Fah Thai March 2014 - page 112

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FAHTHAI
1 _
WHAT WE
RECOMMEND
It might be cheesy, it
may have been done by
thousands before you,
but make the 20-minute
trek up from Tonsai Bay
to the Phi Phi viewpoint
(amusingly spelled “Pee
Pee”) for that archetypal
sunset shot of the spit of
land that runs down the
middle of the island.
2 _
KNOW THE
NUMBER
2007 – the year Krabi
Airport opened, providing
a much easier way to
reach this incredible part
of Thailand.
3 _
NOT A TOY
In Koh Lanta’s main port of
Saladan sits the bohemian,
ramshackle studio of artist
Pusana Sukumarapan.
Inspired by the flotsam
of the ocean, the artist
uses recycled materials
to craft an array of works
such as charming “crabs”
constructed from metal
hinges and blocks of
wood.
COUNTRY
CODE
+66
EXCHANGE
RATE
THB30 = US$1
FREQUENCY
3 flights per day
from Bangkok;
1 flight per day
from Koh Samui
FISHERMAN'S
TALES
Alongside
tourism, fishing
is one of Krabi's
major industries
B I G B L U E
Top 3
insider
travel tips
Rest Your Head
KOH JUM BEACH VILLAS
Koh Jum is arguably among
the last unspoiled Thai islands.
Sitting just off the south coast
of Krabi, it’s home to a handful
of fine resorts, including this
group of privately-owned villas
available for rent. They offer
luxury in paradise and are just
an hour from Krabi Airport.
(kohjumbeachvillas.com)
Top Tables
PHAD THAI ROCK N ROLL
So this is what happens when
you combine a love of noodles
with a passion for music.
Located on Koh Lanta, Phad
Thai is run by the bass player for
a local band. As well as trying
the eponymous dish, you need
to order his
phad see ew
blues
and
khao phad
jazz. Genius.
(facebook.com/
phadthairock77)
Bottoms Up
CAOUTCHOUC
This charming little seafront
restaurant exemplifies the
bohemian Gallic atmosphere
that pervades Koh Lanta’s Old
Town. Run by a friendly expat
Frenchman, the eatery serves
three dishes of the day (Thai
seafood with a local twist) and a
range of smoothies.
(T: (0)75 697060)
DRUNKEN SAILORS
What do you do with a drunken
sailor? Plop him down at this
sublimely chilled-out spot on
Koh Lanta and ply him cold
beer and stacked pancakes
with bacon and maple syrup.
An evening spent here is like
discovering buried treasure.
(facebook.com/drunkensailors)
Treat Yourself
AO NANG CLIFF BEACH
RESORT FITNESS CLUB
Learn all about Thailand’s
ancient art of Muay Thai at this
gym run by the knowledgeable
Khru Doc. Unlike many such
centres, children are also
welcome to train here, making
it a unique experience for the
entire family.
(cloudfo.com/aonang)
Krabi
TEXT: SIMON OSTHEIMER; IMAGE: CORBIS
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