Ko Racha Yai (Raya island)
Trip Start Jan 26, 2012
35Trip End May 20, 2012
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With only blue skies the heat was intense, even sitting in the shade at 4pm I couldn't stop sweating. It must have been 35+ degree still at 4pm as I sat on my balcony writing my blog and editing the days pictures.
I found Raya island the perfect place to relax for 2 days. It was not built up like Ko Phi Phi Don, instead there was just a few scattered resorts and restaurants across a number of beautiful bays. It was also small enough that you could just walk between beaches, with east to west taking only 15minutes. As the island wasn't covered in concrete the wildlife was great too. I saw my first gaint lizard, a 5foot monitor lizard that gave me quiet a shock when I say him 30cm
from my feet and above 30meters from my bungalow. There were also huge millipede, tropical frogs and butterflies as large as your hand.
At the end of the first day I went to the beach at 5pm and waited till 6.20pm for the amazing sunset out of the cove over the ocean. It was very peaceful to sit and watch.
On the second day I had morning tea overlooking Ao Patok beach, then relaxed on the quiet Ao Siam beach until 3pm, where I went back to Phuket with the day tour speedboat. With only 6 days left of this 4month adventure, I was glad I could spend 2 days of them in such a
beautiful place. Raya Island, along with Rai Leh was the Thai beaches I'd be dreaming off.