Monthly Archives: December 2013

Krabi Town: A Place You Just Can’t Miss

Often overlooked as a place simply to pass through, Krabi Town has a great deal to offer as a place to stay in itself. It is strung along the Krabi River estuary with a view of the oddly shaped Kanab Nam limestone karst promontories standing like jagged bookends leading to Khao Panom Bencha Mountain in the distance.

Although it is near a host of wonderful beaches and islands, Krabi Town is very much a functioning provincial capital where tourism is only a small part of the picture. This makes it a far more casual and inexpensive place to stay than any of the major resort areas. There are plenty of excellent hotels and restaurants but it remains uncluttered where the pace of life is pleasantly slow.

Krabi Town has a small but vibrant nightlife scene centering around professional Thai musicians kicking back and jamming. The transport hub for the region, there are numerous ways to get to and from Krabi Town.

One of the great traditions of leisure in Thailand is generally milling about and looking at things. The Krabi Town night market is a good place to learn these mysterious arts. Formerly a wet market the area around Manutboraan intersection on Maharat Road near Vogue Department Store has, since 2009, functioned as a pedestrianised market area between 5pm and 10pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stalls sell a variety of arts and crafts as well as clothes, CD movies, fabrics and shoes amongst many other things. There are bands playing on stage and it is very busy. The food is great but it is sometimes hard to find a place to sit down and eat it. There are over 70 food stalls selling a range of Thai standards, delicacies and seasonal fruits.

Wat Tahm Seua is a cave temple located 8km to the north of Krabi Town. It is named after the tiger because the rock outgrowth nearby resembles a tiger’s claw. It is also known as a centre for meditation. Its spectacular setting in the Ao Luk Thanu mountain ranges certainly induces a feeling of peace. The main Wiharn is inside a small limestone cave with adjoining caves serving as kutis or living quarters for the monks of whom there are about 200. There are two staircases leading out of the wiharn. The staircase close to the large statue of Kuan Im, the Chinese fertility goddess, is the less daunting of the two. After an initial small ascent of 130 steps, it takes you to more living quarters for the monks. The other staircase has over 1200 steps and is a real physical challenge. It is as daunting as it looks. The steps are uneven which makes the climb even harder. The rewards when you reach the top are worth it though and take the form of a large Buddha stature and stunning views of the surrounding rugged Andaman scenery with its jagged limestone peaks.

 

 

How to experience Thailand completely?

When people around me talk about tour-packages to Thailand, few of the very initial things that are mentioned are bright beaches, shopping and brilliantly lit nightlife. Although Thailand is a nation which is quite rich in all these mentioned factors, there is another aspect to it that is tranquil, serene and soothing to the mind and soul.

Buddhism and spirituality are so entangled in the culture and traditions of Thailand that it completely sheds all the boundaries of religion the moment you visit a temple. People of all religions, castes and creeds flock to the Buddhist places in Thailand for a slice of Buddhist spirituality. The shrines and temples dedicated to Lord Buddha are not just peaceful in their ambiance, but they are also stunningly beautiful. One of the quintessential examples of such a Buddhist spot is the renowned and popular 18 inch tall Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. Haven’t you seen it on TV?  The golden Buddha surrounded by a number of reflective surfaces offer a feast to the eye.

Tourists opine that Bangkok packages are incomplete without a trip to these spiritual abodes of Buddha. The three most famous of all places of Buddhist tourism are Wat Benjabophit, Wat Pho and Wat Trimitr. There are places of immense spiritual importance in Thailand that are profound enough to dazzle the toughest atheist. These places are more than just shrines to Lord Buddha. They are masterpieces of style of architecture and the dazzling beauty that lure millions of people as devotees from all over the world. You can also find some excellent temples if you tour Pattaya also. The known Bangkok packages also offer trips to other known temples such as the temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha (Hindu).

A very fascinating aspect of Thailand is its people. They are always smiling, no matter how harsh the day has been for them. They offer a very warm welcome to tourists from all over the globe.

If you are willing to experience something different in its entirety and not what just another package offers in Thailand, then take the off beaten track and visit the countryside. The lush green Thai country defines a different life. It is the Scotland of Asia when in full bloom. A place you would keep in your hearts forever and ever.