Hello loves! Here comes a photobomb from our days around Railay beach, which was our second destination. We originally planned to only stay for two days, but we fell in love with the place and stayed for four nights. There were so many activities to do – and here we go!
To get to Railay from Koh Yao Noi we took the speedboat to Ao Nang, where we took a little tuctuc to another pier, which took around 5 minutes and from there a long-tail boat to the actual Railay beach – you can access Railay only by boat. That whole trip took around three hours and cost 800 Baht (20€) per person. We didn’t book any place to stay in advance, so as soon as we got there we started searching and found an amazing placed called Rapala rock wood. It is located on the north end of East Railay where all the budget places are – this is also the place to be. West Railay is stuffed with big resorts, but that’s also where the beach is… In our bungalow place, Rapala, we got a room in the jungle for 800 baht per night (20€). It had a fan, a mosquito net and the room was great with a pink bathroom! There is also a great restaurant where they serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. You will always meet lots of young (and cool) travellers and hear great music – I totally recommend this place if you go to Railay!
Around Railay are three beaches: Ton Sai beach, Railay beach and Phra Nang beach. We didn’t go to Ton Sai, but could see it from the other beaches. The Railay beach is the beach where you arrive, it is a nice beach to hang out and to have a drink while watching the sunset, but for swimming the best beach is the Phra Nang. The water there is crystal blue, the sand is one of the whitest and finest sand I’ve ever seen and they have a little island just outside which you can walk to when the tide is low. Concerning tide: here in Thailand there is high tide/ low tide, meaning most beaches are on only beautiful with turquoise water half of the time – this means you want to make sure to get to the beach early, best before 2pm when the water is still “there”!
Another fun part when going to Phra Nang beach is that you have to pass through a little path where lots of monkeys hang out. Just be aware and go after the rule: if you don’t tease them, they don’t tease you! You can also find some monkeys a little here and there at Railay, but most likely on the way to Phra Nang :)
The second day we booked a 4 island boat tour together with some other guys, it is the cheapest and easiest way to check the beautiful islands around. We visited Koh Gai (Chicken Island, shaped like a chicken), Koh Tup (which is linked to Chicken Island when low tide so you can walk through), Koh Mawr (for snorkling) and last Koh Poda (an amazing island with beautiful sand and water).
We fell in love with Koh Poda so much that we decided to stay for another night to be able to go there again the day after! So the next day we hired a private long-tail boat to take us there, they don’t do any “normal” trips to Poda island only. You will always have to go on a tour but don’t get much time on every single island. Koh Poda is the island we shot the last four photos of the photobomb, can you see how beautiful it is? There are quite a lot of people going there, but they are mostly staying where they get dropped off with the boats, so best thing is to go like five minutes further and pass all the people until you find an empty spot. We found it both times we were there and it was like paradise! <3
Apart from our boat trips we also hung out on the “walking street” where they have lots of bars/restaurants and shops as well as lots of yummy fruitshakes! We played cards on the beach, drank coconuts and I had a little manicure and pedicure session. The nails turned out ok, but was worth it for a little “me” time and a chat with the sweet Thai woman called Natasha (who actually just married a Swedish man!).
We really enjoyed our time at Railay, it was a great mix of everything, great beaches and not too many people! If you go, don’t forget to get a waterproof bag, it is a must with all the boats! They sell them everywhere for a really good price (around 10-15€), we use ours all the time! Another thing to not forget is suncream, it is extremely expensive here (around 600 Baht/ 15€ for a small bottle)!
That was all for Railays post, next one will be from Phi Phi Island!
Have a wonderful Thursday!