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Railay West, looking South.
11am Breakfast, Diamond Cafe

Last night turned out to be pretty fun!  Stayed at Rock Bar until late.  I played 3 songs.  Folks (especially the other musicians) were impressed.  An Irish woman asked if I knew traditional Irish songs.  I didn't know the one she was asking for--she wanted to sing it and have me play guitar.  She did a great job a capella, though!  I was getting ready to leave, and the Irish girls invited me to have a drink with them.  They were really nice! 

There was a Thai guy that got up to play a bunch of tunes, and he was hilarious!  Some of the lyrics were classic.  He also did some Bob Marley songs.  I think I got back to my room around 1am. 

I had big plans to spend the day climbing up to the lagoon and swimming also at Railay West, taking photos there.
Beautiful islands off of Railay West.
  But now it is raining.  I should have gotten out of bed earlier.  Now even if it stops raining, it will be too wet to safely get to the lagoon.  I could still swim though.  I guess I will have a massage at 1:30 or so.  That will be good (I hope).  I need to make sure to stop by the travel agency around 9pm tonight to see if anybody else booked a boat in the morning.  They will include a taxi to Krabi Airport in the total price; 400 baht if others go and 700 baht if I have my own boat.  If that includes cab fare then that is not too bad.  She says the boats wont go from West beach to Ao Nang unless they have 12 people, but I somehow doubt that is true.  If I get to Railay West to day, I can shop around.
Railay West, north end of beach.
 

Once I get healthy again, maybe I'll come out here for awhile.  Leading tours could be fun, or teaching English.  Time to take care of myself, amidst work.  If I have a CD by then, I can live off of that a bit also.  Such a paradise here. 


Afternoon, Real Coffee (a coffee bar in Railay West)

My Thai massage was a trip!  It is rare that someone actually works my shoulders hard enough.  My body feels really tired, though.  I think that must have worked out  A LOT of toxins!  I should be drinking water, and here I am drinking ridiculously expensive coffee and Bailey's.  Fancy, though; the barista even put steamed froth on top!

Walked to Railay west after my massage and took a couple rolls of film, then went swimming.
Real Coffee, Railay West village. I think my friend Nol is in this photo but I'm not sure.
  By then, the tide was out and the water was so shallow!  I went really far out, and it was still too shallow to swim, so I floated around for awhile in a foot of water.

Today I had my only negative experience with the locals.  A Thai waiter came up to me and accused me of not paying for my tea at his restaurant...yesterday.  Apparently he forgot to charge me.  That seemed so rude to me, but maybe it is normal here.  But to stop me on the road over 40 baht and make it sound like I was the one who screwed up?  I paid whatever he asked for at the time; it was his mistake if he didn't charge enough.  Maybe he got in trouble for it or something.  I made a mistake like that before when I worked for NMC, quoted a lot less than I was supposed to, and I did call the customer to ask for more, but it was before they had paid, and before we delivered the product.
Railay West
  Also, it was a few hundred dollars, not a few pennies!  Nickel and diming for sure.  The sad thing is that I am really generous, the type who will pay extra if I notice that they accidentally charge me less.  I just hadn't noticed.  It is frustrating.

This place is so beautiful, and the scene at the bar last night was like summer camp.  I wonder if I can stay up to see the fire show today, and I wonder if they have any poi chains I can play with.  No more alcohol tonight.  Just soda.

When can I come back here?  Hopefully I can write off some airfare and a night or two stay at Railay for my music.  The 297th open mic night at Rock Bar.  Neat-o.  Maybe I can play at Khao San tomorrow night in Bangkok, but I can't stay up too late, as I have a long and intimidating journey home. 

Watching kayakers try to catch tiny waves over here on the west beach is amusing.  They turned the wrong way and flipped the kayak!  Fun.  There are a few kids boogie boarding in the whitewash.  Still cloudy, so as yesterday, photos are going to be pretty flat.
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Railay West, looking South.
Railay West, looking South.
Beautiful islands off of Railay We…
Beautiful islands off of Railay W…
Railay West, north end of beach.
Railay West, north end of beach.
Real Coffee, Railay West village. …
Real Coffee, Railay West village.…
Railay West
Railay West
Real Coffee, Railay West village
Real Coffee, Railay West village
Railay West, looking south.
Railay West, looking south.
Railay West, South end of the beac…
Railay West, South end of the bea…
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, looking South.
Railay West, looking South.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, South end of the beac…
Railay West, South end of the bea…
Railay West reflections
Railay West reflections
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end.
Railay West, south end, with Ton S…
Railay West, south end, with Ton …
Railay West, north end of beach.
Railay West, north end of beach.
Railay West, looking north.
Railay West, looking north.
North end of Railay west.
North end of Railay west.
Railay West, looking north-ish tow…
Railay West, looking north-ish to…
Railay West, looking North.
Railay West, looking North.
Railay West as seen from south end.
Railay West as seen from south end.
Ton Sai Beach, as seen from Railay…
Ton Sai Beach, as seen from Raila…
Railay West looking north.
Railay West looking north.
Railay West, North end.
Railay West, North end.
Beautiful Railay West.
Beautiful Railay West.
Railay West
Railay West
Railay West.
Railay West.
Railay West, looking north.
Railay West, looking north.
Railay West, north end.
Railay West, north end.
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Railay West, north end. playing …
Railay West, north end of beach.
Railay West, north end of beach.
Railay West beach rocks.
Railay West beach rocks.
Railay West.  More sand patterns.
Railay West. More sand patterns.
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Railay West. I don't know what c…
Railay West
Railay West
Railay West, near Railay Beach Clu…
Railay West, near Railay Beach Cl…
Railay West, near Railay beach clu…
Railay West, near Railay beach cl…
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