Krabi, Railay Beach. Thailand, January 2011. © Marie Toumit
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Princesses in Krabi

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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The other girl, my traveling girlfriend, set foot in Thailand for the first time. With in all and for all five small days on the spot. I decided she needed to see Krabi and Koh Phi Phi.

The cliffs of Krabi

Cape, so, on the Railay Peninsula, at Krabiwhere we spent a night. As touristy as it is, I love this place. It's beautiful, stunning!

Railay West Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Railay West Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Railay West Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Railay West Beach. (Krabi, Thailand, February 2011)

Now that I'm home, I sigh with ease and nostalgia as I browse through my photos. How I would like to be there, now ...

So, yes, we decided to go on holiday, and not to be adventurous at all. In fact, we decided to be princesses!

😂

After Cambodia, for the arrival in Thailand, that's what I promised her, to the other girl: a sea bath and a sunset in Krabi, on the beach of the Princess, the famous Phra Nang Beach

Phra Nang Beach is located between two other beaches, called Railey West and Railey East. The whole forms a small peninsula, only accessible by the sea, because of the immense karst cliffs that surround it. The rock walls plunge right into the water. It's dizzying, spectacular. And then the beaches are beautiful.

In short, I wanted to see this beautiful corner. And to show it to the other girl.

The cliffs of Krabi. Thailand, February 2011.
The cliffs of Krabi. Thailand, February 2011.
Railay West, Krabi. Thailand, February 2011.
Railay West, Krabi. Thailand, February 2011.

Want to see again, but not to stay too long. Railay is not authentic at all, a tiny tourist enclave, full of hotels and resorts stuck between the three beaches.

In my opinion, it's nice for a day or two for a beach trip and lazing around, but not much more than that, except to be a climbing enthusiast. With all these surrounding cliffs, it's the flagship activity here. Beginner or experienced climbers have a lot of fun!

The legend of the princess

But we, the night climbers and the authentic, we do not care a bit. We are princesses. We booked at the Princess Resort and planned to go direct to Princess Beach. Besides, we would like not to miss the sunset, if possible.

At Phra Nang Beach, there is white sand and a cliff dripping with stalagtites, a cave full of wooden phallus and a large rocky island planted in the sea. A real beach of princesses.

But we arrived a little too late. The sun did not wait for us. We went to the water anyway.

Phra Nang Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Phra Nang Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Sunset on Phra Nang Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Sunset on Phra Nang Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Phra Nang Beach by night. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Phra Nang Beach by night. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.

For those who don't know, I'll explain you the phallus cave trick, anyway... 😀

It all starts from a legend: the story goes back to the 3rd century BC. A royal boat, carrying an Indian princess, was shipwrecked here during a storm.

It is said that the spirit of the princess took refuge in the cliff cave near the wreck, and that since then she has granted the wishes of those who come to pay her homage. The fishermen continue to deposit carved wooden phalluses there, so that Phra Nang, "the holy princess", can grant them abundant fishing.

Pharaoh Cave Phra Nang Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Pharaoh Cave Phra Nang Beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.

Tractor coach for princesses

Good. The princesses have a little missed the sunset, but enjoyed bathing at dusk anyway ... Arriving at Krabi airport in the middle of the afternoon, I suspected it would be a little fair, with the transfer + minibus boat behind.

It was good, though. The guy was there with his sign at the airport. And the princesses were treated to an air-conditioned minibus for themselves. Direct trip to the beach where we waited for the long-tail boat.

Long-tail boat. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Long-tail boat. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.

The long-tail boat (and it has nothing to do with the phallus cave 😆 ) is a big boat with a salvaged car engine, whose shaft is fixed to a propeller at the back. The longtails, it's a bit like the tuk-tuks of the sea…

Long-tail boats at Railay East, the mangrove beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Long-tail boats at Railay East, the mangrove beach. Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.

Only, with us in the boat, there was a small group of Russian tourists. Arriving at Railay East, the mangrove beach where the trees grow in the sea, the people of the hotel first took care of transferring them to their resort, located on the other beach, Railay West.

