I would love to skip to the juicy details of the greatest island on this planet! But I must contain the excitement running through my veins, and get you there effortlessly first! Arriving there smoothly is as essential as enjoying your time there!
Let’s talk about how I ended up in Railey!
“Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.” Pico Iyer
I flew from Chiang Mai to Krabi on AsiaAirways and it was a little over $100. It was a direct two hour flight and I highly recommend you take the same route there, it was truly effortless. I arrived in Krabi and took the public bus to Krabi bus station for about three dollars and then walked about five minutes to my hostel.
There are two ways to do Krabi. I stayed the night there, and am neutral about it. My body was a little worn down at this point from nonstop travel, so I took the opportunity to rest in a really comfy hostel. I highly recommend you stay at this hostel if you choose to stay the night because it’s really easy to get to from the airport and it is directly up from the pier that takes you to all the island, or nudge nudge the only island that matters, Railey. Sorry not sorry for my biased views of Railey.
I stayed at Pak-Up Hostel and it was well worth the $4.00 I spent! I had a yummy free bbq, and shared the room with 10 very fun and lovely travelers. It was such a great little pit stop along the way.
You can also fly right into Krabi and head to the pier and make your way right over to Railey if you choose to opt out of Krabi. It is a 45 minute longtail ride, and will cost you about $5.00.
I knew I wanted to go to Railey before embarking on my trip. I had read a great deal about the beauty of the island and about it being a little hidden gem for backpackers. I was sold.
I woke up in Krabi the next day to Thai police conducting traffic right outside my hostel with whistles. Blowing them everyyyyy 1o seconds, LOUD. I was ready to pack it up and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city. See ya never Krabi whistle men!
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
― Jack Kerouac,
I hoped on the long tail boat with 7 other brave souls, and we embarked the 45 minutes. Long tail boats are really wild. I’m not actually sure how they don’t sink, but thankfully for me, they don’t. It was such a fun and frightening way to begin my island adventure!
Railey is only accessible by boat, and has no vehicles on it. It is a 20 minute walk in width, and an about 30 minutes walk in length. It is surrounded by dense beautiful jungle, and monkeys roam free. It is truly heaven.
I’ll dive into the activities, people, and experiences I was so fortunate to fall in love with in the next post.
“The ideal is to feel at home anywhere, everywhere” Geoff Dye
“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
― Bill Bryson,