Railay

Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
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Trip End Jun 27, 2009


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Thursday, April 9, 2009

It is officially impossible to travel with ease in Thailand. The highlight of the trip to Railay was a 30 minute longboat ride in a gail-force winds and teaming rain. When we arrived at the harbour at Krabi I said to Charlotte that there's no way we will sail in these conditions but I was sorely mistaken. The fun started before we even set sail, to get on the boat we had to wade waist-deep for about ten yards to the boat, I knew it wasn't going to be fun. As we flew across the waves at breakneck speeds the boat bounced up and crashed down causing the spray to soak everyone on the boat. By the time we arrived I was absolutely drenched (I actually may have stayed dryer if I'd swam). Once we arrived at Sunrise beach I thought it would all be over but as the boat came to a halt, 50 yards from the shore, I realised that we would have to shuffle along a slippery walkway through the mudflats. Railay had better be good ...

Luckily it is. The beaches are stunning (if a little crowded, it's Easter), especially if you head to the quieter ones around the headland, we reached one by sea kayaking round the huge rock formations. In fact, the one we headed to was home to .... penis shrines. Hidden under the huge rocks were numerous penis's; big, small, red, blue, some even mounted onto a sort of twisted nativity. Very strange, I think people come and pray for pregnancy or something (I kept a close eye on Charlotte).

The weather is getting better by the day and we spent most of our time on the beach, the rest of the time we spent at the bars (there aren't many) and we met some cool Irish folk and had a few with them. Next stop is Ko Phi Phi and it's Thai new year or 'Songkran', so we are preparing ourselves for another soaking; they apparently celebrate by chucking water at each other .... bring it on!
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