By telling us to wait there, with our bags ...

Me and the bags ... Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.
Me and the bags ... Krabi, Thailand, February 2011.

It's silly. I knew that our hotel was just around the corner. Obviously, the wait has continued ...

Those who have finished their work day return home ... (Railay East, Krabi, Thailand, February 2011)
Those who have finished their work day return home ... (Railay East, Krabi, Thailand, February 2011)

Meanwhile, the Thai hotel staff also boarded in long-tail, to return to the mainland, the day's work over.

All harnessed in life jackets. Most of them do not know how to swim.

Once we were shown to reception, we had to wait again.

In front of us, a whole bunch of other tourists were settling their reservations and asking a whole bunch of endless questions to the very smiling and very nice and efficient young lady at the reception desk... It was over 6pm when our tour arrived!

The funniest part of the whole thing was when they pulled us off the boat. Having watched the manoeuvre on previous trips, I suspected that we wouldn't cut it off when we arrived on the Railay East side, the mangrove beach where it's difficult to get to while staying dry... Yes, we got the coach!

Finally ... a tractor-coach. A pure carriage of princesses on vacation, who must not wet their feet or carry their luggage.

Obviously, it's convenient to land long-tail boats tourists weighted with suitcases.

A princess in her carriage. Railay East, Krabi. Thailand, February 2011.
A princess in her carriage. Railay East, Krabi. Thailand, February 2011.

But where it became ridiculous, it's when the guy from the resort, finally back, having apologized for making us wait, made us go back in the coach ... to go 100 meters, on the beach, until at the entrance of the path leading to our hotel.

The other girl and I are laughing again.

😂

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. 🙂
    I'll see you again! The sign with my name written in big at the airport: "The other girl". Our waiting near the pier-tractor-tractor, the bare feet that finally touch the sand, the race against the sun sinking in the distance, towers tractor-coach, Thais stunned by the weight of your bag!
    You've told most of it. Yes, an arrival of princesses! 😆

    We go back ?

  2. always so beautiful pictures!
    i don't know thailand yet but maybe someday 🙄 ......
    waiting for the philippines it's in 3 weeks 😉 ❗

  3. @The other girl: Yes, I would stay here again ... 8)

    @ Marie-Julie: How can I do that? After seeing you raving about similar carvings in Jamaica, I was sure you knew about the Thai phallus cave... 😆
    She is well known. I had already photographed during my previous visits in the area:
    • in 2006 (photo at the very end of the first row):
    http://www.southeastasia.fr/07_thailande_fevrier_2006/03_krabi/index.php
    • in 2007 (penultimate picture of the first row):
    http://www.southeastasia.fr/09_thailande_janvier_2007/01_krabi/index.php
    • I even gave a photo here, in a small "unusual" note, to accompany the phallic rock of Koh Tao:
    https://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/thailande-insolite-20081215/

    @Laurence: The Philippines? Lucky you!!! 😀

    @Annabelle: This cave is not quite a "discovery" (see my links above in my message to Marie-Julie) and it is very well known. The beach is really nice. 🙂

  4. Yes, departure for Asia on April 4th! 😀
    At this time, I must especially reassure the family and friends, no we will not be next to Japan, there are 3300km between Tokyo and Cebu, it's more than between Paris and Chernobyl (1998Km)! 😉.
    So to me the fox sharks of Malapascua and the strange critters of the muck dives of Dauin-Dumaguete that you have photographed so well ❗
    By the way, do you have any recommendations for a land excursion around Dumaguete ❓

  5. It must be great to make someone discover a place that has marked us ... For now, I note all the places where I would like to bring my loved ones ... and there is!

    Beautiful pictures!

    NowMadNow

  6. We too want to be Princesses! we leave in ... 9 days in Thailand and spend 4 days in Railey history to land after BKK and before the north! Thank you girls, you put a balm to the heart because what is complaining on the forums and others. Congratulations for the humor and the pretty pictures! kop khoun kha

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