Thursday, 20 December 2007

Southern Thailand # 1

Date: 20 Dec 07 - 23 Dec 07 [4D/3N]
Location: Koh Lanta, Ao-Nang,Railey Bay - Satun-Trang-Krabi, Thailand
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Tokina AT-X 124 AF Pro DX 12-24mm f/4
Filter: none
Post editing: PS CS3
Organizer: Dan
Members: Lucy, CS Law and Sam MJ
My reason to go there: I have always wanted to drive around that region, also to visit Koh Lanta and Railey Bay.

From 20th Dec 2007 until 23rd Dec 2007, I drove from my home(Butterworth) to Krabi and places around there and than back home…
I have been to Krabi several times before, this is probably my 4th time there .... In this round I had revisited Krabi Town and Ao Nang, and explored 2 new places - they are Ko Lanta and Railey Bay. The weather there was superb for all 4 days, and the food ..... the food, ohhhh the food ...they were so good.

I took some scenery pictures with my new Tokina 12-24mm this time, what a nice lens. Other pictures was taken with my all time "best travel lens", the Sigma 18-200mm
I find Ko Lanta to be a Scuba diver’s hub … with a large concentration of dive operators on the island, lots of big and small dive boats doing day trips to near by islands, Phi Phi and Hin Deang Hin Muang….
Railey bay is very scenic, has a very nice beach, a heaven for sun worshipers. And also heaven for rock climbers, if you like rock climbing, do put this on your wish to visit list.
Ao Nang is of coz the famous concentration point for Krabi, the hub for Krabi to Phi Phi, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Lanta, Railey, Phang Nga, etc. Lots to eat and buy here.
Krabi town is laid back, I like this place ….

My journey:
Day 1
Butterworth – Padang Besar(border) [2.5 hours]
Padang Besar – Sadao – Highway 4 – Trang – waterfall - Krabi Town [4-6 hours]
Lunch at Trang
Visit Ton Tae Waterfall
Dinner at Krabi Town
Night at Krabi Town: Chan-Cha-Lay Guesthouse, 55 Utarakit Rd. Maung Krabi [500baht/night/twin sharing]

Day 2
Breakfast at Krabi Town
Krabi Town – Railey Bay [boat 100baht/person/way] [30mins]
Lunch at Railey Bay
Railey Bay – Krabi Town [boat 100baht/person/way] [30mins]
Krabi Town – Ao Nang beach [30mins]
Dinner at Ao Nang and shopping
Night at Ao Nang: Ao Nang Thara Lodge Tel: 075-637087-89. [900baht/night/twin sharing]

Day 3
Breakfast at Ao Nang
Visit Fossil beach
Ao Nang – Ko Lanta [3 hours]
Lunch at Ban Saladan and shopping
Dinner at Lanta River Sand Resort
Night at Ko Lanta: Lanta River Sand Resort, 99 Moo 8, Ko Lanta - Thailand. Tel/Fax:(075) 697 296 [500baht/night/twin sharing]

Day 4
Lunch at Ban Saladan and some shopping there
Ko Lanta – Pak Bara Pier (Satun) [3 hours]
Pak Bara Pier – Satun City [1 hour]
Tea break at Satun City
Satun City to Kaki Bukit/Wang Kelian(border) [30 mins]
Kaki Bukit/Wang Kelian(border) – Butterworth [3 hours]