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