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Sunday, February 7, 2016

4D3N KRABI BUDGET TRIP (DAY 2 PART 1) - HOT SPRING WATERFALL, EMERALD POOL & BLUE POOL

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Previous posts; 

Here comes the Krabi post!

Today's package was 700baht per person (~RM70), included admission ticket fees for all places and transportation from Luna House to Hot Spring Waterfall, Emerald Pool & Blue Pool and Jungle Trekking and back to Luna House. At 8.15am we already got ready at the lobby. Surprisingly, breakfast was served on the small kitchen counter and I still can remember there were a type of cereal that can be eaten with either milk or yogurt, some readily toasted bread with jam and butter by its side, some fruits (pineapple and watermelon), hot drinks such as coffee and tea, orange juice and not forget, milk. I never knew our stay was included the breakfast as well, nonetheless, we had our breakfast heartily. 

The van arrived sharp at 9.00am. Our place was the second last, before going to another hotel to fetch a couple. The journey took about 1 hour time and the first place we arrived was the Hot Spring Waterfall (Namtok Ron). 

HOT SPRING WATERFALL (NAMTOK RON)

We were given about 1 hour here by our van driver. Walking a few minutes to the destination surrounded by nature was a pleasure. I enjoyed walking and taking photos of.. everything haha. A lady ranger told us that the temperature of the hot spring was 40'C. This place is open every day from 8.30am to 6.30pm and the best time to go is of course during weekdays and near to either the opening time or closing time, when it's not too crowded. If you prefer to go by yourself rather than follow a package tour like us, you can buy the admission ticket at the entrance, which costs 100baht.


No worries, there's a pavement for you to walk to the hot spring waterfall.


I like how the tree branches arrange themselves. 



Are we out of the woods yet? 



Selfie dengan Sobri satu

Here we are!

Silap angle ni. Dylla nampak terlebih besar haha

As you can see, the waterfall is on the right side of the photo below. The combination of hot spring and mini waterfall makes its name hot spring waterfall. 


I read in a few blogs telling that the river can be entered as well. No wonder there's a pool steps nearby. Though at first, I was wondering why is there a pool steps in the middle of a jungle haha. 

Selfie Sobri sorok pipi

And here is the waterfall. It's like a series of mini pools and the hot stream flows from one pool to another before entering the river. No one was in the river.

Manusia bergelimpangan

And this is how the view from above looks like.





1 hour well spent with celup kaki and taking photos. We made our way back to the van and went to the Emerald Pool, which is 20 minutes away. 


EMERALD POOL (SA MORAKOT)

The journey to the Emerald Pool took 15-20 minutes from the Hot Spring Waterfall. The Blue Pool is not stated in most of the tour package, but worry not, the blue pool is within the same area as the Emerald Pool, which is in the Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve. We were given only 1 hour and 30 minutes here. The package we took was excluded lunch and there were a lot of stalls along the road to the entrance of Emerald Pool. We were kinda late and left behind. Confusion happened and 5 minutes wasted, explaining to them that we already paid to enter. Luckily, there was a guy who noticed a tag on Sobri's shirt (each group got one tag). Baru tahu ada function rupanya tag yang ada pin ni. 

*In case you are separated from the group, just show them the tag and they'll allow you to enter as it shows that you belong to one of the groups. 

A small pool near the entrance.


Ardilla wanted to take a photo with the small pool.


There are 2 ways that you can take to arrive at the Emerald Pool; either the long-but-more-scenic path (1400m) or the shorter-trekking-path-but-still-long-for-me (800m). I was planning to take the 1400m path, but luckily Sobri suggested to take the latter one, which later I felt really grateful I followed his plan haha. Pergi tak terasa sangat, bila balik tu pehh. Sampai tahap nak merangkak dah haha kidding.


It's a long~ long~ way~



You'll pass by a number of clear mini pools and streams and hundreds of tropical plants and tress. Taraaa! This is the Emerald Pool. Subhanallah, the emerald coloured pool is astonishingly incredible. This place can be a bit crowded and touristy especially during holidays and weekends. 


The rocky edge of the pool is kinda slippery, so be careful when you enter the pool. An unforgettable incident that made us decide to enter the pool had happened to us haha.


This place is kept clean and bringing food is prohibited here. Only mineral water is allowed. Well, obviously because if it spilled, it wouldn't affect the pool haha. 



