Sure, that is the Phuket Weblog, however Krabi may be very near us … We had a 2 night time journey to Krabi again in April 2017 and I actually needed to go to Railay Seaside. I would been in Phuket since 1999 and someway by no means actually checked out Krabi till this 12 months! Effectively, we by no means acquired to Railay in April, however we noticed sufficient of the Krabi space to plan one other journey, so we had one other 2 night time journey in Krabi in July 2017. Railay was very a lot on my must-see listing regardless of my spouse pondering it might be “simply one other seashore”. And though we solely spent a few hours trying out Railay seashore and Phra Nang seashore (proper subsequent to Railay) we actually prefer it and we’re already pondering of our subsequent Krabi journey and can spend a bit extra time at Railay.
Krabi Journey Tickets
We have been staying in Krabi City on the River View Resort, which is correct subsequent to the river. The pier for longtail boats to Railay Bay (or Ao Nang) was only a few minutes stroll from the lodge. And the boats should not costly – simply 150 Baht per individual every means.
(above) We acquired a longtail boat from the river in Krabi City. The journey to Railay is about 12km and took about half-hour on a beautiful sunny morning with calm seas. Our boat arrived at a big floating pier at Railay Bay East – not a lot of a seashore right here, it is mangroves and a bit muddy. West Railay Seaside is the place you wish to be! We first purchased some bottles of water in a minimart – the whole lot double the conventional value as a result of the whole lot right here needs to be introduced in by longtail boat. Small bottles of water – 20 Baht. Be aware for subsequent time – convey some water with us from city (small bottles of water could be as low-cost as 7 Baht). Jeez, I sound like an inexpensive backpacker!
(above) Approaching Railay from Krabi City
(above) Floating Pier at Railay Bay East
The stroll from Railay East to Railay West is down a slim path passing the bottom of a few lodges and eating places, not that fairly, however arriving at Railay Seaside, we have been confronted with a very spectacular view. Though I had actually needed to go to I used to be ready to be disenchanted, as typically occurs with very touristy locations. However this actually is an attractive place and I believe it helps that this was off-season and we arrived by about 10am – you possibly can definitely anticipate extra individuals later within the morning and through the afternoon. I ponder if we would keep right here subsequent time fairly than in Krabi city …
(above) Railay Seaside (West). It will get a lot of hype, so I used to be anticipating one thing much less, nevertheless it actually is attractive. I’m not actually a seashore individual, I do not “go to the seashore”, however I believe I may keep in a lodge right here for a couple of nights and simply benefit from the surroundings, the sand and the ocean (and some beers). It was quiet once we arrived and that definitely helps. There are solely a handful of lodges (verify lodges at Agoda), many individuals go to from Ao Nang and different close by areas (Krabi City and even from Phi Phi) through the day. Additionally at Railay West we noticed loads of provides being unloaded by hand from longtail boats. Loads of work goes into that 20 Baht bottle of water!
(above) Unloading provides at Railay Seaside
(above) My boy may run round at Railay Seaside all day I believe! Now we have to return right here once more. On this journey we had restricted time, as we wanted to be again in Krabi City by about noon or 1pm to take a look at of the lodge. From West Railay, to get to Phra Nang Seaside it’s important to stroll again to East Railay after which flip proper till you discover the trail to Phra Nang. Not an extended stroll, only a few minutes. Heading to Phra Nang Bay you stroll previous caves and stalactites for a few hundred meters. There’s a signal to a viewpoint that we’ll need to discover one other time.
Phranang Bay is perhaps much more stunning than Railay, however smaller. It is hemmed in by excessive cliffs and as you possibly can guess the one entry is by foot, plus we noticed that some tour boats drop individuals instantly right here fairly than Railay. It was about 11am once we acquired to Phra Nang and it was noticeably busier than Railay West. However anyway. Wow.
(above) Phranang Seaside – click on picture to see an even bigger model (opens in a brand new browser window)
Phra Nang is definitely a spot we may keep for some time, convey a picnic, swim a bit … it is on the listing for subsequent time! There are a number of factors of curiosity right here other than the seashore, the ocean and the views. Proper by the seashore you’ll find a cave which options a particularly uncommon shrine. Choices are made hereto the princess of Phranang cave within the type of lingams. What are lingams? They’re phallic symbols resembling the male organ (ha ha, will not get me to say penis right here!) The choices are mentioned to convey good luck, wealth and fertility to the native individuals. It appears these beliefs are nonetheless held as we speak, as there are many new phallic choices.
(above) Our daughter trying out the shrine at Phra Nang Cave
(above) Searching from a cave at Phra Nang Seaside (not the willy cave, it is the subsequent one). There are a couple of caves right here and I noticed somebody crawling up a slim passage, however the place to? Gosh we actually do want to return again and discover extra!
(above) Tons and many lingams. Yeh, you do not get this on another vacationer seashore!
Phra Nang (and Krabi typically) can also be nicely referred to as a spot to go mountain climbing. Krabi is an efficient place to study/attempt climbing, and there are many cliffs in case you are an skilled climber. We discovered a load of climbers subsequent to the seashore. Some regarded like novices, others have been climbing increased.
(above) Mountain climbing at Phranang, Krabi
Our longtail boat driver was ready for us at East Railay and it was already noon by the point we walked again from Phra Nang. I’m glad to say this space has stunned me. I’m positive it may well get crowded at instances, however there’s a whole lot of pure magnificence right here and now we’re planning our third Krabi journey and can spend greater than a few hours at Railay and Phra Nang!
Extra about Krabi
Railay Seaside and Phra Nang Seaside – Location Map