Conquering cliffs and mountain temples
Krabi Town is majestically situated among impossibly angular limestone karsts jutting from the mangroves – Lonely Planet
A flight from Singapore to Krabi’s new airport costs only 40€ (AirAsia I love you) and takes around 1h30. While approaching Krabi airport you can get a first impression of the beauty of the province – green palm plantations as far as you can see.
I chose to stay in Aonang rather than Krabi town, as this has become a more trendy beach destination. Glur Hostel was just the perfect place to stay at. It’s by far the nicest hostel you might have ever seen. For 500 Baht a night in an 8-bed dorm you can enjoy a pool, private bunk beds with curtains, plugs and reading light, super clean bathrooms, free fruit and water all day long as well as a huge selection of books and DVDs.
Krabi is well known for its climbing schools, so I decided to book a full-day climbing course for the next day: Huge Mistake! I had previously only done indoor climbing and overestimated my energy by far. After 3 hours of climbing on the huge cliff walla of Railay beach, I realized that I could not keep up for another 4 hours and opted for the half day course instead.
Over lunch I met a British guy, Richard, from my dorm who had come to spent the day on Railay beach. Unfortunately there was not much else to do besides climbing, so we were heading back to Aonang pretty early in the afternoon. Back at the hostel, I read about a Tiger Temple, 8km north of Krabi, which you could only reach over a steep staircase of 1237 steps.
Richard, who was unaware of the physical efforts needed to reach this hidden viewpoint, agreed to tag along. We rented a scooter for the day and he volunteered to drive. After 30 minutes of scenic roads we arrived at the bottom of the ‘hill’. Already several miles earlier Richard had realized that this specific temple would not be easy to reach. 10 minutes into the climb he started to regret ever meeting me. 20 minutes later he must have secretly hated me. After another 30 minutes, numerous breaks and nasty monkey gangs we reached the very top, soaked in sweat and thirsty for some cold Chang.
The view was definitely worth the pain. It was magical…
A huge golden Buddha statue overlooked the whole Krabi region. It was one of the most peaceful places I had ever been to. As we started our journey back down, A group of monks arrived for there evening prayers. They climb this mountain each day of the week, which is very impressive considering how much we suffered on our way up.
Back in Aonang, we finished our day at the night market. They had a wide selection of food stalls, from filled pancake, over meat skewers to insect snacks (but I don’t feel ready for that step just yet).