Our flight to Krabi went smoothly and we managed to jump on a shuttle bus which was supposed to drop us of at our hostel, the optimistically named Sleep Well Hostel in Krabi Town. After 15 minutes our driver arrived at a hotel Sleep Whale, can you see how this caused a problem, after 10 minutes of Andy trying to explain that this was not our destination and a few locals having their say as well the driver agreed to drive on, in the end we just got out at someone else’s hotel and walked as it was all too painful to explain. Our hostel was really nice we had a full dorm to ourselves and there was a chilled back bar around the corner.
The next morning we were off to Railay. Although connected to the mainland so not an island, this town has no road access due to the cliffs that surround it, the only way to access is by boat which really gives it the small island feel and pricing!
It’s a 40 minute boat ride from Krabi Town to Railay East pier which was right by our hotel. In Krabi Town there seemed to be two boat companies offering trips, the boats wouldn’t leave until they had 6 people, there were 3 at our pier and 3 at the other… No one was going anywhere. After enough waiting we demanded our money back and went to join the other boat, hurray we were finally off to Railay!!
Our hotel was really nice, we had decided to treat ourselves as it was low season and there were some really good deals to be had. Railay has some amazing beaches but there are two main ones – Railay Beach and Phra Nang Beach. We spent the next few days enjoying the sun and sea on both, the town is set up for tourists and catered well, the seafood was especially good.
When we could pull ourselves away from the beaches we went to visit a couple of the towns other attractions, the Diamond caves were a bit underwhelming but killed half an hour.
Next up was Phra Nang Princess Cave, this cave sits on the beach and has a story attached, fishermen say the cave is the home of a mythical sea princess, and that leaving offerings will bring them success in their fishing and protect them from danger, but what is more remarkable is that the cave contains a large collection of carved wooden phallic symbols, offerings and other objects believed to help with fertility.
One more active afternoon we decided to climb up to the view point over town, this was a neat vertical climb which was great fun and offered spectacular views of the bay.
Our final day arrived all too quickly as our flight was very early the next day. We decided to head back to the mainland – we had planned on heading back to Krabi Town but due to the terrible weather that day the boats where only going to Ao Nung so we decided to stay there. The rain did not stop so we spent the day shopping and running from shelter to shelter. The next morning our bus picked us up at 5am and we were on our way home.