If you are dreaming of a seaside getaway to peace and solitude, Krabi in Thailand is just the place for you.
I spent a glorious 2 days last week in Krabi and fell totally in love with the place and the people there.
Did you know that Krabi means sword in the Thai language? Take a look at the pictures below and then tell me if you had the same reaction I did. How can such a beautiful place be called a sword?
There’s a story behind the name. Two actually.
One legend is that the villagers in Krabi province found two ancient swords and presented them to the governor. How ancient I was unable to determine but it may interest you to learn that Krabi has seen human habitation from prehistoric times (there is archeological evidence). I didn’t see them but apparently the swords can be viewed in the cave named Khao Khanap Nam. The story goes that these swords were the origin of the province’s emblem.
The second legend has it that the name ‘Krabi’ is derived from ‘Lumphi’, a local tree. The Malay and Chinese merchants visiting Krabi began pronouncing the name of the tree ‘Ka-lu-bi’ or ‘Kho-lo-bi’. Over time, the name morphed into Krabi (sword)*.
Whatever the origin, I have decided if Krabi means sword, it has to be ‘The Sword of Peace’ because that’s what spending time in Krabi achieves.
We stayed at Aonang Villa Resort, an oasis of delight. Our room overlooked the pool and we spent many a hour just lazing on the balcony, soothed by the lush greenery and the chirping of birds. Take a look.
It was raining pretty much all the time we were in Krabi. But the rain just added to the whole atmosphere.
All in all, I would say Krabi off-season is a real treat – to the soul and the pocket:)
Featured Cover Image Credit: The Sword of Peace, Krabi. Image by Lata Subramanian