Monkeys & Mangroves – Krabi, Thailand

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It was time for a road trip.  We were keen to escape the vicinity of Ao Nang, which in Fin’s words, was a “crazy town!” and we had to agree.   So humid, so many tourists, so much chaos and we wanted to explore some more. 

We arranged for a car to be delivered to our jungle resort on the morning of our check out.  A shiny little white Honda was waiting for us.  We crammed our bags in and set off, heading north along the coastline of Krabi Province.

Fin was happy with his new mode of transport, snug in his car seat with a perfect view of the lush tropical mountain landscape as we drove along passing through interesting little typical villages as we headed further and further away from the tourists.

We arrived at our home for the next 3 nights.  A quiet little row of bungalows set within a mangrove forest, with a boardwalk leading to the ocean and the most spectacular views of the nearby islands.

We joined the owners for a communal dinner the first night, a home cooked Thai Massaman curry.  Then back to our basic bungalow for an outdoor shower and an early night ready for exploring the next day.   

With no pool here, we decided to adventure out in our car, on the search for wildlife in the nearby national park.  We discovered an elephant sanctuary, a lovely little area in the jungle, where rescued elephants were able to retire and relax.  Fin loved meeting these big gentle giants.  What an experience for him to see these creatures in such a wild and untouched setting.  

On the road back, we stopped off at a cool little cave and showed Finley the ornate golden Buddha that guarded the front.  We also found a beautiful temple and then drove back weaving between the steep jungle cliffs back to our mangrove home.

Arriving at our bungalow that afternoon, we walked along the boardwalk, and at the end of the deck was a family of wild monkeys all sunbathing and digging for crabs in the sand!  It was so funny to watch them play, but we didn’t get too close, as they seemed a little grumpy!

We met the monkeys on a few occasions over the days that we were there and enjoyed watching the magical sunsets at this really special little spot.