Friday, October 08, 2010

Krabi Getaway

People have been asking me to update this blog. Malasnya… don’t know how to write anymore. It’s been too long… the brain has become rusty!

But I’m gonna try anyway. First step is to change the outlook of this blog to make it more lively… fresher. I didn’t realize there are so many new templates that can be used now!

After that, the story. Let me just start with my recent trip to Krabi with MrN. That would make a nice story.

This trip was actually booked without much plan. We wanted a break, a quick break to get away from it all. I decided on Krabi coz it’s only a short flight away. 3D2N would be just nice for us; any longer would make me miss the little boy at home.

Krabi is a nice place to wind down for couples. It’s quiet, not much activities. If you are the type who likes shopping, you may not like it here coz there’s not much to do.

Shopping is limited to this one stretch of road in Ao Nang with shops selling mainly t-shirts and beach wear, similar to what you can find in Batu Feringghi.

But if you want tranquility, this is the place to be.

Honestly, I thought I’d never survive the 3 days alone with MrN. I thought we’d get bored of each other very quickly. You know lah, I tengok dia, dia tengok I… and then what?

But I was wrong.

I must admit, there were times when we just sat there doing nothing, and yet I did not feel the urge to do something. There were moments of silence, but I didn’t feel pressured to initiate a conversation like I usually would.

We just sat there minding our own business, but it was ok and it didn’t feel awkward at all.

I did ask him, "Aren't you bored ?"

"No."

"Aren't we supposed to talk or say something?"

"No."

He said, "Having you here is enough. No need for words."

The hotel where we stayed was awesome (Amari Resort). It was picked based on the rave reviews it received on Trip Advisor.

I didn’t stay at the same hotel which I stayed during my first trip there because I wanted to try a different one. So I took a gamble.

It turned out that I made the right choice. It was splendid!

The Amari is located on Tub Kaek Beach, 20 minutes drive from Ao Nang. It’s the last hotel on that side of Krabi and overlooking the Andaman Sea. The view is superb.

When we first arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by the Hotel Manager who was pleasant enough to ask us what our expectations were during our stay. We didn’t need to check-in as everything had been done while we were having the conversation.

As I entered our bedroom, I was surprised to find rose petals scattered on the bed and in the bath tub. A very romantic gesture indeed. Husband tanya, “Macamana nak mandi?” Rendam saja lah B…!

I like the little gestures that the hotel staff provided for the guests. Every night, when they turned down the bed, they’d put an orchid on our pillows and leave us with some scones/pastries for light supper.

During breakfast, they gave us a choice of coffee, latte or cappuccino when usually it would just be normal coffee or tea. That was the first time latte was offered for breakfast. Usually, one had to pay extra for a cup of latte.

We were very delighted about this because we love a good cup of latte in the morning. It’s a plus! And the Thais make good lattes. Every time I ordered latte, be it at the hotel or in town, it consistently tasted very nice.

First day was spent lounging on the beach and the Bellini, a quaint Italian restaurant located on the beach. We had our dinner there. It was supposed to be a romantic candlelight dinner on the beach but because it rained, dinner had to be held indoor.

It was nice anyway. The food was great, the ambiance was superb. We stayed there until quite late, just talking.

The next day was spent in town. We had a good 2-hour massage for RM30/hour. At the hotel’s spa, the rate quoted was RM180/hour. Obviously the spa would have been a nicer place for body treatment but we didn’t care much for the place. All we wanted was a good 2-hour massage and we got it for a bargain in town. It was really cheap!

After the massage , we headed to a seafood restaurant by the beach for a late lunch. We ordered pad thai, fried garoupa in 3 sauces, som tam and tom yam gung. The meal cost us RM120. Slightly pricey I think, but it was sedap!

One thing good about Krabi, 80% of the population is Muslims, so you don’t have to worry about finding halal food.

After doing a little shopping in Ao Nang, we went back to the hotel and just stayed in for the night. We lazed on the balcony overlooking the sea with music playing from MrN’s Blackberry. It was drizzling slightly that night.

By this time, I had already missed my little Ultraman. Every time I closed my eyes, I pictured him in my mind. I couldn’t get rid of his face! I had a feeling he was missing me too and it was a sign that our holiday was coming to an end.

The next day, before checking out, we took a quick dip in the pool. There were not that many people so we had a good time lounging there.

Check out was very quick. We said our goodbyes to the hotel staff and with a heavy heart, I boarded the hotel van that took us to the airport.

It had been a pleasant holiday. It was very relaxing and I could feel my body reacting positively to the change of environment. I think my husband had a great time too. He looked seriously de-stressed in his last photo taken at the hotel lobby.

When we got home, I asked him, what was your best moment in Krabi? He said, the evenings.

And the feeling is mutual.




This view greeted us when we arrived at the hotel





A view from the pool





Lounging on the beach





MrNordin




The hotel's ground





The bedroom





MrNordin - on the first day




Dinner at Bellini





Latte for breakfast





At the breakfast table





Ao Nang beach





Lunch at Ao Nang Seafood







Shopping at Ao Nang





The pool



Me and him





Goodbye Amari..

