Thailand is one of my favorite places. I’ve never been unhappy there even though I’ve been on at least 8 trips there. Everyone smiles. The food is amaaazing. The beaches are gorgeous. The atmosphere is relaxed. The temples are inviting. There’s something wonderful that just hangs in the air.
Last March over my birthday weekend, we had to go for a visa run (because we can only stay in Myanmar for 70 days at a time) so we opted to fly to Krabi. It’s an area on the coast of the mainland in Thailand. It’s stunning!
Tonsai is super small. Tonsai has a nice beach when it’s between low and high tide. At the peak of high tide, the water hides the sand. At low tide, the water goes way out and leaves a rocky beach. It’s still nice for playing the paddle ball game that we bought though!
Railay next door is more popular and a little more expensive. We found a small path over some rocks to we could walk over to Railay. Railay west has nice sand beaches and Railay East opens out onto mangroves. There’s an easy paved path between them.
We rented a kayak and paddled around for the afternoon. It was a beautiful journey. We kayaked between the karsts and into some caves. We paddled around the end of the peninsula and checked out the next beach which has a famous cave full of penis statues. One of the best things was just hopping out for a swim wherever we started to feel warm. The water is a perfect temperature- barely cool enough to be refreshing. We paddled back for a nice sunset dinner along the beach.
The next day, we took the long tail boat back to the main Krabi beach. We stayed in a beautiful hotel a little up the hill nestled in under a mountain. It was called the Ao Nang Cliff View Resort. The pool was gorgeous and they had a shuttle to take us into town for dinner. We walked along the beach at sunset and got “to-go” drinks to celebrate my birthday as we strolled and admired the sunset. It was definitely a great birthday and a great weekend away!