We recently spent an amazing week in Thailand on Lily’s Spring Break from preschool. We started in Bangkok, took a short flight to the beaches of Krabi, and wound down with a few recovery days back in Bangkok.

Krabi is a province (not an island, although it feels like one) filled with beautiful beaches and ridiculously good regional Thai cuisine. We stayed at the lovely and incredibly inexpensive Panan Krabi resort in Ao Nang–it was the perfect choice for us, with cute rooms, two great pools and poolside bars, a fantastic breakfast buffet, and even a kids club that Lily loved.

Famed Railway Beach is a short long tail boat ride away from Ao Nang. We had to check it out, so we got our tickets at the dock and ventured out. The boat ride itself was surprisingly scenic and serene. Railway was absolutely worth the trip. It was definitely peppered with its fair share of tourists, but was large enough that we were able to carve out our own little area. We even ran into some fellow Angelenos while taking a swim.

Of all the amazing food we enjoyed in Krabi, the absolute best was Jungle Kitchen, also in Ao Nang. Black pepper crab is one of my favorite Thai dishes, and Jungle Kitchen’s version was one for the books. If we’d stayed a few more days, I definitely would have gone back, just for the crab.

When we returned to Bangkok, we checked into the St. Regis for a little R and R. It was a superb home base. The property held a special event the night we were there, with complimentary drinks and appetizers, which was the perfect way to begin our stay. The hotel also honors the nightly St. Regis champagne sabering tradition. I was really impressed by the lady with the saber…so much so that I’ve been joking that I should go on Amazon and get my own. We took advantage of the hotel’s great location, and went to the Palladium/Neon Market. It is massive, with hundreds of clothing and food vendors. We were so impressed by the food that we went back on our second night. I’d highly recommend the market to anyone looking for a more local experience.

This was my second time in Thailand. Like the first time, I feel like there’s so much I still want to see. I’d love to explore Chiang Mai more, and check out some of the islands. Nonetheless, it was the perfect way to kick off our spring trip. There’s always next time…