The minute you set your eyes on Railay, you get an impression of what to expect with its stunning views made up of jagged limestone formations jutting out of the sea, wild cliffs, clear waters and jungle backdrops. Railay is an ideal holiday destination with its laidback vibe giving you a sense of being far away from the real world.
Railay is popular for its adventure sports like rock climbing, kayaking and scuba diving. It is a world famous rock-climbing destination. But for those who just want to laze, the beach has a variety of hotels where you can sample Authentic Thai food sitting by the beach or enjoy sunset views by the pool deck while getting a thai massage.
From Railay, you can also visit the neighbouring islands of Koh Samui, Phi Phi, Maya Bay (where the movie ‘The Beach’ was shot), James Bond Island and Monkey Beach. If you would like to explore the nightlife, you can head to Krabi town which is a short boat ride away.
Getting there: From Krabi airport – By a minibus or boat to Ao Nang pier and then a 20 minute long-tail boat ride to Railay. There is no jetty in Railay; during low tide you need to walk through the shallow water to get ashore. So avoid carrying a lot of luggage as this might be difficult to carry over the water. We didn’t plan this part very well and look what happened 🙂
Where to Stay: Railay Great View & Spa – Bamboo cottages nestled between trees, an infinity pool, friendly staff, amazing views, authentic thai food and a great value for money. If you are still not convinced, the below photographs should do the trick.