How do I even begin to describe this epic adventure?
We just checked into our hotel in Ao Nang and decided to head down to Railey East at about 7 pm since I read that there’s algae there which glows brilliant blue in the night. The bioluminescence is supposed to surround your body in “a million tiny blue lights” so we headed down despite the longboat telling us that we HAD to get back at 8 pm coz that’s when the last boat departs.
I reckon we could just pay any longboat operators hanging around to get us back at 12 am. We were going to Wing It ™ in the true spirit of ADVENTURE! =D
The trip to get into the longboat sounded the death toll for my Blackberry. To reach the longboats, you have to wade through waist high water and I wanted to Twitpic everything since I didn’t pay RM 38 for BIS international roaming for nothing. Unfortunately, everything got wet, including my friend’s bag and my Blackberry.
That’s okay we’re still going to enjoy the glowing algae! By the time we got there it was nearly dark and we were starving so we ordered food at the incredibly over-commercialized island. There are bars right on the beach and food stalls which were predominantly dominated by Caucasians.
We jumped into the water after that and went for a swim towards the elusive bioluminecent algae.
It was nowhere to be found.
I don’t know if it’s coz of the rain (we were thoroughly soaked) or the rocky seas but the algae just wasn’t there.
We finally gave up trying and decided to create our own creature instead – The Beast With Two Backs ™.
Trying to do that while in that weather is nigh impossible. The waves kept pushing us inland, the rocks lying under the beach kept cutting us, and I lost my fucking underwear.
* Watching this video is discouraged – you can’t see jackshit from the darkness
We finally gave up and just went back to the beach. No longboats in sight.
We walked to Railey East. Nope, no longboats either. We walked back to Railey West and a kind dude manning a tattoo place with dreadlocks said we could try taking the employee only longboat back – it departs at 10:30 pm.
* The soaked cigarette is still smokable, just a bit…watered down
However, there was no guarantee that we can actually get on the boat and it doesn’t stop in Ao Nang so we’ll have to take ANOTHER taxi from there.
We walked back to Railey East to play Spot The Longboat Operator ™. I reckon the game would have been fun if we were not thoroughly drenched, with no cell phones (my friend left hers at our hotel in Ao Nang and my BB died a watery death).
* The rock that thwarted our intimacy
I think we must have walked back and forth from Rai Leh East beach and Rai Leh West beach at least 7 times in vain before the same dread locked guy told us that it’ll probably would be easier just to stay here.
There are several problems though:
- I don’t have a cell phone (my BB died in the rain and waist deep water while getting on the longboat)
- We were both drenched with no towels and no change of clothes
- I lost my fucking underwear to the tides of Rai Leh
- My digicam (which is thankfully waterproof) is running very low on battery since it hasn’t been charged since I got here
- We have to go to Phi Phi Islands the next day
- I left my medication in Ao Nang FML max
Finally, we were so exhausted, wet and bearing cuts from our attempts to recreate the cocktail Sex On The Beach (or Sex In The Sea rather) that we just decided to stay on Railey. There’s a hotel called Diamond Cave Resort which goes from 2000-3000 baht (RM 200-300) per night but since is low season we managed to get a rate of 500 baht (RM 50) – a tip from the dread locked dude again.
Thankfully we had a bottle of vodka with us or else I’ll have withdrawal symptoms from the lack of GABA agonists (clue to what meds I’m taking LEGITIMATELY) – no need for a degree in particle physics for that.
We were a bit concerned about missing the boat to Phi Phi Islands the next day but we woke up super early.
I had wrung my clothes and left them to dry at the balcony but it still wasn’t dry.
It was an adventure indeed – one we dub the Rai Leh Rendezvous.
One thing about hotels in Krabi though – they’re very big on animals as towels.