Krabi 2018 : The Rainy season. Phi phi Island and food.

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Its Eidul Adha and we decided to spend it in Krabi – a one hour flight away from Kuala Lumpur. This will be my 3rd time to Krabi but a first to a few people in our entourage.

It is a 4D3N trip for 8 pax using Air Asia. Our group consists of 2 senior citizens (my parents in law), my sister in law with her 2 daughters, my husband, my 2 kids and myself. We booked the trip separately because we couldn’t come up with an ultimatum regarding who wants to come and stuff. Despite that, we managed to secure quite good deals for the trip.

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We used AirAsiaGo.Com which means we get to book a combo of flight tickets and hotel stay at the website. The hotel we chose, Timber House Ao Nang comes with Free Breakfast. These total rates thus include return flight tickets + hotel stay + tax & fee. 

My family : 2 adults, 1 child, 1 infant

RM 1094.38

My parents in law : 2 adults

RM 756.48

My sister in law and daughters : 1 adult, 2 child

RM 993.30

 

Our flight from Kuala Lumpur was on 22/08/2018 at 1615H whilst our return flight from Krabi was on 25/08/2018 at 0800H. I guess at this month of the year, it does rain more. Therefore, we had to reorganize our activities accordingly. Our trip this time, was more laid back considering the group profile and abilities. We were not that ambitious to visit Emerald Pool this time.

Briefly, we just took a boat ride to see Phi Phi Island and most of our time is just for sightseeing around Ao Nang, having a massage and eat lots and lots of Thai food.

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My father in law had bad knees and is also prone to motion sickness. He did not join us on our boat trip. Our tour guide was Rihanna Da. She comes across as someone with a very strong personality, warm and hyperactive. Ha ha.

Believe in me. Believe in my team, she says

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Baby Ninie was very adventurous. She was not afraid of the sand and crawled on it like she belonged to the sea. LOl. She was very tired and hot afterwards.

We also enjoyed loads of Thai food mainly the TomYum Goong, green curry and som tam. And of course the mandatory pancake every night for supper. We also discovered the Meiji banana milk at 7 eleven. It’s HALAL guys.

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It was a short yummy trip. My next blog post will be about the hotel we stayed in – Timber House Ao Nang. 

Krabi 2016 Ibis Styles Ao Nang

PART 2

Hotel yang nampak ekslusif, murah dan bersih. air paip bila mandi tak rasa mcm air kapur, breakfast pun kira OKlah utk yang selamat dimakan dan sgt dekat dgn tpt makan HALAL siapa rasa mcm nk solat berjemaah pun blh singgah kt masjid depan hotel. 

jauh skit dengan pantai AoNang dan penkek makcik Yaminlah – tapi jgn risau.. kat sini ada makcik Pat, makcik Neet dsb.. penkek pun rasa standard je sodapnya..

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Ibis Styles Hotel in Ao Nang is a 3 star  hotel which boasts its fine reputations for being able to cater the needs of international tourists. In my opinion – yep, so true. Even though it is not certified as a Halal Resort – we enjoyed the facility and hospitality very much. Adding to that, this hotel also allows customers to bring their pets. So do not scream when you see a poodle on a leash at the lobby. They don’t bite.

The room was exceptionally clean. There wasn’t much space for Ee, my son , to run around but you get what you pay for. You want a bigger room? Rent a suite. Or a family room. Ours was a standard room with 2 single beds. So we were satisfied.

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Unforgettable plus points;

  • delicious welcome drink – flower tea. padahal teh bunga je
  • wonderful majestic view of the mountains with its shadows towering over the swimming  pool
  • although halal in house breakfast options are limited – there are plenty of halal eateries near the hotel. There’s even a masjid right opposite the site
  • extra beach towels in our room so we can bring them for our island hopping activities
  • comfortable pillows and bedding
  • free WIFI in every room – there’s no need to leech for connections in the lobby
  • functioning and replenished basic amenities – in room mini fridge, shower gel & shampoo, hairdryer and kettle.

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Mr Husband loved this hotel so much he wants to stay here again for our 3rd Krabi trip in the future. And why wouldn’t he? If I had wanted to, I could easily slip out of the room at night and eat loads of pancakes from the makciks selling them just outside the hotel. It is that safe!

Only thing is I prefer to be that sleepy, tired , fat whale at the end our trips and have a good night sleep.

IBIS STYLES KRABI AO NANG TOURIST INFO

Ao Nang features a beautiful beach, shopping, dining and nightlife. Highlights such as Railay Beach which can be reached in just 15 minutes by boat, James Bond Island, Phi Phi islands, Phang Nga Bay, and much more. Krabi Town is also nearby.

