It was rather impulsive on my side, deciding to go to Krabi. Luckily the husband agreed so we were set – our first vacation as a family, and a couple, abroad.
Krabi seems to be a nice place. I love beaches, and we have ran out of beaches to visit in East Malaysia, those that don’t require us to travel by boat/ferry especially. We wanted to keep East Malaysia for a better time in the future so Krabi is a natural choice.
And I have noticed, rather hints from the husband that he has not been to a foreign country for a while already. Traveling to the neighbouring Thailand costs us more or less like traveling within Malaysia, which means we are not to be tied to strict budget due to cheaper exchange.
But vacationing with a toddler…. So far we have only done it one or two times. We have learnt that the key to sanity during vacations is to manage our expectations ( we are no more backpackers first and foremost) and not to plan your trip so much – the theme should be free and easy.
Krabi, aside from the usual famous island hopping trips and diving, can be a good place where toddlers and parents blessed with them to enjoy too.
Here is how we spent our days there:
Thursday – Traveling day
Arrived at Krabi International Airport at 4.30 PM approx. Found a cab and went to the hotel. I booked a room at Somkiet Buri Resort, at Ao Nang. Everyone was dead tired, so we rest in the lovely room overlooking the pool – The whole evening. We had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel as it serves halal food. Retired early.
Day 1 – Friday
Had breakfast, and went to Ao Nang beach. Found some good offers for activities, but we chose to spent the day at the Beach and hotel instead.
Continued at the pool until afternoon, then Isa napped for three hours.
Husband went out to get some lunches and I enjoyed the view while listening to audio lecture.
Called the same taxi to bring us to the famous Krabi walking street i.e. Night market. Had dinner there and did some souvenir-shopping.
Day 2 – Saturday
Had breakfast, and waited for the tour operator to pick us up at 8:30 am. We were going for elephant trekking today!
Isa loved the elephant so much and we had a great time.
Went back to the hotel around 11, Isa and husband had their naps, while I sneaked out for my spa sessions. Had my feet massaged, and got my first ever manicure and pedicure. All for 500 baht only! Went to grab takeaway lunches for the guys.
It rained a bit heavily, so we had our trip to the beach a bit later. Enjoyed the sunset at that. Amazing.
Had dinner at the hotel restaurant.
Day 3 – Sunday
Initially we plan to have our day trip on a boat island hopping, but being realistic, Isa could never stand an eight hour long trip (8am -4pm). Even tour operators discouraged us – it is just not practical. We plan for a half day trip somewhere – Poda Island or Railay Bay, but it rained and the weather did not look promising either after that.
So we went back to the hotel and enjoyed the pool. Isa loved it just the same before it started raining again.
We went out at 5pm, got on a samlor ( motorbike with a sidecar) for a sightseeing trip around Ao Nang, stopping by some halal foodstalls along the way. 500 baht for an hour ride, and we were right about Isa, after 40 minutes he was already restless.
We walked down the road bargaining for crafts ( I had my eyes on some nice jewelries…) and went back to our room to rest.
Our flight is at 5.20 pm, but we could not checkout late. So we went to the each right after breakfast, bought an additional bag to carry the stuff we bought from Krabi.
Checkout and had our lunch. Finished lunch and still had an hour before the taxi we booked come, so I dragged husband and son to the spa I went before. Told them I had an hour and too lazy to take off my clothes so they suggested for a face massage. 300 baht, and both guys had an air-conditioned place to rest in.
Walked back to the hotel, where we kept our luggage. Waited for less than 10 minutes before we were picked up. Reach airport at 3, lazying around while Isa slept before boarding.
What did we do right:
1. Prepared for the flights: We let Isa get active before our flight to Krabi – we went to the play area beforehand, so by the time we boarded the plane, he was already asleep, only to wake up when we had touched down Krabi Airport. On our way back however, he slept at the airport and was wide awake during the flight. We have packed enough things to keep him occupied fortunately: a new sketch book, a coloured pen, a new set of stickers… he was entertained throughout the journey.
2. Bought a beach ball. Isa is so fond of balls, and husband found a cheap one at Tesco days before we flew and bought it. It kept him entertained during the rainy day (we had one).
3. Booked a decent hotel room. The room was large enough for Isa to run and play on his own and has its nice swimming pool. We were lucky!
4. Packed only one checked-in middle-sized luggage and kept our hands mostly free to catch Isa and pushed the stroller.
5. Bought Malaysian Airlines flight tickets instead of AirAsia! Better hospitality from MAS, and yes, they did give us the infant safety belt.
What could have been better:
1. Maybe we should consider a lighter stroller.
2. Should have packed more disposable diapers i.e. bring them from KL. Diapers were considerably expensive: A pack with 28 pieces cost more than a similar brand 68-piece pack back home. After all, we had 40kg luggage allowance we could have utilised!
3. Adjust Isa’s sleeping time beforehand so that he sleeps a bit later at night for us to enjoy the evening/night scene a bit more.
Other than that, I am pretty happy with how we spent our days at Krabi.
Photos will follow soon!