I didn’t plan on spending any time in southern Thailand during this trip, but when I decided to enter Malaysia by bus, Krabi presented itself as a perfect opportunity to scout out the area for future beach vacations once I return to the working world. The words “Railay Beach” had been repeated by several travellers so I decided to check out this scenic peninsula that can only be accessed by boat.
Its beauty cannot be disputed, but its attractiveness and remoteness come at a price. Accommodation on the peninsula is steep, especially for a solo traveler, and food prices rise dramatically since everything needs to be brought in by boat. The good news is that nearby Ao Nang boasts a lineup of cheap hostels and restaurants. It even has its own beach if you don’t want to take the 10 minute boat ride over to Railay every day. Railay is also accessible from Krabi Town, but the trip takes longer and costs more.
I opted for Ao Nang, though I had to switch hostels after my first night since I had accidentally chosen the “party hostel” where 15 travellers were crammed into “japanese pod beds” that I would more accurately describe as a “human bookshelf” incompatible with the local climate due to a complete lack of ventilation. Luckily I had only booked one night since my flight got in late and just needed somewhere to crash.
I found a more reasonable hostel the next day run by a nice young Thai lady that was half the price and double the air flow. I used this as a base for day trips to Railay beach and ended up falling in with a ragtag crew of travellers whose ultimate bonding moment was dancing on the beach in ankle-deep water at the half-moon party. I think all clubs should have sandy-splashy dance floors, don’t you?