Rowing into Railay
Railay Travel Blog› entry 9 of 14 › view all entries
August 1st, 2008 – by: aerynn
This ferry port is very modern and nice! Surprising. Adam and I parted ways, so now I am on my own! I am sad to leave my friend, and he will be missed. He returns to his girls in Patong, and I am heading into one of the most photogenic areas of Thailand. I'm feeling more confident about being able to get where I'm going, although I'm sure I will miss Adam's company and help along my way. He really takes care to make sure I am safe; walking me places at night, looking after my bags if I'm spacing out, keeping me from walking in front of cars, etc. Small amounts of affection, but never anything uncomfortable, always just right, my friend.
Now I will need to choose where to stay in Railay. Uphill? East? West? I guess I'll see what is available. I need to remember to book my flight for Monday, and try to get out early in the day. 100 baht for boat taxi to Ao Nang, then 500 baht for car taxi to the airport. Then ~2000 baht for flight to BKK. Or, 500 baht for overnight bus to Khao San, and I would not need to book a room! But that would make for a long few days, since I would basically go straight to the airport from the bus station. Probably go with the flight option, then I have an afternoon to wander Khao San and get a whole night's sleep there. Taxi to BKK airport will also be spendy, but oh well.
Dinner time, Diamond Cave Cafe, Railay Beach
I made it to Railay!! It was quite an adventure. Luckily I had a sticker on my shirt that said where I was going. My boat taxi from Krabi town to Railay was super crowded. There were a few German boys, so I got to practice a hint of German, which was fun. They helped with getting my bags into the boat and everything. I almost dropped my purse (with passport!) in the ocean when I was getting in! The water was nasty, too. Then arriving at Railay, the tide was WAY out, and we had to walk through a mud mess for quite a ways with packs and all. It was quite slippery and I almost ate shit a couple of times.
I'm tired, but just finished a really yummy Tom Yum Kung soup at this over-priced restaurant. I decided to stay somewhere sort of nicer, at Diamond Cave Resort & Spa. My room is really clean and nice, with a king sized bed! Very appealing pool and surrounding area. Went for a swim as soon as I put my stuff in my room. Met some folks in the pool and we got a paddle ball game going!
It seems this location is very popular destination for couples; I'm the only single around today. Very different vibe from Haad Rin. I am bummed my camera is broken, I will look for a substitute in the morning. I've hardly been at this restaurant for 20 minutes, and I've already heard Britany Spears two times. 100 Baht for soup is pretty steep, even if it does have shrimp.
Gotta book a plane ticket tonight, if can. Tomorrow, get camera, then explore some caves, town, and Haad Rai Leh west for sunset! Maybe book a climbing course for Sunday morning. Make sure to get a massage or two. Nap time! :)
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