bookmark_borderIn Krabi – Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

Note : Aptly named as After Tsunami in English, it reminded us of the devastation a deadly tsunami caused in the year 2004. Thousands lives were lost and many others are still suffering from the effects of it. Nothing much has changed since then as we could still see the after effects caused by the tsunami.

Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

Whenever I’m traveling abroad, I’d always make a point to ask the locals what stall they would recommend for good local food. Or what the locals usually eat and what the local delicacies are. And I’ll make an effort to try at least one (or more) of their recommendations. By doing this, I guess, it is a good initiative to truly get to know more about the locals lifestyle (especially the food) of the place you are visiting. And maybe you’ll score some hidden gems along the way at some unpretentious place.

Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

This restaurant; Kruathara, was introduced to me by the ever friendly staff at the hotel during my holidays in Krabi. It is located off a beach and it is pretty quiet at night. It is well known for its affordable yet good seafood. Unfortunately, I do not have the address but with given GPS coordinates below, it is easy to locate this restaurant; somewhere the end of Nopparat Thara beach. The locals like them as much as the tourists and I can concur that as I personally witnessed both (groups) during my visit. It wasn’t packed to the brim but there were handful of empty tables left. Majority of the customers were tourist (like yours truly) while the rest were the locals.

Kruathara

The menu book was straightforward one. There were no photos for reference. Only English and Thai words. Half of it consisted of seafood while the rest took the remaining spots such as Thai delicacies, western food and drinks. Surprisingly, the hard liquors were pretty cheap.

Orange Shake and Papaya Shake

Orange Shake (65 Baht) and Papaya Shake (55 Baht)

We opted for Orange Shake (65 Baht) and Papaya Shake (55 Baht) for drinks. Oddly, you can find all types of fruit shakes in Krabi; let it be in restaurants or small hawker stalls. The ones by Kruathara were pretty good. Thick, smooth and rich as they were blended with real fruits. They are great as thirst quenching drinks.

Papaya Salad

Papaya Salad (60 Baht)

For appetiser, we opted for Papaya Salad. It’s a classic Thai dish consists of raw papaya, cashew nuts, chilli (for spicy), lime juice and many others. Sourish, simple and light, it was perfect dish to whet our appetite. Extra bird eye chillis were added to spice up the dish.

Tiger Prawns Baked with Butter

Tiger Prawns Baked with Butter (600 Baht)

Butterflied in the middle to remove the veins and then cooked (baked) with butter, they were succulent and tasty with faint buttery aftertaste. Albeit a little pricey (600 Baht for 4 pieces), they were worth paying for as the tiger prawns were bigger than average and fresh; succulent and sweet.

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong (120 Baht)

Tom Yum Goong. Yet another enticing dish. Upon arriving our table, the piercing yet fragrant scent of the soup was enough to make us drool.

Tom Yum Goong

Slightly murky, the soup was sourish spicy with decent amount of fresh prawns and abalone mushrooms in it. The usage of lemongrass was well handled as it added depth to the characteristic of the soup. We liked it so much that we finished it till the last drop.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai (80 Baht)

Instead of flat noodles, they used some kind of semi-transparent rice vermicelli in their version of Pad Thai. We were given the option to pick either pork, beef or seafood. We opted for pork meat as the protein of the dish. It was sweet and slightly salty. Sadly, I didn’t really like this dish. Somehow, it was lacked of something or maybe it was a little too sweet to my liking as a main dish.

Fried Vegetables

Fried Vegetables with Salted Fish (80 Baht)

A simple dish that can’t go wrong. Stir fried with garlics and pieces of salted fish, the vegetables (kai lan) were cooked nicely; retaining its crunch texture.

Black Crab with Yellow Curry

Black Crab with Yellow Curry (110 Baht)

Although the crab was kinda small, it was still meaty. This dish was done perfectly as the yellow curry was mild; a subtle hint of curry powder that didn’t overpower / spoil the natural sweetness of the crab meat. The meat was fresh, firm and easy to peel off from its shell. The gravy that came along somehow looked a little like egg-based type.

Fried Long Clams with Dried Chili Paste

Fried Long Clams with Dried Chili Paste (120 Baht)

Thick and juicy with slight chewy texture, these long clams were as though they were on steroids (in a good way). The dried chilli paste used was spicy enough to give a kick. Best of all, this dish only cost 120 Baht.

Kruathara (After Tsunami) Restaurant

Overall, we enjoyed the meal thoroughly. The bill came to 1340 Baht including one plate of steamed rice. And in all honesty, it’s worth every penny as the dishes were done nicely and not overly complex with spices. Besides, the ingredients they used especially the prawns and crabs were really fresh. The staff were attentive and friendly. I know I’d go back again if I’m in Krabi again.

GPS Coordinates : 8.047162, 98.800628

bookmark_borderIn Krabi – Aree Tara Resort

Searching for a hotel can be a daunting task. One has to take into consideration of many factors such as the cost (rental), location, availability and facilities while choosing a right hotel that meets the allocated budget. Well… the facilities are optional but the rest are the crucial ones. If one (variable) does not meet with the requirement, the whole search plan will go disarray and everything will be back to square one.

