Sawadee Ka, and welcome.
I have spent 5 days on an island with no roads, no cars, and no other means of transportation other than on foot or boat..
And I may have just had the best 5 days of my life! Where do I even begin. Although I have been returning back home to Thailand ever since I was born, this trip was different.
For the first time in 19 years, I done all those ‘touristy’ things – and it was my most rewarding trip to Thailand so far.
Railay Princess Resort & Spa:
I took a flight from Kuala Lumpur International airport, and was greeted at Krabi Airport by hotel staff at Railay Princess Resort & Spa. We had booked a private transfer, therefore this process was rather pleasant!
Upon arrival, I had read that Railay beach is accessible only by boat – due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. So the journey to our hotel was one I’d never forget! – there it was, the longtail boat we was promised!
The journey from Ao Nang pier was approximately 15 minutes – just enough time to take in the ocean and surrounding islands as you make your way. The staff at Railay Princess showed us customer service like no other – we had booked a twin room overlooking the pool and we absolutely loved the simplicity.
The hotel had 2 pools, a spa, fitness centre, restaurant & bar alongside a seafood bar and plenty of chilling areas. The infinity pool overlooking the cliffs and ocean was absolutely mesmerising.
What’s so special about Railay is the fact you can walk from one side of the island to the other. Accessible routes connecting Railay West to Railay East, ensures you won’t miss an inch of the Island.
The strip sells amazing items ranging from holiday essentials to last minute bikinis and gifts.
Almost everywhere you turn you will see Thai Rastas, making you question if you’re actually in the Caribbean – but I love it!
I don’t know where else you’d find a Tew Lay bar – where you sit hanging off the branches!
Now this is where it gets impressive, Railay Beach and Krabi itself offers their tourists so many activities to participate in, it’s almost mind blowing! I’m so excited to share my new experiences with you guys..
Railay Viewpoint & Lagoon:
Firstly, if you’re on Railay Beach, you HAVE to do Railay Viewpoint! The climb tested me in every way, shape, and form! I am no expert rock climber, let alone have I ever had any form of practice or training, but I made it out alive lmao.
However, I don’t know how I missed the sign that said no climbing if it rained prior – and well.. it poured down the night before. Whoops.
I honestly cannot believe how crazy this climb was – nothing to hold onto but a piece of rope dangling from the side of the rocks.. but every step, push, and bruise was worth it.
The view was an absolute dream.
It’s true what they say – Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Thepphanom Elephant Sanctuary:
Bucket list – ticked. One of the best experiences of my life. I visited Thepphanom elephant sanctuary and I was in awe – awed by the vastness of the jungle and awed by the beauty of these elephants.
I loved that we were able to interact on a personal level with these elephants.
Tiger Cave Temple – Krabi:
You cannot go to Thailand without visiting their breathtaking temples. The Tiger Cave Temple was absolutely astonishing. But.. and this is a big BUT.
Nothing in life worth having comes easy – although I don’t know quite how to relate this quote to stairs, I will find a way.
The climb to the top was going to take 1,237 steps – yes. 1,237 steps that I underestimated.
Rebecca and I wouldn’t have been able to complete this trail without one another. Honestly, the encouragement from your friends is so important when you’re absolutely exhausted.
This temple blew my absolute mind. I felt so blessed and thankful that my eyes were able to witness something so magical.
It’s moments like these that I will cherish forever.
5 island Hopping:
Thailand, and Krabi especially, are known for their spectacular islands – and now I finally understand why. I took a one day trip to explore their islands..
1. Chicken Island:
Its not hard to see why – shaped like a chicken, this island was great for snorkelling!
This was my first time snorkelling and I honestly could not believe my eyes! These were scenes I only ever saw on the discovery channel..
Finding Nemo – literally. The boatmen kept telling me to find Nemo because apparently this is where they all reside. But I couldn’t.. then it registered in my mind that maybe it was just his awful banter? or maybe I’m just far too gullible!
2. Tup Island:
My favourite island. I’ve never seen sand so white and ocean so blue in my life.
I thought places like these only existed on postcards – but I was wrong.
3. Si Island:
A tiny little island with no sand, but however a breathtaking coral reef that will make you want to change your name to Ariel and live underwater.
4. Poda Island:
With shipwrecked vibes, this island has been turned into a national park. The only island so far that have restaurants and bars for their tourists. Poda island was beyond beautiful, I laid in the ocean for half an hour and contemplated if this is where I should move my life.
5. Phranang Cave Beach:
Phranang Cave Beach is located off the Railay beach peninsula, particularly known for its beautiful caves.
If you’re ever in the Krabi area, I cannot recommend the 5 island tour enough. The boatmen are excellent and are so knowledgeable of all islands. The tour comes equipped with Thai Green curry on the beach for lunch! – if that doesn’t win you over, I don’t know what will.
Cave Exploring – Railay Beach:
Railay, as mentioned before is especially known for their caves – and it wasn’t hard to stumble across the notable ones either!
Phranang Cave/ Princess Cave:
Located on Phranang Cave Beach as shown above, this cave is rather interesting.
Yes, I don’t even have to say anything for you to figure out exactly what those ornaments are. Strange to some, but meaningful to others – locals come here to make offerings and leave other objects believed to help with fertility.
Pranang-Nai/ Diamond Cave:
Rebecca and I thought we were going to come out millionaires, but this wasn’t the case. Nonetheless, this cave isn’t to be missed.
Bats flying above your heads makes the cave experience that much more Flintstone-y.
Ban Bor Thor Kayaking:
Surprisingly, this was my favourite activity during my whole trip. Ban Bor Thor was like no other kayaking experience. This particular location took you under caves, through national parks, and into lagoons.
The caves had more than just historical context behind it – it once had cavemen.
These cavemen left their marks via paintings – and I must admit it was unbelievable to be in the presence of such things. Definitely a day out I will not forget.
I couldn’t bare the thought of having to leave paradise on earth.
I’ve honestly had the best time of my life.
Although I go back home to Thailand often, this particular trip and location blew my absolute mind. I don’t think a blog post can even express just how amazing this trip was.
Thank you for the memories Railay Beach.
Until next time.
P.S: Forever engraved into Railay Beach.