Railay (Thai: อ่าวไร่เลย์), also known as Rai Leh, is a small peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang in Thailand. It is accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. These cliffs attract rock climbers from all over the world, but the area is also popular due to its beautiful beaches and quiet relaxing atmosphere. Accommodation ranges from bungalows and medium-priced resorts in East Railay to a collection of luxury resorts focused on West Railay, though one, Rajavadee, spans both waterfronts and also has a beachfront restaurant at Ao Phra Nang. The four main areas of Railay consist of Phra Nang, West Railay, East Railay, and Ton Sai. Ton Sai caters to climbers and the backpacker set and is more rustic in character than the glitz of West Railay and the shops and restaurants of the East Railay boardwalk.
Railay beach was not severely affected by the tsunami of 26 December 2004.
East Railay Beach is the docking point for boats arriving from Krabi. The East Beach is primarily covered in dense mangroves and is unsuitable for swimming. At the northern end of the waterfront there is a commercial area along a boardwalk/promenade with many restaurants and bars and various services including a muay Thai school, and lower-priced resorts than in West Railay. Above, on the trail that leads to Ton Sai, is the Diamond Cave, which features a walkway into its depths. At the southern end of the boardwalk there is access to a public trail that meanders under overhanging limestone cliffs and provides access to Phra Nang Beach.
West Railay Beach, connected to the east side by paths through the large resorts or by trails through thin jungle cover, is the primary destination for beach-goers in Railay. The beach is flanked by high limestone cliffs on either side. Long-tail boats are available to hire for transport to Ao Nang, 15 minutes north of Railay. In addition, ferries departing Railay for Ko Phi Phi and points west including Phuket depart from the West beach. The focal point of West Railay Beach is a short promenade (walking street) lined with restaurants and shops.
What to do?
If 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 from here. Our aim is to introduce and get you to play in the place we love and if you so desire, enable you to book hotels and activities.
These pages have been set up by the various businesses which operate on Railay Beach. Railay is a very small place and with only a limited amount of accommodation and facilities, it can be tricky to get what you want.
Having lived in Railay for the last 20 years, we know all the owners and staff of the hotels. We personally go to each hotel, and make sure that the hotel and your booking are in order. If you do have any problems or questions, we are on hand to help you. If all the main hotels are full, we will do our best to find you something else.
Those who have visited Rai Lay before will probably know where they want to stay, and will find this service invaluable as a means of avoiding the hassle of being unable to get a room in high season.
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