We took a short ferry to our next stop, Railay Beach, which is not an island but is cut off from the mainland by a mountain range, and only accessible by boat. We arrived at low tide so the longtails had to tow us in to the pier, and honestly the beach didn’t look that great – I will later go on to retract this statement, because I hadn’t seen the two amaaazing beaches on the other side!
I was immediately charmed by the main little walking street, though. There were no cars or even bikes on the path (street) up to our hotel. There was a big sign welcoming the beach travellers “home”, and it really would feel that way by the end of our five nights here!
We explored Railay after we got settled, and it was so charming, since it was low season it was also not very touristy, there were just enough people around to make the place lively. There were beautiful walking paths (with monkeys crashing through your path sometimes), climbing walls, two beautiful beaches, little roti stands, a main “walking street” that was kind of like the centre of town, and lots of hidden places that our guides would show us.
There was literally only one bar that got busy and played pretty good tunes and featured an amazing fire show every night at eleven! At this point I had seen fire spinning a few times on Bottle Beach and in Kanchanaburi, and played around with the stick on the beach a few times, but I had no idea that first night when I watched the show that by the time I left I would light up and spin fire myself for the first time…and be changed by the experience forever!!
On Railay beach there is an awesome group of locals who spin fire, teach rock climbing, dj at the clubs and meet people from all over the world who want to experience their home. It was such a great experience to have friendships with the people who make it such a fun and welcoming place.
Our first night everyone was super tired from partying in Phi Phi, so it was only me and Camille left to watch the fire show that night and experience The Last Bar, which literally feels like the last bar on earth. It sits at the end of the east beach, and is literally the last thing on the little strip. We would have both a Halloween in July party and a handcuff party (where you are handcuffed together for a whole evening, lol) in the bar, it was definitely the local watering hole.
We also had a cooking class one afternoon, a fire spinning lesson, a whole AWESOME day of rock climbing courtesy of Hot Rocks Climbing school, and many many beachy days in the sun.
I loved Railay so much the first time around, I decided I wanted to make it back a second time on my trip, which I did!
Railay round two was just as much fun as the first time around, but there was still Bangkok. Chiang Mai, Koh Lipe, to go before I would make my way back there. Our group still had three final days in Bangkok together before we would all say goodbye and my solo journey would begin!