Welcome to my final post on Thailand, and perhaps my favorite day of the entire trip (okay, they were all kind of my favorite, but you get the idea). When you party as hard as we did (half a Heineken at 8:30, out like a light by 9:00), it can sometimes be difficult to get up early. Somehow we managed, and were on Ao Nang Beach (the one right near our resort) by 8:00, ready to catch our longboat to Railay Beach for the day.
We waded into the water and boarded our boat for Railay, a skinny peninsula that connects Krabi Town and Ao Nang. It also happens to have some of the most phenomenal beaches in Thailand/the world. We quickly learned that on the boat ride over…
All of this before 9 AM. Then we arrived at Phra Nang Beach, and it was gloriously empty.
While Mercedes swam out to that rock/cliff, I read my book and sneaked a selfie…
Unfortunately, our solitude didn’t last. As the morning wore on, more and more boats arrived with tourists and our private beach filled up. We decided to take a walk to the other side, to check out West Railay Beach.
In order to get there, we walked along Phra Nang at high tide. The beach was lined with resorts that had guards posted to make sure no one cut inland from the beach, so our only choice was to wade in the water. We clearly didn’t enjoy ourselves very much:
We reached the end of the beach and found Phra Nang cave, which you can pay to enter…or just snap a few pictures as you walk by:
When we finally reached West Railey Beach (it was quite a journey), we were starving. Mercedes was feeling adventurous, and ordered this:
This is miang kham, a popular snack in northern Thailand. Chopped shallot, ginger, garlic, chili, lime in its rind, peanuts, dried shrimp, and ground coconut are wrapped in a betal leaf, and topped with palm sugar sauce. It was sweet and salty and crunchy and really delicious.
We grabbed some coconuts to-go and headed back to the beach.
By mid-afternoon, it was unbearably hot and we were jumping in the water every five minutes to cool off. We said a sad goodbye to Railay Beach, but enjoyed our boat ride back to Ao Nang.
That’s it for Thailand! I highly recommend Krabi to anyone who’s looking into traveling to Thailand. It’s beautiful, has plenty to do and is much less crowded than Phuket.
And if you’re not convinced, I’ll leave you with this:
The perfect end to an excellent vacation!