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S̄wạs̄dī xīk khrậng Krabi ~ Hello Again, Krabi (Day 3 : 11 Jan 2014) ~ Wat Kaew Temple, Chao Fah Krabi Weekend Night Market

on March 6, 2014

11 January 2014, Saturday

After a good massage on the previous night, we were totally konked out till a good 10am the next morning.

By the time we got our butts moving, it was almost 12 noon!

But well, this was our version of a real holiday ~ to sleep in, rest and relax and take it easy.

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Sleep In, Rest and Relax and Take it Easy … …

After contemplating some options, we decided to visit Wat Kaew Temple in Krabi town.

We stole a glimpse of it on our first night, but didn’t really get round to explore it.

Getting across the road opposite our hotel, we took a Song Theaw (costing THB 60 per pax) to Krabi town.

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Crossed the road to the beach side and took a Song Theaw costing THB 60 per pax to Krabi town.

Wat Kaew Temple also commonly known as the “White Temple”, was prominently situated in the middle of the town.

It looked very much like a white tiered wedding cake.

Located on a gradual hill, the entrance is lined with naga sculptures and faces one of the town main streets.

It is almost difficult to miss this temple.

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Would not miss this white Wat Kaew Temple situated near the main roads in Krabi town.

Although it is one of the largest temples in Krabi, it is not as popular or commercialized as Wat Tham Suea (The Tiger Cave).

And in fact, it is very much the opposite of Wat Tham Suea. This temple was very quiet and serene and there were little locals much less tourists.

Strolling up some (100) steps, we came to the ‘main hall’ of the temple.

The interior was bright with light rays entering through the windows.

We were greeted by the golden Buddha in the middle of the blue room with red ceiling.

It was a first time for me seeing such strong vibrant colours in a temple.

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Such exquisite interior of the temple

Outside the ‘main hall’ were two pavillions, one on each side. We didn’t know what the pavillions were for, but they certainly made good meditation grounds.

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One pavilion on each side of the main hall

There were lots of potted plants by the temple and when I looked closer, there was an array of bugs, insects, butterflies, damselflies etc. Oh my, that was my buffet for the day!

Although I didn’t have my macro lens with me, I stay rooted at the potted plants trying to capture those creepy crawlies going about their daily activities.

I loved the interaction between the different species. It was emotionally therapeutic to find so many species in one spot! Nature sure was amazing.

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Love the array of species to macro here…!! Shot using Samsung S4.

It was not a very huge temple, but Darren and I spent close to 2 hours here shooting, whilst May and Chee Hong had a 1.5 hours ‘meditation session’ in the pavillion. Haahaa… 🙂

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Meditation in progress… Do Not Disturb…

Our growling tummies got us scampering out of the temple, settling for a late lunch at a roadside stall and some desserts at Swensens just across the temple.

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Swensens…!! yUmmzz… : D

Just as we thought we were rounding up our day, we chanced upon the Chao Fah Krabi Weekend Night Market behind the mall.

Now, this was a ‘genuine’ night market as compared to the one we saw on our first night.

It was later then we found out that this night market only operated on Fridays and weekends, from 5pm to 10pm.

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Chao Fah Krabi Weekend Night Market. Only open on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 5pm to 10pm.

There were food stalls selling local delicacies, cocktails in bamboos, yellow bean paste desserts in the shape of fruits and animals (Kao Noom Look Choup), irresistibly delicious looking cakes, adorable sushi bits and many others.

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Look at all the drooling yummies…

The other stretch of the night market sold souvenirs ranging from Tee-Shirts, customised name pouches, handicrafts, art sculptures etc.

There were also street performances such as a musical band and a traditional Thai dance.

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Arts, Cultural, Shopping all in one…

We ate, we shopped, we bought, we watched.

The market was nothing but full of vibrancy and colours.

It was perhaps the most delightful activity in this sleepy little Krabi town.

As we didn’t want to end up taking the last Song Theaw back (as like the first night), we called it a day by 7.30pm, heading back to our accommodation in Ao Nang area.

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Bought this colourful worm at THB 20 from a handicapped old man, in memory of a ‘千脚虫’ project that we did some years back… : )

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