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A Hidden Beach In Thailand

Many beaches in southern Thailand are overrun with tourists but the quiet stretch of powdery sand known as Rai Lay  - accessible by boat from Krabi is an excepti0on. It's towering limestone cliffs and tropical foliage, and the crystal - blue waters of the Andaman Sea, make this hideaway a romantic alternative to places like Phuket. Surrounded by sheer limestone cliffs on 3 sides, Railay Beach, just south of Ao Nang, can easily be reached by local taxi boat in 15 minutes. The name ' Railay ' is supposedly an abbreviation for ' Rai Tale ' in Thai, which means 'orchard near the sea'. Isolated from the mainland Krabi, the peninsula of Railey is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, tropical forest and cliffs. Railey is only accessible by boats. Railey is a tropical haven with real beach experience. Lined with limestone cliffs and golden sand and just 10 minutes boat ride from Ao Nang or 30 minutes from Krabi Town. A beautiful curved beach dotted by limestone cliffs and mangrove forest which provided amazing contrast to the flat blue water of the Andaman Sea. Railey has no roads, good rock climbing, beautiful beaches and once you arrive on Railey you don't need to put on your shoes until you leave!

Railay Beach is part of the mainland but is only accessible by boat. Boats from Ao Nam Mao and Krabi Town arrive and depart from the east side; boats to and from Ao Nang are on the west side. Ton Sai beach can only be reached directly from Ao Nang or Railay West and is inaccessible by boat at low tide. At this time it is possible to walk there across the rocks from Railay West.

Railay Beach consists of two bays joined at the headland in the West and East respectively. West Railay is a narrow beach with surrounding mangrove ecosystem and cliffs suitable for rock climbing. The turquoise water and long beach are highly popular amongst holiday makers for sunbathing and swimming. What has brought Railay its Fame, however, is rock climbing. Back in 1992, a French rock climber explored the cliffs thoroughly and returned home to reveal his discoveries in rock climbing circles. Since then, a great many experienced climbers have followed his footsteps to enjoy the beauty and mystery of the soaring limestone pinnacles.

Things to do in Railay
Aside from its stunning beaches, Railay is famous for rock climbing. Ton Sai is also a climbing Mecca. Other activities in Railay include scuba diving and island tours, or simply renting a kayak and paddling along the coast. On the peninsula itself, you can visit the Phra Nang caves, or trek up to the viewpoint above Phra Nang beach.

Where to eat
There are very few independent restaurants in Railay. Almost all are attached to a resort, although all are open to outside guests. The most pleasant places to eat are, without a doubt, the open air west beach restaurants of Sand Sea, Railay Village and Railay Bay. Sunset is the most popular time, but the sound of the waves and the silhouette of the rocks is available all night.

Where to party
The wildest parties can be found on the east side of Railay near the backpacker resorts. Flyers for the night's events - which include fireshows, snake shows and live music - are handed out during the day, so it's easy to find out where everyone will be that evening. On the west beach, nightlife is more civilised with a couple of quiet beach bars, candles and tables in the sand.

Recommended Hotel On Railay Beach - All Rates Net Inclusive Of Tax - Free Breakfast And WiFi


  • Railay Village Resort & Spa

    Railay Village Resort & Spa

    The resort is entirely surrounded by limestone cliffs and only accessible by boat. We offer you a choice of bungalows, Thai and Western food restaurant and friendly service.
  • Tonsai Bay Resort Krabi

    Tonsai Bay Resort Krabi

    Situated on Tonsai Bay, Railay Beach. The real natural beautiful that you can find here. Our bungalows are surrounded by limestone cliff mountain and lush tropical garden.
  • Sunrise Tropical Resort

    Sunrise Tropical Resort

    The stunning Railay West Beach is just 5 minutes walk and 15 minutes walk to Phra Nang Beach one of the world's most beautiful beach here you will find perfect sand and crystal clear water.