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Railay Beach

Railay Beach

Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand

The Basics

While the talcum-soft sand is certainly a compelling reason to visit Railay Beach—visitors can easily find day trips by longtail boat from Phuket and Ao Nang—the other big draw is the rock climbing here. It’s considered some of the best in Thailand, especially on the rocks around Railay East, and you don’t need any special experience to try it. Guided climbing tours cater to climbers of all ability levels, including newbies.

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Phuket to Railay Beach by Ao Nang Princess Ferry
Phuket to Railay Beach by Ao Nang Princess Ferry
star-4.5
$24.70 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Nice!
Everything was ok. Pick up on the hotel and ferry. :) The support by email is good and we arrive on time.
Carolina, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Krabi

star-5
Fantastic climbing experience
Marcela517, Oct 2019
2 Days Rock Climbing Course at Railay Beach by King Climbers
This was my second time climbing in Railay beach with King Climbers. The service was excellent again, I was able to climb many routes thanks to the guidance of my climbing guide. Hope to come back sometime soon....
star-5
Fun and Amazing
RaySJ, Feb 2020
Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel
Don’t miss this fun trip. The tour guides were great and provided a relaxing and fun good time. The snorkeling and swimming locations were great and they even point out some of the wildlife. One of the guides even recorded some of the reefs for me since I could not swim deep enough (thanks Stephane!). Beginning to end this was a great tour and is easily a can’t miss trip with Thalassa Tours.
star-4
Ferry was good.
Nelson_Reggae, Nov 2019
Phuket to Railay Beach by Ao Nang Princess Ferry
Ferry was good and enjoyed the scenery from the ferry. The only thing that I would improve is the last transfer on the tail boat as these guys did not help at all with the luggage once we reached the pier. Other than that the ride was good.
star-5
Amazing Tour
mitchellferguson21, Nov 2019
Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel
Small group, great instructors and enough time to do everything needed. Would highly recommend to anyone. Even a solo traveller like myself!
star-4
Relaxing
lisaH8911GM, Oct 2019
Phuket to Railay Beach by Ao Nang Princess Ferry
Trip was overall relaxing and nice but be prepared to get off the final boat at Railay in the water with your luggage.
star-5
Good service
travel20180231, Jan 2019
Phuket to Railay Beach by Ao Nang Princess Ferry
We were picked from our hotel on time and once we reached Phuket pier everything was explained and went smoothly. Our stop was the first one, so make sure you have your bags close to you or wait to be the last one to put them with the rest of the passanger bags.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Railay Beach is a must-visit for sun seekers and adventure travelers.

  • Don’t forget to bring a towel, swimsuit, and sun protection for time on the beach.

  • Excursions to Railay Beach can take anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the option chosen.

  • Bring sturdy shoes if you plan to rock climb or hike to some of the area viewpoints.

  • Purchase sunscreen, snacks, and drinks before you arrive, as prices tend to be higher in Railay.

  • Be sure to keep your electronics and valuables in waterproof bags during the boat ride to Railay Beach.

  • Island-hopping day tours that include Railay often stop at Chicken Island, Poda Island, and Tup Island.

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How to Get There

Though on the mainland, Railay Beach is only accessible by boat, either from Krabi (90 minutes) or Ao Nang (15 minutes). There are no motorized vehicles in the area, but all the points of interest can be reached on foot.

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When to Get There

For the best balance of good weather and sparser crowds, plan to visit in either May or October. The dry season falls between December and April, when the beaches become busy with day trippers. September is the wettest month in this region.

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Other Attractions in Railay Beach

Aside from the soft sand and limestone rocks, Railay Beach has a couple of other notable points of interest. Just to the north of Railay East sits Phra Nang Cave, also called Diamond Cave, where visitors can follow a boardwalk past glittering cave formations. Phra Nang Shrine, located at the northern end of Phra Nang Beach, has become known for the collection of carved phalluses left there by local fisherman asking safe journeys of the drowned princess the beach is said to be named for.

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