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Love Out East – part 3

Love Out East – part 3 - Krabi Magazine article

In previous issues we covered advice for dating the elusive male Thai, with the do’s and don’ts from the battlefield of relationships with a foreigner. This month, we detail some unforgettable and magical locations for your post-battle romancing with that special someone.

You really do not need to look much further than the beach – a cocktail and a spectacular sunset with the love of your life is outstanding romance enough, but if you want that one-step further, idyllic, out of this world dream moment, look no further than Krabi and the surrounding islands.

Poda Islands

Poda islands are located about 8 km from the Ao Nang shore,.  The Poda group islands are part of Phi Phi National Park and consist of Koh Poda, Koh Kai, Koh Mo and Koh Thap.

The beautiful sands of Poda island make it a perfect place for spending a lazy, sun-baked day. No more than a kilometer in diameter, Koh Poda is covered with palm trees and encircled by a soft white sand beach.  Easily reached by long tail boats, Koh Poda is abundant with coral reefs and gorgeous marine life and is therefore ideal for snorkeling and diving.

There is overnight accommodation on the island if you are looking for the ultra, shipwrecked-island feel.

Ngorn mountains – Tib Kaak

For the more fit couples, a hike up the 3.7 km (one-way) trail, brings you to an elevation of 1,500 feet. Photograph the breathtaking views and lots of selfies, to save lasting memories.

Located past Nakamanda Resort on Klong Muang Beach, the walk is not an  easy one – leave the flips flops at home and wear good walking shoes.

Since sunset is around 6:15 pm and the forest blocks a lot of the sunlight, it’s advised to be off the trail by 5:30pm. Bring lots of water and mosquito spray as well.

Dawn at Wat Tham Seua

Also referred to as “Tiger Cave”, it is located about 3 kilometers from Krabi Town, with access by public buses and taxi’s.

For something special, arrive before 5am and hike up the 1,272 uneven steps.  This challenging hike can be hot and exhausting, but the reward of course, is your accomplishment and a sunrise view from the top.  It’s an experience not to be missed – with your sweaty partner!

From here, you are gifted stunning, 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, the Andaman Sea and to complete your Thai experience, there is a very large Buddha to sit by, meditate and light some incense for.

Remember this is a temple complex where monks live and worship, so it is advised to wear suitable clothing (and bring a lot of water).

Kantiang Bay, Koh Lanta

The cherry on top of the beautiful cake of Koh Lanta, where low season doesn’t affect the tide of the stunning bay, and there is always swimmable calm water to enjoy.

Kantiang is a small town, surrounded by hills, and once you reach it, you can see that it’s a special place. It is very quiet with a local feel. You reach it by driving south on a motorbike or tuk-tuk.   Here, you will want to spend the day lounging on the beach and exploring unique, local places to eat and shop.  It has the sleepy Thai island feel from many moons ago that enhances anyone’s romantic notions.

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