OP here again.
Thanks for all the good answers. It looks like I'll have stuff to do in Krabi - rock climbing, deep water soloing, kayaking, at least one island boat tour. Seems like it was a good choice to spend only one night in Ao Nang and the other five on Railay itself. >>1527017
It's not the other white tourists I'm bother by (I'm a clumsy white tourist from Ukraine), it's the loud noise and huge masses of people. Those photos of Maya Beach on the Phi Phi island, packed full of crowds from end to end, were really horrifying to me. Hell is other people. And the nonstop motor noise of those longtail boats must be awful.
Yes, I know it's tourist season in Thailand and I don't expect any instagram-empty beaches or "off the beaten track" places (everything beautiful in Thailand is on the tourist track already) but the less crowds the better. Doesn't matter if they're natives or tourists.>>1527250
We did consider Ko Lanta, but heard so many mixed reviews (some said it's amazing, others that it's boring and polluted) that we decided on Railay instead. Even if everything about the beach sucks, at least there's those stunning limestone cliffs and non-beach activities. We might do Ko Lanta as a one-night trip at the end, though.
It's also that my travel mates are very "basic bitch" normies and wanted a well-known location. OMG, WE HAVE TO SEE PHUKET OR SAMUI OR KRABI!!! At least, I vetoed their moronic idea to "stay in Bangkok and go clubbing" in the trip's second half, and instead booked us a week in Pai and the northern highlands.
Temples and motorcycle roadtrips > lying on some beach like a grounded whale