Railay Bay & Ao Nang

Flying South

Our journey next took us south to Krabi, Thailand. There are several small towns in the Krabi area: Krabi Town, Ao Nang, and Railay Bay. Our first stop was Railay Bay, known for having some of the finest beaches in the entire world.

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Our Flight to Krabi on Bangkok Air
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Great Airplane Food, Especially for a Short Flight
Railay Bay

To get to Railay Bay, you must take a longtail boat ferry from either Krabi Town or Ao Nang. Railay Bay is a peninsula surrounded by steep mountains which isolate it from the other parts of Krabi. Everything comes into and out of Railay Bay by boat, which makes it a very quiet and secluded vacation destination!

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Longtail Boat from Ao Nang to Railay Bay
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Our Luggage Tucked in the Bow of the Longtail Ferry
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Panoramic View of West Railay's Beach
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Lin Outside Our Railay Bay Hotel
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Our Accommodation in Railay Bay
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On the Beach in West Railay
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Walking Street, the Path from West to East Railay Bay
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Walking Street, Railay Bay
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Rotee Bread, a Delicious Specialty of Railay Bay -- Sort of Like a Crepe Covered in Nutella
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Rotee Bread Stand
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Coffee Shop on Walking Street
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The Middle of the Railay Peninsula Between East and West is Quite Jungly
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Us Somewhere on Railay Bay's Walking Street
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"Jungle Soup" -- This Was Really Spicy!
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Thai Spring Rolls
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Boats Bring in All the Supplies for Railay Bay's Residents and Visitors
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Pad Thai
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Green Curry
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Pineapple Fried Rice
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A Couple of Chang Beers -- "Chang" is Thai for "Elephant"
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A Couple of Monkeys Hanging Out in the Trees Above the Hotel Pool
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Longtail Boats in East Railay

We saw the cutest bunch of newborn baby kittens living in a small crack in the pavement, just outside our hotel room.

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Litter of Kittens Just Outside Our Hotel Room
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Cute Little Guy Peeking Out of His House
Phra Nang Beach

Phra Nang Beach is the jewel of Railay Bay, and consistently shows up in travel publications’ lists of the the best beaches in the world. Part of the beach and ocean is directly under a huge overhanging cliff. Many rock climbers travel to Railay Bay to climb here. At one end of the beach is a cave filled with large phallic carvings created by local fishermen to pray for fertility (not pictured). We explored some amazing pools and caves by swimming out from Phra Nang beach.

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Phra Nang Beach and the Cliff Overhang
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This Longtail Boat Tied Up at Phra Nang Beach to Act as a Floating Snack Bar
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A Monkey on the Trail to Phra Nang Beach

Family of Monkeys on the Trail to Phra Nang Beach

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Phra Nang Beach -- West Railay is on the Other Side of that Giant Rock
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A Quiet Spot on Phra Nang Beach
Ao Nang

After Railay Bay, we spent some time in Ao Nang. Ao Nang is a lot larger and more developed than Railay Bay. During our stay, a major power outage affected the whole town for a night. We made the most of the powerless evening and had dinner at the only place in town with a backup generator.

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Walking Street, Ao Nang
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This Pug Lived at Our Ao Nang Hotel
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Thai Spring Rolls
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Penang Curry
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Pad Thai
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Chang Beer was a Local Favorite
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Ronald McDonald Welcomes You in Traditional Thai Fashion -- "Sawadee Krap"
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Another Meal in Ao Nang
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This Was Our Blogging Destination in Ao Nang -- They Had Wine and Free WiFi!
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The Best Snack for Blogging? Cheese Plate.
The Ferry to Koh Phi Phi

We woke up early to catch the ferry from Ao Nang to Koh Phi Phi, an island between Krabi and Phuket. Koh Phi Phi is the setting of the movie “The Beach”. A shared bus picked us up at our hotel and drove us to the docks. A large storm was moving into the area that morning and as the ferry pulled away from shore, the waves were really starting to get big. After some serious tossing and rolling, the crew informed us that we were turning around as a safety precaution. Our trip to Koh Phi Phi cancelled, we were left to make new plans.

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8 AM Bus to the Ferry Dock
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So THIS is Where They Keep All the Longtail Boats
The Drive to Phuket

After our ferry trip to Koh Phi Phi was cancelled due to bad weather and large waves, we had two options: wait a day or two and try to catch the next ferry, or make other travel plans to get to Phuket. We had already bought plane tickets from Phuket to Penang, Malaysia, so we knew we had to get to Phuket somehow. We opted to hire a driver to take us to Phuket, and split the cost with some German tourists who were also left stranded by the Phi Phi ferry.

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Gas Station in Rural Thailand

3 thoughts on “Railay Bay & Ao Nang

  1. Haley Zahner

    beautiful, looks like amazing food and scenery. I hope you are bringing a kitten home with you!!!!! When are you home again??!! I can’t wait to see yooouuuuuu!!!!