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Drive to Krabi – Day 3

Date : 22nd September 2009
Time : 10.00am – 6.30pm
Destination : AoNang – Wat Tham Suea – Emerald Pool
Distance : About 150KM

After breakfast, we drove to Wat Tham Suea or Tiger cave temple about 15KMs from Aonang Beach.

According to our travel information, the cave was discovered by a monk who wanted to meditate and noticed tigers roaming around the cave, so he named the cave – Tiger Cave.

sTigerCaveTemPle1This is the entrance to the temple.  I was quite surprised when I have glance  at the wording, this is a God of Mercy Temple ( Guan Yin in Mandarin ).  Follow the road for about 100Meters will bring you to the temple where it house the Guan Yin Statue.

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At the end of the walk way, you will this pagoda housing a huge Guan Yin Statue.

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A very important reminder here, there are a lot of monkeys around the area, please take good care of your belonging or it will be hijacked by the monkey – like Zheng Er’s bottle, disappear in a glimpse of an eye. Put everything into your carrying beg, try to avoid holding a plastic bag.

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sTigerCaveTemPle7The Guan Yin temple is located at the foot hill, there are 2 places that you can venture to from here : the tiger cave and the view point on top of the hill.  Please take note that there are 2 different routes to both destination.  We choose to explore the cave.  In the beginning of  of the trail, it clearly stated that this is not the trail to the hill top to avoid confusion.  You wouldn’t want to waste your energy as the trail to the top of the view point is about 1200 steps, about 4.5 times of Batu cave, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

sTigerCaveTemPle8Zheng Hao, Zheng Ni, Jia Chi, Zheng Yuan and Jia Yiin posting before the tiger cave trail adventure.

sTigerCaveTemPle21We do not hire a tour guide so basically we do not not what to expect and where exactly is the tiger cave, we are hopping that there are sign board lead us to the tiger cave.  This is the first sight after we descending downhill.

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I believe these huts are staying by the monk who meditate here.sTigerCaveTemPle10There are a lot of cave as we walk along the trail, but unfortunately no clear sign of telling us which one is tiger cave.  Anyway, we just enjoy the company of the natural environment.

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sTigerCaveTemPle13Big tree is very common in the jungle trail.  We walk for about 30 minutes, passing several caves and still not clear sign of tiger cave, we decided to turn back, may be we just missed it or the cave was not properly tag with sign board.

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One of my favorite, Laughing Buddha statue in the temple.

sTigerCaveTemPle16After we return to the Guan Yin temple at the foot hill,  Car 6 and car 8 decide to challenge the hill top. As I mentioned it is about 1200 steps, so I decided not to take up the challenge.  Wai Chee decided to give it a try with the kids, they return after completed about 200 plus steps. It took Car 6 and 8 more than an hour to complete the trail.

If you are physically fit, you should give it a try and the view on top of the hill is just superb.

Even the kids did not make it, they are all rewarded with ice cream.

sTigerCaveTemPle17From the ground, you can see the viewing deck on top of the hill.

sTigerCaveTemPle18Its about 1.30pm, we are hunting for food at Krabi town about 5Km away.  Krabi is small town and quiet during our visit.  However, you may visit the night market here where you can find a lot of local foods.  Since we stay at Aonang beach, about 30Kms from Krabi town, decided not to visit the night market.

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We parked our car and roaming around the town and discover this coffee shop, since it is 2pm, not may choice available.

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We ordered some rice and noodle with roasted pork and chicken. Do you notice that they put sugar in the food ?

sKrabiTown3After lunch, we decided to visit a natural tourist destination call ” Emerald Pool”. It is a last minute decision so some team member did not bring additional clothing to enjoy the fun at Emerald Pool.

By listening to the name, you will know it is a pool with emerald like colour water.  The water is originates from a warm stream in the low land forest of Khao Nor Juji. The colour of the pool water change from time to time according to the weather and time of the day.


About 50 KM from Krabi, Emerald pool is located at Khlong Thom town along highway 4.  Turn at Khlong Thom town junction to road 4038 towards Lam Thap.  About 100 meters from the junction, you will notice a white signboard on the right leading you to Emerald Pool, Hot Spring and a wild life sanctuary.  Please take note that the sign board indicate Crystal Pond instead of Emerald pool.

About 15KM from road 4038 junction, we arrived at the Emerald Pool or crystal pond.  You need to pay about 50Baht for each car parking.

sEmeraldPool1At the entrance, you need to purchase ticket before you can enter the area, it cost only 20Baht for local but 200Baht for foreigner.

sEmeraldPool2Wai Yee and parents at the entrance of the park.

sEmeraldPool11Even at the entrance of the park, you can see the beauty of the stream with emerald like colour.

sEmeraldPool3After purchase the ticket, you need to walk about 1.5Km to the actual Emerald pool via this gravel road.  The road is well under shade by a lot of trees.

sEmeraldPool4Finally we arrived at the Emerald Pool.

sEmeraldPool5Interestingly, it is indeed an Emerald pool, first in my life.

Be very very careful when you walk around the area, it is very very slippery.

sEmeraldPool6Zheng Yuan can’t wait to jump to the pool.

