Railay Beach is one of the most beautiful and the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. It is also known as Rai Leh, and it is a small peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang.
The whole area is a popular destination due to its amazingly beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. This is definitely a stunning place with a lush green landscape and popular limestone cliffs. The Railay Beach is accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs which are cutting off the mainland access. The cliffs are also attractive to rock climbers from all over the world. There are four main areas of Railay: East and West Railay, Phra Nang and Ton Sai. Isolated from the mainland, the peninsula of Railay is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and twisted rock. The East Railay beach is the main docking point for boats which arrive from Krabi. The beach is covered mostly in dense mangroves and is unsuitable for swimming. The East Railay is a place where medium-priced resorts and bungalows are found. The West Railay Beach is the primary destination for those who want to swim in Railay. The beach is flanked by high limestone cliffs on either side. In this area, you will find luxury resorts and a short promenade lined with quality restaurants and shops. Phra Nang Beach has a silky-soft sand, clear and shallow water which is absolutely safe fro swimming, coral reef, and small caves. It is also surrounded by limestone cliffs. At the bottom of the limestone cliffs lies the Phra Nang (Princess) cave which is famous for its wonderful stalagmites and stalactites. The cave contains a combination of large phallic symbols and offerings in the hope of increased potency and prosperity. Thon Sai is also one of the Railay Beaches you might visit. Because of the reefs and rocks close to the sand, it is not recommended for swimming in these beaches. However, visitors can enjoy sea kayaking and scuba diving in Tonsai Railay Beach. On the trail that leads to Ton Sai, is the Diamond Cave which offers a tough climb to access but once inside you can explore the dark and deep depths of a true Thailand cave!
Whether it’s rock climbing, sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling, jungle trekking, cooking, elephant trekking, white water rafting and quad biking or lazing on the beach, you can do it all (and more) in the Railay Beach.