2010-06-23 -- Krabi/Railay

Our second day on Railay...and the weather is still questionable. We again canceled the boat tour, and left it as a free day. I read a book by the pool, Dad walked down the beach to 'town' (like I was going to do yesterday. After lunch, Dad and I crossed one of those rocks separating beaches, only to get to the other side and not know where to go. When we crossed back and studied a map, we realized we could have just walked to 'town' (and then up the beach)....D'oh!


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/4.0, ISO 200
Map of Railay. The Rayavadee is in the light green to the left of the 'you are here' point, stretching from beach to beach. Along the dark green is a public walkway from beach to beach.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200
This is the island with a stone bridge to it at low tide. It's got a name, I just can't remember it.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/2000 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
Small island.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
Sand crabs digging a hole. The crabs would pop out and spit out some sand, creating reasonably amazing patterns. For a crab. See later for the patterns, here is the crab.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 98.0 mm; 1/2000 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
Patterns of sand balls spit out while a crab is digging a hole.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/5.7, ISO 200
Along the walk from beach to beach. We had a choice of the low route (here) or the high route (later). We aborted the low route because it was getting somewhat scary.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200
Not that the high route was any better. It was a steep climb, rope assisted in places, with some treacherous places to climb through near the end.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 23.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200
It is easy to see why Railay is a favorite for climbers.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 35.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/6.4, ISO 200



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/60 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200
On the low route, going back to the Rayavadee beach.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 85.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.6, ISO 200
The primary mode of transportation in Railay are straight boats with automobile engines sticking out the end.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II at 50.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/5.7, ISO 800
On the way to the pilots meeting, I had a couple of extension tubes with me, and stopped to smell the flowers.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II at 50.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/6.4, ISO 800
Very, very hard to figure out which one I like better.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II at 50.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/6.4, ISO 800
Though I gave this one all five stars; the two before this only got four stars.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 2 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800
Now after the pilots meeting, on the way to dinner. The moon just peeking from behind one of the cliffs, throwing a bit of light on a bungalo at Rayavadee.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/15 sec, f/2.7, ISO 800
At dinner, the silverware and placemat; the handles (all metal) are shaped into sticks, and the placemat is woven metal (ok, not actually woven, but it looks that way).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 25 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400
After dinner, the cliffs with the goddess cave.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 10 sec, f/5.7, ISO 800
Rayavadee did a great job at lighting the cliffs.



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