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sEmeraldPool12Jia Chi enjoying the natural slide to the pool.

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sEmeraldPool9We spend about an hour at Emerald pool and reached Aonang beach about 6.30pm. Again too late to enjoy the sun set. I hope I can make it tomorrow as we only plan for Island hopping trip tomorrow.

No more seafood tonight as we decided to try out some local food.  We found this small food stall selling noodle not far from our hotel. ( It is at a small lane opposite McDonald ).

I strongly recommend you try this stall, it cost about 35Baht per bowl, but you need 2 to 3 bowls to fill your stomach as the portion is very small, a few meat ball and 3 – 4 mouth full of noodle, that is.

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Drive To Krabi – Day 2

Date : 21st September 2009
Time : 9.30am – 4.30pm
Destination : Hadyai – Trang – Krabi
Distance : About 300KM

After breakfast, we drove to Krabi via Trang. We took highway 43 to Phatthalung exit left to Trang and finally Krabi.

Driving from Hatyai to Phatthalung using Highway 43 is smooth and easy, just like Malaysia North South Highway, it is a dual carriage highway. Please take note that this is toll free highway and be expect car making U-turn and pedestrian crossing along the way.

We stopped by a handicraft shop recommended by Car 6, there are several handicraft shops along the way and the price is reasonable. Car 3 falls in love with an antique coffee table and consider buying it when we are back from Krabi.

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From Phatthalung to Trang, continue with Highway 4 ( turn left at Phatthalung interchange ) will bring you to hilly terrain (  similar to scenery around Ipoh ) where you will see a lot of limestone hilly terrain.  The road on the hilly section is single carriage similar our trunk road here in Malaysia.

There is one restaurant on top of this hilly road call “Khao Pubpa” that you must stop for meal, it is located at the highest point of the road, and the environment is very cooling and excellent for a break.  We had our earlier lunch here about 12.00pm.  The restaurant is  built by wooden structure and used only wooden furniture still in its natural and original shape. It makes it blend in really well with the natural environment surrounded the restaurant.

The food is tasty and price reasonable, it cost about 800Baht for a family 4 adult and 4 children.  Everyone enjoy the food and decided to visit Khao Pubpa again when we are on our return journey from Krabi.

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sKhaoPubpa7After lunch we proceed our journey to Krabi passing by a town call  Trang.  We decided to drive through Trang town to see what they have to offer instead of taking the “Trang ByPass” highway.

In Trang town, we noticed a lot of Chinese residing here. We saw a lot of Chinese wording banner especially at school, temple and shops.

With the assistance of LonelyPlanet in Car 8, we managed to visit one of the popular kopitiam in Trang. This restaurant operates by Thai Teo Chew Chinese who still speak fluent mandarin.  Car 3 generously bought us a round of the famous honey roast pig while Car 6 being a Teo Chew Nang as well bought every table the authentic Teo Chew biscuit.

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Best honey roast pig in Trang.sTrang3Traditional Teo Chew Moon Cake and biscuit.

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There is a small hiccup when we left Trang as I accidentally droped my GPS causing it haywired showing a wrong direction.  Luckily Car 8 come to rescue bring us back to the right track. Resetting the GPS bring us back to the right track and we continue our journey via trunk road 4158 connecting to 4159 and finally back to Highway 4.

If you do not wish to visit Trang town, I will strongly suggest you to take the Trang By pass and continue with Highway 4 passing Huai Yot town to Krabi. ( Map is provided free by Thailand Tourism Board Malaysia located at Level 22, Menara CitiBank Kuala Lumpur, Tel: (603) 2162 3480 http://www.thaitourism.com.my/).

Finally we reached Aonang beach/Krabi about 4.30pm.  Just like Koh Samui, the hotel entrance is rather small sandwiched in between all the shops and signboard.  Checked in to the hotel and relax at the pool.  The hotel Aonang Villa Resort is strategically located by the beach and walking distance to all the food and shopping area next to Aonang beach.  Next to the hotel is a limestone mountain, the view is  similar to Batu Cave back in Malaysia.sAonangVilla3

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sAonang Villa1The hotel cost about 2500Baht per night inclusive breakfast and tea time for 2 during low season, room is very spacious.  There are 2 pools in the hotel, surprisingly the pool closed rather early at 7pm.

At night, we have a slow walk around the beach front Aonang shopping/dining area. The area is very well organized after the Tsunami hit.  There are a numbers of restaurant by the seaside at the end of the shopping area.  The price of the food is all set in the menu and written in both Thai and English language.  For a family of 2 adults and 4 children, it cost us about 800Baht for a seafood dinner.

If you want to catch the sunset whiles having dinner, this will be the best place, be there about 6pm so that you can have more choice of table location. The sunset about 6.30pm, unfortunately I do not have the opportunity to take any photo, according to Car 8’s LonelyPlanet, it is very beautiful. ( Try google Aonang Sunset for photo ).

After dinner, all the ladies continue shopping and massage, some of us enjoying beer at the hotel lobby.

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sAonangNight2Aonang Beach at night.

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