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Getting there & around

The only way to get to Railay is by long-tail boat, either from Tha Kong Ka (Chao Fa) in Krabi or from the seafront at Ao Nang. Boats between Krabi and Hat Rai Leh East leave every 1½ hours from 7.45am to 6pm (100B, 45 minutes).

Boats to Hat Rai Leh West or Ton Sai (60B, 15 minutes) leave from the eastern end of the promenade at Ao Nang during daylight hours. After dark you’ll pay 100B. If seas are rough, boats leave from a sheltered cove just west of Krabi Resort in Ao Nang. You can be dropped at Hat Phra Nang or Hat Ton Sai for the same fare.

During exceptionally high seas, the boats from both Ao Nang and Krabi stop running, but you may still be able to get from Hat Rai Leh East to Ao Nam Mao (30B, 15 minutes), where you can pick up a sǎwngthǎew to Krabi or Ao Nang. Even if boats are running all the way to Ao Nang, you can expect a drenching on any boat ride during the monsoon.

From October to May, the Ao Nang Princess runs between Hat Noppharat Thara National Park headquarters and Ko Phi Phi with a stop in Hat Rai Leh West. Long-tails run out to meet the boat at around 9.15am from in front of the Sand Sea Resort; the fare from Railay is 250B.