! Unfortunately as we finally could see the lagoon ahead of us we reached descent to find a 3 meter vertical drop in the brown sludge with only a rope hanging down to go further, all in flip flops we deliberated for ages but realised we really needed trainers to do it - well even to try! We decided it was too dangerous so we counted our losses and headed back to bathe off the sticky mud in the sea. Back on the beach we met some boys who had just done the lagoon trek before us and told us how they had only just made it down safely - the drop we saw was actually the smallest of many! We were so glad we hadn't tried as we could have been stuck down there for days!! Ellen, Alex and Blaize tried their hand at some cliff jumping whilst amy did some professional photography catching all of us jumping in mid flight! One day Ellen and Blaize went on another jungle trek to the other side of the island where they made friends with a hippy who had been on the island for 3 years! 3 years! We couldn't believe it! What did she do we asked - yoga most days, although i haven't done that for two weeks. Definitely some weird characters on that side of the island - and a very strong smell of skunk floating round all the hippies! We decided it was time to return to the safety of our aircon room and pool so ventured back through the jungle to Amy and Alex. In the evenings we entertained ourselves heading to the Last Bar for a free beverage and fire show- which was incredible! We chilled on the decking which was right on the beach - when the tide was in the water slushed underneath us
. The cocktails we amazing - Alex in particular fell in love a a Baileys milkshake, not the manliest of drinks to be fair but absolutely delicious. We enjoyed a shisha or two and watched the most incredible fireshow we'd seen to date. It put all the ones on Koh Phi Phi to shame! One of the boys doing it was only 14 and he was amazing!! We always left the bar just in time to catch the pancake lady before she shut up shop and we murdered the carnation milk and thai pancake combo on Railey - this became the start of a long relationship with the tasty thai pancake!! Unfortunately it was soon time to leave the chilled out place of Railay. We all decided it was definitely our favourite place in Thailand so far - it was still unruined, with hardly any body there - we wonder how long that would last! So we headed back to Krabi for another night of luxury before our epic visa run to and from Malaysia - a whole day 12 hours on a bus to end up in the same place we started- not fun but worth it considering the massive fine we would receive if we didn't!!
So our ferry across to Railay couldn't reach the beach so with arms full of luggage we treaded through the knee high water to safety. Blaize slipped nearly falling into the sea with all her stuff but luckily got her footing before her backpack was completely submerged!!! Off we trecked to find some rooms to stay and stumbled across the diamond cave resort with air-con and a pool!!! The only downside being we encountered some of the worlds largest mosquitos which were even waterproof and batterproof! Over the next few days we ventured out of our cool rooms to find some great activities going on such as kayaking around the islands, snorkel trips (which Amy attempted to conquer her fishphobia unsuccessfully again) and a jungle trek to 'the lagoon' which went terribly wrong! We hiked for over an hour up the muddy slippery mountain, ditching our clothes and belongings in a bush halfway up to give us more of a chance climbing up and sliding down the steep inclines! It was so much fun though, we were absolutely covered in mud from head to toe