Thai natural rubber prices have fallen from a peak of 179.25 baht ($5.41) per kg in 2011 to 45 baht ($1.38) per kg in December 2017 (36.95 baht as record low in Jan-Feb 2015). My in-laws, with a 3-hectare land, have waited a long time for the price to go up, but have now given up on rubber tapping. They recently cut down 1.000 rubber trees and sold it as rubberwood for around 200.000 baht.
It’s sad, but not the end of the world as they also have fields with oil palms (whose fruit they sell to a factory producing RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil), and now they will replant something new — perhaps durian, the “king of fruits,” and more oil palms.
Below is a video from 2015 when I visited their rubber tree plantation, which is just a memory now.
Monkeys are a lot of fun, and they are so photogenic it’s ridiculous. In Thailand, you will most likely run into a few macaques, so be ready with your camera — they’re such a great subject to photograph. Just don’t get too close them as they can be aggressive, which is why you should use a camera with a bit longer focal length lens. Below are a few shots of macaques I’ve taken in Phuket and Krabi.
Sure, Ao Nang is touristy — it is a resort town — and there are things I don’t like here. But this part of Krabi boasts some incredible features that you simply can’t miss when traveling in southern Thailand — and you don’t necessarily need to stay in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Here are ten reasons for you to visit Ao Nang.
1. This rooftop bar view
My wife enjoying a drink with the stunning town backdrop.
One early morning after taking pictures of the sunrise at Nong Thale Lake we went to Tubkaek Beach before heading back to Ao Nang for a quick walk on the beach. We parked the car opposite Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort because there was a small road leading down to the beach.
I thought I should share some pictures from the surroundings outside the resort as it might be useful for someone interested in vacationing in Krabi away from the crowds.
Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort. Looks pretty inviting.
Phuket or Krabi? Personally, I don’t like to compare these two places since they are so different from each other. Phuket is an island famous for its long white sandy beaches and nightlife while Krabi, located on the mainland, is known for its natural beauty including limestone mountains, idyllic beaches, and mangrove forests.
Why choose when you can visit both? There is a bridge connecting Phuket with the mainland, and you can drive to Krabi via Phang Nga in two hours. But if you need to choose one place, you might want to know some differences between these two tropical paradises.
First, the most obvious difference; Phuket is an enormous tourist destination and has been around longer than Krabi. Here are over 200 spas to choose from, world-class hotels and award-winning restaurants. And you can’t compare the nightlife – Phuket is a different world. This means Phuket attracts more people, which in turn makes prices a bit higher.
Water sport activities
If you’re into water sports like jet ski and parasailing, you’ll need to go to Phuket. Several national parks incorporate the beaches and offshore islands in Krabi why motorized water sports aren’t allowed.
Three years ago today my amazing wife Thiprudee and I went to the Amphur office in my wife’s home town with two witnesses – her parents – to sign the marriage certificate. Almost two years later we had the wedding party with nearly a thousand guests at my in-law’s house surrounded by a forest of palm trees in Lam Thap, Krabi. It felt like the entire village was invited and people parked cars and scooters everywhere between the palm trees. It was like what we in Sweden call a “folkparksfest.”
Krabi is different to places like Phuket and Koh Samui where you’ll find long white beaches with an army of umbrellas lined up on the sand and water sports like jet ski and parasailing.
In fact, Krabi is a completely different story. With its natural beauty and incredible limestone cliffs, several national parks incorporate the beaches and offshore islands why motorized water sports aren’t allowed.
You will also not see any sun loungers and umbrellas on the beaches except those outside the resorts. Here are seven beaches along Krabi’s spectacular mainland coast.
1. Railay Beach
I stumbled across a website about fishing in Krabi and Gillham’s Fishing Resorts with a 12-acre lake stocked with 52 species from around the world including monsters like Arapaima 250 kg (560 lb), Mekong Catfish 135 kg (300 lb), Siamese Carp 90 kg (200 lb), Giant Freshwater Stingray 90 kg (200 lb), and Chao Praya Catfish 70 kg (160 lb).
The resort offers 14 luxury 2-bedroom bungalows situated within 12 meters of the lake set in stunning Krabi landscape. Who’s up for some fishing in Thailand?
Pai Plong Beach is a small beach hidden in a bay between Ao Nang Beach and Ton Sai Beach (Railay) which can be reached only by boat or via a 10-minute trail over the mountain from Ao Nang Beach’s south end. The trail is called “Monkey Trail” because of the macaque’s monkeys living around the trail.
The beach is beautiful with lovely greenish water surrounded by limestone mountains and lush greenery. The five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort is located directly on the beach with security guards asking you to sign your name in a book before entering the beach zone and signing out when leaving.
Heaven-7 in Krabi has had a facelift with many new attractions including a water play area in late 2016 why we went back in February this year. I have updated the original post with new pictures. Go check it out!