We have been in Ao Nang for a while now and have spent much of our time relaxing on the beach, trying different restaurants or taking shelter from the occassional rain storm in our lovely apartment.
We've spent this weekend in a place called Railey. Railey is a beach that, alongside Ao Tonsai is cut off from Ao Nang and the rest of the mainland by a virtually impassable rocky headland. Access is by the ubiquitous Longtail boat with the chugging engine, surly driver and colourful banners. Much like a theme park ride - it's almost impossible to stay dry for long - even on calm waters. All good fun though.
Wading from the boat to the beach we found ourselves on a lovely stretch of sand. Railey has two beaches; east and west. While the west side is plush golden sands and upmarket resorts with beautiful sunset views, the east side is lined by coastal mangoves and much more shady with budget accommodation and the bulk of the nightlife. We found somewhere to stay for the night on the east side. We spent the day exploring the area and walking to the viewpoint in the hills as well as another local beach.
Railay is a beautiful place with some picturesque beaches, sunsets and scenery. We found the prices a little steep in comparison to most of Thailand but it has to be expected due to the location's seclusion. We've had a nice break and change of scenery.