Did you ever have one of those moments where you said: “That’s it. I’ve found paradise on earth. I want to stay here forever” ?
Well, I said that when I got to Railay Beach near Krabi, in Thailand.
I was told before my trip that Railay Beach was just absolutely stunning. I looked up a few pictures on the web and it was in fact gorgeous. I decided to put that on my itinerary.
We did quite a few places in Thailand (quite a few places in Asia actually during that trip), and Railay was our last stop. We kept paradise on earth as the last stop of our 3 months backpacking trip around Asia.
The Journey To Railay
We arrived in Bangkok, spent a few days there to visit some temples, eat pad thai on the street, ride a tuk tuk and wander around a floating market, flew to Chiang Mai to ride elephants and learn to cook, flew to Koh Samui to enjoy the beach, took a ferry to Koh Phangan to enjoy the full moon party, took another ferry to Koh Samui and then a plane to Krabi, where we took a ferry to Koh Phi Phi to scuba dive, and then we were off to Railay.
From Koh Phi Phi, we took a ferry back to Krabi, then a taxi to a long tail boat stand, and finally a long tail boat to the resort itself. Note that there is no dock around Railay beach, so we had to walk in knee-high water with our backpacks in order to get to the beach. It’s something to consider if you have a large and heavy suitcase… There might be options to get your luggage hauled to the beach/resort for you, but you will still have to walk in the water.
Where We Stayed
We chose to stay at the Anyavee Railay Resort, which is located on Railay East and is a short walk from the other beaches. Railay East is not the place where you are going to swim and spend your days, even if it’s quite beautiful:
The hotel was quite nice in comparison to some of the hostels we stayed at while backpacking through China, Japan and Thailand!
The Beach – Or Paradise, Whichever You Want To Call It
There are essentially three parts to Railay, which are connected by paths in the middle. There’s Railay East, where our hotel was and which is not attractive for swimming (as seen in the pictures above). And then there are two absolutely beautiful beaches. The first one is Railay Beach. How beautiful is it? I’ll let you be the judge:
It’s on that beach that we found the most restaurants, and we found ourselves eating dinner on that beach most of the time, while watching the sunset.
Funny story: there was that girl who was kneeling in the sand and kept drawing hearts in the sand. And then she would take a picture of it. Every time the waves would erase it, she would draw it back. And that lasted for a while! And she took pictures every time! I thought it was weird. Okay, that’s all for this funny story!
And then there was my personal favorite beach. Phra Nang Beach. The scenery was stunning, the water was warm (almost not refreshing) and the sky was as clear as a sky can be! It was a perfect day, and it meant that I’ve dubbed that beach my paradise on earth! Again, you be the judge:
I loved that beach so much that I made a 4 feet X 6 feet print to hang on my living room wall!
So there you have it! I think that, as of now, if I had to say where is paradise on earth in my opinion, it’s probably Railay!
If you ever go around Krabi/Koh Phi Phi in Thailand, make sure you make a stop to Railay. Another option to visit Railay Beach if you don’t want to stay there is to find a hotel on Ao Nang Beach, and then take a long tail boat to make a day trip to Railay.
Now, I haven’t been everywhere yet, and I’m sure that I will eventually find one place that will replace Railay as my definition of paradise on earth, but for now, it has the first place!
What about you? Where’s your paradise on earth? Let me know in the comments below!