When Harmony and I first arrived in Krabi, we weren't sure whether we'd like it or not. We certainly didn't like the smell of the littered streets and how it seemed like there was nothing to do in the town. The market wasn't very nice either, and the hassle from the taxi drivers wasn't very fun. However, after exploring the area a little the following day, we eventually found some beautiful scenery by the bank of the river, with an endless sea of trees and large, limestone karsts on the opposite side. It was absolutely stunning!
Khao Khanap Nam
At the bank of the river, we were talked into going on a quick boat trip for only 500 Baht. That's 250 Baht each and a boat all to ourselves! Firstly, we were taken up the river to one of the two mountains that form what's known as Khao Khanap Nam. We then paid a 30 Baht admission fee each and were free to follow a path up to some stairs that lead us into a cave.
Amongst the many stalactites clutching onto the cave's ceiling was an opening that allowed light to flood in and illuminate the interesting and impressive features inside. These features include prehistoric paintings on the walls and a collection of stalagmites that had formed on the floor. Outside the cave was the 43,000 year old remains of a human body, which (like everything else) was signposted and described. It wasn't the easiest place to photograph, but it was okay once I had the light to my back. We were even the only ones in the cave for a while!
After 20-30 minutes in the cave, the boat took us back down the river with the mangrove forests by our side. We also saw run down buildings, sunken boats and children playing on beaches and amongst palm trees. We eventually came to a fish farm, which I wasn't too fond of, but it was good to be able to look at how the locals live and sustain themselves. We didn't stay there long and soon headed back to the pier. Here, we walked around a little and admired all of the sculptures by the side of the river.
After our boat trip, we headed back to where we were staying (JP Mansion). We actually stumbled across this hostel and, luckily, they could accommodate us as we didn't book anything prior to our arrival. It was a little bit out of the way and they didn't serve food, but the owners were lovely and we could get a cheap breakfast a couple of doors down. We even got the price of our room down by 100 Baht a night, as our air con stopped working. Of course, we started to struggle with nothing more than a fan when it was hideously hot, but we knew what to expect by now.