Sun, Sand and Sparkling Seas

June 24th, 2007   •   25 comments   •   Author: Walter Lim   

Central Krabi Bay Resort – Our Spot of Paradise

If you enjoy tropical getaways, you will love Krabi. Located along the coast of the Andaman Sea, it is one of the more rustic and less commercialised beach getaways in Thailand. Almost everything a beach bum wants – sparkling crystalline seas teeming with colourful fishes, white sandy beaches, great seafood – can be found there. The icing on the cake is that great Thai hospitality which always makes experiences extra special.

Here’s a photo essay of a our recent holiday there. Enjoy.
Our idyllic sojourn began at Central Krabi Bay Resort, a hotel so exclusive that it has its own private beach.

Located at separate villas, each hotel room was well appointed. The spacious luxurious bathroom offered three different ways to bathe!

Nestled amidst cliffs lush with tropical vegetation and facing the sea, our resort had a nice swimming pool, coconut trees, and overhanging cliffs. The works!

Here’s a view of the floating jetty leading out of the resort. Because of its location, we had to take a speedboat ride to get from the resort to Ao Nang town in the mainland.

Tuk tuks are a cheap, fun and sometimes thrilling ride here, without the price haggling that comes in Bangkok.

Ao Nang town was relatively quiet when we were there as it was the low season. We were there every evening for magnificent massages, fabulous food and deadly drinks.

One of the restaurants serving a mixture of Thai and European cuisine. Prices are always affordable for fresh seafood and alcohol.

A shot of the nice seafood dinner that we had. Barbecued squid, prawns and fishes washed down with tropical cocktails. Splendid!

On our first day trip (a Phang Nga Sea Tour), we visited this animal farm where a cute cuddly gibbon clung to me. It later bit my finger, probably mistaking it for food.

We also clambered on top of a Thai elephant for our first elephant ride. The gait of the elephant made it quite a “rock and roll” experience.

We next visited a monkey cave temple with a huge golden statue of a reclining buddha. Some of the rock formations inside were awesome.

Tina and I gearing ourselves up for a long-tail boat ride to James Bond island. Its actually speedier than it looks.

A view of the muslim villages on stilts where we had lunch. Its fascinating to see how an entire community was built solely for tourism purposes.

James Bond Island, a tourist hotspot, in the background.

A souvenir shop on scenic Ping Gan island selling cuttlefish. Yummy and chewy!

We next went on a short canoeing adventure, where we had many close encounters of the rocky craggy kind!

Our second day trip brought us to 4 islands – Phra Nang Beach, Tup Island, Chicken Island and Poda Island. Here’s a shot of Tina with our trusty ride.

Another shot from inside the speedboat, with the wind blowing against us and the spray of salty sea in the air.

At Phra Nang beach, we saw this little shrine located in the beach caves. Guess what these objects are?

The famous Chicken Island with a limestone rock formation shaped after the head of our favourite fowl.

The sandy causeway at Tup Island with blue seas teeming with fishes, white sandy beaches and half-naked hairless apes.

The most memorable shot at Poda Island are the ones of clear waters full of fishes. Many of them were quite large and incredibly friendly when you can offer them food.

On our last day, we took a walk through nature along a hilly path which joins our resort to the main town area.

A sordid reminder of what happened along these parts on 26 December 2004. Let’s hope that future natural disasters will leave this pristine paradise alone.

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  1. posted on Jun 24, 2007 at 2:52 PM

    One word… BEAUTIFUL!

    Where di u get the time to travel anyway? I envy you!!! The place looks simply gorgeous! Gosh i want to travel places!

  2. sueisfine
    posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 3:06 AM

    your pics look so good! looks like a very interesting & nice place. would love to visit there next time with my family!

  3. posted on Jun 24, 2007 at 9:55 PM

    Seems like paradise. I love the pristine crystal clear waters 😀

  4. posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 4:29 AM

    Wah! So Beautiful!!! I MUST GO!

  5. posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 6:39 AM

    Hmmm can reveal the cost for this vacation? I don’t quite like sun but the beach is sooooo beautiful, I do want to consider to enjoy. Which travel agent did you join?

  6. posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    wow! wow! wow! yes, me too, i wanna go now

  7. posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 2:03 PM


    Thanks for the compliments. We try to squeeze time out of our busy schedules and work as hard as we can during normal times. That way, we can at least take little breaks now and then.

    You should visit Krabi while its still pristine….

  8. posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 2:04 PM


    It sure is Heaven on Earth…. I love the fishes swimming up to you especially. Its so unreal you know and they are so graceful and swift.

  9. posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 2:05 PM


    Yeah, you should. Makes you forget about the stresses of life…

  10. posted on Jun 25, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    suzie wong,

    Its cool if you like the Sun, sand and sea. Of course massages and seafood too, plus Thai beer… 😉

  11. Anonymous
    posted on Jun 26, 2007 at 6:53 AM

    Nice pic… can I ask ? What is the brand of the camera you are using ?

  12. posted on Jun 26, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    hey anonymous, the camera I use is the Panasonic Lumix FX-1. I love the Lumix series which has nice leica lenses, great zooming capability, anti-shake and excellent colour reproduction.

  13. posted on Jun 26, 2007 at 2:07 PM

    Nice photos. Those objects – are they used flares (to light up the cave), phallic symbols??? Oh I give up! What are they?

  14. Bee
    posted on Jun 27, 2007 at 1:24 AM

    Wow .. nice place to be 🙂

  15. posted on Jun 27, 2007 at 12:13 AM


    You got it right!! Hmm… I guess phallic symbols aren’t that difficult to guess right? Thanks for the compliments on the pics. 😉

  16. posted on Jun 27, 2007 at 5:26 AM


    it sure is though probably not on the same scale as your holidays in the states!

  17. tanguy
    posted on Jun 27, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Hi Walter,

    Thailand is a fantastic holiday’s vacation ; excellent food, excellent weather, very nice service, safe at any time…

    and Krabi is very nice (I prefer Koh Tao though)… you must have enjoyed it so much… thanks for your pics (they are great!).

  18. posted on Jun 27, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    Walter, Krabi is fantastic isn’t it. Some say it’s like Phuket ten years ago. Hmm, on the phallic symbols, I thought they were “implements” used for smoking pot! Oh well, at least I got the smoking part right. Looks like the Central Krabi is quite similar in scale to the Sofitel Krabi where I stayed in Feb ’06 (my review at

  19. posted on Jun 27, 2007 at 11:32 PM

    Hey David,

    Yeah I remembered that you went to Krabi too! Both hotels are fairly similar in scale though the pool at Sofitel is probably larger, while the beach at Central is less rocky. Nice reviews of hotels (your specialty?) there.

  20. posted on Jun 27, 2007 at 11:34 PM


    Thanks for the compliments. Yeah, some of the neighbouring islands in either the Andaman Sea or Gulf Coast of Thailand are pretty nice. What Thailand has that we don’t have in Singapore is a more consistent weather. Here there are just too frequent showers and the humidity is too high to warrant spending hours outdoors in the beaches.

  21. posted on Jun 29, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    fwah…boootiful place man..must go check it one day..keke

  22. Liv
    posted on Jun 30, 2007 at 7:29 PM

    Wowee! Looks like you had an awesome time! I’m so envious!

  23. posted on Jun 30, 2007 at 11:12 PM


    You should go with your Boo! Its perfect for a honeymoon dude….

  24. posted on Jun 30, 2007 at 11:13 PM


    Haha… It sure is fun there especially for beach bummers. Go get a tan!

  25. posted on Jul 18, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    Nice photos & great information 🙂

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