Sobri requested a photo of him berendam in the water under the bright light as well. Gambar terang lawa sikit. We were too lazy to turn back to where we started and walked to the spot where he stood, so guess what we did? 

As former cheerleaders, we did a cheer stunt in the pool with me as the flyer! Gara-gara malas nak pusing jauh. And 'twas a success haha. 

Audi as the captain and Marni as the main base

Tick tock tick tock. We forgot that we had a time limit, and we hadn't gone to the Blue Pool yet. This is one of the cons of taking a tour package. You cannot have your own sweet time and must follow the (short) time given, or the van driver might shout, calling you from afar haha. 

We quickly left the Emerald Pool and walked to the Blue Pool.


BLUE POOL / SPRING POOL (SA NAM PHUT)

The Blue Pool existence was neither stated in the package brochure nor being told. It is located 600m from the Emerald Pool. 


When we almost reached the Blue Pool, there's no more cemented path. Tengah jalan tu macam tak sure sangat betul ke tidak jalan ni haha, but we continued walking and just followed the trek. 


The water is so clear that you can even see what's inside! Swimming is prohibited here due to the deep water and sucking mud. It looks scary though. You never know what might inhabit deep inside this Blue Pool.. haha. Anyway, they said that if you clapped your hands, bubbles/waves will present more. Though it was a long walk to reach here, but it was worth it. 


We spent too much time in those 2 pools without realising it. We were supposed to gather back at 11.20am and when I looked at my watch...

... it was already 11.20am and we had to walk 1.4km to return back to our van.

!@#$%^&*(). Salah bajet masa punya pasal. Make sure you arrange your time properly, so you don't have to rush back to the meeting point, like us haha.

Audi and Marni walked so fast, or maybe because Sobri and I always stopped to take photos here and there. Dah lambat pun sempat lagi nak ambil gambar.. haiyoo.


Anyway, make sure you arrange your time and divide it properly so you would not run late back to the van. Luckily, we didn't take the package together with lunch because we didn't have enough time even to buy some food at the stalls haha. 

To be continued.. 


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

AN APPRECIATION POST FOR SOBRI

Assalamualaikum warahamtullahi wabarakatuh. 

I am a girl who easily backs off when something goes wrong. I have a kind of mindset that when I do something wrong, I shall stop and go back to A, even if I almost arrived at the Zee. And this careless girl named Dylla has a guy friend who is really kind and patient named Sobri. 

I feel so grateful to have this one guy in my life. Like I once answered when someone asked me in my ask.fm "Is sobri your future?", I don't know how my future will be like as I'm neither a crystal gazer nor a fortune teller, but what I know is, he's my present and if He wills, he will be my future as well. This isn't a monthsary or an anniversary or a whatever-sweet-cheesy post. It's just a sincerely written post from my heart as a token of appreciation for someone who is really precious to me and has sacrificed a lot throughout our friendship and relationship. 

Sobri and another friend of mine, Marsaid helped me a lot this morning. I have to move out to a new house for next semester, so basically every single thing I own has to be brought to the new house as we have to return the old house keys by this Friday. I am so lucky to have these 2 guys to help me because my stuff was really really really a lot. I couldn't do it alone. A big thank to both of you for spending your valuable time to help me. 

We went for lunch after the house clearing session and I told Sobri to send me to the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, from where I always take the bus to Melaka. After 40 minutes of drama directed by me with Sobri as the co-director, Sobri decided to send me to Melaka by car. Despite of the dramas and my mengada-ness, Sobri patiently overcame the situation and handled it carefully, trying to take care of my feelings. 

He made mistakes. I made mistakes. 

We are perfectly imperfect human beings and mistakes are there for us to learn and take them as a guide in the future. Sobri, if you read this, I would like to thank you for sending me back to Melaka safe and sound. Thank you for everything you have done for me. Thank you for these few years. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for being a great companion. Thank you for lending me your ears. Thank you for making things easy. Thank you for being a second home to me. 

I would definitely try my best to become a better person. Sorry banyak songeh. Counting for more years and songehs together. Have a safe flight back to Jordan. LDR is not easy, but living life without each other is even harder. Acehhh *muntah rainbow*

P/s: Post ini ditulis dengan pengetahuan Ibu tersayang haha.


