Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Krabi, Thailand : 12 - 15 December 2013

We still haven't shaken off the holiday mood yet and with two days leave and the weekend, we made an impromptu weekend holiday to Krabi, Thailand. We purchased a 3 nights, 4 days package from Expedia.com with accomodation in a 3 star hotel i.e. Krabi Heritage Hotel c/w buffet breakfast and return flight on AirAsia.

Krabi is a town on the west coast of southern Thailand at the mouth of the Krabi River where it empties in Phangnga Bay. The town is the capital of Krabi Province and Krabi district.

Total cost of package RM2,500 or RM833 per pax.
Krabi, Thailand 



View from the room balcony. We could also catch a glimpse of the sea over the roof tops. :)


Ao Nang main street town centre





Ao Nang Beach



Negotiating our dinner!


Our seafood dinner with compulsory Tom Yam. Yum yum.
We went on a day tour package which includes Hot Spring, Emerald Pool and Tiger Cave Temple inclusive of lunch (at Emerald Pool, just rice and a few average dishes an fruits for desert) at 800 baht per pax. Due to the distances from Ao Nang to the places of interest mentioned which took about an hour and half, we were only given about 40 mins at the Hot Spring, an hour or so at Emerald Pool and another hour at Tiger Cave Temple. Tour was just average.

Hot springs


Emerald pool. It is about half an hour easy walk away from the main pool. If you are there, don't miss it.

Main pool area.

I made it!! All 1,237 steps...or did I??

Obviously..Tiger Cave Temple.



Manicure and pedicure 200 baht. Massage during happy hours also 200 baht for 1 hr. One thing great about Thailand is great massages at affordale prices.

Doing what they do best. They bought some nice 100% leather clutch bags.

Krabi town night market. 45 mins from Ao Nang.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Day 11 North Island: Final Day :( Museum & Botanical Gardens




 Auckland Museums



 

 
 

Mt Eden - Maungawhau 

At 196 metres high, Mt Eden is the highest of the Auckland volcanoes. You can drive up to the summit for a stunning expansive outlook over the city and the Waitemata Harbour beyond.

Auckland City view from Mt Eden 





Volcano crater
 

Auckland Art Gallery

 

We Cheongs are experts in blending with the walls!


 

 
 

 

Auckland Botanical Gardens

 


 



 



 



Baby dinosaur 'Aliciaceprustor'
 



 
                                          




 

 

Her wish come true..lol

Siblings rivalry
 From the Botanical Gardens, we completed our last leg of the journey to the airport to have dinner at Burger King and last minute shopping at a hypermarket. Then we dropped off the car at the rental depot where transport was provided to the airport a mere 5 minutes drive away.
 
Our flight was on 13 November 2013 at 01.35 hrs. It was a redeye flight of about 10 hrs 40 mins to KLIA.
 
It had been an amazing and wonderful holiday in New Zealand. South Island was simply postcard picturesque beauty. The snow capped mountains, the ruggedness and remoteness of the country side  were breathtaking and simply awesome. The cold fresh air and crystal clear rivers were invigorating. The beauty was a sight to behold.
 
Dad's rating: 8.5 out 10
 
MAS flight tickets for 4: RM11,668 or RM2,917 per pax with return.