Railay beach is located in the province of Krabi, Thailand. To get to this hidden nirvana, you'll need to take a 15-minute boat ride from Ao Nang. After multiple visits to the peninsula, we got the opportunity to explore its beauty in all forms. We created this guide to highlight our favourite spots in Railay that you won't want to miss!
Once you arrive in Railay beach, the boat will drop you off in Railay West (see below). This part of the peninsula is where the majority of tourists stay. The resorts are quite expensive here. So we'd suggest staying in Ao Nang as it is far cheaper, and a better nightlife. Railay West is also where all the food vendors and shops are located. If you're in the mood for some magic mushrooms or cannabis, this is the place to do it! Dozens of cafes sell magic mushrooms and marijuana openly. The openness of drugs in this area is due to the remoteness of the peninsula and minimal regulation from police. Meaning, there is a very small chance of you getting caught. So, when in Thailand, right?!
Once you've explored Railay West, head over towards the inland following the signs to Railway Beach East. This area was our favourite part of Railay.
Railay Beach Viewpoint + Princess Lagoon
This is a stunning lookout that gives you panoramic views of Railay Beach. It is a little tricky to get here as you'll have to scale up rocks to reach the top. It took us about 15-20 minutes to reach the top and be sure to wear comfortable shoes as the hike up is very steep and challenging. At the top, you will have two choices to continue further up for the viewpoint or scale down for the princess lagoon. The princess lagoon is closed off warning tourists to stay off as it is hazardous ( not that it stopped most people). However, the climb requires both skills and strength and therefore not for the faint of heart ( we chickened out). The viewpoint, however, is still a breathtaking view of Railay that you cannot miss!
Princess Cave (Penis Cave) & Ao Phra Nang Beach
After finishing the hike, continue on the path towards the rocks, in just a few minutes you'll find yourself at Ao Phra Nang Beach. This beach is significantly smaller than that of the west side; however, it contains a small cave filled with phallic symbols. You can find this cave located east side of the beach. Once at Ao Phra Nang Beach, there is so much exploring to do! Dive into the crystal clear waters, sunbathe in the hot Thai sun, or explore the remarkable caves. If you arrive during low tide you’re able to walk into the Ao Phra Nang cave. If you come during high tide, you can swim over.
Rock Climbing at Ao Phra Nang Beach
Thousands of people visit this area of Thailand every year to rock-climb the beautiful limestone cliffs. There are many excursions you can book in Railay West to climb this beautiful area. If you've never rock climbed, don't hesitate to try it! There are many beginner courses and introduction excursions available.
Kayaking to Koh Rang Nok
Once on Ao Phra Nang Beach head west until you reach a large open beach area. There are a few vendors that rent out kayaks based on an hourly basis. We'd definitely recommend renting out a kayak as you'll be able to explore more of Railay and its neighbouring islands. From the beach, you can kayak out to Koh Rang Nok. These are two limestone cliffs in the middle of the water. Once you get a closer look at these cliffs, they are absolutely breathtaking! If you're feeling adventurous, you can rent kayaks out for longer and venture out to explore more of Railay.
Railay beach was by far our destination place in Thailand, a place you don’t want to miss out on. Although we stayed in Ao Nang, we ventured out to Railay as there was just so much to see and do. If you have any questions regarding Railay Beach, feel free to message us or leave us a comment below!
xoxo Four Broads