It was during my mid semester break that I and my friend decided to pack our backpacks and take a trip to Thailand.
Instead of flying, we chose to explore the Malaysian railway system this time, the one that connects from Kuala Lumpur to southern part of Thailand, Hat Yai.
After a 13 hour journey we safely arrived at the Hat Yai railway station. Completely unaware of what awaits us, we cross the railway only to find ourselves being ‘swarmed’ by friendly Tuk-Tuk drivers offering rides for various quoted prices. After a series of negotiation, we agreed for a ride at only THB30 which took us to the Bus station, and the journey begins...again! Only this time we were heading to our intended destination, which is Krabi.
Five and a half hours of patiently sitting still in a minivan, we arrived only to discover that we have yet to ride another Tuk-Tuk which will take us to Krabi town, where our guesthouse is situated.
All the hardwork pays off due to the fact that Krabi is indeed an amazing place to be. From my trip I can somehow provide a summary as follows:
Local eateries- There is a night market nearby the pier in Krabi town, which caters food for Muslims as well, divided by two sides. When I was there, I tried Seafood fried rice, which surprisingly just cost THB48! With the extra money I tried the chicken skewer which was just delicious. Great place to try street food.
Rent a motorbike- I was fortunate that my friend knows how to ride one, and I recommend you to do so, only if you know how to ride it. It normally costs around THB200 per day with a ‘full tank upon return’ policy, great way to get around!
Go on Island hopping tour- If you were wondering where can you get the ticket, rest assured as most guesthouse do provide the trips. If not you can always find tourist information counter and ask about the trip. The 4 Islands trip normally costs around THB400. Our trip fare includes lunch and Tuk Tuk back and forth from guesthouse to Ao Nang.
Haggle as much as you can- The local shops in Thailand are a perfect place to nurture your haggling skills. Wherever I stop by and shop I was able to get discounts. Try this ‘magic’ phrase though: “Lot Noi Dai Mai?” which works every time for me.
Blend in with the locals- Well, this is not a strange concept for travellers. Making friends with the locals is something I always look forward to do. Not only they can provide you better insights, you will get to learn their culture by joining their daily activities. Our wonderful friends that we met in Krabi even took us to the local hangouts where they sell delicious ‘roti’ (flatbreads) and we really had a good time hanging out with them.
Get lost- I mean find yourself in a place where you didn’t intend to be. Forget following your tourist attraction plan, go the other way around but remember to be safe and always carry a map with you. When we rented our motorbike, we lost our way to the Emerald pool. Instead of turning back and reroute to the right destination, we carry on till we find a fishermen’s lagoon. Wonderful scenery, it was worth being lost there.
Seaside Cafe- This is the place where you will be served fresh from a ...boat? Yes, during our 4 Islands trip there were Seaside cafes selling various things from as simple as Chicken skewers, to Pad Thais.
Get your pinky toe broken- Just kidding, but I did!
Ride a motorcycle taxi with your backpack on- Thailand has various transportation modes for us to utilize. It ranges from the mightiest buses to vehicles as small as a motorbike. When I and my friend realize that we were running out of time to catch our train back to Malaysia, the last resort was to ride the motorcycle taxi. For THB60, they will get you anywhere in time, thanks to their drifting skills.
Thailand is a wonderful place with welcoming locals, where foods were abundant and many things to discover. I will surely come back again!