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Escape from the world on Koh Racha Yai, Thailand
#Thailand is an amazing place. I've decided to enjoy a bit of #relaxation on this trip and managed to find the right #affordable place for that. The beaches are stunning, and sunsets are unforgettable.
When you think of Thailand, you think of clear blue waters stroking golden sands that burn your feet, along tail boat bobbing peacefully near the shore and a coconut tree or two curtaining the image. You board the plane for your dream holiday and twitch with excitement as you descend over the crystal seas of Mai Khao beach, before landing at Phuket International airport.
And then you visit Patong.
Or Kata, or any other beach that, although beautiful, is populated by others with the same dream and therefore neglects to give you that secret haven you were looking for. We all go on holiday for different reasons, and while the busier places brimming with atmosphere serve an excellent purpose, sometimes we just need a solitary slice of relaxation to really recharge our batteries. This is exactly what we found on Koh Racha Yai.
This island is much quieter than any other I’ve visited in Thailand, and as few have heard of it before reaching the island of Phuket, it is rarely factored into the holiday-maker’s itinerary. So when you’re waiting at Chalong Pier to board the 40 minute speedboat to paradise, you sort of feel like you’re in on some kind of secret while people around you are checking in to their dive boats for a day underwater. If you need a place to smugly sip coffee or have breakfast before your 9.30am ride, Dickies Lighthouse will give you this as well as great views of Chalong Bay to admire. There are two resorts on Racha Yai; The Racha and Rayaburi. We had a slightly smaller budget than what was needed for The Racha, so chose Rayaburi. Both resorts offer equally stunning views, and the picture above was taken from Siam Bay, which is Rayaburi’s main beach. You can lounge under coconut trees, sip beer from the beach front restaurant, visit the spa or explore the sea life underwater by hiring snorkels from the activity centre. Whatever you choose, the only activity that is compulsory is relaxing.
Whatever you choose, the only activity that is compulsory is relaxing
Rayaburi Hotel Patong
Phi Phi Islands & Maya Bay Tour
There are a range of rooms to choose from, depending on what you’re after; villas, 1-bedroom suits, available with a garden view or at the pool side. We chose the Chino poolside suite, and were really glad we did…
Siam Bay and the Rayaburi are north facing, while The Racha looks out towards the west. This meant we had to take a trip to the beach just in front of the second resort to catch a good sunset. Luckily, you can walk from one resort to the other in just ten minutes, and this is highly recommended unless you want to miss out on one of the most stunning scenes Thailand can offer.
As we walked back to our own resort, we gazed enviously at The Racha guests who were able to enjoy this view from an infinity pool. So that settled it; not only had we fallen in love with this island, that resort has given us a reason to head back.
not only had we fallen in love with this island, that resort has given us a reason to head back.