  • Main point of interest
  • AO NANG BEACH (2.00 km)
  • Distance from the hotel to the city center
  • KRABI (2.00 km)
  • Distance from the hotel to the airport
  • KRABI AIRPORT (25.00 km)

HISTORY AND NATIONAL HERITAGE

    • Special tourist area
    • HUAI TO WATERFALL (36.00 km / 22.37 mi)
    • THAN BOK KHORANI (64.00 km / 39.77 mi)

CULTURE AND THEATRE

    • Entertainment/theatre district
    • KRABI WALKING ST (41.00 km / 25.48 mi)

PARKS AND LEISURE

    • Beach area
    • AO NANG BEACH (2.00 km / 1.24 mi)
    • AO THALANE (30.00 km / 18.64 mi)
    • FOSSILS SHELL BEACH (9.00 km / 5.59 mi)
    • NOPPARAT THARA B (4.00 km / 2.49 mi)
    • PHA NANG CAVE BEACH (6.00 km / 3.73 mi)
    • RAILAY BEACH (6.00 km / 3.73 mi)

TOURIST INFO

    • Special tourist area
    • HUAI TO WATERFALL (36.00 km / 22.37 mi)
    • THAN BOK KHORANI (64.00 km / 39.77 mi)

ENTERTAINMENT

    • Tourist attraction
    • EMERALD POOL (96.00 km / 59.65 mi)
    • HONG ISLAND (16.00 km / 9.94 mi)
    • KHAO KANAB NAM (20.00 km / 12.43 mi)
    • LANTA ISLAND (128.00 km / 79.54 mi)
    • MU KHO PODA (24.00 km / 14.91 mi)
    • PHI PHI ISLAND (46.00 km / 28.58 mi)
    • THALAE WAEK (40.00 km / 24.85 mi)
    • TIGER CAVE TEMPLE (35.00 km / 21.75 mi)

Our room rate was already included in the Air Asia Go package but surfing through its site, I guess you are looking at an average of at least RM140 per night and more depending on the choice of room.

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Krabi 2016 The Itinerary

Part 1

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This is our 2nd time returning to Krabi for a family holiday and Thai hospitality is still at its very best. Mr Husband kept saying Krabi is his 2nd home.It used to be Langkawi – begitu cepat sepah dibuang.

We took advantage of the Air Asia FREE tickets promo and booked our hotel rooms through the AirAsiaGo.Com website. We settled on a 4D3N itinerary for 2 Adults and 1 child (hotel + return flight) at a price of RM 692.22 including tax.

This is our brief itinerary and estimated costs. We skipped on certain island tours as we have done them before.

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Other miscellaneous expenses include massage therapy, souvenirs etc. I personally did not go to any massage parlour because I was already exhausted at the end of the day. Mr Husband tried the coconut oil massage with a male masseuse (of course) and loved it. It was only THB 200 per session for 1 hour.

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My mini checklist for Krabi 2016

Mr Husband exchanged RM 1000.oo for THB 8300.00 to fund our package trips there. I was to cover our dinner expenses and on anything personal I liked. Which amounted to less than RM 250 on my part 😛 I had to remind myself to get things for myself as well because I always seems to want to get stuff for other people first.

Anyway, my next blog posts will elaborate more on the hotel and the safari tours. I hope somebody will find it useful. He he..

Pekanbaru, Indonesia

Hazeeq stepping out of the plane like a child star

Hazeeq stepping out of the plane like a child star

I got back from my 4D3N trip from Pekanbaru some time ago and colleagues were asking,

How was Pekanbaru?

We were  small group of 5 people. Our little family of 3 including my parents in law. I have to be honest – not much to shout about unless one is planning for a trip to Bukit Tinggi. There were only 3 highlights of the trip

  • Amaris Hotel
  • Pitek Lanang
  • Masjid Besar

I sound like a miserable traveller already.

AMARIS HOTEL PEKANBARU

There couldn’t be a better hotel like Amaris. We were very grateful for the early check-in. And more thankful for the offer of a late check-out. Amaris seems busy this week – catering to meetings and small workshops. A lot of corporate clients appears really important walking through the front door.

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Our non smoking room has a comfortable King size bed, a small TV with only one particular channel we understand and enjoy which is HBO, complimentary drinking water, water dispenser (hot & cold) just outside our room at the corner of the stairs, cooling air conditioning and a decent view.

We don’t have a mini fridge – but it’s okay. Although we have a water dispenser, sometimes the water seems to run out. Thank God I brought a mini thermos so Hazeeq could still have his milk at a good temperature.

