Krabi - Dreamy beaches in rain season
Yesterday I arrived in Krabi, a region situated in the South west of Thailand. Krabi is a coastal region that combines lush mountains on one side with endless beaches on the other. It is the first town in Thailand, as far as I have seen, that sports sculptures and other pieces of art. The best thing about Krabi is the season I have come in: rain season! This means that the beach resorts along the beaches are now virtually empty, meaning that the beautiful beaches are deserted and free to be admired without heaps of tourists. Krabi is not very popular with the backpack community either, who prefer island hopping to mainland dwelling. This suits me perfectly. (As a side note: even though it is rain season I haven`t seen a drop of rain in this area, but only scorching sun)
So yesterday I dared myself on a motorbike again and drove off to explore the region. My hostel is located in the middle of Krabi Town, which is located near a river, but further from the beaches. I drove my bike down to Ao Nang beach, which is one of the most popular beaches, in the early morning. I walked along the beach and surprisingly no one harassed me for a massage, a coconut drink or a TukTuk. That was a big relieve after Chang Mai. After a morning on the beach, I order a masaman curry at a street cart as take-away and took it on to a beach located near the national park.
The national park beaches were even more beautiful than Ao Nang, and as the tides were in my favour (low-tide), I could just walk over to a small island near the beach. On the passage between the two I encountered thousands of crabs on dry land, as the tides had just removed their natural habitat. As I walked along the sand, they would scurry under it, clearly afraid I would try and catch them. And sure enough I saw a few locals coming out with their nets to try and catch them. A few daredevils crabs defied me and stayed put with their claws right open, showing their macho moves as I walked by. I guess every species has them. :)
After my beach walk I got back onto my bike and went and looked for the Tiger Cave Temple, but found the Wat Kaew Korawaram temple in stead. (I have got to thank google maps on my phone for that) A smaller temple that houses many novice monks, but was in dire need of some restoration. Some parts were still golden and new, while some parts were faded away by wind and sun. After that I headed back to my hostel and met Lauren. A sweet girl from Canada (I should say women at 29?), who lives in Macau and works as a teacher there in an English school. We had a great dinner together and she told me about her life in Macau. I switched my usual curry for some delicious grilled crab(!!). All in all, a great day!
Now I will spend my Sunday looking for the actual Tiger Cave Temple and preparing my departure to Koh Tao, famous for its scuba diving in which I will participate if I don`t scare out. Fingers crossed I see no sharks!