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Chasing Sunsets and Escaping the Crowds in Railay Beach, Thailand: A Photo Diary

Railay Beach is a small but popular beach town on the coast of the Krabi province in Thailand. Known for it’s towering jungle-covered karst mountains, it is home to some of the country’s most scenic rock climbing.

But what makes Railay Beach special is its location. Nestled on the neck of a peninsula surrounded by beautiful peaks, the town is isolated from the mainland – only reachable by long-tail boat. Even within Railay Beach there are no roads, only a handful of walking paths that connect the east and west sides of town, each of which face a different part of the Andaman Sea.

It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Railay Beach. As soon as I caught a glimpse of it from our long-tail boat, I knew our time here would be nothing short of extraordinary. And I was right.

The view arriving at Railay Beach East

Long-tail boats wait in the shallow waters on Railay Beach West

On our first night in Railay Beach, we were gifted with the most stunning sunset. Dare I say it is the most incredible one I’ve ever seen. There is a rain storm in the distance over what looks to be Phuket. The long tail boats bob up and down in the water as deep yellows and orange hues take over the sky. It started to rain but that only seemed to add to the amazingness of this moment. In that moment, it finally started to sink in that we were in Thailand. A country that has been number one on my bucket list for years. What an incredible welcome.

Admiring the view and the crystal clear water at Phra Nang Beach

By mid-morning Phra Nang Beach is packed with tourists from nearby islands. But the long-tail boats on display are picture perfect.

The ribbons and hanging garland on the tail of the boat are offerings to the Thai goddess of safe journey – to ask for good luck and protection

Early bird gets the worm. Enjoying Phra Nang Beach in the early morning, when no one else was around, was like a dream.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Zhanna July 16, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Such a beautiful beach! Amazing pictures! I like that even at such a popular destination you can still enjoy some calmness and privacy even if it’s only early in the morning.

  • Reply Courtney July 19, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Ugh! This looks amazing – I love all of your boat photos. Enjoy and safe travels <3

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