Two things I love: nights out with friends and exploring islands with friends.
During our stay in beautiful Alisea in Ao Nang, Krabi, we decided to join the activities of Slumber Party Hostel. We participated in both a pub crawl and an island hopping tour.
Pub Crawl with Slumber Party Hostel
The pub crawl was awesome. It cost us 400 Baht each, and it included one shot per bar and a whole lot of fun! It also included a bucket in the Slumber Party Hostel, which is usually 300 Baht. A good deal for a night of drinking and good times.
Although I don’t have to drink to dance and have fun, I certainly don’t mind a good time with some good friends and booze now and then! Honesty, you shouldn’t join the pub crawl in you don’t plan to get drunk. The hosts tried to get the crowd to mingle, but we hardly needed the encouragement once the taps started to flow! We played a bunch of different games all night, like beer pong and the usual. Along with that, they also has other games, like the peg game. Basically, someone pins a peg on you (frankly, you generally don’t feel it) and everyone counts down from five. You have to find it and remove it before they get to one, or you have to drink down whatever you have. Even if it’s a bucket! Luckily, I felt mine so I took it off before I had to down the bucket. There was also a conga game, where everyone dances in a circle and at some point the hosts pour drinks straight from the bottle into your mouth. The game continues until the drinks run out. It’s crazy!
We went to three different pubs during the crawl. We started at Slumber Party Hostel, went from there to Bamboo Bar and ended at Chang. Chang was a great place to party. At the end of the night, we somehow managed to get back home. Honesty, I don’t know how we did, especially since we had just come from a booze cruise with Captain Bob in Phi Phi the night before. I guess that’s why it’s good to travel in groups; there were three of us and we all looked out for each other.
During the pub crawl, I met Richard from Namibia and Gregorio from Brazil. They were entertaining the entire night. I also realized that I didn’t entirely suck in the game of Beer Pong. We met a whole group of fun people! At the end of the night, we had made plenty of new friends and were quite tipsy. All that for 400 Baht was a pretty sweet deal.
Island Hopping :
The island hopping cost 750 Baht and included transportation, one beer, unlimited water, and lunch. You can also buy Chang or Leo beer on board for 60 Baht.
We did the island hopping the day after the pub crawl. Fortunately, it started at 12:30, so everyone had time to recuperate from the night before. I’m lucky to be a gifted Asian: I don’t get hang-overs! I wish it could stay that way forever. Actually, I haven’t been drinking for a long time (other than drinking a glass or two socially), so I guess I needed a break from everything and a different kind of vacation here in Thailand. Like I said before, I don’t need alcohol to dance and have fun, and I can just enjoy music and making new friends, but sometimes it’s nice to have activities like a pub crawl to spice up the night.
Anyway, once 12:30 rolled around, we were ready for a great day of exploring new islands! We went to Chicken, Poda, the Phranga side of Railay, and Ton Sai. Each had its own special flavor!
Railay had some pretty caves. The one that stood out most to me was Princess Cave, a fertility cave where people go to offer when they want to get pregnant. The whole island of Railay was gorgeous! I especially loved the rock formations that surrounded it. The guide also took us to a secret swimming spot—pretty neat! My one complaint is that the island was a bit too crowded. Our guide ( Landon, I hope I spelled that right) found us a spot where there were less people though, so I liked that.
We didn’t spend too much time at Chicken Island, just enough to jump off the long tail and enjoy the water. It also had an awesome beach. We used this time to bond with the other people on the boat. We were 14 all in all. Not bad.
Poda Island was a perfect paradise. We weren’t allowed to jump off the rocks because of giant sea urchins in the water, but we did get to do some pretty great snorkeling! The underwater life was incredibly rich. It’s amazing how much is under the surface. You don’t realize how much activity goes on under the serene surface until you take a look under the water. People feed the fish there, so the sea life is relatively comfortable with people and we could enjoy seeing it better.
Ton Sai Island isn’t usually included in other island tours, but I was glad it was in ours! Honestly, it wasn’t the best for swimming. There are better islands for that in the area. Our guide said that the island’s most popular outdoor sport is rock climbing. The best part of the island is the culture. I loved the laid-back vibe. The island is pretty small, so we covered a good part of it just walking around. We walked past a huge wall covered with artwork! The whole island feels pretty hipster and reggae. It’s also a great party island. We stopped at Viking Bar, where there was a tightrope right outside. We tried it, and I found out very quickly that tightrope walking is not part of my skillset. It was interesting to watch people try, though. The bar was a really chill, artsy place. I loved it!
Last stop in Ton Sai was Sunset Bar, a super cool little place by the beach. I liked that it had bean bags, and not just tables! It also had a fantastic sunset view, hence the name.
Even though the island wasn’t swimmable, I was glad that I got the chance to see it. Watching the sun set in an artsy, hippy, reggae place was an unforgettable experience.