travelling during the monsoon season, the journey was a little bumpy and the jetty was rather more of an adventure but there were lots of hotel staff on hand to make sure our luggage was quickly transported to dry land along with their guests.
The picture above is of the balcony of our room. Amazing! Centara had also given us access to their Club Lounge which is worth the upgrade. Two pieces of complimentary laundry per day is much appreciated at the end of a trip, and we certainly took advantage of the cocktail hours in the evenings for free drinks.
The Hagi restaurant at the Centara Grand is the only Japanese restaurant in Krabi and should be booked as it only seats 30. We sat at the Teppanyaki counter to add to the experience. The food was amazing: sashimi, wagyu beef, seared tuna…incredible.
We had a (relatively) early night as we were up early for our day trip to Phi Phi. As the sea was a little rough, we took the resort boat back to Ao Nang and met our speedboat there.
To say that the speedboat was an experience… well, the sun was out but the sea was rough! I don’t suffer with seasickness but it was a bumpy ride and a couple of the group have felt better. It was totally worth it though – the boat took us into some idyllic bays on Phi Phi Ley (though there are tourist boats everywhere). We jumped from the boat into water that was so salty that we bobbed. No need for life jackets, or even to tread water. Our next stop was for snorkelling. After our previous stop it was a shock to have to make an effort to stay afloat! A few slices of cucumber brought up a shoal of green and yellow fish that surrounded us within seconds. It was like swimming in a fish tank. The weather was too rough to risk Maya Bay, where The Beach was filmed, so we headed to Monkey Bay to see, yes, monkeys. Monkeys are cute but in my experience will take advantage of any situation. At first glance this bay looked deserted, but a keener eye could pick out the monkeys climbing across the rocks and down onto the beach as they heard the boats approach. We didn’t feed them but the boat next to us did. As they flung food towards the rocks, the monkeys tried to catch it, diving off into the water if they missed. Several immediately jumped across to the boat as it came near enough, taking food and then swimming back to shore. Phi Phi Don is the main island in the area, and the beach at Tonsai port was packed with boats all unloading tourists. We had buffet lunch here which was ok, then had free time on the beach, though it was very crowded by that point. From there we had a brief stop at Bamboo Island for photos and then headed back to the Centara.
The next day it was time to head home. Our flight was not until the evening so we had a (relative) lie in before checking out and taking the boat back to Ao Nang. We spent the day at the 4* Centara Anda Dhevi. A quick site inspection was followed by a huge seafood banquet lunch, then we had some free time to spend shopping or by the pool before our transfer back to Phuket Airport.
Catch up on the rest of my trip: