Railay Beach is one of the most beautiful and 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.
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 that 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.
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 silky-soft sand, clear and shallow water which is absolutely safe for swimming, coral reef, and small caves. It is also surrounded by limestone cliffs.
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 on 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.