7days in #Krabi #ThailandTourism #Songkran #BirthThai #BoatTours #temples #pwd

April 12-18, 2015. My bestfriend Lori once told me I should make my dreams happen. I found a cheap fare to Krabi via Malaysia Airlines with one transit to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia last year so I've decided to pack my bags and research for places to go and where to stay. Watching too many movies and Anthony Bourdain shows led me to www.krabigooddream.com and Bryan the owner immediately replied to my email reserving a single room for 220baht a day.
Day 1-From NAIA 1 to KLIA (4.5 hrs)to Krabi  (1.5 hrs) airport, they all moved me and my bags on a wheelchair. Arrived at Krabi Good Dream at lunch with no delays. It was so unbelievable that I was even able to get on a bus (90baht) to Good Dream that easy. Ms. Vivi immediately gave me a room on the 2nd floor accessible to everything and I had my first meal of Thai Breakfast (chicken rice porridge with herbs and a glass of orange juice for 80 baht). I told her about my plan to get on an elephant, see islands and the sleeping buddha. Bryan gave me the Tour Guide Book which I found too funny yet too honest. They all suggested I stay relaxed the following day because of Songkran (Thailand's New Year) but my feet just couldn't resist the Krabi Night Market. After a few knick knacks and a pad thai (40baht) and watermelon juice (20baht), I was happy.
Day 2 - My birthday was the start of Songkran (Thailand New Year) so I was up early and headed to the nearest 7-eleven. When I got back. people started preparing buckets, water guns and water drums. From 9am to 6pm it was crazy splashing water everywhere and one lady visited to put white baby powder on my face and fragrant herbed water saying some expressions I did not understand. Ms. Vi said she wished me good life and good luck and I was happy the whole day watching people get soaked even those passing by. It wasn't the same as we have it in San Juan. They were all happy and no one got angry or annoyed and it went on the whole day.
Day 3 was a dream come true. I was able to get to Wat Kaewkorawaram Temple in town past the monks who gave blessing. Chased by a black cat and greeted by Thais from Bangkok, all people I met were too helpful. I was able to get to the city market and had a curry noodle and chicken satay with coffee for only 40baht. My car ride to Nosey Parker Elephant Trekking was already waiting for me when I got back. For 700baht I was able to ride a baby elephant and fed her cucumbers. It took more than 3 hours with funny Thais entertaining before and after the ride. It was amazing how these guys were taking care of the elephants. They were all trained well how to make the animals happy.
Day 4 - Hong Islands Adventure (800baht) From the van that picked me up at Good Dream via Andaman Tours, getting on a long tail boat to visit the Hong Islands was a breeze. I stayed on the boat in two stops because of the huge amount of people with less space to snorkel. After lunch at Koh Rai passed the Phangnga Bay, we headed to Hong Islands to swim. It was difficult going through the rubber platform shaking while the guide assisted me. Finally after a few more minutes I was brought to a private spot and I was able to swim and enjoy for an hour. The boatmen were able to help me again on the way back with everyone on board ( 6 chinese 2 swiss and 4 french) attending to my needs. We were all very happy sent to two more islands for swimming. I spent the night visiting another night market by Chao Fah Pier and had the famous coconut ice cream for 25baht. It was not the same back home, creamy and really smooth and not too sweet.
Day 5 I ticked 2 bucket lists here; James Bond Island and Koh Panyi. I've watched Anthony Bourdain feature this tour and I couldn't believe it. The van that picked me up at Good Dream picked up 7 more people (4 chinese 1 Swiss couple and an elderly German) we went to Phang Nga Bay to get on a longtail boat. Passed the limestone caves and Kao Ping Kan we've finally reached Kao Taopoo (James Bond Island where they filmed "The Man With The Golden Gun). I wasn't allowed to get off here as it involved climbing stairs and rocks so the boat went around the island especially for me. The fantastic view of the island was incomparable to Palawan. We went next to Koh Panyi, the floating village where Indonesian refugees stayed before to have lunch. Again, all the people in the boat was so friendly and kind helping me go everywhere. They even served me every dish and gave me more fruits. I passed at the kayaking area but they made efforts to take me through the caves and served too much juice, ha! I had 3 helpings of those delicious drinks! We went next to my dream destination via the van,The Monkey Cave Temple (Wat Suwankuha).
