.KRABI, AO NANG & KOH LANTA - 4th - 11th February 2014
Koh Tup (Tup Island)

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Krabi.......This is town on the west coast of southern Thailand at the mouth of the Krabi River where it empties into Phangnga Bay. It is the capital of Krabi province, reporting directly to Bangkok, a privilege it has enjoyed since the 1870s when it became independent from Nakhon Si Thammarat. It has a population of some 25,000. Tourism has now become an important especially since the opening of the airport in 1999.
Ao Nang.......Ao Nang is the prominent bay around the headland to the west and within easy reach of Krabi Town. It is fast becoming a rival of Phuket and Koh Samui. Its location and stunning scenery has ensured it’s attraction for a variety of activities from kayaking, snorkeling, diving, sailing and rock climbing. A number of smaller bays, such as those at Railay, created by the rocky coast add to the beauty of Krabi’s coastline.
Koh Lanta.......This island, located at the extreme southeast quarter of Krabi province, is a larger island reached by car ferries. Its popularity has risen in line with that of the province in general reached by van or car in around 2 hours from Krabi. Resorts have sprung up appealing to sun worshippers worldwide. Lanta is now firmly on the tourist map offering everything necessary for a beach holiday. The local community is now no longer dependent of fishing, adapting to the needs of tourists instead. Just 20 years ago Lanta was only for the adventurous with accommodation just 50-100 baht. Now you will pay more than 1000 baht!

Photographs are included in the tour pages. More photos soon

Itiniary……..For full report click on travel log
Day 1, Bangkok to Krabi (AirAsia FD3229).
Day 2, Tour - Ao Nang (4-island tour)
Day 3, Tour - Krabi, Susan Hoi
Day 4, Krabi to Koh Lanta & Koh Por(van)
Day 5, Koh Por to Khlong Nin Beach
Day 6, Tour - Loh Lanta
Day 7, Inactive
Day 8, Koh Lanta to Krabi International Airport (van), Krabi to Bangkok (AirAsia FD3220)
Krabi/Ao Nang - 4-island tour (boat from Ao Nang), Ban Nammao, Susan Hoi, Wat Sai Thai (by motorbike)
Koh Lanta - Koh Por (mostly on foot), Koh Lanta Island, Khlong Khoang Beach, Baan Phu Klom Beach, Long Beach and Khlong Dao Beach, Ban Saladan, Elephant Village, Mangrove Trail, Butterfly Farm, Lanta Old Town, Sang-Ga-U Sea Gypsy Village, Khao Yai Viewpoint, Kantiang Bay, Mu Koh Lanta National Park (by motorbike)
Sutharat Apartments (Krabi).....Near Maharaj Market. Aircon, fridge, TV, wifi, hot shower. rating good 600 baht, 3 nights
Coral Beach Bungalow (Koh Por).....East facing beach. Access only by boat from Lanta Old Town Pier, Although listed on Agoda I cannot rate this as it is little more than camping without means to cook (refer to blog), astonishing 1000 baht (no meals - full package available), 1 night

Lanta Paradise Beach Resort (Koh Lanta).....Mid range resort on Khlong Nin Beach. Aircon, fridge, hot shower. rating acceptable 1000 baht (expect to pay at least 1500 for beach bungalow with wifi), 3 nights
Sunny, hot and humid 30-35c
Dining out
Most resorts serve Thai (southern, muslim influence) and Western Food. There is no shortage of choice or variety. Most independant restaurants are in Baan Saladan. The rates are reasonable for an island. Fast food stalls can overcharge foreigners so it's often better to use established restaurants with fixed menus or use one of the 7Eleven franchise outlets
Transport used
Bangkok to Krabi International Airport (AirAsia)
Krabi Airport to City, 90 baht
4-island tour, 400 baht
Krabi to Tesco Lotus, tourists pay more but still small change
Krabi to Koh Lanta, 250 baht
Boat to Koh Por, 200 baht (300 baht return)
Private transport, Lanta pier to Khlong Nin beach, 300 baht
Koh Lanta to Krabi International Airport 250 baht (Lanta Paradise private hire, 2500 baht hmmmm!)
Krabi International Airport to Bangkok (AirAsia),
motorbike rental
In Krabi and on Koh Lanta, 250 baht/day (Honda automatic), fuel about 50 baht/day