Breakfast selection was commendable – I loved the coffee and the fried rice a lot. Hazeeq on the other hand loved the keropok and juice.

PITEK LANANG

This was the restaurant situated just outside our hotel opposite the small road. We had our main meals there almost everyday. If not for lunch, then for dinner. They have both Western and Indonesian cuisine. I loved its pecel lele the most. ONce I got bored of having white rice, I ordered its nasi goreng. It did not taste like the ones we had in Malaysia. They were in fact very rempah-y.

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We did try the special Murtabak and Sate Padang at another warung – that too tasted weird. Edible and interesting but weird to the palate.

MASJID BESAR

Like I’ve mentioned earlier, there is not much to do at Pekanbaru. It’s good for elderly tourist because you get to walk slowly and soak in the experience of being in a foreign country without having to rush for its public transport and such. Shopping was biasa. We did went to the Ramayana store but was fooled into thinking that we could get a discount. It did not display properly that only those with store cards get discount on merchandise. Sgtlah sik transparent.

Despite that, going to it’s Masjid Besar was WOW.

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Perhaps I haven’t been to a big masjid for quite some time – I thought it was interesting to have a huge area within the masjid compound that allows the public to come by and exercise (riadah) in the evenings. In a way, people would not have the idea that masjid is only for praying. Instead, a place where human beings from all walks of life regardless muslim or not can gather at the area as a community and a family. That we learn to perform riadah in a respectable way yet still being able to achieve one’s goals of either burning calories or just keeping fit.

Although our daily schedule involved a lot of eating and lazing around, both my in-laws were happy. Eventhough they had to visit a miserable museum as well. Ha ha. Seeing them enjoying the short trip was enough to make us happy too. But perhaps we’ll choose a better destination next time. With also cheap tickets from Air Asia.

4 days in pekanbaru? too long.. he he

Revisiting Langkawi 2015 : Tok Senik Resort

We stayed here for 4D3N. Despite an eerie atmosphere (initially), the rustic soothing village surrounding soon warmed up to us and it felt less creepy. In fact, it was so relaxing and to a certain extent luxurious. OK. I am too kind. Ha ha ha.

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Kampung Tok Senik Resort, one of the most outstanding hotels in Malaysia, lets you experience the splendour of true Malay heritage. Basking in the abundance of nature, our resort in Langkawi is an exclusive haven reminiscent of a ‘kampung,’ the country’s traditional village.

Our rustic rooms and suites offer a pleasant invitation for you to enjoy a simple and laid-back atmosphere. Here you’ll feel relaxed and completely at ease. More importantly, our hospitable staff will provide you with their expert service as you take in the awe-inspiring beauty of the island.

At Kampung Tok Senik Resort Langkawi, you’ll love the amazing tranquillity inspired by our cultural legacy and pristine nature.

Source : Website

Our ‘house’ named Rumah Sahak has 3 interconnecting rooms. Each room has its own bathroom of course and a small living room. We have no idea if this is a deluxe or a suite because we booked it as a package online through the AirAsiaGo website. All rooms are air conditioned – the middle room however has access to a small balcony overlooking the paddy fields and other houses in the village.

Shared facilities of the resort include a public pool located beside an abandoned bistro. They boast of good food at Warung Tok Mat – an in house restaurant located near the reception. We tried the breakfast package. It was not served as a buffet but as an ala carte meal. Thumbs up for the Fried Bihun. The American breakfast however was disappointing – a bit bland I must say.

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Good points include;

  1. functioning hot & cold shower, in room mini fridge and kettle – the latter a tremendous joy for mothers with toddlers who still drinks powdered milk.
  2. kid friendly swimming pools – not crowded at all. If only the benches were maintained properly and kept in order. the pool itself is clean though.
  3. in room complimentary drinking water and beverages
  4. could hear the Athan ( a call to prayer) from far – pretty interesting for visitors outside Malaysia to experience the ‘sound’

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Weak points include;

  1. inconsistent housekeeping – sometimes we’d get fresh towels but rubbish bins not emptied. Or toiletries not replenished because hey, we need that shower foam.
  2. the walls are not soundproof – I could hear my father in law snore in the room next door but because he is family, I don’t mind. Imagine if the ‘disturbances’ comes from other visitors. We did have cats running around on the roof at night.
  3. some visitors complaint of mosquitos but we did not experience any bites during the stay

Would I choose to stay at this resort again? For the pool, yes. I would have breakfast elsewhere. There’s so much more food to experience. Yummy..