Having gotten over my jet lag and effortlessly adjusted to life in Koh Samui (see Part 1, Koh Samui) I headed on down to the Andaman Coast, destination Railay.
There is 1 airport in Koh Samui, it is privately owned so flights in and out of here are not cheap like other internal Thai flights but they are quite spectacular. The airport resembles a resort with lush landscaped gardens,boutique style shopping and pretty swanky toilets!! Passengers are ushered to the planes via the runway, in converted golf carts and the views of Koh Samui from the air are breath taking
Flight: Koh Samui to Krabi with Bangkok Air, approx 50 mins flight, £87 with in-flight snack
Krabi airport to Ao Nang by shuttle: 30 mins
Ao Nang to Railay by long boat (there is a hire booth on the beach) approx 15 mins
Railay is accessibly only by boat and yes, you do have to climb in and out of a ‘long boat’ clutching your suitcase through the sea, but it is so worth it. Laid back, chilled and welcoming I can’t recommend it enough. In my books it is as close to a slice of paradise as it gets. I would go there again in a heartbeat.
Stayed at: Railay Bay resort and spa prices start at £150 for a double room
visited: Nang Phra beach, a beach like something out of the Jurassic period, with towering rocks, caves and stalagmites. No dinosaurs , but plenty of monkeys in the surrounding forest. It’s a busy tourist destination and at the weekends the traffic from Ao Nang to this beach is quite overwhelming, so avoid if you’re looking for solitude.
Tham Phra Nang fertility caves, a shrine full of carved wooden phalluses
walked: through The forest to Tonsai beach, welcome to the chill-out zone!
Ate : fresh grilled fish at the local style restaurants between the East and West beaches
Chilled: roof top balconies of the local bars
watched: the sunrise and the sunset
indulged: in some early morning canoeing off Railay Beach and the nearby rocks. For those of you into rock climbing , this is the ultimate jungle gym
Next: Part 3, Kamala, Phuket