Travelling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life changing experience of your lifetime. Try it at least once!
Yes, I went on a solo trip to Krabi, leaving behind my 13month old son with my husband and family. Nope, I didn’t think it was even possible nor did I even think of the consequences. I am very blessed with a supportive family, who encouraged me strongly to travel solo – for some ‘me’ time and self-reflection for my future.
So, off I went on a 5 days 4 nights trip to Krabi, Thailand – The Land of Islands or Hidden Paradise as it is known. I had booked the flight about a month back. Online check-in helps to save ALOT of time when you are rushing to catch a flight. All was well till I entered the transit area – felt a little nervous and worried whether was I doing the right thing and will I be able to survive alone, as I turned back to wave goodbye to my family. I was still nervous while changing currencies at the money changer as I was afraid of missing my flight. As I boarded my flight and sat down, I began to calm down and told myself that all will be well and this is what I really need at this time.
It was a smooth flight by AirAsia. I would suggest getting a prepaid card upon landing at the airport since it’s so cheap. I had pre-booked my airport transfer on the hotel website for travelling convenience and my driver was very punctual and efficient. I stayed at the The Verandah Hotel, an affordable 3 star hotel with beautiful Moroccan interiors, located just 30 minutes away from Krabi International Airport and 5 minutes walk to Ao Nang beach.
I had a quick meal at Cafe 8.98 before walking along the streets to book my island tours. Being a vegetarian, it can be quite daunting to source for meals outside but hey, people are always nice enough to customise a dish for you if you ask them. For booking of tours, here’s a quick tip – set aside the last day of your trip for some shopping and R&R because, after all those island tours and activities, your body will be begging for a good ol’ Thai Massage. I booked a 7-Island Sunset Tour and a Jungle Tour to Emerald Pool, Krabi Hot Springs and Tiger Cave Temple.
There are numerous tour companies along the streets which you can choose from, to book your tours with reasonable pricing. The streets are also lined with stores selling beachwear and other apparels, souvenirs, hair/ massage outlets and food! You’ll definitely be spoilt by the variety of food from different cuisines here. There’s also a Starbucks and MacDonald’s here if you need a quick fix.
The beach can get super crowded during sunset, so be there a good 20 minutes early to get a good spot and set up your cameras. You won’t regret this!
Oh, I need to mention that I’ve been directly latching my son and so, I had to pack my Spectra S1 breast pump with me on this trip (#BreastfeedingMumLife). I pumped every 6 hours and threw away the milk. Felt very sad to see my milk going to waste but had no choice. I made a courageous decision to travel solo and I believe I became a better and stronger person after this trip. I had a breather, was able to self-reflect and plan my life out plus my son was in good hands.
“As you travel solo, being totally responsible for yourself, it’s inevitable that you will discover just how capable you are!”
Part 2: Coming up in my next post. Stay tuned!