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Railay Beach Krabi, Thailand

Railay Beach is in the Krabi province in southeast of Thailand. Some people spell Railay Beach as “Railey Beach”, “Railee Beach”, or even “Raylee Beach”. Near Ao Nang in Krab, it is surrounded by many small beautiful islands.

Take away food

Water taxi, LongTail Boat. Krabi

How to access to Railay Beach?

Although Railay Beach is on the mainland, it is surrounded by limestone cliffs and isn’t accessible by road. Most people get to Railay by taking a boat from either Krabi, Koh Phi Phi, or Phuket.

We arrived in Railay Beach on a beautiful day. We started from Phi Phi Islands by boat. I was excited to be on my way to the next destination and wondered what it was going to be like.

When we arrived at Railay Beach it was low tide, so the boats had to anchor about 100 metres away from the shore! So we had to jump off and carry our personal bags through the mud before starting our search for accommodation. That was going to be fun while carrying our 25 kg luggage!

Nightlife in Railay Beach

Railay Beach is not the place to go if you’re looking to party. There are plenty of other options in Thailand for that. But Railay Beach does have a small number of “chill out” style bars that are perfect for enjoying a relaxing drink by the sea.

You can watch the sunset on the West Railay before heading across to the East side, where there’s a greater selection of bars. If you keep walking north along the East side, you’ll eventually end up at the last bar. From memory, the name of that bar is “The Last Bar” so you can’t miss it!

World famous rock climbing, Railay Beach Thailand

The following day everything was peaceful. We got up the next morning and decided to go for walk. It was really different from the previous day. The mud was gone and the tide was now very close to the buildings along the East beach. We were knee deep in the water as we walked along the sidewalk.

The water were a little bit above my knees. As we can see is the rock claim up there, Now I real like this is the world famous beach for international rock claim.

While we walk pass and on the way to another side of the mountain. It have a lot of monkeys near by. So I try to walk pass quickly as possible.

Suddenly we got to the place, is the one a lot people were talking about. I very impress with stunning of the Railay Beach. As while we lay on the white sand beach enjoy saw people do kayak, so we can see some people claim up and down from the hopping mountain as well.

Railay Beach, Krabi Thailand

The most past of my enjoyable of this trip is our restaurant is in the water. It’s set up by the long tail boat. We can oder the Thai famous food or fruit salad from there and enjoy the our swim.

Or catch the long tail for sign seeing or back to The main town Krabi as well

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Photo of Longtail boat at Tonsai Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Longtail boat at Tonsai Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Koh Phi Phi is located in the Krabi Province in Southern Thailand. This time we departed from Patong Beach in Phuket. Just bought a ticket from the agency. The ticket included pick up from our hotel in Patong, and the boat trip to Koh Phi Phi.

Koh Phi Phi, also referred to simply as “Phi Phi”, is a beautiful tourist destination which consist of six islands. The largest island is Koh Phi Phi Don, which is the only inhabited island out of the six. “Koh” (sometimes spelt “Ko”) is the thai word for “Island”.

People don’t need cars on Koh Phi Phi. Walking is the main means of transport. There are a few scooters around but they’re not used in the main tourist area. On the island, it’s all about the simple life. They don’t need big condominiums or shopping malls. It’s all low-rise and mini-marts on Koh Phi Phi.

Phi Phi is a very good place to relax after a long journey from the mainland. Many bars, restaurants and Thai massage shops are around, or hire a long tail boat and visit the small islands around. Koh Phi Phi Leh is a popular island for snorkelling and day trips. One of the highlights of Phi Phi Leh is Maya Bay, a beautiful beach which was made famous by the movie “The Beach” featuring Leonardo Dicaprio.

Photo of Tonsai Bay at Koh Phi Phi Don

Tonsai Bay at Koh Phi Phi Don

Phi Phi has many accommodation options, ranging from backpackers to the luxury resorts. We stayed at Phi Phi Banyan Villa, which is one of the hotels on the Tonsai Bay side. This is the side where the boats come in and dock  at Tonsai Pier. At the front of the hotel, there was very big restaurant, and the food was delicious. This was also where we had our complimentary breakfast each morning. I also liked the idea of the hotel gym with its awesome view over Tonsai Bay.

We took a trip to Koh Phi Phi Leh, including Maya bay, on one of the long tail boats. It was shared with other tourists so it cost about 250 THB each. On the way stopped for snorkelling and sightseeing. We swam with the colourful fish. It was amazing!

Kho Phi Phi is a paradise for diving. And many companies offer to take whoever is interested to go around and show the marine life under of the ocean.

One day we walked up to the view point on the hill. It has a really spectacular view as we can see the sandy beaches on both sides of the island.

