Krabi 2018 : Timber House Ao Nang

Previously, we stayed at Ananta Burin Resort (2014) and Ibis Styles Hotel (2016) for our Krabi getaway. this year we tried Timber House Ao Nang. 

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Timber House is a 3 star family friendly resort with commendable facilities and staff. It is walking distance to the beach and most importantly, near Halal eateries for Muslim tourists.

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Things we loved about the place;

  1. The Room – we booked a family room which has 1 King Size bed and 1 single bed. Each unit has a private terrace complete with chairs and a table that overlooks the pool (in most places). I wished I had brought my HoboMinci for it would be an ideal place to do some journaling. Each room has the basic amenities like the fridge, hot shower, room and pool towels, daily complimentary bottled water and beverages, a kettle, a microwave (bonus!) and basic toiletries although I would recommend you bring your own shower gel.
  2. The pool – kids loved it especially when the management left a floating alligator in the pool for the kids to enjoy swimming. Pool opens from 7AM – 7PM.           wp-1535267001793..jpg
  3. The FREE BREAKFAST package – there were online reviews from fellow visitors that did not enjoy the choices. We personally think that it was alright for a 3 star hotel. Although the spread was not fully HALAL, there are safe options like the vegetarian fried noodle, the bread and HALAL butter, the fresh fruits, juices, lovely coffee from the machine. I had my fix of mocha and cappuccino almost every morning.
  4. The mini playground – the entrance is at the car park. The kids enjoyed playing the swing and the slide        wp-1535266900385..jpg
  5. Walking distance to the many places to eat – the HALAL pancakes, ice cream and hot meals are just around the corner. Take the turn up the hill towards 7 Eleven and voila, its like a Muslim street up there. It’s different from the street near the mosque but the options are just as varied and great.

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The resort did say we have access to FREE WIFi but I find the connection to be awful. So I resorted to my very own DIGI Roaming Package. It’s an RM25 package which has a 4GB Internet + 60 mins call for 3 days. Interestingly I could still settle my bills online and receive my TAC number for my transactions in Krabi.

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Would I stay here again? Yes. I think we paid for our rooms for less than RM 120 per night. And it was for 3 nights. Of course it would depend on certain variables like the season, the deals available and the number of people joining the trip. Still, it was a nice stay.

 

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 Safari Tour

PART 3

We’ve done the Island Tour before. Which includes the James Bond Island tour when we were in Phuket.  We’ve also been to the Emerald Pool and the Hot Spring. You can click on the links to read about them.

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So the few new things we did was the;

  • elephant show and trekking
  • lunch at Lung Khai Fruits Garden
  • Suwannakuha Temple

 

Elephant Show and Trekking

As interesting as it sounds and looked pretty on the brochure with regards to the activities involving elephants, I think even Ee agreed that it is not something that we would want to do again in the future.

The baby elephants may look cute performing their tricks. The bigger elephants may appear strong and sturdy as they carry us on their backs. All seemed grand and exotic until we noticed the chains at the legs. And that small tear of the skin at the ears. Even Ee seemed uncomfortable when he saw our young guide shouting at the elephant and using his sickle knife to scare the elephant and keep it in line.

Come to think of it, elephants belong to the wild. They are not meant to perform acrobatic stunts. Nor are they supposed to play the harmonica. In short, we felt a bit horrible after the activity.

Suwannakuha Temple

This is the famous temple which has the huge Buddha statue and monkeys in the area. Im not sure how big it is compared to the one we have in Kuching (the white standing Buddha). If you’ve never seen a monkey before – this is the time to get close. Since monkeys are a normal sighting in my housing area (they like to play near the cemetery), it was nothing new.

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A small donation of THB 20 is required upon entering the cave to see the Buddha statue. We didn’t go in because Ee was not in the mood. He enjoyed the monkeys (and chickens) more. Aiyo boy.. this is not a zoo. We spent roughly 30 mins at the area before proceeding to the next destination.

Lunch at Lung Khai Fruits Garden

First they gave us this cool, refreshing butterfly pea flower drink. Then it was a huge, generous spread of Thai food. Compared to Indonesian cuisine, I can stomach Thai delicacy on a daily basis. Like no problem. Loved every single bit of Thai food. Plus, they keep offering us stuff to eat. It’s always “more rice?” “more food?” pergh.. moga murah rezeki

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We also had a short stop at a waterfall. To be honest, I wasn’t really convinced if it was the particular special waterfall we were looking for. But since the guide said it s what it is, I take his word for it.

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A short trip this was but memorable all the same. We are aiming for a 3rd Krabi visit. 😛

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..