On the Waterfront Many beaches in Southern Thailand are overrun with Western travelers, but the quiet stretch of powdery sand known as Rai Lay, on Krabi Island—only accessible by boat—is an exception. Its towering limestone cliffs and tropical foliage, and the crystal-blue waters of the Andaman Sea, make this low-key hideaway a romantic alternative to places like Phuket. Where to stay? Bordered by beaches on three sides, the 26-acre Rayavadee is made up of 103 airy two-level bungalows—some set in the jungle and others overlooking Phranang Beach. At sunset, sip a coconut cocktail at the Grotto restaurant, tucked into a limestone cliff. And don’t skip the fresh food grilled by locals right on the beach: corn on the cob, chicken skewers, and chunks of pineapple.