Photo of the view from the "Viewpoint" on Koh Phi Phi Don

View from the "Viewpoint" on Koh Phi Phi Don

In the afternoon we walked across to the other side of Kho Phi Phi, ordered wine and pizza, and sat on the beach while watching the sunset.

And on another night we went to watch the Thai Boxing at the Reggae Bar. It was funny to see the tourists get up and try to box each other while they were drunk. At least they get a free “bucket” of cocktails for their efforts.

Abel Tasman Coast Track in New Zealand

Photo of Onetahuit Beach in the Abel Tasman National Park

Onetahuti Beach in Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is one of New Zealand’s most popular national parks. At 22,530 hectares it’s also New Zealand’s smallest national park.

Abel Tasman National Park is located at the top of the South Island. It’s very easy to get to – it’s about a one hour drive from Nelson city.

About The Abel Tasman Coast Track

Photo of Medlands Beach in the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Medlands Beach along the Abel Tasman Coast Track

One of the main attractions in this area is the Abel Tasman Coast Track. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is a 3 – 5 day walk extending for 54.4 km around the coast of Abel Tasman National Park. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks”

The track can be walked in either direction. You can start walking from Marahau and finish at Totaranui or even further up the coast. Or you can drive or get a boat to Totaranui and walk back to Marahau. Another option is to walk part of the track and get a water taxi back, or get a water taxi to some part of the track and walk back to the start. The possibilities are endless!

Some people visit Abel Tasman National Park just for the camping. There are camping grounds all along the Coast Track and most of them are right next to a golden sand beach. Of course everything needs to be booked in advance – especially in the summer months.

Our Walk

This was the first time in my life doing a bush walk. We did 2 days of the Abel Tasman Coast Track. But it’s not really a bush walk and the track goes alongside the beautiful ocean.The temperature was fantastic for walk. Our first day was sunny but it rained on our second day. I felt great to do this track.

Photo of Onetahuti Beach in the Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Onetahuti Beach is where the water taxi dropped us off for our two day walk

We started our walk from Onetahuti Beach, near Tonga Island, and walked back to Marahau. We got an early morning water taxi from Marahau (where we parked the car). The track looked good and people kept walking past us while we took photos along the way. Some were walk in the other direction, I did not feel lonely while walking the Able Tasman track.

We stopped for our picnic lunch at Bark Bay straight after we crossed the inlet at low tide.

Photo of the tidal crossing at Bark Bay on the Abel Tasman Track

The tidal crossing at Bark Bay on the Abel Tasman Track

I lost count of how many mountains we walked over and around. Manuka trees (also called “Tea tree”) were all around all the place along the walking track. And I loved that smell of the Manuka leaf when I crush it. And it has a beautiful white flower.

The pressure of this this trip was to get to the point that we wanted to stay for the night – the Anchorage camp site. And the main challenge was to cross the huge area at Torrent Bay when the tide was low. If we missed the low tide, we would’ve had to do a detour around the estuary. Otherwise we would have no where to stay.

Luckily we made it to the Anchorage camping ground on time and set the tent up. All up, it took about 4 hours to get there from Onetahuti Beach. But of course, we stopped for lunch and swims along the way.

We wanted to have dinner on the beach. But because the wind was blowing into Anchorage bay, we decided to walk the ten minutes or so to Te Pukatea Bay which faces the other direction, so should be more sheltered. Then we made a nice dinner on the beach to celebrate my birthday.

We got up very early in the morning while the rest of the camp was still sleeping. We woke to the amazingly beautiful chorus of birds singing. It was so relaxing and was like beautiful music coming from everywhere. We’ve only heard this sound in New Zealand.

The temperature was quite cold and it started to rain, so we started our walk back to Marahau. By the time we got back, we were completely drenched. But we really enjoyed the hot pumpkin soup from the Cafe!

Pancake Rocks in New Zealand

Photo of Pancake Rocks in New Zealand

Pancake Rocks look like giant pancakes beside the ocean

Pancake Rocks is located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. They are located at Dolomite Point, near the small village of Punakaiki which is located in between Greymouth and Westport.

Not 100% sure why they’re called Pancake Rocks, but maybe it’s because they look like giant pancakes coming out of the ocean! This incredible effect to the rocks was made by the ocean, wind, and acidic rain.

Looking out to the large, wild ocean, I feel like I’m standing at the edge of the world. I feel so lucky to see this beautiful part of the earth.

Not far from the Pancake Rocks is the Punakaiki Resort. As far I can see, here is the best place to stay. Lucky we get the table for dinner, because everyone has to book early. We even saw someone being turned away not long after we booked, because they were fully booked. They had good food, good accommodation and good views.

I like the idea of the tunnel underneath the road for connections to some parts of the hotel (as the hotel is located on both sides of the highway). This accommodation was quite busy, maybe because the tour companies book it.