Monday, February 1, 2016

4D3N KRABI BUDGET TRIP (DAY 1 PART 2) - NIGHT MARKET

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. 

 …continue from THE ARRIVAL.

I slept for 2 hours that evening. It was still not enough for us to compensate the night that we stayed awake. Nonetheless, without any further delay or we might end up back to sleep, we got ready to go to Krabi Town immediately. Intentionally, I chose Sunday as the first day so that we have a chance to wander around in the night market. The night market in Krabi Town is only available on weekend nights, if I’m not mistaken it starts from 6.00pm till 9.30pm. Memula cam pening fikir nak naik apa. Nak guna MyTeksi tak boleh pula haha. Taking a mini van would cost us 800baht for a round trip, while tuk tuk 600baht. Can save about RM20, so we chose tuk tuk. Almaklumlah, budget trip haha. The night market is in Krabi Town, and it took about 25 minutes for us to arrive by a tuk tuk. Naik tuk tuk rasa macam habis kering muka kena angin all the time punya pasal haha.



Night market is on the right side (yellow-big umbrellas)

In the night market, they sell a variety of delicious food, unique souvenirs, uh-mazing art crafts, etc.

Ada sesiapa nak rasa belangkas? But, its appearance is quite scary haha. I always wonder can we Muslims eat belangkas? I just checked by google-ing 'hukum memakan belangkas' and found this..


"Hukum memakan daging/isi dan telur belangkas adalah diharuskan."

Ohhh. Now I know. I assume this belangkas lives like a turtle. Marni told us when she was a kid, she always ate belangkas eggs and they tasted delicious. Tapi, cemana nak makan belangkas ni ye. Mushkil pula Dylla haha. Maybe we have to kopek it like a crab, I guess. Maybe. Haha 


Sobri bought air kelapa for 20baht (~RM2). I almost bought the air kelapa as well, but then Marni called me, saying there was a coconut ice cream stall just next to the air kelapa stall. Yeay, this is what I want! Each half-shell filled with coconut ice cream was 35baht. I accidentally bargained over the ice cream price hmm mana ada orang nego harga food -.- I bet they must think I was being a cheapskate haha.


Kedai jual ais krim kelapa

Sobri tamak nak dua dua haha

Is it hard to find halal food at the night market? 

Nope. It is not. I am quite particular about this matter. There are a lot of Muslims who sell food there, so you need no worry. If you don't care buying food from non-Muslims, make sure you ask first because some of them sell non-halal food. 




This stall sells delicious chicken curry pau! I bought 2 sticks of crab and 1 stick of sausage (each 10bhat). Nyumnyum! 


And this is a pancake stall! In Krabi, pancake is somehow kinda like 'roti canai' in Malaysia. Ala ala macam roti canai pisang camtu. But the difference is, here you can choose to add chocolate! Mmmmm banana and chocolate, yummy! Such a good combo though. Sobri and I bought banana+nutella pancake (50baht), while Audi and Marni bought banana+chocolate pancake (40baht). 



The photo below shows a fruit juice stall. You can choose either a type of fruit only or mixed one, according to your own preference! On the left side, as you can see, there are cups contain different types of yogurt with jelly. If you prefer yogurt only without any fruits, you can also get it at this stall. 


Like I said, the night market is a perfect place to find food and also souvenirs. I suggest you to include one night for night market in your itinerary especially if you plan to find souvenirs for your family and friends. 

These soap flowers in the photo below are a handmade product and crafted by the woman herself. I notice in this night market, most art crafts are handmade and they even show how to make the art crafts in front of the crowd. 

Handmade soap flower


The souvenir shop where I bought small-cute-pretty tote bags. 



Muka happy dapat makan and shopping barang

We also stopped by at a stall selling T-shirt at a cheap price and we tried to bargain to get cheaper price haha. But the aunty wrongly counted our T-shirt and despite of getting a cheap price, we paid more actually haha. Another advice, make sure you count whatever you buy by yourself. 

Make sure you bargain for a lower price than the stated one. Macam kitorang, we bought 7 keychains. The stated price was 100baht for 3. So, we tried to negotiate the 7 keychains for 200baht and after awhile pujuk rayu, we got it. That's another tip. Always bargain over goods haha. 

Balik hotel lapar. Buat maggi pula.


End of Day 1.

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