Spectacular scenery, sleepy social scene
Trip Start Mar 01, 2010
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Next morning the cheeky long tail drivers made us wait for two hours to "fill up" the boat otherwise they would have to charge us 200 baht each rather than 150 standard fare (already more than one night's accommodation). Then, when we were called down from the coffee bar they said it was still 200 even though there were now five tourists, two locals and masses of goods loaded onto the tiny boat! We stuffed 150 into their sweaty hands and just threw our bags into the boat in a 'we're not in the mood for this nonsense' kind of way and that did the trick.
The Railay area spreads across East, West, Pranang and Ton Sai beaches and hundreds of awesome rock formations and caves in between. We stayed in cheap cabanas up in the hills and stuck to the less idyllic East beach for cheaper food and drinks, making short 5-10min treks to other beaches for picture perfect swimming and sunbathing. Once there it's hard to believe you're still on the mainland when the whole place feels so cut off from the rest of the world. The long-haired locals lounge in their bar shacks all day and visitors do little more than wander the beaches, explore the caves and occasionally summon enough energy to do a spot of rock climbing or canoeing. We enjoyed the quiet sleepy paradise for a couple of days but definitely felt cabin fever begin to set in by the end of the second day. (Especially in our bug infested cabin which reminded me of the insect box I made in woodwork for a school wildlife project.) Luckily we teamed up with two Dutch girls and there was some good scrambling to be done and fabulous viewpoints from the top of the rocks to keep boredom at bay.
Enough said, here are the pics...