Thailand Travel Blog #8: Poda Island & Railey Beach
The next day we visited Poda Island and also had a quick look at the famous Railay Beach that is just 15-minutes driving from Aonang. There are long tail taxi boats going to Poda Island and Railay Beach from 9am in the morning until late at night. So we decided to spend most of the day in the beautiful Poda Island so we left Aonang around 10am, we would’ve actually loved to come back 14:00 already, but since you have to count with 6 other people who take the same taxi as you we had to come back at the latest time possible - 16:00.
Boat Taxi Times & Cost from Aonang
8:00-00:00 West Railay Beach - 15min - 200baht 2 way per person
8:00-16:00 Poda Island - 25min - 300 baht - 2 way per person
Anyway, it was a pure pleasure being there, since it was so incredibly beautiful and the island had amazingly crystal clear blue waters that made me not want to get out of the sea. Plus it’s was hot, you can’t help but want to soak in the water most of the day! I loved the limestone cliff that reminded us the famous James Bond Island that we didn’t get to see this time, so we were happy to see something so similar to it. The downside of this island was that there was actually quite a lot of tourists, but the beach is long enough for you to find your space. There were also some monkeys on one side of the beach and there was a sign that clearly prohibited the tourists feeding them. But they were so cheeky they just started going through people’s bags to find something edible! So watch out for those, because they can also get aggressive. But if you keep your distance and your food/drink away from them, they’re harmless and cute! All in all, Poda island is a MUST when you're in Krabi, trust me! Pictures speak louder than words so have a look below..
Railay Beach or Railey Beach
Since we left Poda at 16:00 we managed to get to Railay just before the sunset around 17:00. Railay was one of the beaches I was recommended to visit when staying in Krabi. Since there are no proper roads in this area, the beaches are accessible by long tail boat taxis. Also it gives Railay a cool secluded feel. There is plenty of hotels and luxurious bungalows on this gorgeous beach and the caves with stalactites and stalagmites make this place very special. The pure white sand and shallow clear water makes Rai Leh Beach one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and I would definitely stay here couple of nights next time I’m in Krabi..