Railey is generally much quieter, less restaurants and bars than Phi Phi. The east side is mud flats with some chilled out bars and restaurants, the west side is where the nice beach is - it's pretty low key.
Just got back from a week visit to Railay west beach, beautiful place, pure relaxation, love the place. Good food, decent prices, great sunset and not overcrowded.
One day we visited Phi Phi and that place is for us history. Overcrowded Maya beach and totally spoiled, don't go there. Further they took us to an overcrowded ferry terminal, definitely not a place you would like to remember. Not worth going there.
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