4D/3N Backpacking Krabi : Sunset Kayaking @ Phranang Full Moon Kayaking at Ao Thalane (Part 2)

        This is the second write-up of my sunset kayaking experience in Ao Thalane, Krabi. To read the write-up and see the photos plus a video from Part 1, kindly click here - Sunset Kayaking @ Phranang Full Moon Kayaking at Ao Thalane, Krabi (Part 1).

        Our sunset kayaking expedition started as early as 4.30pm, where our guide punctually picked us up from our hostel in Aonang, Krabi. The scenic, fun ride to Ao Thalane at the back of a truck, took about 40 - 45 minutes depending on the traffic and weather conditions. We had a light drizzle of rain throughout our journey, but it did not dampen our spirits. Instead, it made our experience a whole lot more enjoyable. Did I mention that I love the rain?

        Once we safely arrived at our destination, we were strapped in our life jackets and eagerly proceeded to the shallow, muddy bay to start kayaking. My sister and I got on separate kayaks; Eva with Jojo while I was with Somchet. We began by venturing out to the open sea, exploring certain sections of the serene bay and its wonderful tropical flora and fauna along the way. The tide was low and the weather was good for it had stop raining.

        As we paddled on, we got to see Krabi's numerous iconic limestone rock formations, adorned with endemic palms and cycads of majestic limestone karsts, towering cliffs and all. We also went close to several sea caves, some of which contains ancient artifacts of well preserved prehistoric human bones and some 2000 to 3000-year-old cave paintings, depicted in rich ocher, yellow and black pigments. My sister and I did not explore the sea caves as we decided to leave our sea caves exploration to our next trip to Krabi, Thailand.

        We then ventured from the open waters of the sea to the hidden sections of the bay, gracefully passing by mature mangroves, serenaded by an orchestra of noisy insects/crickets, and to our delight, paddled in between two towering limestone karsts that unveils a magnificent Avatar-like prehistoric world, well preserved by time and Mother Nature at her best; untouched by men, unspoilt by modern development and most importantly, breathtakingly beautiful. I was blown away by its awe-inspiring splendour! Needless to say, I could not stop taking numerous photos and videos and here are some for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Majestic limestone cliffs of Ao Thalane

When the tide is low, you can see numerous seashells embedded within the
sedimentary rock of the limestone cliffs

An unusual limestone rock formation that looks like a chicken, which reminds me of
Chicken Island located not too far away

The famous Hong Islands of Krabi from a distance

Breath-taking view of the hills in Ao Thalane

Taking a breather and enjoying the cold sea breeze

I am a happy kayaker and traveller

Heading towards the hidden sections inside of the towering limestone karsts of Ao Thalane

        Stay tune for Part 3 where I will be sharing more information and photos of our kayaking expedition through the narrow channels of the bay, cutting through two towering limestone karst formations, overhung by a vast curtain of jungle vines and creeping plants; revealing the hidden parts of beautiful, wonderful Ao Thalane, Krabi. Happy travels!

Phranang Full Moon Kayaking
Moo 5 | Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Tel: +0865933441
Email: phranangfullmoonkayaking@gmail.com

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