On the way to Pancake Rocks we drove past Greymouth, which is also beautiful. The spectacular beach was made by black and white rock, which is a change from the usual sand beaches.

Boracay Philippines

Photo of swimmers at White Beach at Boracay

At Boracay, the water is so tempting!

Boracay is a small island in the Philippines 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region.

The high season is between November to the end of May or the middle of June. The water is so  gorgeous clear and very still. Every thing is so nice. The temperature is around 30 degrees up. It’s very easy to hang around the beach all day.

This is the first time for me in Boracay, Philippines. Before I came, I had no idea what the place was going to look like. All I knew was from what friends had told me.

So now I’m here in Boracay Island. The place I can easily call paradise. I was so impressed when I arrived. I feel very comfortable with the place and I like it. It makes me feel so good and it’s very relaxing. I can’t wait to jump into the water again.

While I swim and relax in the water, the fish come and have a look and play with me. They try to nip my thumb, I feel like I’m in a fish spa! Some tourists are snorkelling. And the kids are enjoying building sand castles.

Photo of sunset at White Beach in Boracay

White Beach in Boracay, Philippines is a popular place to watch the sunset

 

Sailing around the island is great sight seeing. You can hire a sailing boat by the hour. You can also hire a scooter by the hour to take you sight seeing around the island.

Boracay Island is a very popular place for weekends, holidays, or even for honeymoons. Many couples choose Boracay for their wedding party. Therefore this place is has many hotels and accommodation options. For more information, here’s a link to help you decide where to stay in Boracay.

At night many bars are have a fire dancing show. It’s amazing to see. They even twirled their fire above my head once. It was a scary part of the show. But the result was great and everybody clapped their hands afterwards.

There are so many bars and restaurants all along at the front beach. So we don’t need to worry about where to eat. Many restaurants turn into a party bar at night. Also, some bars have live bands for those who just want to listen to the music.

If you like seafood, there is “D’talipapa”. This is the market for fresh seafood and other meats such as chicken. You can buy your fresh seafood from the market, then walk across to one of the restaurants that offer a “cooking service”. The restaurant will cook your seafood the way you want it. If you like cheap lobster, here is the place to be.

D'Talipapa Boracay,Philippines

Most filipino are of christian religion, and it’s normal to see many filipina wearing bikinis on the beach. Most of the locals speak tagalog and american english.

It was quite easy for us to get to Boracay from Malaysia. We flew from Kuala Lumpur to Clark airbase in Angeles City. Stayed at Angeles City for 2 nights, then flew to Caticlan airport. From Caticlan airport, we took the free connecting bus to the jetty and boarded the boat to Boracay.

Visa Extensions

When we arrived in the Philippines, we were issued with a tourist visa as we went through immigration. This allowed us to stay for 21 days. Immigration didn’t ask to see our outbound ticket, but we had already been asked for that at Kuala Lumpur.

If you’re an overseas tourist and you wish to stay longer in the Philippines, you can apply for a visa extension within the Philippines. It will cost around 3,000php for next 38 days. After that, you can extend for another 2 months, but at this point, you will need to pay an extra $50 US for an I-card – basically an ID card. After that 2 months is up, you can keep extending for at least 12 months. The fees tend to change a lot. Best that you check the official Philippines Immigration website for their visa extension fees. There is an immigration office in Boracay island. It’s currently located in the reception area of the Nirvana hotel, which is in between D’Talipapa and D’mall – the main shopping area.

Australia’s Best Beaches

I have to say, I love Australia. The natural environmental is great in Australia, and the oceans are no exception. Australia has the largest barrier reef in the world – the Great Barrier Reef – which is also the largest natural feature on Earth. And there are beaches all over the place in Australia. There are many top places to have a barbecue with friends and the family.

Sometimes I feel jealous of people who live in Australia. They are so lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the world.

Australia’s beaches are as beautiful as many of the best beaches around the world. Here are some of Australia’s best beaches.

Jervis Bay

Photo of Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay.

Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay has beautiful white sand and crystal clear water.

Jervis Bay is located about 2 hours drive, south of Sydney in NSW. The place is very quiet, but during holiday season it can become a little crowded, and you will need to book in advance. But it is still much quieter than Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise.

Byron Bay

Photo of Byron Bay in Australia

View to Tallow Beach at Byron Bay. Photo taken from Lighthouse Road at Cape Byron.

I love the water at Byron Bay, it’s very clear and blue. I could even see my own legs while swimming in the ocean, even though the waves were quite rough. The white sand still keeps the water very clear.

Surfers paradise

Photo of Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise is the perfect place to relax by the beach.

