Rooted @ Railay Beach

One of the things that stuck out about Railay beach was the mangroves. When the tide was out, you would see the interlocking roots about the sand, and it was quite the sight. We stayed on the side of the beach with the mangroves at a nice and not too expensive resort (Bhu Nga Thani Resort), and I was reminded of a few things. God is faithful- like the tide comes in and out every day. God’s faithfulness in our life is constant and something you can depend on. Even when things look dismal, God is always working in every single moment of your life. Don’t lose hope. IMG_1024IMG_1264When the tide would go out, and the mangroves were exposed with their roots, I was pretty amazed at how twisted and intricate they were. I was reminded that the roots you have (the things that anchor you down) can make a big impact.  Often, these roots might not show on your outer surface, but these are things that keep you grounded (family, faith, friends, etc…). These mangroves didn’t get swept up by the ocean when the tide came in. I felt like God was reminding me of the importance of being “rooted” in Him.

In the end, I loved exploring and relaxing at Railay beach. Sunset was probably my favorite time of the day, as we watched from the beach the sun slowly going down in the horizon. Krabi, Thailand is definitely a place worth visiting, if you need a place for rest, relaxation, and scenic views.


travel log: railay beach, thailand

“Not all those who wander are lost.” — Tolkein

I seriously love Thailand. I think this was my 7th time back in Thailand and I love exploring new parts of this beautiful country. This time I was able to travel to Krabi, Thailand for the first time with friends this past week. I will have to post more later on our adventures, because I’m suffering from post-holiday exhaustion and need my sleep. But before I go, here’s one of my favorite photos from my trip of sunset at Railay beach. thailand-0318.jpg

beach bliss in thailand {koh nangyuan}

The most beautiful island I saw during our trip to Thailand was Koh Nangyuan. We took a longboat out there from the beach outside our hotel in Koh Tao, which cost 700 baht (21 USD) for the both of us, roundtrip. It’s a tiny island with only 1 resort/hotel. There are actually 3 small islands that are connected together by this strip of white sand. The tide was a bit high when we got there in the morning, so the connecting sand to the last island was covered in water. We saw one couple trying to get to that third island walking through the ocean with their bags held high above their heads. They seemed to make it without the luggage getting wet.

It was a pretty unique beach when you have water coming in on both sides of the sand! There were a lot of people snorkeling and scuba diving as well. You do have to pay a fee to enter this island (100 baht), and you are not allowed to bring plastic bottles with you. The food and drinks are a bit pricier at the one restaurant they have at the resort there. Also, you do have to pay for the beach chairs as well. However, it was worth the bumpy boat ride we took to get there. This would definitely be a must see place if you go to Koh Tao. I think you can take boats out here from Koh Samui as well, but it would be a much longer ride!

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snorkeling, scuba diving & sharks

This was my third trip to Thailand, but my first time to Koh Samui. We flew direct to Koh Samui from Singapore, which was around 2 hours, but pretty expensive! We stayed in Koh Samui for 1 night then took a ferry the next day to Koh Tao, another smaller island that was about 2 hours away.

Koh Tao is known for the scuba diving. There are a lot of smaller islands nearby and great beaches for snorkling and scuba diving, with lots of coral, fishes and more. Janice wanted to get her scuba diving license so that was the main reason in choosing Koh Tao! There were so many different scuba diving companies in Koh Tao. Janice used Masters Divers, which she seemed to really like.  The cost of getting your certification and other courses are apparently much cheaper in Koh Tao! Despite her attempts at persuading me to take the classes with her, I decided that my vacation would not be the time to face my fears of scuba diving (there’s a story behind my fear). I wanted to relax, read, and just spend time on the beach, which I did plenty of.

During our trip, we had a good amount of time to explore the different beaches of Koh Tao. We went to a beach called Shark Bay that had great coral and fish not too far from the shore. We had a bit of trouble actually getting to the beach because the tide was so high. Basically, we walked to this restaurant that overlooks the ocean and you need to take these stairs that lead into the ocean and swim to the beach. The woman that worked there, said this was the ONLY way to the beach. We had our bags with cameras and things we didn’t want to get wet, so we had to find another way in. After walking in circles, trying to find another path, we ended up walking through a blocked off construction site next door. We luckily saw other beach goers coming out from that way!

I enjoyed snorkeling and was hoping to see some sharks!! Unfortunately, I didn’t have any shark sitings, just a lot of fish and coral. At times, I did feel a bit nervous snorkeling by myself in the ocean, because there weren’t many people in the water and no life guards. Luckily nothing bad happened, but I guess that’s the risk you take when you go to these more secluded beaches. Overall, shark bay was a very peaceful and beautiful beach. I highly recommend checking it out, if you are in Koh Tao!

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