This year, we have voted Krabi as the destination for our company retreat in conjunction with the Merdeka celebration. Krabi is a province with 160 kilometers of coastline along the Andaman Sea in southern Thailand and is home to some of the most extraordinary natural wonders of the world.
On 28 August 2014, our MD and CEO, together with Eco-Ideal staff and family from both the East and West Malaysia offices have departed from the KLIA 2 airport to embark on the 4-day, 3-night company retreat. The flight took us about an hour to reach the Krabi airport.
On the first day after we have arrived at the Krabi airport, we went to check-in at the resort situated in Ao Nang. The itinerary for the day was visiting Tiger Cave Temple / Wat Tham Sua and having a relaxing and rejuvenating session of traditional Thai massage at Ao Nang Street. Before we retire to the hotel after a tiring day, we had authentic Thai food for dinner where we had fiery tom yum gong, pad thai, green curry chicken and som tam, just to name a few.
On the next morning, we visited the Tup Island which is a beautiful island where one can walk along the white, sandy causeway joining another neighboring island when the tide is low. The next destination was Chicken Island. The cute name was given after the shape of its unique limestone rock jutting out into the sea. We then proceed to Poda Island, Pra-Nang Bay and later, had signature Thai dishes in Ao Nang seafood restaurant. After the full dinner, we went for a shopping trip along Ao Nang Street where we got a chance to practice the art of bargaining to get some local good food and souvenirs. We ended the day feeling happy and contented after the shopping trip.
On the last day of our trip, we went to Susan Hoi or literally, it means The Seashell Graveyard which has been considered by recent scientific experts to date back to 40-25 million years ago! After that, we proceed to the Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center, also known as Nemo Farm where we had the opportunity to see various types of underwater fishes. We then enjoyed ourselves jungle-trekking with the elephants and visited the Muslim Floating Village at Koh Panyee. Later during the night, we tried out the street food and went for souvenir-hunting at Walking Streets Night Market in Krabi Town. All of us were happy for having a short but nice retreat at Krabi.
At the end of the day, we retired to bed early to prepare for our departure back to homeland the next day where we got to have another round of celebration, i.e. Merdeka Day! That was when we realized that no matter where we go, our hearts are still with Malaysia. Overall, we are all satisfied and happy with the trip and as always, are looking forward to more of such trips and meetings between the staff from East and West Malaysia offices to come.