Playground: Phra Nang Beach & Other Marvels

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Diamond Cave Resort! My bungalow is shown on the right side.
11am Breakfast, Mom's Kitchen, Had Rai Leh East

Didn't go out last night; just passed out cold.  Slept approximately 12 hours.  Feeling bummed about my camera situation.  Walked to Railay West today, and it is BEAUTIFUL.  No camera luck.  I can't believe I'm stuck with only the camera on my phone to capture this place.  I'll try a few more stores, but this place doesn't seem to have an actual town like Haad Rin.  Just a cluster of resorts and a few little bars/restaurants. 

Was sunny in the morning, so I'll get up early in the morning tomorrow to try to catch the sun.  The girls at this restaurant seem to be cross dressers or something.
Railay East, tide is on its way out, but still pretty high compared to how low it will get!
  I can't quite figure it out, but something is a little peculiar.  Hopefully the high end resorts will have a store with a disposable camera or something.

12pm Breakfast continued, Diamond Cave Restaurant

Hoping caffeine will help my mood.  Still no camera luck. Two glasses of iced tea.  Nut salad.  Maybe I will go for a swim. :)  Back to the room to look for my old batteries for the camera; maybe they will bring it to life. 

The tides here are a trip.  Muddy guck for all afternoon that goes very far out to sea.  In the morning, water is all the way into the restaurants that are along the beach! 

?-o-clock in the afternoon, Phra Nang Beach

Amazing how my mood changed once I was able to get my camera working!  Not only is it working, but it actually loaded a whole roll of film instead of only 8 frames! 

My first stop with the functional camera was Diamond Cave, just above my resort, hence the resort name.
A beautiful channel between two island cliffs off of Phra Nang Beach.
   I spent some time en route exploring the rock formations and random junk around the area.  Very unique.  The boat skeleton is very cool.

Now I am at Phra Nang, which is surrounded by islands in deep turquoise water.  I swam out to a little island--very pretty!  Maybe I can wait for tide to go out and then walk my camera across.  Wow.  Definitely time to shave again.  Definitely in vacation mode.  Random observations.

Seems that corn on the cob is a popular food in Railay.  I see it everywhere, even on the beach!  I want to find the lagoon that you have to hike to.  I think it is near the south end of this beach, but I might want better shoes.  Maybe I'll try to go tomorrow. 

People are so cool here!  I just got giddy with my camera and totally left my back pack full of important stuff on the beach for quite some time.
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from around the side of a small island accessible at low tide.
  Also earlier, when I swam over to the other islands.  I was completely out of view around the back side of an island, and couldn't see my stuff at all, but nobody messed with it!  Amazing. 

Renting a kayak would be fun too.  So little time!  Definitely not looking forward to being back in Bangkok.  Not really looking forward to being home, either.  Too much work and drama.  I like affording the nice things though.  I like playing music, too. 

Check Stone Bar today for a guitar--there is supposed to be something going on there.

Dinner time, Rock Bar

I kind of kicked ass with camera today and my feet are really sore!  Wandered all over the Phra Nang beach and barefoot over a small rocky island taking photos--all this after walking to West beach and among the resorts looking for cameras.
Me on an island off of Phra Nang Beach, low tide, with the East end of Phra Nang in the background.
  The path to Phra Nang goes from the the South side of Railay East through a pseudo-cave, overhangs and stalagtites.  It was pretty awesome!  At the end of the cave trail, there is an actual cave called 'Princess Cave. 

This spot is culturally significant, as it is where couples come to pray for fertility.  They leave all manner of phallic symbols in the mouth of the cave, in hopes that it will help get them pregnant.  While I was on the beach, several chefs from one of the nearby restaurants stopped by to leave offerings of food.  I'm not sure what this is supposed to bring them, unless they are leaving bananas and cucumbers. 

On my way back along that path in the late afternoon, there were monkeys!  My first time seeing wild monkeys.  So cute! 

Apparently there is an open mic night here today, at Rock Bar, not at Stone Bar (which is down the trail), but hardly anyone is here, so not sure how that will go.
Offerings at the altar in Princess Cave. Pineapple and penis. My fave.
  If I had a guitar, then maybe?  Maybe someone else has one.  But it would feel lame to play with almost nobody here.  I like this little spot up the hill here.  Next time....stay in the 'highlands'? 

Yay, more fucking couples.  I know I shouldn't care, but it gets old.   These little bars are actually pretty rad...the ones a bit lower have some trippy lights and look ready to go off partying, but not really anyone around.  Too early?  I could take a nap and come back later, but I just want to have energy to go to the lagoon tomorrow, and Railay West again.  Sounds like there are a bunch of Americans who work here--tour guiding, working the bar, etc.  Everyone here is so attractive and in good shape!  And young!  Strange. 

I guess I was more into Haad Rin because it seemed there was less separation between the Thais and the foreigners than over here.
This one was my favourite monkey of all. So meditative.
  I am not sure if I could live here, like I could on Koh Pha Ngan. 

So I'll never see any of these people again, so what does it matter if I make an ass of myself?  Take a fucking chance, aerynn!  Life ain't getting any longer.  Of course, chance is how you end up in some pretty bad situations, too.  Some things you just cannot control.  Here I am in fucking Thailand by myself!  Way to go.  I can go anywhere I want to.

Just ordered my first alcohol of this whole trip.  Vodka tonic w/ a lime.  Over a week on the trip with no alcohol. 

