As we continued our Thailand trip, we decided to explore down south to enjoy famous Thailand beaches since we have spent some time in mountain area of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. You can read about my blogs post on them at Land of Lanna, The Highest Point of Thailand, and The Northern Most Province of Thailand. With all the many choices of beaches in Thailand, since we like a more of relaxing family oriented experience, we decided to fly down to Krabi. We flew with Thai Airways and it only took a couple hours to get there from the north part of Thailand since Thailand is relatively small country. We arrived Krabi sometime in the evening and as soon as we stepped out of airplane we can feel the heat and humidity of southern Thailand. It is just different experience from Northern Thailand. Krabi has relatively small airport. So we literally had to step out of airplane and took steps down to run way to take a bus which took us to terminal. Then we took about 40 minutes car ride to our hotel location which is Ao Nang.
Railey Beach – Since we arrived late in the evening, we decided to take things slowly the next day. Instead of hardcore sightseeing, we decided just to relax at nearby beach. After having a wonderful breakfast at the hotel, we took Tuk Tuk to go to pier. It took about 10 minutes ride to get to pier where people sell boats ticket to Rialey Beach. There are several ways you can get to Railey. You can buy tour package to spend the day there along with other close-by islands. However, we wanted to things easy on that day, we just bought longtail boat ticket to get to Railey. I don’t recall the exact price of round trip ticket but I do remember it is relatively cheap compared to buying tour ticket. The boat ride took us about 40 minutes to get to Railey Beach. It is breathtaking to enjoy white sand beach with blue water at Railey Beach. We spent about an hour or two at the beach just to enjoy the sand and the sea. Then we decided to walked to the other side island where Phranang Cave is. About midway on the way to Phranang Cave, you will see a spot that rock climbers are enjoying their hobbies. It took about 30 minutes walk to get to Phranang Cave from Railey Beach. After walking through trees and cover area, you will suddenly see another breathtaking view of blue water and white sand beach. You will also see some interesting offering in Phranang Cave.
After spending some time at Phranang Beach, we decided to come back to pier to take longtail boat back to mainland. It was also good to come back early since the heat of Krabi was getting intense, as we were approaching noon, for our two years old daughter. The rest of the day was just spent by the pool at our hotel before wrapping up our day at Hilltop Restaurant where you can enjoy both good view and good food.
Next week, I will post more on other locations that we visited in Krabi.
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