A Secluded Wonder
Railay Beach is probably the most popular beach along Krabi’s magnificent coastline. The stunning cliffs and lush tropical jungle surrounding it provide the perfect frame for its picturesque, white-sand beaches and clear, turquoise waters.
As the sport of rock-climbing has risen in global popularity over the years, the beach has become a magnet for climbing enthusiasts looking for a tropical climbing location in which to indulge their love for the sport.
The beach is framed by sheer limestone cliffs that offer excellent climbing opportunities. These cliffs have also prevented any roads from reaching the beach, which means that the only access is by the water.
Local, long-tail boats serve as water taxis for the thousands of visitors every year that want to make the short journey from Ao Nang beach and Krabi town to experience all that the beach has to offer. The boat fee from Ao Nam Mao Pier in Krabi town is just 100 Baht per person.
Lots to Do and See at Railay Beach
Besides rock-climbing, the beach is a place for kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. There are trails through the jungle connecting both East Railay Beach and West Railay beach.
There is also a ‘Walking Street’ under the jungle canopy where strollers can walk among the food stalls and souvenir shops set up along the street.
One of the most unusual features of the beach has to be the phallic shrine that has been set up at the base of one of the cliffs. This shrine features numerous statues of phalluses, large and small. The phallus is a long tradition in Thai culture that represents both fertility and luck.
Staying on the Beach
There are numerous small resorts and hostels providing accommodations along the beach. If you’re planning on visiting Krabi during the high season of November through March and want to stay at one of these resorts, you should book your accommodations way ahead of time. The popularity of the beach means that the resorts can be booked up through the high season.
The popularity of the beach means also means that it’s very busy and noisy during the day, with long-tails and speedboats ferrying visitors to and from the beach. So, if you think that ‘seclusion’ equals ‘peace and quiet’, Railay Beach may not be the place for you.
However, if you enjoy the color and camaraderie of visitors from all over the world coming together to see a place of stunning natural beauty head for Railay Beach in the Krabi Province of Thailand.