Flying Air Asia it was a short, economical 1 1/2 hour afternoon flight from Bangkok that landed us in time for a sunset walk along the Krabi River which was visible from the balcony at our hotel, Dee Andaman. It made for a perfect start for our intro to Krabi Province via Krabi Town.
Dee Andaman staff was accommodating throughout our stay. The hotel itself was nice, not ornate, but with a simple, quaint beauty. The pool area was pristine with plenty of sunshine all day and some small areas of shade. Lounge chairs were available but were never sufficient in number to accommodate those who were seeking them. The water temperature was perfect and the pool size was adequate for my honeys daily ritual of swimming a few laps. No pool towels were provided.
The room was spacious and included a balcony with table and chairs. The water temperature and pressure in the shower left something to be desired and there was a definite sewer odor emanating from the bathroom floor drain. Small refrigerator, in room safe and bottled water that was provided daily were part of the amenities. Breakfast was optional at 200 baht per day. We opted out and chose fruit purchased from street vendors, yogurt purchased at 7-11 and complimentary in room instant coffee to start our day instead.
The hotels location was in a quiet neighborhood away from the hubbub of the center of town. We found it perfectly walkable to the “action” to provide our desire for a minimum of five miles per day for our leisure time exercise goal. The hotel also provided shuttle service and would happily run you to the tourist center free of charge. We dined in the hotel restaurant at lunchtime on our last day and enjoyed a great club sandwich with fries and found all items on the menu to be priced quite economically. While we would not give this hotel a full thumbs up it was okay. On our return we will have a desire to be close to the airport the night before our flight back to Bangkok and we will most likely try someplace different.
Krabi River Walk started at the park situated at the bottom of the hill from our hotel and provided a nice early evening stroll along the beautiful river where fisherman moor their boats before heading out to the Andaman Sea for their fishing adventures.
On our first night we dined at one of the restaurants perched on the river bank and enjoyed shrimp tempura and shrimp pad thai as well as the friendly service offered by the staff.
We continued on the river walk and took in one off the famous night markets where tourists and locals alike were partaking of the specialties prepared by the street vendors. We made this market our last evening meal of our stay in the village and found the spectacle of actions and interactions to be much more appealing than the food was. We feel we may have chosen an off night as all vendors seemed quite cantankerous. It actually made for entertainment; not especially satisfied taste buds.