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Walking to Railey guesthouse after being dropped off by the ferry far from the shore

Walking to Railey guesthouse after being dropped off by the ferry far from the shore

We left Phi Phi Don after two nights. Caught the 3:30 ferry to Railey Beach. The ferry was pretty empty – most people had left the island already to make it over to Ko Phan Ngan for the monthly full moon party. Being that we’re old, don’t listen to techno and incidentally fresh out of ecstasy, we decided to skip that option.

Railey is a small peninsula near Krabi. Even though it is attached to the mainland, you can only get to it by boat. There are big limestone cliffs blocking the overland way. And those limestone cliffs along with a low key atmosphere and a couple beautiful beaches are what make it interesting. Railey has some of the best climbing in Thailand people flock from all over the world to climb one of the 700+ routes during the morning, swim in the Andaman sea in the afternoon and lounge around in the evening. We had heard numerous reports about how great Railey was before and during our trip and even the Lonely Planet calls it their favorite beach in all of Thailand.

The surprise of this trip came when the ferry dumped us and 10 others onto a long tail boat that could only make it about 50 from the shore. Luckily, we were wearing bathing suits and flip-flops as the water came up to your thighs when you got out of the boat.

Railey Beach

Railey Beach

And it is pretty awesome. I think we screwed up because by the time we got there, we were out of time. We could only give it one night and I think you should stay like a week at Railey and just c h i l l.

We got a crappy room just before sunset and made it back to the beach to enjoy it. We played cards on mats on the sand and drank a Carlsberg. There aren’t that many people on Railey, despite its status and I hope it stays that way.

Railey at Sunset

Railey at Sunset

There isn’t much going on outside what I’ve already mentioned and I think mst girls won’t like it (there’s no shopping – no “sites”) and Kelly was ready to leave within a few hours, but I could’ve stayed much longer, had we had another week to burn. But as it was, we didn’t. We left the next morning and caught a ferry to the mainland and then a minivan to Penang, Malaysia.


3 Responses

  1. this is my favorite stop on ‘our’ trip so far. just seems peaceful and gorgeous.

  2. […] been able to upload one month’s worth of pics and added a bunch to older posts like “Railey,” “Beaching It,” “THE Buffet” (scrumptious pics of the best meal of […]

  3. Wow, that looks amazing

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