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.
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!
We saw the cutest bunch of newborn baby kittens living in a small crack in the pavement, just outside our hotel room.
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.
Family of Monkeys on the Trail to Phra Nang Beach
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.
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.
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.