Krabi and the Tiger Cave Temple

…Once we got off the over night train in Surat Thani we had to get a connecting bus with the Songserm Company to Krabi. Well the bus journey only lasted 10 minutes and dropped us off at a holding point where we were told that a mini-van would come for us in about 2 hours. I think the idea with the holding point is that if they keep you there long enough you will spend some money. We made it clear that we were not going to spend anything and within half an hour, there was a mini-van to pick us up. Alas, this mini-van only took us to another holding point where we had to wait another half hour. This time the mini-van was going to take us the 156km to Krabi, or so we thought. It actually dropped us off a few kilometers outside of town where the only way to get there was to get a taxi (owned by the same company) to bring you, costing 100 baht per person.

Unfortunately, from what I’ve learned, is that this is the way all transport works around this part of Thailand. Instead for bringing you direct to your location, like it says on your ticket, they herd you around from place to place over a few hours so that you will eventually buy food or pay to use the toilet and then they make you pay for a taxi to finish off the last part of the trip. This saddened me and made travelling quite unpleasant. By the time we got to Krabi we had been travelling for 18 hours and had been awake for 27. This is Thailand though, and if you want comfort you can book a luxury cruise.

Krabi town was awesome though. Once we booked into our hostel we quickly forgot about the epic journey that had just taken place. We had showers, got some food and got some rest. Waking up again we were ready to explore. Krabi is a small city with a population of about 25,000. We really liked it there. It was such a calm place compared to Bangkok and we felt really welcome. The shops were nice, the food was great and most of all, no one was trying to scam us.

On the first day there we just walked around the markets and shops because we were wrecked from travelling and had a few changs in the evening. The second day though we took 2 motorcycle taxis to the Tiger Cave Temple. Riding on the back of the motorcycle I could feel the wind in my hair and sun beating down on my skin and I thought to myself; yes, this what I came here for.

The Tiger Cave is a temple at the bottom of a mountain but most people travel there to climb the 1237 steps to the top where there is a massive Buddha statue and awesome views of the surrounding landscape. The steps are really challenging and get quite steep at times. They are enclosed in jungle and you get very sweaty climbing them. There are a lot of monkeys too. You are always told to watch out for the monkeys because they steal stuff and have a tendency to jump at you and try to take your bag or hat but we found these monkeys quite tame and friendly. We were able to get close enough to them to take some nice pictures.

A short while and 3 liters of water later we were at the top. We lingered a while and enjoyed the breeze and took in the 360° view of the Krabi Provence which stretched out to the ocean and deep into the jungle.

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Krabi Town

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Chaos

Chaos

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The beginning

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The view from about a quarter way up

The view from about a quarter way up

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Using your hands helped

Using your hands helped

The royal cat

The royal cat

Coming over the top step

Coming over the top step

Taken by a fellow climber named Gap

Taken by a fellow climber named Gap

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Buddhist offerings

Buddhist offerings

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3 shot panorama over the jungle

3 shot panorama over the jungle

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On the way back down

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More Monkeys

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Some sexy dude

Some sexy dude

Back in town that night we treated ourselves and went to Mr Krabi. I had a Massaman Curry and Jasmin had the Fried Barracuda. All washed down with some Chang, followed by 100 Baht cocktails 🙂

The best food in town

The best food in town

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