Railay and Journey to Koh Lanta

Excitedly wading through the water, we climbed aboard our long-tail boat for Railay! 😀

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Railay is a small peninsula located between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang, accessible only by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access.

It is famous for its beautiful beaches and laid back atmosphere; this was the most beautiful beach we’d seen in our lives!

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The towering limestone cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world!

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We decided to explore the area a little first before going for a swim and sun-tanning sesh, as we probably wouldn’t get any exploring done once we’d settled down!

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Ryan’s first stop was obviously ice-cream…

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As we had arrived on West Railay beach, we decided to take a walk over to the East side through thin jungle cover.

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We passed souvenir shops and tourist information centres, along with locals going about their daily routines.

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East Railay Beach is the docking point for boats arriving from Krabi, primarily covered in dense mangrove.

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On the Northern end of the waterfront, we came across many restaurants, bars and lower-priced resorts than in West Railay.

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There are also trails that lead to Tonsai, however the latest minibus heading to our next destination (Koh Lanta) was due to pick us up at 4pm, so we figured we’d spend the rest of the day lazing around on the stunning beach before heading back.

We couldn’t wait to go for a swim, as it seemed to be getting hotter by the minute!

So we turned back at the end of our trail, passing freshly cooked meat skewers, palm trees, a heart on the path, chickens and a koi-fish plant holder…

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We also found a stray kitten…though we didn’t know where to get some cat food for the poor thing!

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Having had our fill of exploring, we wandered along the beach and set up for the rest of our time on Railay!

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Running into the sea felt amazing!

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After a couple of hours of swimming and sunbathing on the perfect beach, we reluctantly left beautiful Railay to get back for our minibus.

We’ll see you again one day, Railay! 😀

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By the time that we returned to our hostel in Ao Nang, we were on time, but the minibus was not. It turned up about 40 minutes later, so we just dreamt of the soft white sand and crystal clear waters that we’d just left behind…

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Nevertheless the minibus was comfortable and we saw these adorable children getting their cat friend out and giving it lots of cuddles, while we were waiting for the ferry!

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Another thing to mention about Thailand is that the main mode of transport seems to be mopeds and whole families seem to ride of them without wearing any safety gear!

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Our journey to Kantiang Bay in Koh Lanta took around 4-5 hours and included quite a few ferry rides…

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…and black and white snaps.

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We’re really good at selfies.

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When we finally arrived in Kantiang Bay, we were greeted by the loveable Georgie!

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My cousins Suki and Daniel took us to an amazing local restaurant at the Baan Laanta Resort! We picked out some fresh seafood and told them how we’d like it cooked…

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…before catching up on a table facing the beach!

I hadn’t seen Suki in over 10 years as she had been in Thailand, while I was in the UK, so it was great to see her again! 😀

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Our food arrived and I can honestly say that it’s some of the best seafood that I’ve ever had!

We opted for squid in yellow curry,

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Steamed prawns in lemon and coriander (only 90% cooked, so they had that extra fresh, sashimi-esque taste!)

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And a grilled, salted fish!

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We were even lucky enough to catch a fire show on the beach, but my fingers were covered in all the sauce from the delicious food, so I hope you’ll forgive me for not taking any photos!

I couldn’t imagine a better introduction to Koh Lanta; stay tuned for our day out at sea! 😉

Hope everyone’s having a wonderful weekend! 😀

xxx

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