Chill out time in Krabi
Krabi Travel Blog› entry 12 of 44 › view all entries
The long anticipated arrival of Karen finally arrived and we speant her fist day in Thailand in Bangkok checking out the spectacular grand palace and the huge reclining buddah as well as dodging rain storms and shopping on the Khao san road.
No rest for the wicked and it wasnt long before we boarded the bus for a 12 hour journey down south to Krabi, it was not too bad and we were soon skipping across the water on a long tail boat towards the jagged peninsular of Railay as the sun came up and it began o bucket it down with rain.
Unfortunately our trip to paradise started on a bad note. As we were getting off the boat the bag containing our wallets, cameras and passports and hard drive with backed up photos on was stolen, it was our biggest set back yet so the next day and a half were speant in police stations and making frantic international calls home.
Railay really was stunning and you could see why it was a climbers mecca with towering cliffs on all sides isolating its stunning beaches from mainland thailand. We took a boat to nearby Kho phi phi and several surrounding islands. It was a great day and we gave Karen her first snorkling lesson over a great patch of coral. We didnt want to get out of water or tear our faces away from the kaleidoscope of colours below us. We were surrounded by soldier fish, turquoise parrot fish, nemos, needle fish and countless angel fish and the coral was not too badly bleached or damaged.
Kho phi phi had taken a turn for the worse since we left mass development and even Maya beach (the famous one fom the film the beach) was littered and dirty, even so it wis still really beautiful.
Back on Railay we spent the next day relaxing by the sea, often troops of macaques or spectacled langurs crashed over head. We visited a cave which is said to be home to the spirit of an Indian princess. The cave was filled with ornaments of the male genitalia (she must have been quite a fit princess!) an interesting site, a photo for the mantle piece!
Next stop Kho Yai!