Discovering the Thai Route: Day 3 – Rai Le Beach

December 10, 2013

To every yin there must be yang.

With the memory of last night's gluttony of fresh lobster, BBQ calamari and prawns, I woke at 6am, chucked on my onesie and picked up my stroke, swimming far from our cat towards a lone platform anchored off Ko Yao Noi beach.

A perfect foundation and location to practice some yoga. Standing alone, in silence, only the lapping water, a crab and some diving swallows for company – this was my kinda peace.

If the past couple of days have taught me anything; if you play hard, you work hard.

I was not the only one up with the flying fish. The bay was dotted with crews in tenders, rowing and motoring around, exploring the surrounding caves armed with snorkels and underwater cameras.

We don’t want to waste one single second of this experience.

The ocean was choppy as the sun crept over the looming mountain; the last stretch back to our yacht was exhausting. With a stomach full of seawater and numb arms I finally reached the aft deck, just in time for our daily skipper and media meeting.

“Good work Katie, you drifted far east there, we were getting worried”

Indeed the wind had picked up again over night. We had anchored on a lea shore, the radio was buzzing with skippers instructing neighboring boats to re-anchor and hold their position.

With a coffee in hand, the skippers gathered, bent over charts, discussing our route and itinerary for the day.

A skipper cleared his throat and announced,

“Ever so sorry to interrupt, but we need a cliff jump A.S.A.P.”

Everyone nodded in silent agreement as if lobbing your self off a cliff was as important as our supply of fresh water and vodka...

Another important topic on the agenda was coordinating our day party. Today was the day we anchor our yachts together in a circle radiating a central Thai long boat housing decks and our TYW DJ, Todd Van Berkel (TVB) from Melbourne Australia.

Todd has put together a sick playlist for us listing the top tunes for TYW Thailand. Listen along as you read the rest of this post.

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"It's catchy, melodic and involves lusting over a banana. It's fresh, bright and warms the musical soul.”

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"Favorite crowd-pleaser for everyone to sing along to with a perfect summer vibe feeling"

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“Everybody put your hands in the air, TJR can do no wrong with this energetic fast paced banger"

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Todd has put together a sick playlist for us listing the top tunes for TYW Thailand. Listen along as you read the rest of this post.

From Ko Yao Noi we sailed South East toward Rai Le Beach and Krabi at a bearing of 3.1'.

We arrive at Rai Le Beach, one of the locations where Hangover 2 was filmed – which seems a tad ironic today.

The beach is harbored on the mainland of Thailand in the Krabi province. Rai Le is car free – you can only get here by boat. It is ideal for anchoring in the northeast season - lucky for us! Other than a few long tail boats screaming past our yacht causing some heaving swell, the conditions were perfect!

The beach is separated into two parts by a rocky outcrop. The left beach caters to backpackers and budget travelers while the right homes more swanky up-scale resorts.

The skippers banded together and executed some impressive maneuvers harnessing our fleet together in the bay. With an insane backdrop of base jumpers and paragliders, like pirates the crew drove into the crystal clear waters, swimming to their neighbor to demolish their supply of vodka and rum.

The long tail boat was the place to be! Todd spun some wicked tunes. It was, hands down, one of the best parties I have ever been to!

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To book your own yacht and sail in Thailand this December, have a look at our Thailand information page.