Railay Beach
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West Railay, Phra Nang, and East Railay Beach make up this tranquil strip of sand. Accessible only by boat, you can easily find a secluded and peaceful spot to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the crystal clear waters. There are pursuits like cliff jumping, rock climbing, and kayaking for the more adventurous. Park yourself at a Reggae bar and sip a delightful cocktail as you watch the sunset. The dry season between November and March is the best time to visit Railay. You can take a boat from Krabi, Phuket, or Koh Phi Phi to get there. – Tripadvisor
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  • Trixie70
    Mandurah, Australia318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable stay
    We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights stay in this area of Krabi. We enjoyed the vibe. The 3 beach areas we visited were all different. Railay west was lively with the coming and going of the long tail boats, Phra Nang was quiet and even more beautiful and Tonsai Bay, a short walk over the cliff to another quiet area.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2023
  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,319 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely sea to swim
    Really nice beach with clear water, no jellyfish or anything like that in the sea. Sand is very nice in most parts. Can take a longboat for 200 Baht round trip from Ao Nang pier.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Huw T
    29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Railay...A beach amongst beaches!!!
    Stunning beach that provided us with a fantastic day. We found a lovely coffee shop and enjoyed our stay on the beach enjoying the beauty that surrounded us. Another highlight on a fantastic trip and a place I'll never forget. It is humbling to have been able to see such amazing and breathtaking sights. Thank you Thailand, the gift that keeps on giving 😁😎
    Visited June 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 May 2023
  • sanchit
    New Delhi, India3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day at Railay Beach
    A nice play to spend your day. Went their solo last June . Went to the railay boat counter and had to wait for an hour+ to get the full boat going . Advise go early to have more Co travellers . The ride on the canoe motor boat is fun . On reach walk a bit to the center of the beach for go towards the extreme end . Lot of restaurants which serve excellent delights matching the weather . You can walk to 2-3 more scenic points which I did . They are about 30-45 mins one way . The views at one point are awesome and it’s less crowded too. Evening ride gets bumpier because of the ride but it’s fun .
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Samantha M
    Oxford, United Kingdom391 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little paradise beach
    Incredible beach. Beach was soft sand, clean. And had amazing views left and right of the limestone rocks and trees. Was a place in paradise. Water was slightly green so not your picture perfect blue but still would recommend coming to railey for whoever is leaving/ coming too the krabi region. Things to note; No roads, all walking. Boat to AO Nang, taxi boat will charge 800baht for private or 100baht per person providing there is 8 people on the boat. So if you want a boat, make sure you are on the beach at the right time otherwise you can either pay up extra or wait for a while for 8 people to be ready.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Tak
    Tokyo, Japan96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Longtail boat to Railay beach
    You can go to Railay beach by longtail boat. You purchased the return ticket at the ticket office in Ao Nang. I assume that pier for the longtail boat is decided by the boat community. At this time, we got on the songthaew and went to pier near Sansai seafood restaurant. Last year, we got on the longtail boat in front of the ticket office. Railay beach is clean sand beach. There are many restaurants and shops on the street from Railay west to Railay east. There is the public bath room and you need to insert 10 THB coin or 2 x 5 THB coins when you take the bath room.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • manchester1976
    Manchester, United Kingdom298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous beach but over run with tourists and tourist boats
    We stayed in Railay beach, the beach itself is small, perfect sand, shallow, warm sea you can walk in for a good 20-40 meters. Great caves and mud patches to explore when the sea goes out. However come 9.30 everyday it’s full of noisy, petrol motored tourist long boats that pollute the sea, bringing excessive amounts of people to the small bay. There are no sun loungers and the sand is over run. However the beach remains stunning. Not great for snorkelling as not many fish. Enjoy a cocktail at sunset on a beach mat
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • 1234emma
    England, United Kingdom394 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not so good on a day, magical on a night!
    Too many boats, noisy, fumes and pollution. Lots of people visit for the day and leave at dusk, this is when the beach transforms. Spectacular, you can get a mat and a lantern and chill on the beach. There’s a walking street with bars, restaurants, shops and massages. The ferry arrives on the opposite side of the strip, not far to walk.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 December 2023
  • Wendy M
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a trip
    We stayed in Ao Nang and took the long tail boat to Railay for a day out. Lovely fine, sandy beach. Plenty of cafes and restaurants for food and drink. Beautiful scenery.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2023
  • Lea
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lush lush lush!
    Such a nice vibe here. The beach is busy but gorgeous. Lots of bars and restaurants with a cool vibe and reasonable prices. A must to visit for either a day or couple of nights. Tip - Cross over to the other side, there's a bar on the outskirts with amazing views.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
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Markus S
Vientiane, Laos2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I've visited Railay Beach multiple times because I love it. However, this time, my experience was deeply disappointing due to the incredible amount of waste. Days after jellyfish washed ashore, the smell became unbearable. It seems like no one is taking responsibility for cleaning up. We couldn't even enjoy dining at a restaurant near the shore because of the stench. It's heartbreaking to see such a beautiful natural park deteriorate, despite government policies aimed at keeping it clean. If the local government doesn't take appropriate action soon, I'm sure many travelers, including myself, will not return or recommend this place. It's sad to see that no one seems to be addressing this issue.
Written 13 April 2024
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ash234567
Buckinghamshire, UK9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Stunning location with amazing scenery. Nice friendly atmosphere although definitely more busy and polluted than in the past(we visited in 2007 and 2019). We arrived on 8th April and there were so many jellyfish that very few people were swimming in the sea. Today (11th) was the first day when we swam without worrying and only saw 1 jelly.
Written 11 April 2024
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BarbSutton
Brisbane, Australia49 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very rustic and quite dirty town. Beach is full of jelly fish so cannot swim in the sea. Perhaps it’s just a bad time of year to visit. Visited 15 years before and loved it. I will not be back. Island is very far behind in terms on environmental awareness and the use of plastic is horrendous. The municipality should hire someone to remove the hundreds of dead jelly fish from the sand each morning. There should also be warning signs up to arming swimmers of the jelly fish! Still very beautiful however the fact that one cannot swim ruins the experience.
Written 5 April 2024
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Gemma
Stansted, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Stunning beach and doable in a day trip if needed

