First I wasn’t sure if I was going to blog photos from Railay beach because for five whole days I was wearing nothing but a bathing suit from sunrise till sunset. AND it was glorious!!! But then I thought what else can you expect from the island life.
We spent Christmas snorkeling around islands, drinking smoothies, eating pad thai and climbing view points of Railay beach. It was a perfect holiday for us. We didn’t give each other presents, but instead we made memories which are the best type of gifts we could have given each other.
Railay beach was suggested to us by friends who vacationed there before. It isn’t a party island like how many surrounding islands are and that’s exactly what we wanted. We relaxed, swam an enjoyed clean beaches and lots of delicious food. If you want to party, this isn’t the island for you:) To get to Railay we took a long tail boat for 150 baht ($4) and in about 30 minutes we were there. We stayed on the east side of the island which isn’t super popular since it doesn’t have an actual swimmable beach but the mangrove that stretches up the coast is enjoyable in its own way. The west side was a short 6 minute walk and we got to see monkeys along the way. Vadim actually got mugged by them at one point which was a sight to see haha. All of that will be in our video that I’m currently working on. If you get to visit Railay I would highly suggest booking the 5 island tour that includes snorkeling and cliff jumping. I can’t believe I did both! Anyone who knows me knows how scared I am of sharks and deep waters. On top of that the climb for cliff jumping was pretty intense and at one point I thought I’m not going to make it. Even though my bum got bruised and Vadim’s swimming trunks got ripped all the way open from jumping it was all worth it! Although we could have done without being stung by a million jellyfish while snorkeling.
Vadim and I actually couldn’t just sit still. We would lay on a beach for an hour, get our $1 smoothies and $1 coconuts and go exploring. I would definitely suggest renting kayaks and going around the islands. It is so much fun especially if you get a 2 person kayak and make the person in back do all the paddling : ) thanks babe! We also hiked to a lagoon that was surround by the rocky mountain. That was pretty crazy and kind of dangerous. You hike down huge rocks and in some places ropes were broken so you had to be extremely careful not to fall onto the rocks below. All the while we were thinking we would have a nice lagoon with a beach spot that you could lay on…but there wasn’t. It definitely was so serene from afar but once you got to it it was surrounded by deep red mud with rocks. It definitely was a great work out too so make sure to bring water. Over all it was the best vacation we’ve ever had. I didn’t want to leave and wish I could just live in Thailand for a couple months out of the year. We will see maybe it will be possible one day.
Floating boats with FOOD! We basically lived on this beach haha
In the mornings when the tide was high there is no way you could walk to this island
How I like to kayak : )
As you can tell we shared our beach hat : )
When low tide connects 3 islands …
That open engine though!
We literally passed out here for 3 hours until waves started touching my toes. At night and early in the morning when tide is high this spot is couple feet deep.