I had just spent four long days bedridden from a (bad) stomach bug in Bangkok. I almost thought my body caught a parasite and I was eating nothing but dry toast and ice cubes my first few days in Thailand. Dan, my husband, stayed by me through my whole recovery. Except the day he spent at a toy museum to get a selfie with Homer Simpson. We needed a well-deserved weekend away from the chaotic city that Bangkok can be. We would miss our beloved Thai food on Soi 29 which our friend Ian introduced us to, but Bangkok was not treating us well and we needed a change.
Southwest near the Andaman coast is the resort town of Ao Nang, Krabi. For two tranquil nights, we lazed around on sandy beach, and by limestone cliffs, completely disconnected from work and the world. We got back to the basic.
I mean really basic.
We’re not luxury people by any means. We’re happy with the little things. We stayed in a teeny tiny bamboo hut at the Baan Suan Resort. We shared a thin mattress on the floor, cold showers in the morning, one clothesline, and a tiny electric bulb. And maybe a few ants crawling here and there too.
We felt remote, minimalist and simple which I actually welcomed. Going back to the basics reminds me how grateful I am, of my time travelling, of what I have when I do return home, and that my body can be healthy again. It reminds me that shutting down the gear and getting off the grid from time to time to recharge is important.
We also couldn’t get enough of these cliffs and this view!
Where to Stay in Krabi:
Ao Nang Baan Suan Resort
Beach Access: Free shuttle to/from Ao Nang beach
Wifi: Yes, but only at reception
Check out the video of our room tour!
Budget: about $50-70/night depending on the season. Book on Booking.com
Beach Access: 5 minutes walk.
Breakfast: Free and it’s absolutely delicious. Made-to-order omelettes, waffles or pancakes, fresh fruit and juices.
Budget: about $32/night depending on the season. Book on Booking.com
Beach Access: 100 metres to Long Beach, Koh Lanta
Other inclusions: Wifi and Breakfast
How to Get Around:
For booking transfers by train, bus, or ferry I recommend 12Go Asia. It’s a great go-to site for planning how to get from point A to point B in Thailand and Southeast Asia.