Railay Pennisula....more paradise!!

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

I made my way to this Pennisula on the west coast of Thailand, near the town Krabi. I would have never came here as i barely knew it existed but Jeremy suggested it..and i'm glad he did, it's gorgeous and a little bit less touristy than the very popular islands on the west. It's not an island but on a very small southern tip of the mainland with lots of limestone peaks (like in Laos) and it's only accessible by boat as there are too many big rocks/peaks in the way for a road. So it was perfect... no motorbikes or anything and it quite small. So i found myself yet another bungalow to situate myself and my hammock.

Apparently it's a rockclimbing haven which i didn't realize until i got there and everyone was asking me aboot rockclimbing...makes sense with all the limestone. I didn't really have any big desire to go rock climbing...as when i went in slovenia last year, i wasn't a big fan and was aquainted with a fear of heights which i didn't know aboot (when hanging by a rope anyways). But i met this Aussie on the boat over and he was into the climbing and needed a partner and had most of the gear...so thought i'd give it another go. It was great tho, not scary, just exciting...very hard work as you need lots of strength or at least determination and i need alittle bit more practice at that. I made it to the top of one out of three...and my muscles were feeling it the next day. So it worked out well with meeting Scott as i didn't need to pay for an instructor, just a harness really. The next day i had planned to go kayaking but the water was quite rough so resorted to resting my muscles on the beach and in my hammock...did manage to explore some caves though. I found the most beautiful beach ever! ...on the west side of the pennisula with white sand, blue water, caves, peaks..and hardly anyone there, i have no idea why.. it was brillant!

As i get more and more southern, Thailand changes somewhat..the population is aboot half muslim and half buddhist...the food is different, as my favourite, Pad Thai is quite different with each restaurant having it's own version. And it's obviously really touristy with all the islands and haven't seen much Thai culture or any for that matter, just a bit as i hop from boat to bus to boat in different towns.

I didn't feel a need to venture oot to any of the islands on the west coast as i found my gem...I was successful in finding another paradise, in my eye anyways, as Railay is absoutely breathtaking...so i'm not complaining aboot the amount of tourism... i'm actually surprised there isn't more, it's kind of like a hidden gem. And there's lots to do as well. So i am sooo glad i was fortunate enough to stumble across this beauty...just from a simple suggestion!
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