It was 1995 when I arrived in Krabi for the first time for a short holiday from Phuket and from there I proceeded to Ao Nang.
It was a kind of love at first sight. I fell in love with the “anything” i found there: that sense of peace that emanated, the few wooden little shops far apart from each other, the almost total absence of cement on the promenade, the beach walks in the silence of night where the only sounds were the backwash and the creak of shell sediments under bare feet.
Speaking in a low voice With my travel mates, just whispering, as when entering a church during a service. And Ao Nang seemed a bit like an endless cathedral of nature while the sun was setting into the sea, like an offering on the altar of horizon, lengthening the shadows and subtracting colour to everything around me.
I had my accommodation at Phra Nang Inn, one of the few hotels in the area, starting point for the next day visits and ate tasty Thai dishes based on fish, unaware that even at that time, in a hidden corner, there was an Italian restaurant.
I do not remember the presence of local boats, so those islands offshore, apparently so beautiful, had to remain a mirage for a long time yet.
It was not a mirage, however, the natural tubs of smooth stones eroded from the continuous flow of a small river of hot water, where I plunged up to the neck pampering myself with the gentle massage of the stream, not even that lake of crystal clear water, popped up like an oasis in the middle a radurae called with good reason “Emerald Pool“, where there was not a soul.
I didn’t know on that time that that province so beautiful and so lonely, where steep cliffs and rocks emerging here and there out of the sea, offering an extraordinary view, would have become of them a few years my final destination.
5 Years later
Later I went back to Krabi a couple of times and I saw her changing very slowly, it was like the time wanted to resist to any form of change and He wanted to keep those mild pace, that had marked his life up until then, and the same construction of the airport seemed to go almost unnoticed despite the opening ceremony done with a great ceremony and the presence of many authorities.
Then one day, after five years since my first visit I left Phuket and moved permanently, focusing on its development partly braked by the presence of a Muslim community moderate but very conservative.
And finally Krabi began to grow up, and with it grew Ao Nang, seeing arise here and there new structures. Local boats began to increase enhancing the transport to the surrounding islands, including Phi Phi Islands, a true gem of this magnificent destination.
Currently Krabi, and Ao Nang with her, has firmly taken the rightful place within the Southern Thailand tourism, serving as a valuable alternative to “evergreen” Phuket, offering visitors a bit of everything, but without excesses: modern and functional hotel facilities suitable for every kind of wallets and requirements, attractive land and sea excursions, a wide range of diverse restaurants and places to spend the rest of the evening listening to music or drinking some glasses and a night life without the excesses of other famous destinations of Thailand.
Krabi is the dynamic holiday for everyone: couples, families, aged people and men or women alone. A holiday that is not considered hazardous if you observe the trivial rules of respect for the places and for the people. A place that, after more than 15 years of life without interruption, I consider as my house and I will not hesitate to recommend.
What to add? Nothing except that I wait for you in Krabi and with the Krabi.Guide team I will be available to help you to enjoy a wonderful and unforgettable vacation in one of the most charming places of Thailand.