Me & Anth took the Longtail Boat from the Harbour with another 4 guys we had met in Krabi Town to Reiley which only cost a few pounds & took 30mins & was a nice ride with clear blue water. Everywhere was more expensive than anywhere we had been & we got some quotes from some resorts 4,000 Baht which was ridiculously expensive, that is 80 pounds a night & we had been paying 500 Baht per night (10 pounds) so after searching around we had to negotiate & the cheapest we could find was Ya Ya Resort on the East Coast of Reiley on the Beach Front for 800 Baht (16 quid) but it was nice there.
All Backpackers stay on the East Coast as this is the Cheapest but the Beach & Sea are not the best but if you walk 5 Mins to the other side of the Island it is sooooooooo much nicer. The visibility in the Sea is so good, you can see lots of fish even 10 meters out. The Beach is really white sand, enclosed in a cove by two massive limestone cliffs where everyone goes rock climbing but they is a few longtail boats eitjher side doing trips to the Islands around Krabi of which you can also see from the Beach. I really liked this place after a few hours of being there!!
The Accommodation on the West Coast is for the very rich people with excellent resorts..... we nicked into a few of them to check them out & I havn't seen anything like it!!
We got talking to two Canadian Girls; Kristen & Jen who had just done a similar trip to me. They were in Ko Phangan for New Year, they had gone over the Visa time & got fined the same amount as me & they did exactly the same trip as me; went on same boat to Surattani then Bus to Burma then Bus to Krabi then Boat to Reiley so we had lots to talk about & we shared our knowledge of Laos & Cambodia as they were going that way. We had a bit of a larffff for a few hours & we ended up travelling together for about a week after that in Reiley & Phi Phi & had many a laughs!!
On the nights we went down East Reiley to all the Bars on the Beach which were full of Backpackers so we got talking to quite a few on the 4 days that we were there. We always ended up at "The Last Bar" what a coincidence eh.......... but all the Bars are called the same & they have no original names. This place was ok but a bit cheesy as they put on shows late on the Evening. The first being Thai Boxing which was fake cos they were definately acting & we could tell & we laughing but the Americans & a few others were really getting into it & thought it was real - haha. Then it was the Fire Show which just consisted of a pissed up guy swing around a stick with fire on & dropping it a few times then a snake show which was not nice for the animals being tied up & teasing the snakes by slapping them on the head. These were massive dangerous killing machines -haha the ones like the Pythons & the mad bloke even kissed one of the Killer King Kobra's on the Head - nutter!!
Another bar we went to was the "Skunk Bar" down the East Coast so that was fun & don't even remember much after leaving there at the end of the nights. I think we just eaten loads of stuff & laughed all the way home most nights & maybe falling over a few times - haha.
On the Days we would chill on the Beaches but the best one we found was called Phra Nang Bay which was a 10 min walk from Ya Ya Resort & this was the Best Beach I had seen on my Travels so far (at this point). You can see from the photographs that this was so clean, white sand & clear turquoise Andaman Sea which you could Cliff Dive of the side of the huge Limestone Cliffs into the Sea.
The last day I went on a Boat Trip around all the Islands around Reiley & it was a full day Hopping & Snorkelling around 4 Islands; Tup, Poda, Prang Cave & Chicken Island (see photo's as it does look like a chicken - haha). It was a bargain @ only 300 Baht (6 pounds) which included all the snorkelling equipment, Lunch, Drinks, Fruit & everywhere we went to was really nice & the Visibility in the Water was really clear with many different types of fish.
Anthony did a full day Rock Climbing up the Limestone cliffs & said it was amazing & it was only 35 pounds for all equipment & instructor.
On the last evening we bumped into Kristen & Jen so we had lunch & a few beers & we all booked our Boat tickets to Phi Phi for the next morning.