Arriving at Railay island, Krabi province, Thailand

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We’re into our last week of our adventure through Thailand.
We settled on returning to a beach location, escaping the congestion of both Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Further, we feel the heat less when we can dip in the sea or the pool. Evey appreciates it most.

We flew from Bangkok to Krabi town, where a van met us and transported us to a longtail boat off the shores of Krabi town. We had to climb onto a barge from the beach, then over a longtail to reach our designated boat. We were glad to have Evey’s lifejacket as we climbed over.

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The longtail carried us and 2 other guests at our hotel. One man was coming to Railay from Houston, Texas to go rock climbing with friends. As we approached the island, rock climbing seemed like a terrifying, though probably wonderous activity.

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The longtail pulled up to a beach area next to a long pier. A tractor with a trailer attached pulled up next to us and we unloaded. We had heard we might have to get wet climbing out of the boat, but this was not the case. The longtail comes as close as it can, and the tractor comes the rest of the way. We were delivered directly to our hotel entrance.

Our hotel is on Railay East, the pier side. The other side of the island is Railay West, where swimmming and the beaches are. The 2 sides are connected by a pathway with a concrete walkway, fully accessible with the baby stroller (a lovely relief!). The pathway is scenic, with limestone rockfaces, caves, and wild monkeys.  Plus, it’s only a 5 minute walk to the beach.

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The beach: how to even describe this beach? Limestone mountains, aqua blue waters,  and patches of shade for comfort. We didn’t actually swim in the sea today, but will head back there tomorrow.  We’ve been told that further up the beach there are longtail boats serving food, so we will check that out.

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This afternoon we settled for a dip in the hotel pool with infinity pool and even more breathtaking views.

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I can already feel that we will thoroughly enjoy our last week in paradise.

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