Great food nearby

Beautiful sunsets

Make sure to visit don’t miss out on this
Written 4 April 2024
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Ashley Lyas
Dorset, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Surrounded by limestone cliffs, it’s a typical stunning Thailand picture.
The plus point is the view, the true reality is it’s packed with tourists, I would say 60-70% are back packers and the rest are staying in a few of the small resorts that surround Railay.
The other downside is the traditional longtail boat is powered by a huge diesel engine, they are so noisy!
To add to this there are literally hundreds of them constantly ferrying people back and forth onto the beach.
It’s a hugely popular destination for travellers and equally somewhere to explore other popular islands like Phi Phi, Chicken island etc.
Worth a visit but I’ve definitely been to better beaches around the world and equally enjoyed softer, quality sand.
Last note, we walk several time a day along the beach as we’re staying at a resort nearby, I’ve not yet walked along and not picked up rubbish, they need two things, Tourists to take home their rubbish and equally a number of rubbish bins to be dotted along the beach to make it easier to keep the beach clean!
Written 2 April 2024
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ebenis
Melbourne, Australia106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is a stunningly beautiful beach, and if you go early enough in the day, not so busy that you can't appreciate it. We took a longboat over and back with some quite unfriendly and unhelpful boat drivers. Beware, it is not easy to get in and out of the boats, and they will not help you! You will also likely get a bit wet, depending on tides. Swimming at Railay was great. Lots of shops to peruse as well. We did walk around to the nearby Phra Nang Beach, which was horrible. There were so many people on the walk to and at the actual beach that you could barely move.
Written 2 April 2024
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Kostie
Manchester, UK141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Better beaches in Thailand but still good to visit.

The sea was full of jellyfish and we got stung quite a bit but that’s seasonal I expect.

Nice shopping area and some decent places to eat all the same.

Worth a visit but not one of the best beaches I’ve seen in Thailand.
Written 1 April 2024
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stance150
Zurich, Switzerland4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
just been there today as a day tourist. well, if you are looking for a lot of people, lot's if jellyfish - then thats the place to go. Ah, and in our case quite unfriendly staff in the restaurant as well - no wonder with such a crowd of demanding people.
Written 31 March 2024
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V S
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Not sure what are all the over rated hypes about Railay. IMO filled with unpleasantries - from the loud annoying deafening noises from the long tails engines to the maddening crowds / tourists and really awful beaches with garbage, thrash and tons and tons of big and small jellyfish. Even the ocean is not the crystal clear. Far better beaches and oceans in Phuket esp Kata Noi. And the limestones in Palawan are far more majestic and scenic. Oh Railay - utterly a let down experience and waste of time!
Written 31 March 2024
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Adek C
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Unfortunately, it is a beautiful beach and the surrounding area, but if you stay on West Beach, which is the prettiest, you feel like you are in the middle of a construction site among excavators and construction machines, every 15 seconds you hear armageddon of boat engines at maximum power, terrible, no chance for peace and quiet. silence, no chance.
Written 24 March 2024
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