27 comments:

Madam Tai Tai No More said...

I love your matching Ed Hardy tees! Cool!

And yes...it's about time you posted a new entry. Glad you did.

Krabi is an island I've never been to in Thailand. Perhaps one day Chepul and I will have a getaway here like you did. :-)

MrsNordin said...

Yes Gina, you should! But you've been to Koh Samui, right? How was it?

BA said...

welcome back!

:)

BA

Mama Huptihup said...

welcome back!!!

wah seronoknya bercuti! glad u both enjoyed it :D

Madam Tai Tai No More said...

I've been to Phuket and Koh Samui. Ok lah, typical Thai islands - lots of orang putih either backpackers or old men with young Thai escorts and bikini-clad tourists doing their walkabouts. Hmm...don't really fancy those kind of scenes, actually. But Thai food makes up for all those flaws. :-)

nahiella said...

Rally miss your updates! tak tulis byk2 pun pun, sikit2 pun cheer up my day!! hahahaha.

MrsNordin said...

BA, thanks!!


Mama Huptihup, yes we did enjoy ourselves..

MrsNordin said...

Gina,

I've never been to Phuket but from what I heard, there's a lot more activities than Krabi or Koh Samui.

Enjoy the party tonight!

MrsNordin said...

Hi Nahiella,

I'm glad you still follow my blog. I've become very selective in my writing. I hope to reactivate this blog and write more.

Have a nice day.

kay_leeda said...

Glad you had a good break MrsN. Sometimes you just need to steal away somewhere, just the two of you. No worries of your little Ultraman. Absence will surely make the heart go fonder :)

Krabi looks beautiful. However, many have given feedback that it's not quite suitable for family holiday. True?

tireless mom said...

Hi MrsN

Both of you look refresh. Must be the romantic wonderful getaway. Never been to Krabi, with your good review of it, I have now included it in my list.

tearose said...

It's nice to know that u enjoyed ur holiday..

azieda.rahim@gmail.com said...

Lovely lovely pictures and thank you so much for sharing. The sun and the food are paradise to me. I really enjoy reading your blog MrsN. Salam mesra.
azieda

MrsNordin said...

Hi Kay,

Your trip to Colombo pushed me to book this trip with my husband. Now you know why..:)

Actually, Krabi is ok for family, depending on where you stay. If your family is into all this island-hopping thingy, they'll enjoy it. Otherwise, just stay at the hotel. Not much to do in town.

Phuket may be better for teenagers as there are more activities. But i've never been there myself.

MrsNordin said...

Yatt,

You may like Krabi, too. Saw the pictures from your Saturday gathering. Wonderful! Have a nice day!

MrsNordin said...

K.Yong,

Thanks!

MrsNordin said...

Azieda,

Hi! Apa khabar? I haven't heard from you for sooo long! Busy jaga cucu, ya? I hope everything is well and dandy. Keep in touch.

Superwomanwannabe said...

Love your post and pics..sounds like you had the best long overdue break ever!tak yah glamer and planned sangat..tak yah commercial..tak yah ada ramai orang... must do it again ok!

MrsNordin said...

Thanks SW. So, where ARE you going next??

AuntieYan said...

Salam Yati,

Welcome back!
I miss you alot!!!next time jangan diam lama-lama ok?
Glad u both enjoyed it.

MrsNordin said...

Thanks Auntie Yan! I miss blogging too.. tapi apa kan daya... idea tak ada... :)

Anonymous said...

****kuis kuis sawang****

welcome back, chewahhhh.
i m so going to Amari Resort lah bila kena loteri nanti.

DeeDee

subash said...

Hi,
we are just about your age, wife and I are going on 25 Dec trying to figure out where to stay ?? after Bali , Maldives ,Montengro , look forward to seeing on one day trip the Emerald Pool /OR Emerald Lagoon, Day 2 a bit of Railey either morning or evening??
Return to KL...
Any suggestions for location to stay-- Tahnks
Bindi from India mgbindra@gmail.com

MrsNordin said...

Dee Dee,

Mesti pegi!!

MrsNordin said...

Hi Subash,

I've stayed at only 2 hotels in Krabi ie. Amari Vogue and Centara Grand. So, I can only give you my experience with these two hotels.

In terms of room layout, I like Centara better because the room is more modern and bigger. It's also closer to Ao Nang, but you have to take a boat ride to and from the hotel. That boat ride actually makes it a little special for me in terms of overall experience.

View - Centara is better. But service wise, Amari is the best!

Frankly, it doesn't really matter where you stay because the two of you will make the place special. Try searching for one that suits your requirement via TripAdvisor.

If you're planning to visit Railay Beach, Centara is a better bet. You can read my experience at Centara in my blog, written in August 2008.

Good luck!

Nabila said...

after you retire, you can be come a tourist blogger.. hehehe

MrsNordin said...

Nabila,

That's a GREAT idea! If money permits, of course.. :)