Day 8: Krabi (Railay Beach)
Today we planned to go to Railay Beach. Though on the mainland, the beach is surrounded by massive limestone cliffs, so you need a boat to get there. The long tail boats from our hotel were expensive and took one hour to get there, so we took a cab to Ao Nang and a long tail from there. Long tails from Ao Nang to Railey are only 100 THB and take about 15 minutes.
Before getting on the boat, we met a really nice woman (Sarah) from the UK. She has a business back in England and travels to India to buy product. She had never been to Thailand, so she came here to find out what she could get free trade for her business.
Long tail boats…after riding one in open water, we now understand why the hotels caution against them if there are any waves or wind. They are incredibly unstable, but for 100 THB, it’s impossible to beat!
We got off in an area of the beach and then realized almost no one else got off. We asked a French guy relaxing on the beach where exactly we were and if we could get across to the other beach. There was a trail that led through the palm forest next to the cliffs that led to Railey Beach. It was really neat going through this trail, especially as there were few climbers (this beach and the area in general is really known for good climbing). Before going, we had doused ourselves in mosquito spray and we were lucky we had as there were plenty of mosquitoes waiting to eat unsuspecting trekkers!
Railay Beach is breath taking..truly. Surrounded by towering cliffs and palm forests that shield a turquoise bay, it’s pretty close to paradise. Despite a row of long tail boats on the beach, it was nearly empty (yay for us!). After some time taking photos (which I am obsessed with…but hey, they are memories, right?), we alternated between relaxing on the beach and enjoying the water.
Once we were both getting a little lobster like, we went to discover lunch. We chose a restaurant at a hotel that, as it turns out, is a $500/night hotel. As with what seems to be everywhere in Thailand, the presentation is incredible. The restaurant was decorated with a dark, dark wood with cushions at the tables of a subdued color. It had a really nice affect (mental note for future house decorations). We ordered fish and prawns to eat and, while good, was pretty expensive (but…considering the price of the hotel, I guess it is to be expected).
After lunch, we hopped on a long tail boat with a group of drunk Russians (really interesting, especially when one of them fell in the water when we got back) and headed back to Ao Nang. Once in Ao Nang, after a little waiting and negotiating, we made it back to our hotel.
We had taken the days in Ko Samui off from the gym. It was a combination of the fact that our hotel had no gym (although not a problem with Crossfit, but there also wasn’t much flat space as we were on a hill) and I had been dealing with a bad infection in my leg (rope burn that turned horribly bad). In any case, that was 3.5 days that were lost for us! So, when we got back to the hotel, I had thought of a workout I really wanted to try!
We did a warmup of jump rope work and lunges (we wanted to do abs, but there were no mats and abs on concrete is no fun). For the WOD, we did a 15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 rep scheme of push press, pushups, squats and burpees for time. Despite being a difficult workout on its own, we were dealing with incredibly high humidity. Basically, when we finished, we both looked like we had jumped in the swimming pool.
After, we were a little boring and ordered room service. Well, what’s better after a day on the beach and a good WOD than chilling?