Welcome to Railay


Accessible only by boat, but just a 15-minute ride from Ao Nang, the busiest parts of Railay are sandwiched between the scrappy, not good for swimming, beach of Hat Railay East and the high-end resorts and beautiful white sand of Hat Railay West and Hat Tham Phra Nang.

Railay is more crowded than it once was and sees many day trippers. Thankfully, though, it remains much less-developed than Ko Phi-Phi and if you head away from Hat Railay West and Hat Railay East the resorts disappear and the atmosphere is one of delightfully laid-back Thai-Rasta bliss.


Top experiences in Railay

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Railay activities

$23.63 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

4-Island Tour by Traditional Longtail Boat from Krabi

On this classic Island tour you will travel by traditional longtail boat to the 4 Islands closest to Krabi coast. The tour stops at Phra Nang Cave Beach. A beautiful beach on the Railay peninsula with spectacular limestone cliffs and white coral sand. Enjoy exploring Princess Cave where Princess Goddess is believed to reside and swim in the crystal clear water. Then visit popular Poda Island. Ideal for sunbathing on its white sandy beaches and snorkelling in the coral reef. Feeling hungry. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach and admire the beautiful surroundings. Continue onto Chicken Island which is divided into two parts. The island consists of steep cliffs with an amazing rock formation at one end that looks like the head of a chicken. At the other end is a beautiful beach where you can enjoy snorkelling and swimming with colourful reef fish. Feel like a stroll along the beach. We will visit Tup and Mor Islands. Small rocky islets that are connected by a sandbank at low tide, also connecting to Chicken Island. Making it ideal for a walk along the sandy banks whilst admiring the abundance of tropical fish. At high tide it's an excellent spot for snorkelling. Itinerary 07:50 - 09:00: Hotel pickup in Krabi 09:00 - 09:30: Meet the boat crew at Nopparat Thara Pier 09:30 - 09:45: Short stopover at Railay Beach to pickup other customers 09:45 - 10:15: Cruise by longtail boat to 4 Island 10:15 - 11:00: Walk along the sandbar at Tup Islets 11:00 - 11:40: Snorkel & photography at Chicken Island 11:40 - 12:40: Enjoy lunch at Poda Island 12:40 - 13:00: Continue to Railay Beach 13:00 - 14:00: Swim & relax at Pranang Cave Beach 14:00 - 15:00: Head back to Ao Nang 15:00 - 15:30: Transfer back to the hotel * The tour program is subject to change due to weather & sea conditions

$31.51 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Rock-Climbing Tours at Railay Beach in Krabi

Experience the thrill of rock climbing on the stunning limestone cliffs of Railay Beach, a world renowned destination for climbing in paradise! During this 4 hour introductory class you will be guided by an expert instructor on various climbing routes, suitable for beginner and intermediate climbers at mixed levels. We provide small group tours only with a maximum ratio of four students per instructor for your safety and enjoyment! The morning session runs from 9 am to 1 pm and the afternoon session runs from 2 pm to 6 pm. In each course you will learn top rope climbing, belay and climbing techniques, how to use the equipment and safety measures at some of the most scenic limestone outdoor climbing crags located on Railay and Phra Nang Beach.

$35.45 Outdoor Activities

krabi to Railay Beach Introductory Rock Climbing Experience

After morning pickup from your hotel in Krabi city, you’re transferred to the pier for a 20-minute long-tailed boat ride to Railay beach. After you’re fitted with all necessary equipment and receive a safety briefing at the climbing school, it’s just a short walk to the rock-climbing area. Your beginner’s lesson with a small group lasts 3.5 hours, depending on your fitness and ability. With a maximum of four students per guide, you’re ensured plenty of personalized attention as you literally learn the ropes. Watch as your instructor demonstrates top rope techniques, including how to belay with a safety knot, by climbing to the top of the route and looping the rope through a fixed anchor. Once the guide is back on the ground, it’s your turn. Rest assured that you’re secured the entire time to one end of the rope, which runs through the anchor and back down to the instructor. This belay device is fail-safe and allows your guide to keep the rope tight while you climb; if you slip or you feel tired, you can let go and be suspended safely in your harness.Along with an adventurous spirit, be sure to bring your camera to capture the views of impressive karsts above wide expanses of powder-white sand leading to Railay Bay. Enjoy provided fruit and water before getting back onboard the long-tailed boat for the return ride to the mainland and a vehicle transfer back to your hotel in Krabi.

$34 Tours & Sightseeing

Full Day Tour to 4 Islands around Krabi by Speed Boat

This is a popular day trip from Ao Nang, taking in the group of islands closest to the coast – the ones that can be seen on the horizon from the beach. The four islands are Koh Poda, Koh Gai (Chicken Island), Koh Tub and Koh Mor; and the tour also stops off at the beautiful Phra Nang Cave Beach on the Railay peninsula.Stunning limestone  and warm turquoise seas makes this tranquil laid-back place that will ensure that you will never want to leave. The cave ,on the east side of the Railay Bay is famous for its wonderful stalactities and stalagmites This beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful strips of sand in the world. Koh Poda is famous for its white beaches and turquoise water.Chicken Island is really called “Axe Island” or Koh Hua Gwan. At low tide, the boat will stop between Chicken Island with the two tiny islands of Koh Mor and Koh Tub, where you will have the opportunity to walk along the sweeping three-pronged sandbar that links the three together.Enjoy snorkeling at the island, followed by delcious lunch on the beach.

$56.72 Outdoor Activities

Full Day Rock Climbing and Caving Tours at Railay Beach in Krabi

The morning session runs from 9 am to 1 pm and you will learn top rope climbing, belay and climbing techniques, how to use the equipment and safety measures at some of the most scenic limestone outdoor climbing crags located on Railay and Phra Nang Beach. The afternoon session runs from 2pm to 6pm and you will practice your top rope climbing as well as enjoy some light trekking through the National Parks of Phra Nang and a 15 meter abseil from the famous viewpoint in Railay, looking out 150 meters above sea level! This full day tour includes water, lunch, all climbing gear and small-group climbing guides (maximum four climbers to one guide ratio.)

$19.69 Transfers & Ground Transport

Koh Lanta to Ao Nang by Ao Nang Princess Ferry

Get picked up from your hotel on Koh Lanta if it is situated near the main road from north to south. The exact pick-up time will be confirmed by email after you have made the booking. Depart from Saladan Pier in the north of Koh Lanta and cruise aboard the Ao Nang Princess ferry to Ao Nang with a short stopover at Railay Beach to pickup/drop-off other transferring guests. Get dropped off at Nopparat Thara Pier in Ao Nang from where you will be transferred to your hotel in Ao Nang, Krabi Town, Ao Nam Mao, Klong Muang and Tubkaek Beach. The transfer is operated daily in high season from November until May. To board the ferry you must show the ticket voucher on your mobile phone to the staff of Ao Nang Travel & Tour.