Aree Tara Resort

I’ve been in such situation before and I can tell you that it is not a fun part to go through when it comes to planning a holiday especially when I’m new to a location. I can still vaguely remember the amount of research I’ve done prior to my holiday trip in Krabi, Thailand. The hotels’ reviews on TripAdvisor did help me a lot that I managed to narrow down my selections according to my budget and specifications. Coupled that with a good deal on AirAsiaGo website, I managed to book myself an accommodation and leave my worries behind.

The package I got included a return air ticket and 4D3N stay at Aree Tara Resort with breakfast and hotel transfer. It could be cheaper if I book earlier but I did it on last minute (one month before my trip) and hence, the price. However, price may vary according to the ‘season’. Therefore, it is best for you to check the seasonal rates over here to get an idea.

Internet Area

Located about 30 minutes from Krabi International Airport and 10 minutes from the popular Ao Nang beach, Aree Tara Resort is a modern resort that provides a combination of luxury and comfort at affordable price. Being categorised as “Minimalist Graphic Hotel”, it exhibits simple elegant yet homely environment that welcomes guests of all sorts of age.

Swimming Pool

There are approximately 60 rooms ranging from Superior to Deluxe rooms and the most expensive one is the Deluxe Pool Access room whereby it is located on the first (ground) floor with a direct access to the swimming pool via its private balcony. The swimming pool is not the smallest or biggest I’ve seen with 1.5 metres is the deepest on one end and 0.5 metres on the other end. Having said that, guests are welcomed to use the swimming pool for leisure swimming or dipping.

Deluxe Room Bed

Being on *cough* tight *cough* budget, I opted for Deluxe room (with breakfast) which I found it to be pretty good as well. Big comfy bed with extra pillows, the room, which faces a green empty land, is simple, comfortable and nice with basic room amenities. Complimentary water, hair dryers, dressing table, refrigerator and flat TV screen are all within reach.

Dressing Table

There’s no LAN port at the dressing table for internet connection. They only provide WiFi and it is not free of charge. I couldn’t remember the rates but it starts from 50 Baht for 30 minutes. If you did not bring any laptops or any internet connecting devices, there is a internet station with desktops setup for its guests’ usage. I guess that’s chargeable as well.

Shower Area

In the en-suite bathroom, there is a standing shower as well as a bathtub which is located opposite for those who like to soak in warm water after a long hectic day.

Toiletries

Toiletries such as bath foam, shampoo, soap, cotton buds and shower cap are provided for guests’ usage. Pretty basic I would say but it is sufficient as they replace / refill them everyday.

Bathtub

The shower can be tricky at times as I’ve experienced a sudden burst of hot water each time I used it. The water pressure can be quite low for some but I’ve no complaints about it.

Restaurant

The buffet breakfast is held at the resort’s restaurant on the second floor. I bet that is where lunch and dinner are served as well. Spacious, clean and airy, I like to dine there as it is comfortable and clean and I enjoyed the natural air breezed through the slits of the large opened windows.

Juices

Condiments

The restaurant is well lit by natural lights from the outside and there are ceiling fans above to provide extra soothing air. Wooden chairs and tables are placed spaciously from one another and basic condiments such as chilli and tomato sauce, salt and pepper are placed on each table.

Breakfast

The breakfast provided is simple. Eggs, (pork) bacons, sausages, hams, breads, croissants, tarts, cereals, noodles, fried rice, pancakes and fruits are served everyday.

Breakfast

Omelette

Occasionally, they do serve pork sausages, ham and some unique dish. Custom-cooked eggs are available at special counter and they are prepared upon request. I like my omelette to be cooked with hams, mushrooms and cheese in it.

Salads

Breakfast

There’s nothing shout about neither there’s extraordinary selections to choose from. It is simple and healthy buffet breakfast with no-frills or whatsoever. As they say, a scrumptious healthy meal is the key to a good day ahead.

Deluxe Room Bed

Overall, I had a pleasant stay in Aree Tara Resort. The experience was great, the breakfast was simple yet delicious and the staffs were down-to-earth friendly, attentive and helpful. Free welcome drinks were given upon arrival / check-in. Location wise, it is a little far from the popular beach (Nopparattara and Ao Nang) or the main street but a short walk won’t do any harm, right? They provide motorcycle rentals for their guests at affordable rates. Besides, one can book island tours through the reception counter too. I did my booking there and I was given a competitive rate without haggling. So, do consider this place if you are in Krabi for holidays.

Address :
177 Moo 3, Aonang Soi 8 Road,
Aonang Beach,
Muang,
81000 Krabi,
Thailand.

GPS Coordinates : 8° 2′ North, 98° 49′ East

Telephone Number : +66 75 637 377
Mobile Number : +66 81 477 4868 / +66 86 476 8353
Fax Number : +66 75 638 343

E-mail : reservation@areetara.com

Website: http://www.areetara.com




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