After Bangkok we hopped on a flight to Krabi, on the South West coast of Thailand, and spent the night in Ao Nang. This isn’t the most exciting of destinations, but luckily Reidy had cunningly booked us into a pretty darn awesome hotel with a rather nice swimming pool. We chilled, we ate, we drank Chang. We couldn’t complain.
The next day we headed to Railay beach, the only place we had booked accommodation whilst back at home. Boy, was this place beautiful. Just what we had envisioned for our trip.
Railay is technically on the mainland, but can only be accessed by a short boat ride from Ao Nang pier, as it is cut off by some pretty huge rocks. Seeing as it was 30 degrees we didn’t mind a cheeky boat ride!
On the first night we headed to Last Bar, famous for its fire shows.
The rest of our time was beach, beach beach, baby. Come rain or shine… (there plenty of both.)
Mango Nutella pancake. I could one of these for breakfast every day of the week.
Could anyone look more chilled than Maya here?
Yes, this is a shrine full of penises…. or is it peni? The intention is to bring good luck to local fishermen. It certainly humours the tourists!
One day we decided to head out on a boat trip. It all sounded swell – a whistle stop tour of the islands near Railay, including a BBQ on the boat and swimming with plankton after dark. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans for us….
Look at us. So happy before the rain!
Here it comes…
By this point we should have realised that things were going to get very, very scary.
Now these pictures do not do it justice. 2 and a half hours moored at sea, the rain lashing down and into our boat with no sides, slightly nervous looking crew, and a hoarde of very scared tourists did not make for an enjoyable evening.
But hey, it was an experience.
Luckily we woke up the next day to glorious sunshine, so I took a little gander around the grounds of our villa, set in Railei Beach Club. RBC is a collection of privately owned Thai style villas, set in luscious tropical gardens, overlooking a gorgeous beach on the West side of Railay. It was well and truly paradise.
One of the gorgeous villas. The villas vary enormously in size, and can accomodate anything from 2 to 20 people. It would be the perfect location for a group holiday, and if you risk going in rainy season like we did, there are serious bargains to be had. We paid around £17/night each for our 4 person guest wing…. Schawing. (Terrible joke but it had to be done!)
Our home for 3 days.
The view from our balcony wasn’t bad either…
The local crabs burrow tiny holes, spitting out the sand as they go. It makes pretty patterns all the way along the beach…
On the final day, we found a penis carved out of polystyrene floating in the sea. A rather odd but hilarious ending to our time at Railay! Next stop…. Koh Phi Phi.