Railay Beach in Krabi is located just behind the big limestone moutains in Ao Nang and can only be reached by boat. Longtailboats travel between Ao Nang and Railay Beach from morning till evening, every few minutes or when ever there are at least 3 or4 people who want to go there.
The price for the boat trip is 100 Baht per person, one way. At Railay Beach you can buy the return ticket at several stalls along the beach.
Other options to get to Railay Beach by boat, is from Krabi Town or from Ao Nam Mao Bay, just around the corner from Railay East. The latter is mostly used by locals and the staff of the hotels.
The boat trip from Krabi Town is a very nice ride along the scenic coast line and you will also pass the fossil shell beach.
Between Ao Nang and Railay Beach are two other beaches: Pai Plong and Tonsai Beach. Pai Plong Beach is covered by one single 5 star hotel and can also be reached by a short walk over a small hill at the end of Ao Nang Beach.
Railay Beach was once a destination for backpackers and young people and known for it's cheap accomodation. But most of the cheap resorts have been upgraded to luxurious resorts know, mostly with swimming pool and posh restaurants so that the once lazy athmosphere has gone and the richer package tour tourists have replaced the backpackers.
Swimming Pool of Railay Bay Resort, Krabi Thailand
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While on Railay Beach, you can also visit the Diamond Cave and the Phranang Cave at Phranang Beach. If you are fit to climb, you may also want to visit the viewpoint on one of the mountains or the lagoon, inside the mountain between Railay and Phranang Beach.
Entrance to Diamond Cave at Railay East Beach, Krabi Thailand
Rock Climbing, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and swimming are the main activities for tourists on Railay Beach.