You’ve seen Railay Beach on many World/Asia’s Best Beaches lists. A rock-climbing heaven with dramatic cliffs, its coveted reputation is well-deserved. Yet, despite its undeniable beauty, Railay is only the fourth best beach in Krabi!
Railay is actually a peninsula consisting of four different beaches: West Railay Beach, East Railay Beach, Phra Nang Cave Beach and Ton Sai Beach—first three of which are within walkable distance from each other, hence I lump them together.
Most Krabi postcards are shot in West Railay Beach, which is no surprise given the many tall limestone engulfing the beach, led by the massive Thaiwand Wall as pictured below.
While West Railay Beach hogs the international spotlight, I personally like Phra Nang Cave Beach more.
Phra Nang is a relatively small beach full of sun-tanning chicks, but if you ignore the crowd for a while, you’ll come to admire the rough karst landscape which lend the beach a unique character found nowhere else in Krabi (but rather something more akin to Phang Nga Bay).
In between West Railay and Phra Nang, you will walk through East Railay Beach, which given the high tide covering the whole place, is barely a beach. There’s not many activities you can do on this coast, just a few boats docking here every now and then.
More secluded is Ton Sai Beach, which is separated from Ao Nang and Railay by jutting limestone. Free from over-development, Ton Sai’s lush greenery beach is only popular among backpackers.
Fancy a summer holiday to Railay? There are plenty of water taxis on Ao Nang (where you’re most likely going to start your trip from) charging at reasonable price, so getting to Railay or even Ton Sai should be quite easy.
What are your favorite beaches in Thailand?