Thailand, Part 3: {Krabi – Railay Beach}

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Krabi is an amazing part of Thailand. It’s an hour flight south, from Bangkok. To get there, you can fly into Krabi, and then take a shuttle to the pier to catch a boat.

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<<< The only way to get to Railay Beach is by long tail boat, and for 100 Thai Baht per person (less than $3) you can catch a ride. Just find a pier and tell them where you want to go. They usually take several people at a time so you might have to wait a bit for more people to show up, or just pay them 1000 baht to go ahead and take you alone.>>>

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Just don’t drop your ish!

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There are a couple of restaurants right on the beach so you can catch the sunrise and sunset every night. It’s one of the most stunning beaches I’ve ever been on.

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If you’re going there to climb, it’s one of the world’s top deep water soloing destinations. The huge rock to climb on is about a 15 minute boat ride from the shore. Last time we were here, we hired a guy to take us out there for around 2 hours. It was a lot cheaper, but also a shorter day. This time, we paid 1,000 baht (a little less than $30) each for a full day. It included the boat ride out there, lunch, water, and a guide. We paid for 6 hours but we were probably out for a total 4 – 5 hours. We were with another couple from China who had never climbed before (all levels can do this!). We climbed and swam for a while, then motored over into a little cove for some lunch, swimming, and snorkeling. We did a little more climbing and we were all sacked, so we headed back to shore.

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Spot the man-friend:

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Every morning was about the same: my man-friend would wake up a walk three steps out of our door to do a few laps in the huge pool. I’d make tea and we’d go to breakfast and scan the climbing guide book to see where we wanted to go that day.

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Always watch out for monkeys! They’re cute, but they’re thieves!

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Around 3pm each day, it would rain for an hour or more, so it was always the perfect time for an afternoon nap or movie. We caught up on some serious sleep these few days. Then, sadly, it was time to go.

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Some tips if you want to go:

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 Railay Beach is a little peninsula that’s lovely. Where you stay depends on your budget and your goals for the trip. We sprung for the super nice Railay Village Resort ($75 per night) for the 4 nights. We wanted peace and quiet. The service was excellent and the staff were beyond lovely. It’s more of the relaxing vacay hotel you might be looking for. It was on the West. If you’re a family, couple, or on a girl’s weekend, look for accommodations on Railay West.  If you want to go a little cheaper, you’ll want Railay East. It’s literally a 5 minute walk from one side of the peninsula to the other. The Eastern side though is a lot more crowded and has tons of hippie bars. That being the case though means it’s also a little busier (and dirtier). If you’re cruising with a bunch of friends, going solo, or on a tight budget, this will probably be your better bet.

If you’re climbing there for a while or full-on backpacking for an extended period of time, you’re probably going to want to look at Tonsai Bay. We met a couple younger guys that were staying for only $2-5 per night. It was pretty primitive though so do your research.

The beach on the West side is the best, but it’s small. There’s no beach on the East side that you’d want to be in. It’s full of boats or mangroves trees. Also, a lot of places have wifi, but keep in mind where you are. It’s spotty service so don’t plan on using it that much.

Unless you’re climbing or scuba diving, this place is for relaxing and rejuvenating… so make sure that’s what you’re going for!

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  1. Karin Carmack says:

    Ok, that looks seriously awesome!

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