Located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Surfers Paradise has developed into a big city with skyscrapers all along the coast. There is plenty of hotel accommodation all around the place.  The big beautiful long beach and the sun are the main tourist attractions. It’s the perfect place for you to sun bathe and relax on a beautiful day.

Bondi Beach

Photo of Bondi Beach in Australia

Bondi Beach is one of Australia

Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches. At Bondi, you can swim, surf, eat at a cafe or restaurant, or go for a walk along the beautiful coast.

Jervis Bay, Australia

Photo of Hyams Beach in Jervis Bay.

Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay has beautiful white sand and crystal clear water.

Jervis Bay is located about 2 hours drive, south of Sydney in NSW. The place is very quiet, but during holiday season it can become a little crowded, and you will need to book in advance. But it is still much quieter than Bondi Beach and Surfers Paradise.

We went to Jervis Bay during the long weekend for the Easter holiday. At this time of the year, it is quite cold and there was a little bit of rain too. But that doesn’t matter. There’s still plenty to do.

For example, we walked a lovely track around the bay called White Sands Walk.  This track starts at Greenfields Beach and ends at beautiful Hyams Beach. The website says that it’s two kilometres long, but it felt like more than that.

In the morning, after we had breakfast, we grabbed a take away coffee from the coffee shop, then took the car to the car park/reserve at Greenfields Beach. We started walking while carrying a coffee cup in one hand. The coffee was delicious and it kept us warm.

The track passes quite a few beaches, and when we got tired or too hot, we’d just jump in for a swim.

I loved the white sand beaches and the clear blue water. The sand at Hyams Beach was so white, I even heard a kid yelling out “Look at the snow! Look at the snow!”.

And the water was so clear, I could see the fish while I was swimming. And they kept swimming with us!! I couldn’t stop taking photos while we were walking. And we had a lovely brunch at Hyams Beach General Store.

It was a good idea to do that walk, otherwise we wouldn’t have seen that many beautiful beaches if we were just driving a car along the road.

Surfers Paradise, Australia

Photo of Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast is the perfect place to relax by the beach.

Located on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Surfers Paradise has developed into a big city with skyscrapers all along the coast. There is plenty of hotel accommodation all around the place.  The big beautiful long beach and the sun are the main tourist attractions. It’s the perfect place for you to sun bathe and relax on a beautiful day.

We stayed at Surfers Paradise for a couple of days before we headed to Thailand. I was so excited to see Surfers Paradise. The sun was so strong, we made sure we were covered in sunscreen. I couldn’t wait to jump in to the water.

The heavy waves attract many surfers to this place. If you like to play with the waves I recommend that you wear very tight swimwear. Because the waves can easily tear your swimwear off if you’re not careful. It happened to me once. After that, I couldn’t stop worrying about my swimwear.

After we’d had enough swimming, we went for walk along the beach.  It took a while to find a suitable restaurant. Because there are so many, we didn’t really know what we wanted to eat. Also, the bargain clothes shops were distracting me as I walked through the shopping mall.  In the end, I had japanese sushi for lunch.

I love the city and I love the natural environment. Surfers Paradise could be the perfect place for me to live. But the world is so big and there are many nice places around, so I have to keep travelling.

Bondi Beach, Australia

Photo of Bondi Beach in Australia

Bondi Beach is one of Australia's most famous beaches.

Bondi Beach is the most popular beach in Sydney. In fact, it’s probably the most popular beach in Australia. A lot of people visit Bondi Beach each day. Visitors to Bondi Beach are from all over the world.

When we got there was quite windy. After breakfast we walked from Bondi Beach to Tamarama. This place is so awesome for me. Saw many surfers on the big waves. That was amazing for me to see, those surfers are very strong and healthy.

The walking track between Bondi Beach and Tamarama is beautiful too, because of the spectacular views. You can walk right around to Coogee Bay if you like. Many people have built their dream home in this area.

The properties at Bondi Beach are extremely expensive . Not just the rich people live at the Bondi beach, but many superstars have a house here too. Don’t be surprised if one day you bump in one of them.

Phuket

Phuket Beach, Thailand

The place you can be yourself, and you can easily find western food. Most of the restaurants have both Thai food and western food. So you don’t have to worry about going hungry.

Phuket is an island but you won’t feel like you’re on an island, as it’s so large and developed.

Phuket is the place you can see the most beautiful sunsets. Laem Promthep is a famous sunset lookout point.

Phuket’s night life is full of interesting things going on and is extremely full of fun and excitement. There are bars, shops, restaurants, and stores, all built next to each other. Bangla road is the place you can find entertainment and friends. This place never sleeps!

Street food Phuket, Thailand

13th April every year marks the Thailand new year.  You will have an unforgettable time with the Songkran festival.  

More information on Phuket: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phuket

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