ITINERARY: This unique small group tour will let you experience two very different, yet completely authentic sides of Krabi: the bustling market town that is the provincial capital, and the rural backwaters on the other side of the river. Travel to Krabi Town where you will first visit the riverside landmark “Pu Dam” or black crab statue, and take in the view of the famous “dog ear” mountains, Khao Kanab Nam. Next it’s time to head onto the river in a traditional longtail boat. You will pass by local fishermen, protected mangrove forests and stop off to explore some caves, as well as a fish farm built out on stilts over the water.
A proper Thai seafood lunch is served in a similar floating restaurant along the river. The afternoon is spent on the heritage island of Koh Klang, where people for the most part still live in wooden houses and follow a very traditional Thai way of life that is fast disappearing. Travelling by “samlor”, a local motorbike taxi, you will learn about the old ways of making rice, join in with animal feeding, try your hand at batik painting and visit a local craft centre.
Step forward to the present as you arrive back in the relatively busy Krabi Town to visit the Wat Kaew Kowaram temple, which is built in a modern, all-white style, as well as shop in the (very provincial but sometimes good for a bargain) Vogue Department Store and a local fruit market, all accompanied by your guide. Krabi Town is a typical example of an “upcountry” small town, very different from the metropolis of Bangkok and almost untouched by tourism.
This is a great trip for people interested in how Thai people live; you won’t see many other tourists (if any at all) and you will get a real insight into both traditional and modern ways of life here. For those visiting at the weekend, also check out the later starting version of this tour, which includes a guided visit to the night market.
Expected group size: 2 – 10 pax, depending on the day and time of year.
– Detailed trip report (coming soon)
Last updated: September 30, 2016