Railey = Paradise

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
Trip End Aug 07, 2008

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

On Wednesday, I woke up and got a mango shake from a street vendor and then bought some cool presents that people will have to wait until August/Christmas to see.  Suffice it to say, I'm happy about what I got. :)

Liz and I checked out from our guest house and I took a picture of the room (goodbye, TV, that plays reruns of Army Wives, Baywatch, and House!).  We were able to leave all our locked bags at the guest house and then caught a long-tail boat to Railey... it's not an island, but it is a few beach areas completely surrounded by massive limestone rocks, so it's island-esque.  I believe you can only take long-tail boats to get there.  I took plenty of pictures because it was beeeeeeeautiful.  Nothing I've seen yet has rivaled the Whitsundays in Australia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:WhitsundayIslandBeach.JPG) from my 2004 semester abroad, but Railey was really fantastic.

Green sea, white sand, blue sky, towering limestone rocks, oh so gorgeous.  Quite sunny, too, so I mainly lay on my towel in the shade, enjoying the breeze, going into the salty sea occasionally.  We had a nice lunch as well.

I wandered about a bit and found an open-air bookshop with a huge section devoted to "Women's Literature."  That's what it was called--women's literature.  Not fiction, not literature, but women's literature.  Brightly colored spines; easy reading.  Funnily enough, there was no "Men's Literature" section--I guess men don't read in Railey--but there was a whole section of books devoted to UFOs and memoirs of foreigners who have gotten themselves caught in Thai prisons...

We got a long-tail boat back to Ao Nang, just in time--a huge thunderstorm broke out moments after we got off the boat.  It would have been brutal either being on the beach or in the boat during that.  I showered and then Liz and I got picked up by a mini bus that took us to Krabi for the real journey to the east side islands!
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