These little fish are everywhere you put your head under the water! The boat drivers will also throw in peanuts, biscuits and whatever else they happen to have while you are down there, making you suddenly surrounded by hundreds of these fish! I hear they can take a nip out of you too! :o
Let the Train take the Strain
Train travel in Thailand is a very economical and easy way to get around.
We took a sleeper train over 600kms from Surat Thani into the centre of Bangkok (see the accommodation tip!) and for the equivalent of about £10 each including agents fees arrived refreshed and raring to going without having wasted any of our daytime for other activities...
We travelled in 2nd class and the journey seemed safe with plenty of authorities in evidence both on the train and at the stations - though I have heard stories that these are the ones you have to watch out for!
Although we slept quite comfortably for the majority of the journey, in the morning you were able to watch the countryside roll by and get an idea of rural life in Thailand as the train passed by. At many of the stops hawkers get on to sell delicious food and drinks for rock bottom prices and you are able to nibble away on this 'table service' at your leisure while you watch the changing scenery out of your window as the train makes its way towards its final destination...
The train arrived at the main station in Bangkok, which is right in the centre of town.
This is not the most salubrious of areas and you do have to have your wits about you - more about this on my Bangkok page...
Not bad for a tenner! :-)
Option of $450 THB by longtail boat for long rides returning about 5pm or $750 THB by speedboat for time-saver rides returning about 2 pm. Tour includes lunch, snorkelling equipments, water and hotel pickup.
Cave On East Railay
There's a cave located inland a bit from the East Railay beach. It'll probably only take you 30 minutes to go look at it, but it's just one more thing to do in this very small area.
There is the occasional sighting of large snakes in there so just keep your eyes pealed.
This island only 20/25 minute longtail ride from Ao Nang and Rai Leh had in my opinion the best sandy beaches in the area. The sand was powdery white and the views of the mainland are great and there was hardly a soul there the afternoon we arrived.
There is a place to eat there and a small resort - Poda Island Resort that offers small bungalows set away from the beach. The resort is available for walk-in guests only