Kel: We got to Krabi Town by speed boat and stayed for a couple of nights. We had a hell of an effort trying to find the hotel we wanted. Felt like we walked for 30 mins with our packs before we realised it was just across the road from where we started - doh. Just got to think of the fact your burning calories in those moments eh!
Anyway, Krabi Town is a starting point for people travelling to Phi Phi, Railay etc and is a working town. It didn't have the charm that Phuket town had at all, but it did have a great night market, where we sampled amazing fried crab with curry powder so we were happy.
Originally one of the places I really wanted to visit on our trip is Koh Phi Phi. It's where The Beach was filmed, and is generally meant to be paradise. However the more people we spoke to and the more we read about it we weren't so sure (tourist websites referring to it as a national disgrace etc) Thailand doesn't seem to have any regulation when it comes to tourism... in fact this is a theme we've seen across indochina, where someone does well selling something, five hundred more jump on the bandwagon and then don't understand why they don't have the same success. Anyway, I still really wanted to see Phi Phi so we decided to go for a day trip instead, and I'm so glad we did. First stop Maya beach, home of The Beach. We got a couple of strategic 'we're on our own in paradise' shots but the reality was that the white powder sands and crystal clear blue green sea were spoilt by about 500 people all on this beach! We did do some amazing snorkelling there but that was probably the best bit. We did some more snorkelling in the afternoon (great to do this bit with a tour cause they fed the fish from the boat so you got to see so much more) and then headed to Bamboo Island which was the sheer bliss that we were looking for. Absolutely out of this world. Right up there with the Maldives. So it was a great day, and a good decision not to stay longer any longer.
Next stop Railay.