I'm travelling to Krabi with my girlfriend in a couple of weeks as a surprise for her 30th. We are staying for 12 nights. And that's about all I have arranged for certain so far! I'm looking for some tips on where to stay for the first couple of nights and the best islands to visit.
We have both been to Thailand before but not when we were together, around 7 years ago. We have not been to the Andaman coast side but visited Samui and Koh Phangan.
My plan was to just get to Krabi (we have a connecting flight from Bangkok), then find somewhere to stay for a night or 2, then visit and stay on some of the surrounding islands.
We are both in our early 30's and will be looking for nice beaches, nice food and a bit of drinking in the evening, not too touristy, not fussed about big resorts, like a little exploring.
So, where to stay our first night or 2? I think I might like to have it booked so we know where we are going after a long flight but the rest of the time I'd be happy just turning up and seeing if they have room. Would that be ok to do? I remember it was fine on my last visit.
Is Ao Nang worth the visit or somewhere to avoid? It sounds like its quite touristy. I like the sound of the Railay beaches so am considering going straight to Ao Nang to catch a boat to Railay for somewhere to stay. Would that work? Or if Ao Nang isn't so bad, maybe it's best to stop there for the first night before moving on...
Which island(s) would be good to chill for the remaining time?
Many thanks in advance,