The only activity on my agenda for Ao Nang was Railay Beach which gets rave reviews on Tripadvisor. Originally I had even planned to spend the night there but opted for Ao Nang instead because it has a more vibrant nightlife. So, after dropping off our luggage at Mercure, we walked down to the beach to charter a long tail boat to Railay Beach in gloomy weather. While “chartering a boat” sounds like something only rich people would do, it only cost us ~$6 in affordable Ao Nang. Score!
Before long, our boat sailed into the shadow of imposing limestone, which was quite a sight to behold.
After we docked, we decided to go check out the more crowded part of the beach to see what the fuss was all about. Turns out there were monkeys trying to grab coconuts off the beach and up the trees. Comically, they were not strong enough so the coconuts fell.
Dodging falling coconuts, we headed to the caves nearby and found dildo-shaped sculptures. I figured this is a shrine for god of fertility.
On one side of the beach there are vendor boats, with reasonably priced food and drink. We got a smoothie and some snacks.
After washing down our afternoon-snacks with delicious mango smoothie, we found a quiet corner, where I laid to soak in the scenery, while my boyfriend took a swim near the shore.
The relaxing time did not last, however. A dark cloud rolled over and our boatman found us, rushing us back to the boat. While we only get to spend less than two hours on Railay Beach, for six dollar per person and 15 minute boat ride the trip was totally worth it! If you ever stay in Ao Nang, I highly recommend taking a longtail boat to Railay Beach.