Goodbye Bali

Today was the day to say goodbye to lovely Bali which has treated us soooo well the past 4 weeks! We completely fell in love with the island. Amazingly delicious food, picture-perfect sunsets, lush and tropical scenery and gorgeous beaches – we must admit that despite being hungry for more adventures we really didn’t want to leave!

collage of hungry backpacks adventures in bali

However we’ve already made a pact to be back in a few months to stay on the island of gods for a longer period, maybe renting one of those cute little villas in Ubud for a month or two…what a great thought, right??? Telling ourselves we’ll be back soon made leaving a bit easier. And of course we were also excited and really looking forward to our next adventure: THAILAND!

Luckily our hotel in Kuta (Manggar Hotel) which we booked for the last night in Bali had a free shuttle service to the airport. Hence, getting there at 7am in the morning was no issue at all. We then took two flights with Air Asia to get to Thailand. First one was from Bali to Kuala Lumpur where we had a layover of 4 hours.

We were not overly thrilled about the thought of waiting around 4 hours in Kuala Lumpur for our second flight. However as our flight from Denpasar was almost delayed by an hour and immigration in Kuala Lumpur took ages, we actually arrived just in time to have a little snack, do some quick research on the internet and board our 2nd flight to Krabi.

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Getting from Krabi airport to Ao Nang

Luckily Martin managed to squeeze in the organization of a shuttle from Krabi airport to our hotel in Ao Nang, which didn’t bothered replying to our airport pick up request. In fact we neither received an answer until today, nor did they mention anything when we checked in.

Ao Nang is about 27km or a 30-40 min drive away. You have several options to get from the Airport to your hotel. These include to pre-book a shuttle before arrival (e.g. online from an agent or check with your accommodation), rent a car and drive yourself, take the bus or get a taxi.

However, if you’re planning on using the airport bus or taxi please note that you will need to purchase your tickets (or coupon) from one of the booths inside the airport! It is not possible to get a taxi or a seat on the bus without having purchased the coupon first.

Krabishuttle airport pickup van

Our ride from Krabi airport to Ao Nang

As we were supposed to arrive quite late in Krabi we just wanted to make our backpacking lives as easy as possible so we ended up booking online with They were highly recommend on tirpadvisor and offered reasonable rate of 599BHT for a private airport pick up. You could easily get in touch with them via whatsapp and they replied immediately confirming the pickup. Thumbs up for service!

When we arrived at Krabi airport the guy from Krabishuttle was already waiting with a sign in hand. We were positively surprised about the modern mini van he brought which even offered free Wi-Fi. The 30 minute ride to Ao Nang went super smooth so we can highly recommend using their service!

Of course there are many other transport option at much lower rates (e.g. there is even an bus running serveral times a day between Ao Nang and Krabi Airport). So it’s worth doing some research and checking with your accommodation for their offer to pick the right one for your budget and needs.

We finished of the day with our first thai dinner – yummy basil chicken & tom ga gai and an ice cold chang…aaawww it’s good to be back!!!!

collage of thai food after arriving in ao nang

Our first thai food after arriving in Krabi