Railay West, Phra Nang Cave Beach, Tonsai Beach, Railay East
Accessible only from the sea, Railay's four beaches Tonsai, Railay West, Railay East and Phra Nang are situated between towering limestone cliffs. Railay West is one of the south of Thailand's most impressive, atmospheric and beautiful beaches and is outstanding any time of day (or night). It's possible to walk between these beaches to compare and contrast their attractions.
Phra Nang is not as developed as the others and has silky-soft sand while Railay East can seem a little rough but is nevertheless the centre of nightlife in the area. Don't believe the (sometimes crooked) boatmen who say that you can't reach Tonsai on foot. You can, through the jungle.Read More
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Phra Nang Beach (not to be confused with nearby Ao Nang) is the southern strip of sand in Railay Bay. With 450 metres in length, and reachable in a mere 20-minute long-tail boat trip directly from Ao Nang, or by foot from Railay East (about 10-minute walk) if you are already on the peninsula, it is more popular and busier than Railay West during high season (Nov- April). Phra Nang is a great beach to simply hang out. Just offshore, is a tiny island which you can walk to at low tide along a sand bar and go snorkeling. Read More...
Railay West offers perfect soft sand, a wide beach, informal beach restaurants, friendly locals and a tiny community of travellers who just can't seem to leave. At sunset the beach is a hive of activity with boats arriving and departing, impromptu games of football and takraw (volleyball played with the feet) and people taking a stroll. The beach faces west, so its a great place to just sit and watch the stunning tropical sunset framed by limestone cliffs. Read More...
Railay East is a narrow beach and home to mangroves, local fishing boats and many birds. It's also the most convenient place to find a long-tail taxi boat to Krabi Town and other beaches. A cement footpath has been built all along the beach and even further south, as it carries on two kilometres after The Last Bar - the previous end of the beach. It is a great addition for jogging or strolling. A new bar & restaurant name Tew Lay, has been built on this path.
A few local restaurants line the beach, providing welcome shade and a drink while you wait for your boat. At night Read More...