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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Raily is a peninsula back toward Krabi.  The end that connects it to the coast is cut off by mountains and jungles, so it can only be reached by boat.  This gives it the feeling of an island, and it's another exotic paradise in the Andaman Sea. 

It's a bit more posh than Phi Phi and the room prices reflect that.  However, since it was the low season, we got our pimp bungalow for half the normal rate.  It turned out that it rained most of the time we were there, so it was nice to have a nice place to lay around and read in. 

When the sun did come out, we hit up the beach.  There are two beaches.  The island is similar to Koh Phi Phi in that it's a long sliver of land and the walk from one side to the other takes two minutes, but the walk from end to end is a half hour excursion.  There are gorgeous limestone cliffs, mountains to hike, and jungle surrounding everything.  The east side of Railay is like a mangrove and low tide leaves it especially unattractive.  So we hung out on the west beach most of the time.

One afternoon we decided to climb to a scenic overlook which required vertical ascent while clinging onto vines and ropes we hoped wouldn't dislodge and send us careening to our deaths.  About half way through the rain returned and the climb became especially interesting.  Have I mentioned before that Lindsey doesn't like heights?  She broke into tears at a particularly daunting juncture, but she was a champ and made it to the top.  The view was probably worth it.  Every view in Thailand is worth whatever it took to get there.

We saw more monkeys, caves, and a shrine to a goddess of fertility that had an astounding array of phalic offerings of various materials.  We ate great food, walked through the sand, caught incredible sunsets, and then on our last day there, the sun broke through and we had a gorgeous afternoon at our disposal.  Lindsey and Amy decided to use it to acquire 3rd degree burns that would make the next 24 hours of water taxis and buses especially miserable.  That's the trip to Krabi and Bangkok, so I'll post on there.
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