Krabi, Ao Nang, Phuket, Thailand
I finally got a weeks vacation late September 2005 and we went to Thailand. Got a good deal on a little rental car from A.P. Car Rent so we could roam around on our own.
We started out by going down to Krabi, staying a night in the rather posh Maritime Park & Spa just outside Krabi. Nice setting with its own lagoon and all. After a rainy day in Krabi we felt that it was a bit too quiet this time of year so we headed on to Ao Nang north of Krabi.
We stayed two nights in the Somkiet Buri Resort. Nice setting in what feels like a real little piece of the rainforest. Only downside was that during the rainy season it got rather dark and murky and the grounds seemed to be just as popular with breeding mosquitoes as with the human guests.
Ao Nang is a nice little beach and more quiet than Phuket. Plenty of the local tour operators are located there or just outside the beach area as well. But after two more rainy days we headed towards happening Phuket to have access to more restaurants and cafes to hang out in if the rain continued.
We stopped by in Than Bokkharani on the way up to Phuket. A small park with some rather cool water falls, or rather a series of ponds with stream between them. Due to the heavy rains the water was very murky though, so no swimming for us.
In Phuket we ended up at the very northern end of Patong Beach, in a new place called Sunset Beach Resort "The Quiet Place on North Patong". The place has nice clean rooms and a good pool area where you can enjoy hanging out. Patong was messy and load as usual. We used it as a base for excursions which is ok though. We met up with my old friend Daniel and his girlfriend Mam there as had way to much good food over the next few days.
Took a kayaking trip to Phang-Nga bay with Phuket Patri Tour. Great trip on a rather small boat so not too many people. Good food and friendly staff.
Finally we did some all terrain vehicle riding in the forest and on the beach. We happened to drive past ATV Phuket while on the way to to the Gibbon rehabilitation project on the north east part of the island. We were fortunate enough to get a tour on our own since it was a quiet time when we arrived. Great fun to ride the bikes and also to see the forest, beach, rubber and pineapple plantations that our guide showed us.