You’re greeted at the airport in Krabi by a friendly driver who takes you 20-minutes through town. A short tuk-tuk (golf cart) ride gets you to the pier where you embark on a private long-tail boat. Five minutes later you reach your destination. It’s low tide and a tractor greets you at the boat and takes you to the steps of Railay Great View Resort & Spa. Welcome to your private hideaway.
With only 20 chalets (expanding to 80) you enjoy seclusion from the outside world and wi-fi connectivity to the outside world at the same time. You wake up to the sound of long-tail boats and breath-taking views of the water. Breakfast consisting of espresso, fruit and pancakes covered in chocolate is a great start to your day.
Railay East, Railay West, Nopparat Thara and Ao Nang beaches are just short kayak or long-tail boat trips away and you find everything from massages to restaurants to shopping. An amazing sight is Pranang Cave Beach with rock-climbers and swimming under stalactites. Boats pull up to the shore selling pad thai, corn on the cob and beer. It’s a pleasant surprise not being constantly solicited by pedlars on the beaches of Krabi the way you are on the beaches of Bali.
Time passes quickly in Railay, Krabi. Before you know it, it’s time for dinner. The Diamond Cave Resort & Spa has amazing cocktails (try the Blue Hawaii and Honey Monkey) and BBQ fish and veggies on skewers. Avoid fish on Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s ‘The Seafood Redlist’ and try the Barracuda instead… absolutely delicious!
It’s so easy to lose track of time in Railay, Krabi. As minutes turn to hours and hours turn to days, you soon forget what day of the week it is. That’s perfectly alright, because the only things you really need to remember to bring are insect repellant, sunscreen and your appetite.