So we were thinking of jumping to Bali from Singapore but we didn't have much time. So instead we went to Thailand. We decided we had done city with Singapore. We also wanted to waste at most 2 hours on the flight and we didn't want to hit up a city. So we flew into Krabi. Most people go to Phuket or Ko Samui or Bangkok or Chang Mai. We headed to Krabi, but we didn't stay there. Instead we went further off the beaten path and went to Ao Nang. Think small beach resort area without a ton of tourists comparatively.
Initially I wanted to go even more secluded and stay at an alcove that you had to take a boat too. But decided it was too difficult with the kids. Good thing I didn't because getting off the long tail boat (we visited for the day) we saw people carrying their luggage on their heads through the water since the dock wasn't big enough. But where we stay? It was in "town". And we got to walk around, swim, and rest. Way better decision. Ao Nang has according to google 7800 people. I loved it.
Our hotel room had a private pool (but it was too cold). Some rooms opened to the pool. We had breakfast included everyday as well.
Our first night and walking at the beach right outside the hotel. Ours was on the beach about 50 steps away from a different pool at the hotel.
The next day we booked a tour and went kayaking in the mangroves and feeding elephants.
Long Tail Boat ride
Beach just gorgeous
Then we flew back to Singapore to catch our flight home the next day. This time we flew direct into SFO on United in premium economy. Well worth the $425 upgrade. But I also decided to splurge and we stayed at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. It's pretty much the iconic cruise ship hotel in Singapore, featured in Crazy, Rich Asians at the end. It has the infinity pool that's only guest accessible. What did we do? Stay the whole day in the pool from 3 pm check in after our flight till the evening. We even had food delivered.
View from the deck of the gardens by the bay.
View during the day
View at night
Then our lovely adventure had to end. Did we have jet lag? Surprisingly no. We were great. Mostly because our timing was excellent. It was worth spending more to get the right times. We used up pretty much all of our miles to fly united back at night and arrive at night. It was a 18+ direct flight from LAX to Singapore and return was also 18+ hours direct Singapore to SFO. This allowed us to nap on the flight there and coming back. 4
Going we arrived at 6 am and then stayed up so we got right on schedule (and it's easier going west). Coming back while difficult arriving at 12 am midnight at home and going straight to bed and waking up at 10 am and forcing ourselves to stay up to 8 pm then back to bed and up at 7 am meant we were tired but not jet lagged like some people.
So going to Macchu Picchu this summer I did the same thing and booked flights I thought would minimize our jet lag going and coming. I'm hopeful that it works.
I guess all that's left is to work on what it all costs in the next post.