Tropical & Majestic Krabi, Thailand Review - Adventures in Paradise!

 

Railay Beach, Krabi

If you’d like to see and experience majestic limestone cliffs towering out of emerald green waters, tropical white sandy beaches, snorkeling, rock climbing, or just lounging poolside in tranquility far from the hustle and bustle of most beach resorts..... take a trip to Krabi.

Most people planning a trip to Thailand from either the US or Europe hear about the more popular beach destinations in the South of Thailand such as Ko Samui, Phuket, Ko Phi Phi Island with the famous Maya Beach, seen in the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DE Capri. These are all beautiful spots, but if you want a more remote location try Krabi.

I decided to be adventurous so I booked my trip and stay at the Sand Sea Resort on Railay Beach.

 

Flight from Bangkok

It’s a short 1 hour and 20 minute flight from Bangkok. Very reasonable, cost wise, with some of the low fair carriers such as AirAsia.

longtail boats

After the flight down the adventure begins with a 45-minute bus ride from the airport to a pier on the Andaman Sea, then a 20-minute longtail boat ride out to the another pier. The resort picks you up for a 5-minute golf cart shuttle over to their property. 

 

Railay beach is a flat white sandy beach with limestone cliffs rising from the sea on the left and then stretches for about 3 miles to the right dotted with resorts and a colorful “Walking Street” with restaurants, activity venders, and souvenir shops.  

 

Beachside restaurant

After checking in we decided on a seafood lunch at the open air beach restaurant before exploring.

 

rope climbing

We hiked back to the beach where we originally docked and walked down to the cliffs to watch tourists learning to rope climb.  It was quite an international group of climbers from Europe, American, the Middle East, China and Japan. All seemed to be having a good time climbing with experienced and friendly instructors. One of the instructors with a big smile would tell his climber "enjoy my country."  Basically a climb of about 20-30 minutes and cost about $35.00 US for the climb. 

 

hidden beach

We then continued to explore by walking out a winding path to a hidden beach.  On the left side of the path were cliffs with dripping limestone stalactites and stalagmites and on the right, a tall bamboo fence with monkeys perched on top looking for food handouts.

Once you arrive on the beach there are more towering cliffs and rope climbers. The beach is lined with speed boats bringing guests in from other locations to enjoy this relaxing stretch of white sand away from the resort areas.  

the warm and clear Andamen Sea

We had a swim in the warm Andaman Sea and then decided to have a cold Corona at Rayavadee Resort beach bar.  Rayavadee is a sprawling resort with boutique bungalows hidden in a palm tree forest. I plan to go back after their renovation in about a month and write further on this unique resort. It was formally a Dusit Thani Resort.

 

speedboat to snorkel beaches

From Railay Beach, right in front of the resort, you can catch an all day speedboat over to Phi Phi Island and Maya Beach for some of the best snorkeling in Thailand. About a 45 minute trip.

 

BBQ lemon snapper

For dinner we decided to go back to the beachside restaurant and had BBQ lemon snapper with Thai vegetables, delicious!  After dinner the rain started come down in buckets so we made a dash for the room and enjoy the evening listening to the rain pelt the roof and palm tree leaves outside the room.

 

the only way to the boats at low tide

The trip was worth the extra transportation effort. On the way back to the mainland the tide was out so in order to get to our longtail boat we had to ride in a huge caged vehicle towed by a tractor over the sand and shallow water.  

Sand Sea Resort room

 

Sand Sea Resort is well placed on the beach with a nice pool, spa center, beach restaurant for breakfast (included with the room) lunch and dinner.  The staff is extremely polite; the rooms are modern and comfortable with nice deck areas on the upper level.

Photography:  Daniel Herron - Copyright 2015

 

 

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