February 28, 2014

Railay and Phra Nang Beaches, Thailand

We decided to take the longtail boat today to Railay and Phra Nang beaches. This island was about a 10 minute boat ride away from Ao Nang. You wade through the water to board the boat.

All set!

The scenery in this area of the world is truly breathtaking.

First stop, Railay Beach. The sand here was so soft and the water, so clear. We loved this beach

This was the view from my blanket.

The girls found a little European friend. They were not able to communicate, but had a great time nonetheless!

We then walked to the other side of the island. This was Railay East beach, beautiful, but not as sandy as the west side.

The trail then curved around towards Phra Nang Beach. You pass this neat cave area on the way.

These tree roots were incredible!

This was part of the cave. It's like half of it is a cave, the other half is open.

Phra Nang Beach was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Also, coincidentally,one of the top rated in all of Asia! The sand was so soft, you sank down several inches with each step.

(Looking at this makes me want to hop on the next plane out....)

One side of the beach had this amazing cove, where the cave met the water, I suppose.

This shrine is for the Sea Princess. The fisherman believe she will bring them good luck. It was built inside the cove.

There was also rock climbing going on here. These guys were GOOD! I could not see any foot holds whatsoever, just looked like a flat rock wall!

Sadly, our time at this paradise came to an end and we hopped back on the longtail to go back to Ao Nang.

Can you spot the mistakes on this sign? There are 3 of them. Haha!

Another tuk tuk ride to dinner.

Gotta love stray cats wandering beneath your table!

Ella was very excited that her fried rice came in a hollowed out pineapple!

My soon-to-be 6 year old.

We enjoyed wandering the town at sunset. I loved this sign!

This day was pretty close to perfection!

Back to Singapore tomorrow......

February 27, 2014

Ao Nang Beach, Krabi, Thailand

We started our first full day in Krabi with a walk to Ao Nang beach. The "longtail" boats were all lined up, ready to take passengers to neighboring islands.  We enjoyed walking this beach.

The girls and I next to the longtails.

 I was disappointed, and surprised at the level of trash strewn about throughout the small town though. Such a waste!
The beach here was largely made up of tiny shell fragments, which didn't feel great to step on! Very interesting to look at though. 

Finally, a beach with no tar!

Also, a few stray dogs to keep you company. 

We bought a great sand castle set which entertained the girls for hours! 

Ella learned a lesson about placing objects too close to the ocean. Her sandals were carried away by the waves. Miraculously, we found both of them out in the surf!

A Thai lady approached me to go to her massage tent and offered me a pineapple wedge. Since I had heard a lot about Thai massage, I took her up on the offer. 

The massage places are EVERYWHERE in Thailand and are ridiculously cheap. I got a 1 hour back/neck/shoulders and feet massage for the equivalent of $10 US. You lay down on this mat (in swimsuit) and she does the massage. It was nice listening to the ocean, very relaxing. Odd at times too, like when she was actually sitting on the backs of my legs, I almost laughed out loud! But, it was definitely worth the $10! 

The outside of the hut, with their list of services. 

The view from the hut. This town seemed mostly to be European tourists, not as many locals as I had imagined.

Since Matt had affectionately begun to call this trip the "Money Pit Trip", we moved to a different more "budget friendly" hotel for the next 2 nights. The girls swam while we packed up. 

We took a tuk tuk, the local mode of transportation, to our next hotel. 

It's odd when you realize that you are carrying around 4 different currencies (Thai Baht, Japanese Yen, US Dollar, and Singapore Dollar) in your wallet. Too bad we already exchanged our Indonesian Rupiah! 

The pool at the new hotel. And this hotel even had a better proximity to the beach! 

More beach time in the afternoon. 

Also, more sand castles!

It was really beautiful. 

Question- WHY, oh WHY, do European men feel they need to leave NOTHING to the imagination in swimwear?! They were everywhere! 

Another annoying thing at this beach, was getting badgered by vendors every few minutes, asking you to buy their jewelry, scarves, sarong's, you name it!

We had a truly lovely meal that evening at Bussaba Thai restaurant. I loved the food, the ambiance and the whole experience. I also loved the wonderful balmy breeze blowing in from the open front. I ordered the massaman curry, and Matt had the pad Thai. The presentation was amazing, as well.

Ella ordered the chicken fried rice and Eva had a wonderful chicken and noodle dish. They both really liked everything.

Thailand is known for their intricately carved fruit and vegetables. These beautiful flowers were actually carrots. Amazing!

 The mango sticky rice, a favorite Thai dessert, was out of this world!

In the evening we wandered the town to take in some of the nightlife.  These gals(?) were promoting their cabaret show in town. Ella and Eva liked their outfits.

The girls wanted their picture taken with this princess. After conversing with said princess, Ella said to me, "that's not a princess, that's a man!" Haha! (He then wanted a tip for posing for the photo, ummm, no.)

A wonderful day, full of surprises!