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Railay Beach Overview

Krabi Attractions | An overview of Railay Beach of Krabi island
Rock Climbing at Railay Beach
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Railay beach is Thailand's most sought after beach areas and one of choicest place for tourists to visit. Railay beach is located south of Ao Nang Beach (about 10 minutes by boat), around a rocky headland and accessible only by boat, Railay presents a private and extraordinary world. Railay beach is also called Railey.

The beach is a genuinely superb location with golden sand against a limestone cliff backdrop.

There is a gentle atmosphere on Railay; absent are bars competing against each other with techno music. As such, the site has become a destination of choice for people trying to avoid crowds in Ao Nang and Phi-Phi. Given that's its chief attraction, more and more people are frequenting the beach, and it's only a matter of time until Railay Beach becomes equally as busy! Amongst other activities, Railay is famous for its rock climbing. This is an ideal location to watch the beautiful sunsets the beach offers.

Best time to visit is between November and April to avoid the monsoons that occur during other months. During monsoons visiting islands by boat is difficult and sometimes it is dangerous.

Beaches around Railay

Tonsai (relatively quieter than other beaches), Railay West, Railay East and Phra Nang (often referred to as the "Phra Nang Cave" beach) are nestle between towering limestone cliffs, accessible only by boat. Railay West, Phra Nang Cave Beach and Railay East beaches are connected by narrow footpaths winding around the base of the cliffs.

Railay West offers perfectly soft sand, a wide beach, informal beach restaurants, friendly locals and a tiny community of travelers.

Travellers visiting Phra Nang Cave Beach by boat are amazed by this beautiful cove. Phra Nang is more popular and busier than Railay West, especially in high tourist season during Nov- April and has all the ingredients of a perfect beach.

Tham Phra Nang Nok lies at the bottom of the cliffs and also known as Princess Cave.

Railay East, a narrow beach on the opposite side to Railay West, is home to mangroves, local fishing boats and local birds. It's also the most convenient place to find a longtail taxi boat to Krabi town and other beaches.

Along the pathway which links to Railay West are a number of small bungalows giving the feeling of a small self contained village with restaurants and convenience stores.

Interested tourists can walk to Phra Nang Beach from Railay East, which is about 15 minutes distance. Both of these beaches are connted by a path that follows the base of the cliffs bordered by few caves

Railay Beach Activities

There, tourists can enjoy a number of activities: Rock climbing is one of the most revered activity for all visiters where travelers can even take-up a number of courses (for absolute beginner to advanced climbers) on rock climbing. The most choiced activity is limestone cliff climbing. There are a number of other activities that the traveler can have fun with like Sea Kayaking, Viewpoints & More: An overview of Railay Beach.


Last Updated: 23 May 2008


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Railay Beach rock climbing instructor
Climbing progress at a Railay Beach cliff
Rock Climbing at a Railay Bay cliff tower
Limestone walls in Railay Bay Krabi