Tambon Ao Nang, Thailand
Excuse me, for what you may call a mistake in the spelling above, but I wanted to play with the use of the word Railey, as in Railey Beach. The saying really just hovers in your mind every step you make in Ao Nang, it’s a really mix of finding hidden beauty amongst the hoards. The place is tacky. With names such as ‘Better Bar’ and ‘Cheap Cheap Restaurant’, it doesn’t fill you with a confidence of sophistication. Each bar, many filled with single middle aged men and packs of pre-university groups offer not much to the more ‘cultured tourist’. However, despite the amount of tourism, we still managed to have a receptionist that not only couldn’t understand English, but seemed to not even understand life. Getting out in a longboat to the neighbouring Railey Beach demonstrates the beauty that everyone of us would appreciate, crystal clear waters and powder sand. Sadly, this paradise feel only lasts an hour in the early morning before the pre-mentioned hoards invade. It’s worth a trip, maybe even an overnight just to get out at sunrise and enjoy the tranquility. Overall, Ao Nang didn’t offer much in terms of enlightenment, just a continued reminder that in the future, sights such as these need a higher control to contain the beauty, not turn it into the equivalent of an outdoor adult Butlins. Other Mentions: – Massage places advertise outside via colour coding their many staff members; they all look the same so I suggest you just go with your favourite colour – A normal form of transportation on the beach of East Railey Beach is a tractor, they use this and a trailer to offload people into the ocean – If a pizza advertised as ‘BBQ Pollo’ translated as ‘Chicken BBQ’ appears on the menu, take a good look at the ingredients, it’s ironically vegetarian.