21.02.2008 - 13.03.2008 32 °C
The gateway to some of the most beautiful spots in Thailand is Krabi town, a 16 hour bus from Bangkok. OK, maybe it's less time for some but our VIP bus was actually a ghetto bus with dripping AC units and exposed light fixtures. From Krabi, it is a 20 minute ride in the turquoise waters to Railay, which consists of a bunch of perfect beaches. They are the most stunning beaches in Thailand as far as I know, the sand is white and fine. Tham Phra Nang Beach and the Princess Caves is for the seriously wealthy to stay but for the day, it's a must do. The snorkeling there is phenominal. Lying on my back in the water, I am amazed at the limestone cliffs surrounding us. Even the walk from East Railay to West was amazing as the monkeys swung from low lying branches of the Banyan trees while birds chimed in the background. There are amazing places to stay here but most are really pricy, like $200 a night. We found simple huts in the mountains for about $10 a night. Was quite the walk after a night of drinking in the bar where they have firedancers, kickboxers and snake charmers. There were pineapple bushes and coconut trees everywhere, strange flying animals and weird sounding bugs in the night. Railay is so rich with nature and the stunning sunset melted me every night. There was a lady that would play a really long horn as the sun went behind the cliffs every evening. Mitch, my sister's now husband learnt the hard way that there were a hell of a lot of mosquitos here. He passed out without repellent on the deck one evening and he was one giant mosquito the next day. Ice cream, fine cheeses and nutella crepes were all on the menu here. It's hard to get real cheese here at all so gouda was a dream come true. One of my highlights here was drinking out of a coconut with the sun setting behind me while in Tonsai. This is where you can climb the limestone cliffs which rest right near the perfect white sandy beaches. We walked through the lush jungle to get there which was a bit gruelling.
Meanwhile, the sick dog. Me and my fella were back in Krabi town eating breakfast when we saw this dog, nothing but skin and bones and seriously infectious, she collapsed ironically in front of the sign that said 'Animal Hospital 500m'. Me, Jay and this other couple really wanted to help this dog but it was a thai holiday so the hospital wasn't open. We had to take a song thaew to a private vet clinic but it was difficult to find a driver that would take us as muslims don't like dogs. They wouldn't euthanize the dog as it goes against the buddhist religion so the four of us split the cost of the dog's treatment for the next few days. When we went back the next day, the dog had apparently passed away and the other couple had received the money back. Well, it wouldn't be Thailand if you didn't get scammed out of a little bit of money. My fella noticed that while we were in the song thaew this near dead dog was wagging her tail as she felt the wind against her face. We knew that she had known happiness for that brief moment in time.