Hotels On Railay Beach Krabi
A Hidden Beach In Thailand
Many beaches in southern Thailand are overrun with tourists but the quiet stretch of powdery sand known as Rai Lay - accessible by boat from Krabi is an excepti0on. It's towering limestone cliffs and tropical foliage, and the crystal - blue waters of the Andaman Sea, make this hideaway a romantic alternative to places like Phuket. Surrounded by sheer limestone cliffs on 3 sides, Railay Beach, just south of Ao Nang, can easily be reached by local taxi boat in 15 minutes. The name ' Railay ' is supposedly an abbreviation for ' Rai Tale ' in Thai, which means 'orchard near the sea'. Isolated from the mainland Krabi, the peninsula of Railey is surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, tropical forest and cliffs. Railey is only accessible by boats. Railey is a tropical haven with real beach experience. Lined with limestone cliffs and golden sand and just 10 minutes boat ride from Ao Nang or 30 minutes from Krabi Town. A beautiful curved beach dotted by limestone cliffs and mangrove forest which provided amazing contrast to the flat blue water of the Andaman Sea. Railey has no roads, good rock climbing, beautiful beaches and once you arrive on Railey you don't need to put on your shoes until you leave!
Railay Beach is part of the mainland but is only accessible by boat. Boats from Ao Nam Mao and Krabi Town arrive and depart from the east side; boats to and from Ao Nang are on the west side. Ton Sai beach can only be reached directly from Ao Nang or Railay West and is inaccessible by boat at low tide. At this time it is possible to walk there across the rocks from Railay West.
Railay Beach consists of two bays joined at the headland in the West and East respectively. West Railay is a narrow beach with surrounding mangrove ecosystem and cliffs suitable for rock climbing. The turquoise water and long beach are highly popular amongst holiday makers for sunbathing and swimming. What has brought Railay its Fame, however, is rock climbing. Back in 1992, a French rock climber explored the cliffs thoroughly and returned home to reveal his discoveries in rock climbing circles. Since then, a great many experienced climbers have followed his footsteps to enjoy the beauty and mystery of the soaring limestone pinnacles.
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