Railay Beach was by far the most crowded of the beaches we saw in Krabi, and it seemed to be packed with a mix of kids fresh out of high school and middle-aged Russians. Not really a family-oriented beach, but a good time was had nonetheless. Owen even made a "snow" angel in the soft, white sand.
We found that there were many food options on the walking street of Railay Beach and ate at a delicious Indian place. We even got to watch monkeys playing while we ate. They were taking turns stealing fruit from the juice stand across the road. Very entertaining.
Railay Beach was a nice addition to our tour of beaches, but I personally prefer the quieter, less populated areas.
Hong Island was our favorite stop on the tour with it's incredibly fine sand and snorkeling. Owen said that the sand "felt like we were walking through cake flour." Things got a little exciting on Hong Island. First we saw a giant monitor lizard, and then a crazy storm broke out that send people fleeing the beach. We all huddled under the sole covering on the island and boats fought to take passengers away as quickly as possible. We ended up leaving the island early due to the sudden storm, but we were okay with that decision because we were all cold!
I am glad we had the opportunity to see Hong Island and a few of the other islands surrounding Krabi. I am sure the boys will talk about Pirate Island for years to come!
After playing at Klong Muang Beach for a few hours, we got our suits on and headed into town to check out the more popular Ao Nang Beach. This beach was much more crowded, but the sand was equally as soft and the views were magnificent. We swam, looked for sea shells, and wandered down the beach past a fleet of long tail boats. Much fun was had by the whole family.
At the far end of Ao Nang Beach we found a large family of monkeys hanging out. They made Owen a little nervous, but he found them fascinating nevertheless. Wild monkeys are always fun to see.
After watching the monkeys play a bit (and steal food from other tourists), we grabbed a snack on the beach and then played some more in the ocean.
On our last night in Krabi, which happened to be New Year's Eve, we went into the Ao Nang are for dinner. We got to see another amazing sunset AND we got to watch part of the Packer's game from earlier in the week at the Italian-Thai-Indian restaurant we chose for dinner. It was a great way to end our fabulous stay in Krabi.
On our second to last day in Krabi, we ended up on Klong Muang Beach after a long tail boat trip to Railay Beach. We enjoyed another hour or so of meandering the beach and searching for sea shells.
Before sunset, we went to the hotel to get changed quick and then hurried back to take some amazing photos. Owen took the picture of Derek and I, and it is one of my favorites from this trip!
We returned to Klong Muang on our last day in Krabi. I had planned to do a tour of Phi Phi Island, but the kids just wanted to play, and we already had the perfect place to do that. We spent all morning playing at that beach, and even though I didn't get to "do" everything I wanted to in Krabi, it was the absolute best way to spend our vacation time: together, playing with our kids.
Blog entries from our trip to Krabi, Thailand at the end of 2014. To see the entries about our time in Bangkok, click the button below.