Railay is one of Thailand's most secluded and exotic paradise destinations located mid-way between the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang. This small peninsula is comprised of four main areas known as Phra Nang, West Railay, East Railay and Tonsai with each region catering for different preferences.
The only way to reach Railay is by boat at the docks of East Railay. Brushed by the glowing warm waters of the Andaman Sea, Railay is characterized by blissful, clean coastlines; dense green jungles; remarkable rock formations; and dramatic limestone cliffs. Life here is tranquil to say the least so it is certainly a great bet for those seeking a mellow and laidback atmosphere during their travels.
Things to see and do
As you reach Railay which is nothing less than postcard-perfect, lazing about on the island's heavenly beaches and taking frequent dips in the lush ocean will quickly become your main priority. However, like many other top beach destinations in Thailand, you can enjoy several entertaining activities to help you unwind just as much as relaxing on one of the world's finest beaches will. In fact, Railay will reawaken your curiosity in trying out new things and remind you of just how much you love a bit of adventure.
Flanked by intimidating but captivating cliffs, Railay is a magnet for daredevil rock climbers, primarily in the Tonsai area notorious for its sensational climbing routes. Climbing these soaring tower-like cliffs is a daring task but if you're the adventurous kind this is an activity you won't forget in a hurry; not to mention the panoramic views you'll get to see once you reach the summit. Apart from climbing, why not take the opportunity to join in on exhilarating activities like sea kayaking, diving, snorkelling, jungle trekking, elephant trekking, white-water rafting and even quad biking. Railay really does have it all!
Where to Stay?
One of the best reasons to visit Railay is actually its hotel scene which although small is complete with luxury, romantic and nature resorts that would make anyone envious. If you fancy really treating yourself, there are several options here that will allow you to do just that with prices ranging from the surprisingly affordable to all-out splurge particularly during high season (July/August/December/New Year). But be assured that the mere location of some hotels merged within Railay's stunning natural or seascape setting is simply priceless!
East Railay offers a mix of bungalows and medium-priced resorts but if you're looking for the best of the best, take yourself to West Railay which is the most glitzy part of the peninsula. Tonsai can be characterized as the backpacker's destination with its more rustic scene and accommodation that is relatively inexpensive. Phra Nang is known for its magnificent waterfronts and beachfronts and is also a popular option. Accommodation here is great and the scenery is even better!