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Bumming Out a Weekend in Krabi

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I don’t recall what was going through my head when I spotted the flight deals in my inbox. Although I frequently received such offers, I seldom acted on them simply because they seemed inexpensive. It was also rare for me to opt for a weekend trip without a break from work before or after—I thought I might suffer burnout from constant movement.

Perhaps 2019 was just the year I chose to indulge in travel to break away from the strenuous daily routine at work, or perhaps I discovered something about travel that deeply resonated with me.

Nevertheless, as the trip approached, I continued to ponder the reason behind my decision. Eventually, I found myself in the midst of recovering from a severe case of flu. Despite uncertainty about the timing of my travel, embarking on a solo journey meant I had full control over my itinerary. Moreover, with mid-August being the shoulder season in Thailand, it presented the perfect opportunity for me to rest and recuperate.

Upon arriving late at Pak-up Hostel on Friday evening, I promptly passed out and slept for a solid 12 hours. This much-needed rest revitalized me, ensuring I had enough energy to fully enjoy the rest of my weekend trip without burning out. It also afforded me the opportunity to immerse myself in the slower pace of Thai life, a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Krabi Town on the Weekend

The hostel’s strategic location allowed me to leisurely stroll along the riverbank and catch sight of some mudskippers. While Krabi town was not as interesting as many would hope, I found it charming nonetheless.

in the evening, I made my way to the weekend night market, where I was immediately captivated by the local vibes and affordable street food. A local band played, drawing a crowd that hung out together as if they hadn’t seen each other all week.

It was at that moment I realized how much I liked Thailand. This being my first visit to the country, I was quickly won over by its resemblance to Malaysia. The homely feeling, not just from the vibrant colours and lively noises, but from the genuine excitement over simplicity, truly resonated with me.

Drinks at Krabi weekend night market
Heading to Railay

After a chill Saturday, I was ready to explore further on Sunday, my last day in Krabi. And what better way to experience South Thailand’s famed paradise beaches?

Leaving from my hostel, I went down to a jetty at the river, where I boarded a longtail boat bound for Railay Beach. The longtail boat is the only means of reaching the beach, as it’s separating from the mainland by limestone cliffs. The 40-minute boat ride offered me a chance to admire the unique rock formations jutting out of the sea.

After we docked, I headed straight for the closest Phra Nang Beach, where I tested the waters and marvelled at the rock-climbers scaling the cliffs. It’s funny how I used to dream of rock climbing as a child, but now I prefer staying grounded. I decided to skip exploring the Princess Cave, as I had no interest in seeing the infamous horde of sex toys.

The whitest beach

After lingering for a moment, I walked to Railay Beach, which turned out to be the highlight of my trip. With its incredible white sand, stunning blue waters, and majestic cliffs, I spent at least an hour simply sitting on the beach, watching the waves. In that serene moment, all my sickness and stress seemed to disappear from my mind and body.

There’s a walking street nearby lined with crudely made structures selling wares and food on both sides. After my time at the beach, I settled for some pad Thai before strolling down the stretch and browsing souvenirs. I couldn’t help but admire the creativity of the locals in designing their colourful stores.

From there, I slowly made my way back to the pier, passing by a bat cave. A plank boardwalk led the way into the small cave, and I had to be quiet so as not to disturb the sleeping bats on the ceiling. It was my first time encountering them in their natural habitat, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to disturb an angry horde of them!

A true vacation

Before this trip, I had the traditional mindset of a holiday where I felt compelled to do everything I possibly could. However, circumstances led me to take a step back and simply indulge in what felt like the local life of another place. Through this experience, I came to understand what it truly means to travel—to look around and really see the beauty of a foreign land and its people.

Behind the trip

I’m Angie, a traveller, web developer and blogger behind A Head Full of Travel. I’m here to document my adventures through words and photography, kindling a love for life. You can trust that all content and advice shared here is genuine and from my own experiences.

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