The hotel provided us with van transport to the pier. In my world, this is what is known as a beach but whatever.
The view of the resort approaching from the Sea...
Miscellaneous photos from around the property.
The view from the balcony.
Another area on the balcony.
Still on the balcony.
Arriving at Railay Beach West.
Long tail boats for hire.
The sand crabs made these beautiful patterns when they dug into the sand. It looked like fireworks exploding all over the beach.
We hiked about 45 minutes through the jungle to meet up with Caitlynne's friends. The limestone cliffs up close were incredible.
The sad face on this little guy reminded me of Sonder!
Finally, we arrived on Phra Nang Beach and it was well worth the hike. The beach was soft white sand and the water was crystal blue and so clear. We weren't in the water for very long when we saw a small sting ray and a lot of colorful fish right offshore.
In Miami, we had food trucks. On Phra Nang, there are "sandwich boats". The food was delicious (and cheap) and the beer was cold. A great time was had by all.
Back at the hotel...
Our last night - Sunset.
So, the Centara is not really accessible only by boat. There is a "walking" path called the "Monkey Trail" that connects the hotel with Ao Nang Beach (to the North). It is about a 20 minute hike - straight up and then straight down. Hikers are forewarned to take a stick along to ward off the monkeys - however, friends who have hiked the trail tell me that "beat" is probably a more accurate description than "ward". Not my cup of tea, thank you. Guests at the hotel are cautioned to keep balconies clean of any personal items (especially food!) and to keep all doors and windows closed and locked. Each morning, we could see a lot of monkeys climbing all over the roofs and balconies of the villas. We had a monkey on our balcony just as we were packing up to leave Thursday morning but he saw there was nothing for him and scampered off.
True to its name, on the beach, at the beginning of The Monkey Trail.
We had a wonderful time - good friends, good food and very relaxing. Based solely on service (which was non-existent), I don't know if I would recommend the Centara to anyone. However, its location cannot be beat and it really was a very nice resort..
Have a great Saturday!