What a wonderful trip to end off an amazing year! Amazing beaches, sunsets, friends and food – Thailand was everything we’d hoped for and then some.
Phuket: We flew from Bali to Kuala Lampur to Phuket, Thailand. Since our flight arrived quite late in the day, we decided to stay in Phuket for one night before heading off to the islands to meet friends. We weren’t very impressed by Phuket and perhaps we chose the wrong beach to visit. We stayed at Kata Beach Resort and were surprised at how difficult finding Thai food was our first night in Thailand. The area was super touristy, though the beach view wasn’t a bad start to the trip!
Railay: The next day, we took the Ao Nang Princess Ferry from the Phuket Town to Railay. The ferry ride was about 1.5 hours and cost $800 Thai baht ($25AUD) per person. Railay was one of the most stunning beaches I’ve ever seen. The Limestone cliffs that surround it are breathtaking. This is where we met our lovely travel companions for the rest of the trip – Laura, Courtney and Christine (good friends of McKay’s from Indiana Uni) and Robyn (who group up with Laura). We spent two awesome nights in Railay soaking up the sun on the gorgeous beach, kayaking around the island and ending both nights at our favourite treehouse bar, Skunk Bar, playing jenga and connect four in the tree tops. We stayed at the most awesome hotel that I highly recommend – Railay Village Resort (complete with Monkey residents).
Koh Phi Phi: Our final destination of the trip was Koh Phi Phi…and there could not have been a more beautiful place to end our trip. Highlights include laying on the beach for several hours, consuming countless banana smoothies, meeting a wonderful group of Brits that joined us on a speedboat trip to Maya Beach (where the Beach, featuring Leonardo DeCaprio, was filmed) as well as several other gorgeous snorkeling spots, rock-climbing, and an unforgettable New Years Eve at Slinky Beach. We stayed at the lovely Phi Phi The Beach Resort which was a 10 minute LongBoat ride to the main part of Phi Phi Island. It was the perfect distance from the backpacker craziness of Tonsai with a much nicer beach.
Approaching Phi Phi The Beach Resort by LongBoat