Thailand has one of the best beaches in Asia and in the world all across its coastline and one such notable beach is the Railay Beach situated on peninsula between the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang. This beach is a haven for any quite and peaceful beach lovers. This beach is accessible only by boat as it is cut off from the mainland because of the high limestone cliffs surrounding the beach.
Railay, due to these cliffs, are also a big attraction to rock climbers and adrenaline junkies alike. Railay consist of 4 main areas named Pranang, West Railay, East Railay and Ton Sai. I had decided to stay in Railay’s West Railay in a shack for two days! I reached there by boat from Krabi in 30 minutes and the beach totally mesmerized me. The restaurants of East Railay had one of the best Thai food I’ve ever had in my short foodie life.
Ton Sai was the place I wanted to visit so badly, as it is where all the rock climbing and adventure happens and besides the adrenaline junkie in me wanted it. The cliffs were scary and massive, but once on top the splendid view and the rush make it totally worth it. There are world class instructors and equipments to help the rock climber in you to flourish. The West Railay beach is the main attraction being surrounded by cliffs on either side.
There are other adventures to experience here like beach kayaking, paragliding, parasailing and even jet skis. This destination is truly a paradise for both the adrenaline junkies and for the person who’d prefer some seclusion and serenity. The East Railay cafes and restaurants are the glitzy side of Railay and it has many souvenir shops and other some interesting stalls for tourists.
I agree this beach is not as clear and beautiful as the beaches of Phi Phi Islands, but I assure you that it will be one of the most memorable beaches in anyone’s Thailand beaches and every adrenaline junky should try conquering its massive limestone cliffs!