#67 - finally made it to railey beach!
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i had heard so much about this place from whoever i had talked to who had been to thailand! so, i finally made it here....after a bus ride to krabi, a cab ride to ao nang (i think i got ripped off on that one & could have done the travel differently - oh well!) and then 2 long boat rides. should have been 1 long boat ride, but i got off in tonsai beach by mistake the first time. shoot! so i had to pay another 50 baht (about $1.50 - so not too bad of a mistake) to get to railey! i'm actually glad i made the mistake because i ended up meeting some nice people in the boat - patrick & heidi (who are staying in tonsai for 3 months) & heidi's mom, linda. i actually ended up running into linda later in the day (patrick & heidi were climbing), so i had a drink with her.
i'm actually staying in a somewhat fancy schmancy place....i guess all the places on railey west are nicer & the beach is nicer, so it's a bit more expensive than railey east & over on tonsai. i decided to sort of treat myself to 2 nights at the nice place & i'll move to a less expensive one for my last 2 nights.
so, my first day in railey wasn't that eventful....just got my bearings, ate some food, and hung out at the pool.
i had SUCH a GREAT day!!! i kind of challenged myself NOT to do much today.
the weather was very mellow today - defintiely a lot of cloud coverage, so it was a nice break from the intense heat. it really was such a good day of being in the ocean, being in the pool, & reading in my lounge chair!!
again, i hope to be able to upload pictures soon - it is quite amazing here!!! definitely more crowded than it was in phuket & at first i wasn't into how many people were here, but i've settled into it & it's AWESOME!!!! :)
i went to this little party thing on the beach outside one of the restaurants - got some pad thai, a spring roll & a singha.
anyway, we hung out at that party/at the bar & it was such a fun night!!! it was such a treat to meet him, he's hilarous & so interesting & i can't wait to check out the blue man group in chicago (that's the show he does). oh - & so funny - he was actually in the band EXPOSE in the 80s! remember, "taking me, to the point of no return".
i ran into jeff (the drummer guy) this morning & we decided to go on the crazy hike/scramble to the lagoon & to the lookout point. it was such a great hike!! you definitely had to do some scrambling along the way & there were some pretty big ascents & descents! i felt very cool doing it. :) i was such a mess though - i had red mud/dirt ALLLL over my legs, my shorts & my shoes. getting down to the lagoon was very cool though!!! it was gorgeous, such a cool spot. and people had made all these little sculptures out of mud. after the lagoon, we went to the lookout where you can see all of railey - SO beautiful!!!! we climbed on down & then went over to the beach on the other side (i can't remember the name), went for a swim (it was SO needed by that point!), and saw the funny cave that has all these phallic statues.
after our little adventure, i came back and actually finished my book!!!! huge accomplishment! and i'm so glad i now get a bit more space in my backpack. :) there was this CRAZY rainstorm while i was sitting on my little deck reading my book. it was VERY needed because it defintiely broke all the humidity!!
i grabbed dinner with jeff again. we ordered VERY well. morning glory, minced chicken salad & red snapper with spicy sauce. YUMMMMMM!!!!!
great morning - did yoga, 8 minute abs (i think it's the 2nd time i've done them in 3 months! oops! :) ), some bootcamp excercies & meditated for about 15 minutes.
i'm kind of sad that i booked my ticket out for tomorrow. i just checked to see if i can change it - but i can't. :( i seem to have this problem most places i go though...i always wish i could stay longer! i'm sure i will be happy that i have more time in chiang mai & laos - so i know it all will work out. okay, off to have my last full day in railey. i'm hoping that maybe i can climb tomorrow morning too before i go. kind of kicking myself for not climbing sooner - but i think i really did just need a day or two of completely chilling.
OKAY - so i am actually SO glad i saved climbing for the last day - I honestly don't think i could have done it for more than one day without a couple days rest in between. and the rest would mainly be for my poor legs & knees because i got SO many bruises. as jay, my climbing guide said though - "no pain no gain" (in a great Thai accent, I loved it). anyway! for the one day i did climb, it was a ton of fun! they have this section on railey east where they take a lot of their beginner classes - so there were a bunch of other groups there as well. it was fun to watch a bunch of people climbing up on different parts of the wall! in my group it was benny & steyan (not sure how you spell that), i think they were both from norway, and me.
after the climb, i was definitely pooped! i ended up just chilling on the beach for awhile.
i headed out to the beach, outside the flaming tree restaurant to watch the sun set. they had set up all these little bamboo mats - very cute. that's where i befriended stephan from england. super nice guy, who come to think of it, looked like vin diesel or someone like that. such a cool guy! we were sitting outside the flaming tree when it started to DOWN POUR - so we headed inside to finish our beer. i was happy to hear he hadn't eaten dinner yet either because i was STARVING at that point. he mentioned an indian restaurant on the railey east side that he heard was supposed to be good...so sounded like a great idea to me. i had originally wanted to go over to ton sai to check it out - but since it was raining a ton & the boat ride over & back might be a pain, i figured it would be fun to hang out with stephan in railey east.
dinner was DELICIOUS. and i have to say, i was excited to eat something other than thai food - that is all i have had since i've been here. so it was a nice change of pace. stephan was a lot of fun to talk to! we met this french couple so we spoke with them for awhile.