06.04.2008 - 07.04.2008
And we're off! The next two days were spend on what folks call “the Krabi coast”. And more specifically, on Railay beach on this coast on the main land. Arriving here is half the fun. You ferry from Phi Phi to krabi and as you approach Krabi, you transfer to a small/medium sized wooden boat. Continue towards the beach. Dock? Nah. Who needs it? The beach is a flat, unslopping 100+ meters approach to the sand. The boat pulls in perhaps 40-50 meters from shore and yep... jump out and walk. Hopefully you don't have too much luggage to carry over your head. We managed wih a little help from a British family.
Railay is small. Its the tip of a tiny peninsula off the coast. Since its separated from the rest of the land by huge, dramatic, rocky mountains, it seems like an island. A teensy-weensy little one. You can be cross it on foot (the only way to get round) in about 7-9 minutes. A single stoney path leads you across the island. All of the useable land is either beach or hotel space. No living area for locals, as far as we could tell. And a super upscale resort claims much of the space. If you're into $500+ nights, its definitely the place for you in Thailand.
Once on Railay you just kind of beach. Or eat. Or spend time just sort of walking around the tiny, sandy paths, checking for places to eat Among the highlights is the visit to Praband beach (I think that's the name). This beach is nestled in between huge rock cliffs at one end of the island. Again the pictures below tell the story. Its quite amazing really. There we sunbathed, purchased food from the food boat (pad thai and spring rolls). Probably one of the coolest beach meals we've enjoyed. There was a small rocky island about 100 or 150 meters off the beach to where you could swim or kayak.
Perhaps not surprising was the volume of long tail boats coming to drop off tourists from other near-by areas at the beach. Since the local culture puts preservation and serenity aside when a quick buck is to be made, noisy boats spewing black smoke covered nearly every meter of the pretty by around 11am. They come right up to the sand and throw down their ankor. If you happen to be swimming along its path, you had better move. In Ren's perspective, the indiference to nature, scerenty and beauty (specially as it relates to touristy areas) reigns supreme in every part of Asia. Really makes you appreciate real government at home and the role of rules and regulations.