One last day trip to the Railay Peninsula

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View from the lookout point.

Railay peninsula is located east of Ao Nang and west of Krabi.  It is effectively cut off from the mainland by large karst cliffs, such that the only way to reach the area is via longtail boat from the aforementioned cities.  There are four beaches on the peninsula that can be visited - Tonsai, Railay West, Phra Nang, and Railay East.  From Ao Nang the one-way longtail rate is 80 Baht (100 Baht after 6:00 PM).

Over the course of the time I spent here in Ao Nang, I made several trips over to Railay.  Days off, or even some longish afternoons/evenings could be an excuse for a trip over to the peninsula.

West Railay Beach
  The beaches (except for Railay East) are much better than the local Ao Nang beaches, and the atmosphere is much more chilled and relaxed.  We had a local hangout at Stone Bar that was right below one of the rock climbing areas where we would hang out and get some drinks.

Another activity that we did earlier in my time here was to climb to the viewpoint and then down to the Phranang lagoon.  Went with Matty, Jim, and Sheran.  The path (if you can call it that) is lined with ropes as its less a path than a non-technial rock scramble up nearly vertical slopes.  We scrambled up through an area that seemed near Lost Worldish with old, gnarled trees, and birds and insects zipping in the area.  Eventually we reached the lagoon but were disappointed to find that we had arrived at the wrong time - low tide when the lagoon is basically empty.  So we took some photos and then retraced our steps and returned to Phranang Beach to swim for a bit before meeting up with some other people at the bar.

Today's entry is probably my last visit to Railay before I depart Ao Nang.  On an off day, a bunch of us decided to head to Tonsai Beach for the afternoon.  It was a beautiful day to visit the beach and the water was perfect for an afternoon of swimming and relaxing.  We grabbed dinner on the beach and then took the longtail back to Ao Nang early in the evening.

 

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View from the lookout point.
View from the lookout point.
West Railay Beach
West Railay Beach
A muddy lagoon at low tide
A muddy lagoon at low tide
Ton Sai Beach on the Railay Penins…
Ton Sai Beach on the Railay Penin…
View from the lookout point.
View from the lookout point.
View from the lookout point.
View from the lookout point.
Chilling at Stone Bar at Railay
Chilling at Stone Bar at Railay
Chilling at Stone Bar at Railay
Chilling at Stone Bar at Railay
Climbing down into the center of t…
Climbing down into the center of …
More mud critters
More mud critters
Mud sculptures at the Phra Nang La…
Mud sculptures at the Phra Nang L…
Jim and Matty getting ready to div…
Jim and Matty getting ready to di…
Eating dinner at Tonsai Beach on R…
Eating dinner at Tonsai Beach on …
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Bar at Tonsai Beach
Bar at Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Tonsai Beach
Railay
photo by: Mezmerized