Krabi was our time to complete a bunch of activities. While speaking to my 'sudo' travel mentor, Christina, she informed me a couple of things Krabi was known for. So going off her suggestions we booked the next couple days to follow suit, and end with getting Whit's third rabies jab before moving on.
Checking in to our room for a couple of days we met Hong. She helped us considerably- checking in, drawing maps, organizing our tours, and answering any questions we tossed her way. I'm slightly panicking at this moment that I might have lost her email she gave us to keep in touch. Hmmm...
The room wasn't terrible and we decided on giving no AC a go this time since we have been spoiled the whole trip so far. At first it wasn't too bad, but after a long day of trying to get comfortable without even a window, I remembered it being harder than I recalled.
Our first full day spent in Krabi we went on a caveman kayaking tour. All of us wanted to be independent so we decided to jump into our own kayak, little did we know they were two person kayaks you just paddled solo. We cruised along the 'ma nam' (river) and ventured into many different caves the first of which was covered with over 100 drawings from anywhere between 3000 and 5000 yrs old. We also explored through the anaconda cave, named for its shape, and from there emerged into a green wonderland named 'The garden of Eden.' Named appropriately, this spot was my favorite and made me feel like I was in 'Jurassic Park' or 'Fern Gully.' Did I mention by this time Whitney and I had combined forces into one kayak? Oh and that we tied up to the back of Mike's kayak for a relaxing tow...
Rock climbing is one of Krabi's main attractions and who would we be if we said no to trying it out? The next day we suited up, chalked up and harnessed up. We were taught the basics and sent out into the wolves. I'm not going to lie I didn't have much confidence in myself, considering I could be seen as the weak link in the group, Mike being a man and all and Whitney who is constantly in the gym or participating in some type of sport. I was pleasantly surprised though when I reached both summits I attempted. It's a great feeling accomplishing something and being proud of yourself afterwards.
From there we explored around Railey Bay and kept ourselves busy until the next ferry. We occupied ourselves with taking a dip in the ocean and leaping off rocks in a no jumping zone. While swimming back we stumbled upon what we thought was another spirit house Buddhism shrine, but little did we know it was actually a fertility cave/temple covered with thousands of penises. I'm not ready for babies so I was sure to keep a good distance!
That night we took our first Tuk Tuk into Krabi Town for a night market. Our ride there was an experience complete with sound system, black lights, and even bracing poles(but we like to think of them as dancing poles) to make the ride interesting. The market was a blast with all of us trying new things we have never ate before and also witnessing a young Thai kid break dancing show.
Next stop is a day of traveling and hitting up three islands off the east coast of Thailand- Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao. I've been running a bit behind so i'll try to keep up but you know this unreliable internet, took me almost an hour to upload all these dang pictures!
Peace, love and pad thai