Apparently it makes me spend money more easily--I just sent two text messages that will probably cost a fortune.  But email costs money too so I'm not sure which is worse.  What to play.... Returning?  Mountain Song?  Mokuleia?  Alone?  We'll see.
Making love in the sand at Phra Nang Beach. :) (made you look)
  Here goes nothing.
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Diamond Cave Resort!  My bungalow …
Diamond Cave Resort! My bungalow…
Railay East, tide is on its way ou…
Railay East, tide is on its way o…
A beautiful channel between two is…
A beautiful channel between two i…
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from arou…
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from aro…
Me on an island off of Phra Nang B…
Me on an island off of Phra Nang …
Offerings at the altar in Princess…
Offerings at the altar in Princes…
This one was my favourite monkey o…
This one was my favourite monkey …
Making love in the sand at Phra Na…
Making love in the sand at Phra N…
Cell phone image while my camera w…
Cell phone image while my camera …
Path between Railay East and Raila…
Path between Railay East and Rail…
Railay East
Railay East
Railay East cliffs above Diamond C…
Railay East cliffs above Diamond …
Inside Diamond Cave
Inside Diamond Cave
Inside Diamond Cave
Inside Diamond Cave
Inside Diamond Cave, near the entr…
Inside Diamond Cave, near the ent…
Railay East rock formations.
Railay East rock formations.
Railay East rock formations.
Railay East rock formations.
Railay East flowers
Railay East flowers
Railay East, a ladder to a cave
Railay East, a ladder to a cave
Railay East boat skeleton and rock…
Railay East boat skeleton and roc…
Railay East boat skeleton and rock…
Railay East boat skeleton and roc…
Railay East, high tide, south clif…
Railay East, high tide, south cli…
Railay East, high tide
Railay East, high tide
Railay East, restaurant along the …
Railay East, restaurant along the…
Railay East, high tide, south clif…
Railay East, high tide, south cli…
Railay East rock formations
Railay East rock formations
Trail between Railay East and Phra…
Trail between Railay East and Phr…
On the path between Railey East an…
On the path between Railey East a…
Trail between Railay East and Phra…
Trail between Railay East and Phr…
Princess Cave, in all its phallic …
Princess Cave, in all its phallic…
Artistic offerings at Princess Cav…
Artistic offerings at Princess Ca…
Chefs and others from the nearby r…
Chefs and others from the nearby …
Phallic offerings at Princess Cave…
Phallic offerings at Princess Cav…
Princess Cave phallic offerings.
Princess Cave phallic offerings.
Jumping off the rocks..East end of…
Jumping off the rocks..East end o…
East end of Phra Nang.
East end of Phra Nang.
East end of Phra Nang near Princes…
East end of Phra Nang near Prince…
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from the …
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from the…
Phra Nang cliffs.
Phra Nang cliffs.
Princess Cave, at the east end of …
Princess Cave, at the east end of…
East end of Phra Nang Beach
East end of Phra Nang Beach
Islands off of Phra Nang, from the…
Islands off of Phra Nang, from th…
Island off of Phra Nang...Tide is …
Island off of Phra Nang...Tide is…
Small cafe on the sand/in a cave a…
Small cafe on the sand/in a cave …
An island that I swam to off of Ph…
An island that I swam to off of P…
East end of Phra Nang Beach
East end of Phra Nang Beach
East end of Phra Nang.
East end of Phra Nang.
West end of Phra Nang, with the fa…
West end of Phra Nang, with the f…
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach.
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach.
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from arou…
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from aro…
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from arou…
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from aro…
Some sea creature friends!
Some sea creature friends!
Island off of Phra Nang Beach, and…
Island off of Phra Nang Beach, an…
Me on an island off of Phra Nang B…
Me on an island off of Phra Nang …
Wandering around the island off of…
Wandering around the island off o…
Hazy sunshine at Phra Nang.
Hazy sunshine at Phra Nang.
Islands off of Phra Nang.
Islands off of Phra Nang.
Islands off of Phra Nang
Islands off of Phra Nang
A beautiful channel between two is…
A beautiful channel between two i…
A beautiful channel between two is…
A beautiful channel between two i…
A beautiful channel between two is…
A beautiful channel between two i…
A beautiful channel between two is…
A beautiful channel between two i…
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach
West end of Phra Nang Beach.
West end of Phra Nang Beach.
Rope swing...into what? rocks?  Ph…
Rope swing...into what? rocks? P…
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach, as…
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach, a…
Islands off of Phra Nang, as seen …
Islands off of Phra Nang, as seen…
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from the …
Phra Nang Beach, as seen from the…
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach, as…
Islands off of Phra Nang Beach, a…
View from west end of Phra Nang.
View from west end of Phra Nang.
Cliffs above west end of Phra Nang.
Cliffs above west end of Phra Nang.
West end of Phra Nang Beach.
West end of Phra Nang Beach.
West end of Phra Nang Beach.
West end of Phra Nang Beach.
West end of Phra Nang
West end of Phra Nang
Cliffs over west end of Phra Nang …
Cliffs over west end of Phra Nang…
Monkeys!  They are almost the same…
Monkeys! They are almost the sam…
Dont feed the monkeys!
Don't feed the monkeys!
More monkeys!
More monkeys!
And more monkeys.
And more monkeys.
Bird landing on a rock off of Phra…
Bird landing on a rock off of Phr…
Phra Nang, Princess Cave.
Phra Nang, Princess Cave.
Phra Nang, West end.
Phra Nang, West end.
Phra Nang, west end.
Phra Nang, west end.
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