Our trip to Southern Thailand had two parts: Krabi and Koh Lanta. We loved both places but for very different reasons.
We rented a cute hotel room through AirBnB in Krabi that was about a 15 minute walk from the beach and it was right off of the main street that had all the shopping, food, and massage places you could ever need. The convenience of it all was absolutely wonderful!
I wouldn’t say that Krabi had a great beach or had the island beauty that Southern Thailand is known for but it is a great port and you can buy cheap day tours that will take you to the more scenic areas. While we were in Krabi we went kayaking, island hopping, and snorkeling- I would highly recommend ALL of them.
After a few days in Krabi, we went to Koh Lanta which is a much more quiet and less touristy island. To get there we took a two-hour ferry ride and I honestly wouldn’t get on that ferry again if you paid me. It was slow, stinky, and so hot!
We got an awesome deal on a resort in Koh Lanta and we felt like we were in paradise during our stay there. They had an awesome pool, beach, and a restaurant right off of the ocean. We also rented a scooter (which only cost us $3 for 2 days!) and spent a lot of time driving around and exploring the island.
I was really hoping to do some scuba diving off of Koh Lanta because I read about some great dive shops near our hotel but I had an ear infection and didn’t want the water pressure to make it worse. Sigh. Next time! We did, however, do one last island hopping/ snorkeling adventure and it was hands down the best snorkeling and the most beautiful water I have ever seen! Koh Lanta- we will be back for you!
What I learned:
- I enjoy being “off the beaten path” when it comes to touring so I would spend less time in Krabi and more time on the remote islands of Thailand if I were to do it all over again.
- Snorkeling WITH a life jacket makes it so much easier and a 100% more enjoyable. I’m never going back!
- Avoid ferries at all cost.
- Make sure your Lifeproof case is actually waterproof BEFORE submerging your phone in water. RIP Matt’s iPhone.