The spectacular view of the temple with friendly monkeys and that reclining Golden Buddha left me breathless. The Chinese friends were worried about me going up the stairs so some of them took my camera to take my photos and helped me to get down. I was able to get blessing from a monk and I was able to meditate here about my life. Last stop was the Raman Waterfalls which I passed since it was slippery. The tour (950baht) was unforgettable. I spent the night at the market for more food adventures (free tastes of exotic insects, fish curry rice and watermelon shake for 60baht).
Day 6-Koh Phi Phi Islands Tour via speedboat (Andaman Tours at 1050baht). From van pick-up to Klong Jilad Pier the speedboat with more than 25 of us onboard visited the Bamboo Islands. It was similar to the ones in Honda Bay with more people and sans the dirt everywhere. We went next to Maya Bay where Leonardo Di Caprio shot "The Beach" film and took photos. Buffet lunch was served at Phi Phi Don. That fried chicken, Tom Ka and Green Curry was unforgettable. Tour Guide Sah gave me candy while helping me get back on the boat. We headed next to the Monkey Bay to take photos and two islands for snorkeling.This trip was even more unforgettable with some Thais from Bangkok giving me tips and trivia about the islands. A buffet of fruits was served before we went back. Sah was a wonderful guide helping me get back with VIP service.
Day 7- On my way back at the bus station, I took selfie with the King of Thailand reflecting how I've made it all possible. The bus back I booked from Krabi Good Dream carried my luggage and I got confused with my watch arriving at the airport 2.5 hrs before my flight. I had tuna sandwich and brewed coffee at Black Canyon Coffee. I spent my last money shopping for stuff and snacks to bring home. Krabi Good Dream and Malaysia Airlines made all my dreams come true. The Thais were unbelievably friendly and kind people. Thank you very much Thailand! I want more of those nuts on the plane ha! Thank you Krabi and thank you Malaysia Airlines! I will cherish the experience forever.
Cost:
Day 1- 
Phil Travel Tax - Php1620
Bus From Airport to Town - 90baht
Single Room at Krabi Good Dream for 6 nights - 220 baht for 1320baht
Thai Breakfast with Juice 80baht
Walking Street Pad Thai and Watermelon Juice- 60baht
=1550baht
Day 2
7-Eleven haul of snacks, misc - 99 baht
Garlic Pepper Fish Meal at Krabi Good Dream - 160baht
=259baht
Day 3
 Fish Curry Noodle with Chicken Satay and Coffee 40baht
Nosey Parker Elephant Trekking - 700 baht
Nigh Market Dinner of Pancake 35 and Orange Juice 20 baht
-805baht
Day 4
FullEnglish Breakfast at Krabi Good Dream -180baht
Hong Islands Tour - 800baht
Coconut Ice Cream - 25baht
=1005baht
Day 5
American Breakfast at Your Hostel (beside Good Dream)-120baht
James Bond Island Tour - 950baht
Fish Curry Rice Meal and Watermelon Juice - 60baht
=1130baht
Day 6 
Ko Phi Phi Island Tour 1050baht
Sticky Mango With Rice at Your Hostel - 80baht
Tom Yum Seafood at Your Hostel - 90baht
= 1220baht
Day 7
Bus to Airport 110baht
Breakfast at Black Canyon Coffee Krabi Airport 175baht
=285baht
Total Damage Cost: 6,254baht x 1.25 (php conversion) = Php7,817.5 plus 1620 travel tax = Php9,437**
**Prices may change because of the currency rates and since it was Songkran, you may have a better discount depending on the date of your arrival at Krabi. Note: I changed my 300$ to baht at 32.33baht and spent the remaining money shopping for pasalubong.

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