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We are a mixed bag, our group numbering six fifty-plus women, who come from all different walks of life and having different tastes. However we all had one thing in common on our recent girls trip. We were all kool and kicked back in Krabi for seven relaxing days.
Women’s group travel adventures are now a burgeoning industry with more and more of us taking all girl trips. As far as destinations go Thailand is an ideal place for this because of its wonderful attributes. Not only is it cheap to travel here from Australia, but the accommodation is top class, the food delicious and cheap, the shopping fantastic, and day spas also very affordable.
Our Thai adventure commenced in the mega-city of Bangkok where we spent three glorious nights exploring this exciting place. After a very full-on itinerary we were all looking forward to unwinding at our booked beach resort in Aonang Beach, Krabi.
Although Krabi is only a short 1.25 hour flight from Bangkok it took us most of the day to reach Aonang Beach. From Krabi Airport it was around three quarters of an hour drive to Aonang. Otherwise you can catch a ferry from Phuket directly to Aonang Beach, that takes 2 to 2.5 hours over relatively calm waters of the Andaman Sea.
Once we arrived we were definitely ready for a refreshing swim in the resort’s pool. But for myself I headed straight to the nearest Day Spa to indulge in a full body scrub and massage!
Our accommodation at the Golden Beach Resort was idyllically located on the beachfront at Aonang Beach. It was my second trip here and the familiar sights, smells and sounds of this beautiful beach resort town were as welcoming as a lovely cooling summer breeze. Within a short walking distance was everything that Aonang has to offer with a large selection of beachfront bars, restaurants, shops, day trip booking agents and massage/beauty salons. We only had to walk across the road from our resort to the beach or to the longtail boats.
After enjoying a relaxing body scrub and massage I found the rest of the gang had started happy hour without me at a nearby bar, aptly called the Sunset Bar because of its ideal location for watching the sun dip into the sea. They were already on their third round of drinks, the local ale known as Beer Chang, and there was much to celebrate as we had arrived in this wonderful paradise. We stayed here and watched the longtail boats coming in after a day ferrying tourists to the islands and the stunning sunset over the Andaman Sea.
The following morning we were awoken to the sound of the loud longtail boat outboard motors starting up for their day’s outings. After a stroll along the beach and a long buffet breakfast we jumped on one of these longtail boats and motored over to nearby Railay Beach. With the taste of the saltwater spray on our tongues and stinging our eyes, we happily endured the 15 minute trip enjoying the views of the forested monoliths towering out of the sea.
Our seven days in Aonang ensued in a haze of lazy days around the resort pool, massages, manicures and pedicures, shopping at the markets and sampling cocktails and tasty Thai food, interspersed with longtail boat trips to nearby islands.
Railay Beach is situated in a calm water bay and consists of a long stretch of beach, a beach resort, shopping markets and restaurants/bars.
Upon arrival we immediately walked across the narrow Railay Peninsula and around the tip to Phra Nang Caves and Beach. The peninsula consists of limestone rocks and caves which are inhabited by monkeys, that you can scale up with one of the rock climbing tour groups.
At Phra Nang lies the Princess Cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok. Dedicated to an ancient fertility goddess, the cave contains a strange combination of large phallic symbols (lingams), garlands and offerings in the hope of increased potency and prosperity.
Phra Nang has all the ingredients of a perfect beach, with soft sand, clear shallow water for safe swimming, two small islands (Koh Rang Nok and Nai), that you can swim to on low tide and a coral reef for snorkelling.
However on this particular day it was packed with tourists and it was almost impossible to find a spot on the sand to place your beach towel. We all quickly enjoyed a refreshing swim and then returned to the less populated Railay Beach.
Our second boat trip was a Four Island adventure to Poda, See, Chicken and Tup Islands where we once again were able to enjoy swimming, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beautiful sandy shores.
We found that departing Aonang Beach early was the trick to avoiding the crowds that all flock to these islands. Some of the islands had more than twenty or thirty boats anchored at one time full of day trippers.
A couple of the girls also embarked on a longer day trip by speedboat out to Phi Phi Island and the very famous Maya Bay, (where the movie The Beach was filmed). They discovered the islands, although very beautiful, were overcrowded with speed boats and day trippers. I guess this is the downside of tourism to these popular Thai islands and cays.
Aonang Beach offers tourists a wide range of activities and attractions, including snorkelling, kayaking, island-hopping, climbing, scuba diving, spa/massage/beauty, shopping, white water rafting, hiking, temple visits, elephant trekking, cooking classes and fishing. However we were more than happy to kick back at our resort, eat, drink and be merry. After all isn’t that what these type of places are famous for?
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Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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