Located just south of Ao Nang Beach, Railay (or Rai Leh) Beach in Krabi is a small peninsula with four beaches. Though the area is on the peninsula, Railay feels like an island because it is accessible only by boat.
Here you will find a tropical paradise with tranquillity, gorgeous white sand beaches, aqua blue sea, incredible limestone cliffs and caves. Even if now Railay is quite developed and can be overcrowded, especially in a high season, the beach and scenery are still impressive, making Railay one of the most beautiful areas in Thailand.
Attractions in Railay
Beaches in Railay
Railay Beach is accessible only from the sea. There are actually four beaches at Railay - Tonsai, Railay West, Railay East and Ao Phra Nang (Princess Bay). These beaches are situated between towering limestone cliffs making the surrounding so spectacular. It's possible to walk between all four Railay beaches and change the scenery as every beach has its own charm.
Princess cave or Tham Phra Nang Nok is located in Ao Phra Nang beach in Railay. There are two about three or four metres deep caves next to each other featuring a large collection of carved wooden phallic symbols. It is believed that these offerings can help with fertility.
Railay is the most famous destination for rock climbing in Southern Thailand. Here you can find good climbing for both beginners and more experienced climbers. Climbing gears can be hired here.
How to get to Railay?
Boats to Railay
Railay can only be accessed by boat. Long-tail boats depart from Ao Nang and Krabi Town, making those towns the gateways to Railay Beach.
Krabi Town and Ao Nang can be reached by plane or by bus.
Buses to Krabi
There are regular bus services from Bangkok’s Southern (Sai Tai Mai) Bus Terminal to Krabi. Choose your bus from Bangkok to Krabi There are buses running to Krabi from Surat Thani (takes more than 3 hours) and from Phuket airpot. There are also minivans going from these cities and they are usually faster.
Flights to Krabi
Krabi International Airport (KBV) is served by a number of domestic (from Bangkok, Koh Samui) and international (from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Russia and few other countries seasonally) flights. Domestic flights from Bangkok to Krabi and from Koh Samui to Krabi are the easiest way to reach all destinations in Krabi province.
Weather in Railay
Railay as the rest of Krabi province has only two seasons - the wet and the dry. Weather conditions are at their best in Krabi province from November to March. From March to May the temperature rises and in April monsoonal weather usually arrives, which is expected to last until October.
For more detailed information about Railay's weather patterns during the year check Weather in Krabi.
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