After tasting a bit of busy city life in Bangkok, then a few days soaking in the mountainous scenery in Chiang Mai, we headed south for our much awaited beach time in the ever amazing town of Krabi. As always, Mr & Mr Smith helped me plan the trip and I couldn’t be more thrilled upon arriving at the amazing Rayavadee hotel.
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The only way to get to the resort is by boat, since it’s surrounded by three beaches in a peninsula. The resort’s boat is a gorgeous all-white leather and inlaid wood interior, so arriving at a beach paradise destination felt very James Bond. The Rayavadee only has two-story cabanas instead of traditional rooms, so they are private and nestled in nature. We loved waking up to see monkeys on the trees!
The resort was built around three famous beaches: Nammao, Railay and Phranang Beach. These beaches are part of Krabi Marine National Park, so they are public though the only access available if you’re not a guest at the Rayavadee is by boat. On a bright sunny day, Phranang Beach is a little busier, but that winds down as the boats leave in the afternoon. Phranang Beach was our favorite beach. It’s where you will find the famous grotto restaurant, surrounded by limestone cliffs. It’s one of four restaurants in the resort: Raya Dining, Krua Phranang, Raitalay Terrace, and the Grotto offers light bites in a limestone cavern, with special seafood barbecues several times a week.
From Krabi, you can take boat rides to several different beaches and islands. The resort offers daytrips to small groups on their private boats, but they book quickly, so reservations need to be made a few days in advance.
Aside from daytrips to other beaches, the resort also provides kayaks and tour guide hikes for guests as well as a weekly schedule of different activities.
We decided to take a ferry boat to Ko Phi Phi, leaving from Railay Beach in the morning and returning in the afternoon. The ferry boat is a much smoother ride than longtail boats (I could barely feel the boat move), which is perfect if you usually get seasick or are preggo like moi. It’s less costly, too! The boat trip from Krabi to Ko Phi Phi was an hour and a half each way, but it’s worth it just for the scenic ride alone. You can just walk to Railay Beach and there will be a person with a table making reservations, with boats leaving twice in the morning and returning in the afternoon at around 5p. Ko Phi Phi is a small island with a few hotels, lots of small restaurants with just one main street. If you decide to spend a night there, you can take a smaller boat to visit beaches nearby that aren’t accessible on foot.