Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Krabi 104 - Lay Lay Grill @ Ao Nang Beach

We went to Ao Nang beach the 2nd night we were in Krabi using the resort's shuttle van. I picked Lay Lay Grill as our sunset dinner venue since it gathered quite good review on TripAdvisor. It was a short walk from the busy Ao Nang beach and they even have a shuttle van at the tiny foothill to fetch people up the not so tall hill where the restaurant is located. The key selling point of this restaurant is the amazing panoramic view of the sunset and the entire beach. Ambiance at the restaurant was great although the alfresco dining setting might get hot and stuffy if it wasn't windy enough. The service was attentive and our food came swiftly after ordering. We over ordered again as usual for 2 person and the food got cold fast because there was a fan blowing right at our table. To be honest, the food was alright but nothing impressive. I had some high hope on the baked whole lobster but it turned out to be quite bland. Overall it was just okay dinner but the awesome sunset view made up for most of the night. We spent THB4,250 for 2 person on food and 2 rounds of alcoholic beverage. Not really cheap for my ideal Thailand standard given the food was overall average, but if you never try you will know right? 

Deep Fried Shrimp Cake (not as good as Malati's)
Coconut Cream Soup with Chicken (Quite creamy & tasty)
Pad Thai with Big Prawns
Snow White & 7 Dwarfs (Baked whole lobster and stir fired cashew nuts)
Steamed seabass with chili and lime

Address: 89 Moo 3, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand 
Tel: +66 75 661 588 
Business Hour: 1100 - 2000 daily
For my other post on Krabi, click here.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Krabi 103 - Elephant Trekking by Nosey Parker Elephant Farm

I spent my birthday doing 1-hour of elephant trekking in the rubber plantation somewhere in Krabi. We booked the trip through our resort (THB800 per pax) and the Nosey Parker Elephant Farm's operator picked us up at 1pm from the resort and it was a short 10 minutes drive away. We were introduced to our elephant, Kaka and she took us into the rubber plantation for an hour of bumpy ride. It wasn't the safest ride on earth and I was wondering how did those Victorian ladies in the old days endured this kind of transportation when they were in India or South East Asia as I had butt ache after ride. Some parts I didn't feel safe but overall the guides were very much in control and we had some fun in the rubber plantation. Kaka was playful and she was feeding nonstop. We had some good laugh too when the elephants started doing"big business" one after another and we had to wait for them to finish before we continued our ride. At the end of the ride we were given cucumber to feed Kaka and she quickly took all of it with her trunk. It was quite a surreal feeling getting so up close with an elephant so I'd recommend this experience if you are in Krabi. 

Our ride for the day, Kaka

Some mainland tourists that carried umbrella throughout the ride 

The guide called it "Coconut" but I called it "Elephant Dung"

For my other post on Krabi, click here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Krabi 102 - Malati Restaurant @ Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort

Malati Restaurant was our favourite place to dine during our stay at Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort. It is an ultra chic restaurant located by the beach inside the resort. They serve Thai and Indian cuisines which blend extremely well together. We enjoyed everything that we ordered there. The Thai Prawn Cakes topped our favourite list and we ordered it twice when we dined there. I think we ordered more Indian than Thai when we were there but who doesn't enjoy a good Indian anywhere anyway. Price was on the high side but portions were quite generous. We spent THB2,416 and THB2,018 for 2 dinners there even after 30% discount. However, that was mainly due to the many beers that Big Teddy ordered. Service was slightly lacking although the restaurant was not busy during our visits there.  Nonetheless, the food were fantastic and we were happy after a few rounds of cocktails or beer. That's what holiday is all about isn't it?

Melon Mojito
Thai Prawn Cakes
Tom Yam Kung
Naan and Tandoori Bread
Mixed Tandoori Meat Platter
Indian Rice Set
Mutton Vindaloo
Why not take a selfie?

Address: 155 moo 2, Nong Thale, Muang, Krabi 81000, Thailand 
Phone:+66 75 628 000
For my other post on Krabi, click here

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Krabi 101 - Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort / Birthday Getaway 2015

Big Teddy and I went to Krabi for my birthday getaway in April and spent 3 nights at the 5 star Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort. Located at the quiet Klong Muong beach away from the busy Ao Nang strip. It was one of the most relaxing trip that I had in a long while. The 240 rooms resort far exceeded my expectations for the THB12,819.60  (about RM1,500) that we paid for the rooms, which included Daily Buffet Breakfast For 2, 30% Discount On Spa And Dining, 20% Discount On Private Krabi Airport Transfer and Free High Speed Internet. We used the private airport transfer which was excellent for THB 960 after discount and from there we mainly stayed in the resort throughout our stay and got our elephant hiking trip (THB1,440 for 2 pax) and half day island hopping tour (THB2,160 for 2 pax) sorted out at the hotel tour desk. They also provide a shuttle van with a small fee (THB250 per pax per round trip) to Ao Nang Beach which is 10 minutes drive away. The restaurants were very good and we loved Malati's blend of Thai and Indian cuisines the most. We also tried the Mandara Spa which were good but on the pricey side (THB4,449 for 2 pax after discount on 1 hour aroma therapy massage). The pools and 24 hours gym were fantastic too. The only downside was the beach which was less than impressive than a lot of other places that I'd been, but I was more than happy to just hang around the resort. My SPG membership also gave me some perks like complimentary cocktails and because they delivered the birthday cake a day later, the resort gave me a free bottle of sparkling wine as well and lots of rose petals on the bed. Overall, it was a lovely resort but sadly a new management from Dusit Thani is going to take over the resort and rename it from July onwards. I hope it still remains a great resort after leaving Starwood... 

Address: 155 Moo 2, Nong Thale, Muang, Krabi, 81180 Thailand 
Phone: +66 75 628000
For my other post on Krabi, click here
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