Island Hopping round some Railay Beautiful beaches

Trip Start Jan 31, 2011
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Trip End Dec 15, 2011


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

08:43 When you look forward to sleeping, and you have inconsiderate dorm room mates, I'm sure you can imagine how frustrating things are. 3 people got up at 4.50am and made a lot of noise as they left. The same happened again at 6am. Why people can't prepare their things the night before so that leaving involves the minimum amount of fuss I'll never know. Did I mention several of them were talking in unhushed voices past midnight whilst it was clear that several of us were trying to sleep. I might be in need of a single room again soon for a couple of nights.

I am taking a tour today round some islands near Railay. The sky is clear and blue and hoping to have a nap somewhere on a beach...in some shade of course. My calves are even stiffer today so I'm hobbling or maybe that should be herpling along trying to avoid anything that involves stepping up or down from things.
 
09:21 When coming to krabi, I also heard that Ao Nang and Railay were pretty places and I really didn't know where to stay. Our boat left from Ao Nang and it is quite a pretty place with a beach looking out onto lots of tiny islands.
 
09:43 We picked some people up from Ton Sai beach which is pretty stunning and surrounded by cliffs before going to Railay Beach which was just gorgeous and has a 'spiritual cave' which is absolute chock full of what I at first thought was varying sizes of incense sticks (some are as big as your arm) and then I looked closer and realised these were not incense sticks but something far ruder, which I'm sure you'll see from the pictures!

After that we motored over to Pogo Island here he handed out lunch (only 11.30) so I just went to sit on the beach and gazed out at the view - white sand, turquoise sea, huge limestone karsks, and the distant view of Railay and it's amazing limestone cliffs. All very scenic.
Looking down at my feet, which are covered with sugar white sand, I can see that my legs have collected a smattering of colour, and made freckles come out on them - these appear to be my poor attempt at mustering a tan, although it's like a Manchester united football stadium with a tiny scattering of away team supporters- my legs are mostly pretty pale with the of freckle joining my 'I want a tan' brigade. I'm actually quite proud of my everso faint flip flop marks where you can see my 'white' bit of foot! Although it's so faint I doubt anyone else would ever notice. C'est La Vie.

There was a brief downpour by a passing shower, it's quite odd watching a heavy downpour slowly approach you across the sea, so there was plenty of time to get into shelter for a few minutes whilst it passed. an hour later we went to Chicken Island - so called because of a rock formation that sticks up and apparently looks like a chickens head, although I'm not convinced, where we did a bit of snorkelling with some very eager fish that decided to nibble at me so I had to flap my body around a little more to dissuade this behaviour. The last stop was Tup Island...this was absolutely the most beautiful place I have seen in a very long time, and no matter how many pictures I took I just can't do it the justice of the gorgeousness without you being there and seeing it for yourself. 

It was an amazing day, with gorgeous scenery in every direction, and I returned home with burnt shins and sore calf muscles....oh dear!! 
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Mummers on

What a beautiful little place you have found here

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