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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay January 25th 2018

Railay Beach, what a mission to get to.....but totally worth it! We took a flight from Bangkok to Phuket, then took a 2hr car shuttle from Phuket airport to Ao Nang beach. Along the way we saw some unusual passengers in the truck next to us....two elephants, not something you see every day! From Ao Nang beach we climbed in a long tail boat on the beach with all our suitcases (where I fell over when I got in because the ladder flipped over when it went over a wave) and made our way in a tiny boat to Railay. Unfortunately it started raining just as we got to the beach, but we got into our room just before the downpour! We could have done the commute easier if we had a flight to Krabi-but flights ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay November 30th 2017

Krabi consist of a number of sectors. The city proper is on the east side of the large peninsula. There's a river delta. The (night) market is here. As well as the piers where the ships dock, the center and most hostels. Half an hours drive to the west is Ao nang. (ao=beach). It is the name of the beach, but also of that part of Krabi. It is described as 'very busy/touristy' despite the fact the beach is not too interesting, by Thai standards. Longtail boats fill part of it and there's a small section cordoned of, for swimming, presumably. There seem to be only party hostels, travel agencies, bars and western food companies. To the south of all this, a smaller peninsula, only reachable by boat (on account of the high cliffs) gives place ... read more
Marien on the wall
Marien and Guillaume
Marien and Guillaume #2

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay November 12th 2017

Nous avons pris un bus puis un ferry jusqu'à Ao Nang puis un long-tail boat jusqu'à Tonsai. Une fois arrivés à Tonsai, nous avons découvert notre chambre d'hôtel: une cabane en bois au milieu de la jungle, avec une salle de bains pas très propre et des toilettes sans chasse d'eau (encore!). Il n'y a pas grand chose à faire à Tonsai (surtout qu'il n'y a pas d'électricité dans la journée !) mais les hôtels à Railay sont très chers. Nous avons posé nos affaires et sommes partis pour aller sur Railay. Il y a trois itinéraires possibles de Tonsai à Railay: à marée basse, on peut traverser par les rochers en suivant la côte, sinon il y a un chemin qui traverse la jungle (c'est plutôt de l'escalade que de la marche mais ça prend ... read more
Breakfast with white-eyed monkeys
Starfish!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay February 16th 2017

The glossy brochure for paradise probably resembles Railay. Stranded on the nub of a peninsula and cut off by impenetrable mountainous jungle, no roads lead in or out. Wooden long-tail boats ferry visitors along the Andaman coast, around the towering limestone headlands, and into the placid bay where the cobalt waters lap gently at the postcard crescent of powdered sugar sand. Black-faced spectacled langur and thieving macaque monkeys forage in the small strip of trees between the beach and the sheer cliffs towering over the beach. Seeping minerals have streaked the white cliffs red and black, forming stalagmites, like the wax drippings from a candle in a wine bottle, at the cliffs’ base. Wind, water, and time have rounded the tree-topped crags at the edge of the sea into knobs and towers, reminiscent of Chinese scrolls ... read more
Railay's round the bend
coconuts make life better
the shore is very near . . . at the moment

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay February 8th 2017

It's a broken record but transport from Phuket to Krabi Town was nothing special (other than my aching head and the thoughts that I am to old for this). It consisted of a three hour minibus full of foreigners that cost $400b. Once at the pier in Krabi I jumped into a taxi boat that was included in my original ticket and was whisked away 20 minutes to Railay Bay home to limestone karsts reaching as high into the sky as far as they are melting to the ground. This is ground zero for world rock climbing enthusiasts. My jaw dropped and my head cleared at the first sight of the otherworldly beauty that was before me. There is no vehicle access here in Railay so I set out walking. I planned to stay in Ton ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay April 29th 2015

March 20, 21, 22, 2015 We are on the last leg of the 12 day journey with the group. We headed off today, back to Krabi where we will spend our final 3 days with the group, then I will head to Kathmandu, Nepal. We traveled there by van and once we arrived we did some tourist shopping in the town by the shore. There are so many stores and the deals are very inexpensive. I got really cute clothes for $4-$6 each. Just remember in Krabi you can bargain with them and usually get them down to half price. When we got on board the boats the tide was way out because it was later in the day. That means walking out to the boat carrying your luggage and getting onboard. We traveled about 30 ... read more
Sabi Sabi
Our motel
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay May 14th 2014

Tuesday morning we left Cambodia and headed to the beaches of Southern Thailand. After a quick layover in Bangkok, we were off to Krabi. Once we landed we took a taxi and then a quick boat ride and about an hour later we pulled up to the cutest little beach town. Railay Beach felt like a complete dream. We laughed, swam, talked, played cribbage (for those of you who care, I skunked my dad, eli skunked my dad and mom and I skunked Eli and dad... WASSUPPPP), hung out, drank, boated, played, laughed some more, slept, ate, ate some more and enjoyed ourselves for 4 days straight. It was an absolutely amazing 4 days of adventure and bliss. You can always find us down by the beach boiiiiiii Until next time Thailand!... read more
Breakfast view
On a boat
Aww yea!

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay February 19th 2014

After an early morning run on the beach we got picked up by a tour agent that brought us to a long tail boat for a full day 4 island snorkeling trip ($15). Long tail boats are large slender wooden boats designed for shallow water and are used as a common mode of transportation here. Our first stop was Chicken Island, about 45 minutes off shore, aptly named for a large prominent rock formation with a resemblance to a chicken head. Chicken Island and Top Island are connected by a sandbar in low tide. We snorkeled in between the two islands observing many small reef fish in the beautifully clear and warm turquoise water. We also stopped at Koh Poda and Koh Kai, having lunch on a beautiful white stretch of beach surrounded by limestone caves. ... read more
Chicken island

Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay January 30th 2014

Although we hadn’t come here to rock climb we found ourselves rock scrambling anyway. As you walk along the path to the beach there is a steep path leading up to a lagoon, this intrigued me wondering how a lagoon could be up there. Bright and early one morning, before it got too hot, we set off in search of the lagoon. The path was a steep rock scramble but there was a thick rope to guide you and help you get up if need be. It proved to be not too difficult and after about 15 minutes of climbing we were at the top. The path branched of in two directions, we took the right turn and soon found ourselves at the view point. A place you could look out see the narrow strip with ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Railay January 29th 2014

We’ve now moved to Railay, a peninsular on the mainland that’s completely cut off by tall limestone Karsts meaning the only access is by boat. The tall limestone karsts make it a haven for rock climbers but we’re not here for that, it’s the spectacular scenery we’ve come for. There are also two beautiful beaches. We chose a bungalow resort built high up amongst the karsts. The bungalows were set in a tropical garden each with a huge veranda. We were ready to put down roots for a while and this seemed the perfect place to do so. It’s very serene up here, the only noises we hear as we wake up each day are the cockerels crowing, the monkeys hooting and the geckos making their kind of clicking noise. One morning as I sat on ... read more
Our Bungalow
Our Bungalow
View from our Bungalow




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