Krabi, located in southern Thailand, is known for its limestone karsts and idyllic beaches.
The mention of “Railay Beach” in the title might have you thinking “OH ANOTHER BEACH IN KRABI AGAIN”. If you are already jaded by beaches, fret not! Forget about what you can typically do at a beach – swim, suntan and snorkel. Railay Beach offers you BEYOND THAT. If being a beach bum or engaging in water activities aren’t your cups of tea, you will find yourself reveling in the land activities you can do here! Adventure awaits 😉
Info nugget: Railay is accessible only by boat. Two-way longtail boat tickets from Ao Nang cost 200 baht/person (approx. S$8).
Yes Railay is unquestionably touristy with hordes of tourists especially during high season, but no that is not a compelling reason to stop you. Here’s why.
REASON #1: (REAL) ROCK CLIMBING
Rated #1 of things to do in Railay beach on Trip Advisor! And nope, you won’t be climbing those man-made rock walls but instead cliffs and rocks which Railay is famous for. This takes minimally half a day and they cater to climbers of all levels. In the mood to activate your arm strength and be rewarded with unparalleled views from wherever you are up there? Joining a rock climbing course here might just be the best decision for you.
REASON #2: (FREE) CLIMBING UP TO RAILAY VIEW POINT
Look out for this sign which is the start point of the climb (to get here, walk towards Railay East)
Start of the climb
View from the top (I)
View from the top (II)
“Do something that scares you everyday”.
For those who enjoy going off the beaten track, this would be a short but perfect mini adventure! The path may look treacherous right from the starting point – immediate, steep, continuous ascent with a dangling rope (sounds scary right!). I had second thoughts but decided to risk it anyway and it was PURE FUN all the way up.
Don’t worry about getting lost! Just follow where the rope leads and you won’t go wrong. You’ll reach a point with a sign – go left to Railay View Point and go right to the Lagoon. Reaching the View Point will take around 15-30 minutes depending on your fitness. Great view up there makes it worthwhile! 🙂
Tip: Use the big branches as support or to pull yourself up; they are much more useful than the slippery rope.
REASON #3: DREAM-LIKE SPOTS (& A CHANCE TO EAT ON A TREETOP!)
Featuring my cute Dad crossing over
If climbing isn’t your thing, and chilling is what you prefer, Railay Beach offers quite a number of cafes and bars for you to laze and simply do nothing. Lazy people rejoice!
All the way at the end of the stretch tucks Tew Lay Bar which exudes paradise-like vibes. Hammocks, cushions and even a tree-top seat. No matter the seat picked, the view remains gorgeous. The photos above say it all.
ADDITIONAL: WALK TO PHRA NANG CAVE BEACH
Also known as Princess Cave Beach, this can be easily reached by walking towards Railay East! Since you are already at Railay, why not? 🙂 We absolutely loved the alluring beauty of Phra Nang Cave Beach, with inviting waters you can swim in and a limestone cave you can venture.
Penises in all kinds of shapes and colors – related to the legend of the sea Princess
Walk further in and you’ll get to explore the inside of a limestone cave!
Climb up the rocks to get even closer!
Anyway, the Krabi 4 islands day tour covers Phra Nang Cave Beach and I totally recommend booking this tour through Klook (click here for more info) because 1) It saves the hassle of finding a tour operator over there, 2) It is CHEAPER than any other prices I saw and 3) The entire experience was seamless – from the booking process to the pick-up and drop-off. Thank you Klook!! 🙂
Railay Beach’s worth going because there is something for everyone – the beach bum, the adventurous, the cafes/bars hoppers. All against the stunning backdrop of massive limestone cliffs, soft white sand and the emerald expanse of the Andaman Sea.