Krabi is one of the go-to destination for Muslim travellers. You will meet alot of Muslim visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. So fret not, the locals are very aware of the dietary requirements. The population in Krabi is made up of 40% Muslims. As such, a wide plethora of Halal food awaits you. It’s easy to find restaurants serving Halal food here. Just look out for the Halal sign in Arabic.
Last November, we decided to bring our parents to Krabi (this ultimately means, no adrenaline heart-pumping activities for us). But it’s alright. It’s a refreshing change to have a relaxing holiday with the family. Mum is 55. Dad is 56. Mum can’t walk so much and gets tired easily. So, we have to plan a perfect itinerary to accommodate everybody. We chose Aonang Beach as our base as it is best known for its scenic views and is ideal for families, and even though the beach features a night life, it is quite low key. Aonang Beach is dotted with limestone cliffs and offers some secluded places where visitors can relax and enjoy the views in private.
Here’s what we came up with, hopefully our itinerary helps you too! =)
Where We Stayed
Things to take into consideration when we travel with elderly parents:
✔ Nearby amenities such as supermarket, food, surau/mosque.
✔ Strategic location. Must be in the epicentre of the shopping/food area, yet a little tucked away from the hustle and bustle for some peace and serenity.
✔ Lower ground room or hotel with elevators.
After looking through the lists of Muslim-friendly hotels in Krabi, we have decided to go with Ao Nang Princeville Resort and Spa. We were so glad that it did not disappoint.
It was peak season, so checking in takes a while. However, when it was our turn, irregardless of how busy the receptionists were, they gave us a 5-star service with a smile. Our enquiries were answered with patience and sincerity.
The room theme stays true to the Thai culture. Each room has a nicely woven picnic basket that contains extra towels and slippers for you to easily bring to the beach. That’s a nice touch.
Breakfast buffet wasn’t extravagant but it does contain a nice mix of Western and local cuisines. What I love most about this resort is the fact that the beach and shopping area is just at its entrance! Plus, there’s lots of eateries and massage parlours near the resort. So, you can just imagine the smiles on our parents’ faces.
Ao Nang Princeville Resort, Thank You and well done!
Aonang Princeville Resort & Spa
164 Moo 2 Aonang Beach, Muang, Krabi 81180 Thailand.
Tel: +66 (0) 7563 7971 to 3, +66 (0) 7563 7357
What We Did
Activities (shopping doesn’t count) has got to be a challenging task for us. Pleasing the parents is not as easy as giving a child lollipop. Thus, after much brainstorming, we have came up with 3 fun activities to bond with our parents.
1. Take up a cooking class at Aonang Thai Cooking School
- pay by cash on arrival
- Complimentary pick up from resort
- Cost: 1500thb (SGD62) /pax
Put your culinary skills to the test! Compete with your mum and dad to see who can create the best Mango Sticky Rice or Pad Thai.
When you enter its website, there will be a very big Arabic Halal logo, which means that all the ingredients used in the cooking are Halal. Aonang Thai Cooking School allows you to choose up to 5 dishes of your choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner course meals. The home cook is a very bubbly lady that goes through with you the details in the dishes, before you start cooking it. This is a very good activity that allows us to work together with our parents to learn to cook Thai local dishes. You will have a blast! We sure did.
2. Do the ‘4 Islands’ Tour
There are four groups of islands accessible from the mainland: Phi Phi Islands, Hong Islands, 4 Islands and James Bond Island. Snorkelling equipment is available for free but just remember not to lose them or you’ll have to pay USD50 for it. Although swimming is just not our parents’ thing, I think they enjoyed the boat ride and scenery more than anything else.
There are alot of island tours to choose from that you will be spoilt for choice. Some tour companies in Krabi even provide customised islands tours. For us, we decided to go with the ‘4 Islands’ tour just because it has the most minimal walking, and going up and down the boat can be a hassle for mum. If your parents have problem going up and down the boat, fret not. The boatmen have the elderly in mind. Each boat comes with a portable staircase that the boatmen will use to ensure that it is easy for guests to board the boat.
- Cost: USD30/pax (negotiable)
- Duration: 8am to 5pm
3. Krabi Night Market
When in Krabi, don’t miss this lively night market! There are over 50 stalls to be lost in. Experience southern Thailand life, buy local products and souvenirs; and indulge in yummy local delights. Meander around the stalls while listening to live music by local musicians. This is one night market you won’t want to miss!
There are tour options available where there’ll be a mini van pick up and drop off service from your hotel. Talking about convenience!
Address: Krabi town at Maharat Soi 8 (behind the Vogue Department Store), Maharat Rd., Mueang, Krabi
Opening hours: Fri – Sun from 05.00 pm. – 10.00 pm
…and remember folks, bargaining with a smile will get you rewarded with a better price.
4. Spa Massages
There are alot of massage parlours located along Ao Nang Beach. Choosing the best one will be the difficult part.
We were lucky to have found Kaohom Massage. Although it is located along the beach, the price is reasonable and the massage services are excellent. To read more reviews on Kaohom Massage, click here. We went here twice a day throughout our Krabi holiday. It is that awesome!
Cost: Starts from as low as SGD8, depending on the massage service you choose
Now, how can we go to Krabi and not eat seafood.
The good thing about Ao Nang village is that it is predominantly Muslim, though the main tourist area down by the beach is not. Near the beachfront, you can still find quite a few Muslim-owned restaurants.
Two awesome Halal seafood restaurants worth the mention are Bangboo Halal Restaurant and A-Hud Seafood Restaurant. Give it a try!
Here’s our 4D3N itinerary when we visited Krabi with our parents:
1500hrs: Landed in Krabi via Scoot (We 🖤 Scoot!)
Check in to Princeville Resort & Spa
– Spa massages
– walk around the area and search for dinner
– ‘4 Islands’ Tour
– Seafood dinner
– Shopping and night market
– Dinner course cooking class at Aonang Thai Cooking School ● 1500thb (sgd62)/pax ● pay by cash on arrival ● pick up from resort reception
– Check out
– Morning flight back to Singapore via Scoot
If you need more details on our itinerary, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!