The Wizardess of Oz

An American's Adventures in Australia and Beyond

Railay Beach, Thailand

We arrived via ferry to Railay Beach late in the afternoon. This place had been on my travel bucket list for a while, but my vacation-length first trip to Thailand two years ago meant that I didn’t have a chance to visit.

We had a few hours stopover on Koh Phi Phi, so we decided to check our bags at the marina and take a longtail boat over to Long Beach, just five minutes from the busy main town. This was our first taste of Thai beaches, and though Long Beach in Koh Phi Phi is busy, it doesn’t lack for white sand and glorious stretches of turquoise water.

image

Long Beach, Koh Phi Phi

After a few hours of relaxation, we were back on the boat and on our way to Railay. Nothing can adequately prepare you for the sight of those sheer karst cliffs jutting out of azure water, looking for all the world like they’ve been masterfully painted in a series of rust, orange, and brown.

image

image

We were deposited on Railay West, a small stretch of beach dominated by resorts. Our research suggested that we head toward Railay East for more cost-effective lodging, so we passed over the small spit of land that separates the two towns and started our series of walk-ins to the guesthouses and hotels. We were surprised at the prices here – it’s small enough that there seems to be floor price amongst most of the accommodation providers. Not that $30/night is expensive, but it was more than were expecting to pay.

We finally chose a place that had air conditioning and a pool nestled under one of the looming karst cliffs, and a sunset dip closed out our first day.

One purpose of my travels is to try out potential new hobbies. With Railay as the rock climbing mecca of Southeast Asia, my sister and I decided we would give it a try one of the days we were here. After a morning on Railay West trying to treat my bedbug bites with seawater and sun, we hopped on a half-day Seven Islands tour that promised to show us the best of the small islands off the coast of Railay.

The tour was a huge disappointment. We never stopped in any place for very long, and were constantly being rushed from one site to another. Why they chose to pack so much in a half day, I’ll never know. We also were with a group of Chinese tourists who were all together, leaving us and another couple feeling like the 26th – 30th wheel. At one stop on the tour, we could climb up rope ladders that had been anchored into the cliffs and cliff jump into the water below. My sister and I both tried to climb and discovered our upper body strength meant we couldn’t even get up the ladder!

image

Chickenhead Rock

image

We Couldn’t Climb It

image

Sunset Was OK Though…

Needless to say, that put the kibosh on any thoughts of rock climbing. I had visions of being halfway up a cliff and unable to lift myself any further.

Since we had scrapped our plans of rock climbing, we decided to set out the next day for Koh Lanta. I knew it would be decidedly less expensive, and I had been itching to get back to it since I had visited it the first time in 2013.

As we hopped on the ferry from Railay West, I said a final farewell to the beautiful cliffs, with a tiny flash of regret that I hadn’t taken on the challenge that they offered. Next time, Railay.

2 Comments

  1. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what
    all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours
    would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% sure.
    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers

    • thewizardessofoz

      October 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      Hi there! It’s not expensive at at all! If you aren’t web-savvy, I recommend a WordPress.com account. You sign up for a WordPress.org account, and can pay for an upgrade to have a custom URL and hosting from WordPress directly. It’s a very easy interface to use and I believe only costs around $60/year. There are other ways to do it, but that’s the simplest. Hope this helps!

Comments are closed.

© 2017 The Wizardess of Oz

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