Railay Relaxation

By August 13, 2014Photography, Places, Travel

To wrap up our week in Southern Thailand, Jacqueline and I headed to Railay Beach ~ a stunning peninsula between Krabi and Ao Nang ~ for a few last days of total relaxation. With partying on Phi Phi and adventuring on Ko Lanta already under our belts, we were ready to do a whole lot of nothing and fortunately, we couldn’t have chosen a better place.

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Although its not an island on its own, Railay is cut off from mainland access by huge limestone cliffs covered in vegetation. Large boats aren’t even allowed on its shores, so the only way to reach Railay is in a traditional long-tail boat, making it much more secluded and intimate than the islands we had gone to before.

The bulk of our time was spent on the beach of West Railay ~ a picture-perfect stretch of white sand enveloped by a half-circle of towering karsts. By day, we floated through the turquoise water and sipped fresh fruit smoothies at artsy beachfront cafes. Only leaving the beach to shower (rarely) or eat, we returned at night to drink ciders and blaze j’s by candlelight, wrapped up in the embrace of the centuries-old formations surrounding us.

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While those nights definitely go down in history, the highlight of our time on Railay had to be the afternoon we spent making friends with a couple of little Thai girls whose parents owned the hotel we were staying in. It didn’t take long for them to approach us in the pool, eager to play games and show off their Justin Bieber singing skills. As we were leaving to go get cleaned up, they followed us back to our room and a full-on photoshoot ensued! These girls were pros at working the camera ~ both in front of and behind it!

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The best part was when they busted out in song for us:

These little cuties, along with the breathtaking beaches and towering cliffs, made Railay a great last stop for Jac’s adventure to Thailand. Dreaming of the day I can return to this romantic spot with Casey and feel its intoxicating charm all over again…

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| PHOTOGRAPHY | by Jacqueline Doyle and Amanda Boleman

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