Commonly called Railay Beach, Railay is in fact a peninsula located a 10-minute’s long-tail boat ride south of Ao Nang, the prime resort town in Krabi Province. Railay is an intriguing place due to its remoteness, and to the fact it can only be accessed by boat. The land access is technically impossible because of the huge limestone cliffs that effectively cut off this exotic paradise from the rest of the mainland.
Railay Peninsula hosts four beaches a walking distance from each other: Railay Beach West and East, Phra Nang Beach, and Tonsai Beach; the latter can be reached on foot from Railay Beach West only at low tide. Each of them has their own assets. Most Railay hotels are located in the central part of the headland just a stroll away from the beaches, except for Tonsai Beach which is on the side of the peninsula, and has its own accommodation choices.