Will we ever make it to our hotel?!

Trip Start Apr 30, 2011
Trip End Dec 08, 2011

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Where I stayed
Great View Resort and Spa
What I did
Phra Nang Cave

Flag of Thailand  , Krabi,
Friday, November 4, 2011

Luckily the minibus journey back to Krabi was only a couple of hours. After a short time waiting for the taxi van to fill up, we were on our way to Ao Nang. About 45 minutes later we were dropped off at the point where we would catch the longtail across to Railay Beach. Another hour's wait or so, and we were in a longtail heading to Railay! A short 10 minute journey across the seas, and we were dropped off on Railay West beach. Phew, made it! The sun was shining, and we were hoping to be at our hotel soon so we could cool off in their pool! No such luck. We headed to a small information point for instructions on walking to our hotel. Turns out we booked a hotel on Railay East beach. This was fine, it was only a 10 minute walk through to the other side of the island, but then we were told it was impossible to walk all the way to the hotel, then we were told it was a 40 minute walk, then we were told our only way of getting to the hotel was by longtail boat! Luckily the hotel provided a longtail boat service, so the lady at the info point kindly rang the hotel, who was told that if we waited over on East beach, they would head over to get us. This we did, and an hour later we were still waiting for their longtail boat. We headed back to the information point to see if the lady would ring again to see what had happened to our lift. "They won't be getting you until 4:30". Great, we'd arrived on the island at 1:00. We really hoped it would be worth this massive long wait to get to our hotel! 

We sat in a hotel front restaurant and ate some lunch to pass the time. We were also trying to get away from all the boat taxis who were offering to take us to our hotel a 2 minute ride away.... for 150 baht!! Seeing as we had paid less than that to come here from Ao Nang, we refused to pay it out of principal. So we had to just suck up the long wait. Finally our longtail boat arrived and we jumped on and headed to the hotel. 

We checked in and headed to our room. It was so worth the wait, as it was beautiful. A classic big Thai style bungalow on stilts, with a big balcony and huge bathroom. We were very chuffed! We put on our swim stuff and jumped straight into the pool to cool off after what ended up being a long day getting here! The pool was fab, with a view overlooking the ocean. We had decided that before coming here that Railay would be our chill out time, looks like that will be highly achievable! (Apart from the fact the surrounding longtail boats sound like army choppers, and where we're staying is essentially still a building site, and work starts at 8.30am every day!) But at least it would get us up for breakfast!

So chill out is what we did. We walked to and from the main part of Railay and its beaches every day (turns out it was walkable, but not with backpacks!) We went back to the beach we originally visited from Ao Nang, and it was just as beautiful as we remembered. We ate in the hotel restaurant on the nights we couldn't be bothered to walk to Railay, but also headed into Railay one night for a bite to eat. We ended up eating in a place where the waiter told us they had a huge crocodile on offer that had been caught in Bangkok from the flooding?! We didn't order the croc, and we think he was joking, but you never know over here! 

Sadly, come the end of our stay in the hotel, we couldn't wait to leave! Turns out there wasn't really much point our bungalow having a roof! We noticed after a couple of nights there were gaping holes between the roof and the walls, which meant come night time, every insect in Railay was making our bungalow and bed its home. We even had rat droppings fall through the roof onto our bed! This isn't supposed to happen in paradise!!

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