|May 12, 2014||Filed under Railay Beach, Thailand||
It was late afternoon as the ferry approached Railay on its scenic 75-minute crossing from Koh Phi Phi. The soft sunshine rendered the dramatic cliffs framing the bay into a canvass of gold and green. The arc of a sandy beach fringed with tropical trees came into view. “Curious,” I thought, “where is the pier?”
There was no pier. “OK, you go!” the ferry worker shouted at me pointing to the long-tail shuttle boat. The small wooden vessel, laden with luggage and passengers, rode low in the water as its diesel engine put-putted to the beach and jockeyed for position among a jumble of other boats. It stopped in the shallow water of low tide, where we had to wade ashore, possessions held above our heads, boat-refugee style. Hmm, definitely not a bespoke landing. (more…)
|April 30, 2014||Filed under Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, Thailand|
From the trashy to the scenic to the sublime, I spent over a week experiencing the beach life of southwest Thailand. Thanks to tips (and warnings) from my well-traveled friends, I had an exceptional time.
After almost a month of enjoying the culture and temples of Thailand and Cambodia, it was time to kick back by the Andaman Sea. As it turned out, the beach communities offered many more activities than just sitting on the beach: hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing, and plenty of drinking. (more…)