Railay, Krabi, Thailand

Railay or Rai Leh is a small peninsula located between the Thai cities of Krabi and Ao Nang in Krabi province. It is accessible only by boat (longtrail) by virtue of the high limestone cliffs that isolate it from the mainland. Small wooden motorboats commute regularly between Krabi and Railay, capable of carrying a dozen of people, the journey takes 40 minutes; in the Andaman Sea. The arrival on-site is very beautiful with the green rocky peaks which surround the bay. Thanks to its cliffs, the place is known worldwide for being an ideal site for climbing. You can also climb by yourself from the rocks to the South West for accessing a lagoon but it is rather dangerous. Also famous for its beaches Phra Nang (often regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world) and Railay Bay West. You can also see monkeys on the spot. You will find a cave on Phra Nang beach with statue and little special offerings because it’s carved male gender in wood in all the colors for the God of fertility.

Tips

If you decide to stay in Railay, you will find everything what the tourist needs: restaurants, bars, shops, spots type snack bar on the beach, everything is there. To the East of the peninsula, the beach is not passable and serves only to boats, but it is there that we find all cheap hotels, restaurants and bars.
Be sure that tourists here are mostly young people then you must expect noisy nights.
You can also rent kayaks and make excursions to the nearby islands.
The water is green and transparent, and you can swim quietly; there are no rocks or algae or jellyfish.

Ko Lipe, Adang-Rawi, Thailand

Koh Lipe or Ko Lipe is a small island in the Adang-Rawi archipelago of the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand. The Thai name means ‘Paper Island’. The island is located at the border of the Tarutao National Park, to the immediate south of the larger islands Koh Adang and Koh Rawi, 50 km from Koh Tarutao. The original population of the island are the Chao Leh, also called Sea Gypsies who still live on the island. They have dark skin and are very typical. They often live in a rudimentary way in the center of the island. We find three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Sunrise Beach and Pattaya Beach. With its clear and calm water, 25% of species of tropical fish of the world are in the region, there are wide varieties of fish in the coral just meters deep near the beaches. For a long time, only a few adventurous tourists came to the island. Today, tourism is becoming a mass that threatens the area and assumes tourist constructions and projects.

Tips

The island is accessible only by ferry from Langkawi Pulau or Pak Bara. There is no pier so the ferry drops anchor near the beaches and you must reach the coast on foot or by long-tail boat.
On the island there are no cars and the only modes of transport are walking and motorcycle taxi. As the island is small, it is possible to walk around on foot in just over an hour.
If you like scuba diving, there are several sites and dive shops and people that organize boat trips.

The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

The Forbidden City, or Palace Museum (the former Palace for Chinese), is the imperial palace in the center of the Beijing Imperial City whose construction was ordered by Yongle, third emperor of the Ming Dynasty; conducted between 1406 and 1420. The palace covers 72 hectares including 50 hectares of gardens and is one of the best preserved in China. Abroad, its name Forbidden City is the most common because as it was the residence of Chinese emperors and their families and servants, the public could not enter. It was like a real city and they only came out of the enclosure in very rare occasions. The palace has a wall 10 meters high and 6 meters wide, surrounded by a moat, which is accessed by four doors; being Wumen the most important because it is a central building with two floors and nine intercolumniations front. 24 emperors lived there. The palace has a courtyard and an outdoor with a lazy river. The city was opened to the public in 1924 and today is one of the most visited places in China and it houses the Old Palace; the largest museum of China and is a World Heritage Site since 1987, it has had many renovations and work continues.

Tips

You can get there by subway.
The Forbidden City was protected from mass trade so you will find just arranged spaces for the sale of souvenirs and light snacks. You can also plan to do a picnic.
There are many free exhibitions and other paid ones so depending on what you want to see, you must calculate to visit it for a half day or a full day. It’s better to inform you before not to be disappointed because it is very large and there are always too many people.