this mini krabi travel guide is curated based on my personal experiences and the things we did at railay bay. we did not venture out to krabi town so i'm afraid i'm unable to advice anything on that as we mostly spent our days in krabi by the waters, people watching and admiring the gorgeous scenery. i really hope you will enjoy this travel guide i have curated and feel free to ask me questions!
getting to railay bay
we travelled via airasia, and landed in krabi after an hour and a half flight journey. the only way to get out of the airport is to book a cab through the cab counter, thats of course if you did not prebook your hotel transfer.
as our hotel is situated at railay bay, the only way to get there and out is by taking a long tail boat. we had to firstly cab to ao nang pier then take the long tail boat. it should cost less than 100 baht per person. they operate on a 7am to 7pm basis, after which you will have to pay more. i don't recommend venturing out too late because its pitch dark out there.
i do recommend getting a hotel transfer if you are staying at railay bay because you do not want to end up like us amateurs. so apparently what happen was - it was low tide when we were reaching railay bay. we were told to get off the boat which alighted us approximately 1.5KM away from the bay because there was no way the boat can reach the dock. we had to walk barefooted to railay bay on gross muddy water while carrying our luggages!
after that ordeal, we had to book the transfer before we departed for the airport. and guess what? best decision ever made in this trip! the morning of our departure was low tide too. the hotel's tractor attached with seats picked us up and drove up to the long tail boat. the hotel's boat was spacious and clean, a huge difference from the boat we first sat. also, getting to the airport was a breeze and a pleasant experience.
stayed at railay bay resort and spa, deluxe cottage. the four star hotel was pretty decent, the only complain i have was that we experienced quite a fair bit of mosquitoes in our room and had to request for a mozzie spray from the front desk. after that it was all good. oh and, the wifi connection in our room was pretty bad, but my parents had no problem with neither. we decided to stay at railay bay resort and spa was partly because of the swimming pool that was overlooking the sea. it did live up to its expectations!
food and drinks
thai food all day every day, need i say more? oh yes. the street food are relatively priced the same to bangkok's, it should cost less than 1,000 baht for a 4 pax meal. as for eating in the hotel's restaurant, it is slightly more expensive (about double the price of street food) but still relatively affordable, tasty and hygienic.
there are about 10-15 companies along railay bay selling and providing tour packages and transport for tourists. between booking the activities online and booking with the companies physically, i would say booking through a tour company physically would be much more convenient and credible. it also gives me that sense of security, knowing who to look for if for example - i woke up with a really bad fever and can't make it for the tour OR the tour is cancelled due to bad weather, they do refunds! but always do check the terms and conditions.
if you are planning to do island tours, i highly recommend taking the speed boat instead of the long tail boat as it is a lot faster and safer. and if you experience motion sickness easily, i do not recommend taking the island tour.
our speed boat is here to pick us up!
my favourite location of all - pilay bay
the crowded bamboo island
snorkelling with tiger fishes
the more commonly available island day tour packages would be 01 phi phi islands 02 krabi sea 03 hong islands. we took up the phi phi islands package which covers visiting of bamboo island, snorkelling at pilay bay, lunch at phi phi don, maya bay (we did not manage to go due to choppy waters) and glancing of the viking cave (where bird's nest are harvest at) and monkey bay.
BE PREPARED because the entire journey on the speed boat felt like a constant head banging / roller coaster riding / boat slapping act for the next 5 hours.
if island hopping isn't your thing, there are other activities such as elephant trekking, rock climbing, kayaking and visiting the tiger cave temple. or you could always beach bum around ;-) for us, on our third day marc and i explored railay bay which landed us at phranang nai cave (the cave itself looks really blah, but the surroundings were omg hello gorgeous what up)
300 to 400 sgd would be sufficient to cover a 4 days 3 nights trip.
outfits and skin care
forget your zara pool sliders, cheap slippers are the way to go. i, of course blatantly ignorant, brought my riveras and styledasher pool sliders - brb crying. also, forget black and anything with sleeves. my hot shorts from topshop was literally the only apparel i wore almost everyday. as for skin care, bring your own facial wash because the hotel do not provide. crucial - remember to slap on lots of sunscreen before heading out, your skin will thank you later! however, if you are experiencing a sunburn, you may want to purchase aloe vera gel from a convenient store near you to sooth that area! it should cost no more than 300 baht.
thats really all there is to railay bay, krabi. i really do hope the information above was useful to your planning! i'll be doing a separate visual post on krabi soon, less info more mood shots xx