Better to stay a night either in Krabi Town, Ao Nam Mao or Ao Nang. Not worth to spend the amount on a Longtail Boat to Railay in the evening as there isn't too much going on there after nightfall anyway. Further, you could get some supplies before heading over as it will be cheaper.
Tip: If your hotel is on Railay East stay in Krabi Town or Ao Nam Mao. If In Railay West, stay in Ao Nang. It's more straight forward that way so you save time and money on transfer as well as walking too far a distance to check-in.
Any can help I need boat to get out from railay by 530am to catch my flight at 755am.
For both #3 & #4 you are looking at about 2000 - 3000 baht for an after hours transfer as you will be hiring the whole boat.
For the early departure you should really think about leaving the evening prior as a 5am departure could be unreliable.
Happy & safe travels
Hi SteveMUC and WeistoOoi. Not sure if this help. I have just booked the Railay Bay Resort located in Railay West Beach together with the transfer service, which will cost me BHT1,500 (after hours charge) which will be good for a group of 6 people maximum. The normal hour transfer will charge BHT 1,200. The confirmation message : "transfer service from Krabi Airport to the resort also confirmed accordingly, please find your name on the hotel signboard inside the main building and then our airport representative will show you the van directly." I book with http://www.krabi-railaybay.com. but note that it is the first time I book with this site.
Your plans sound great! We just returned from the Railay Bay Resort on WEST Beach as that is what was recommended time and again and it was the best decision to stay on the west side. To schedule transportation in advance is the way to go! You will be taken care of from the time you arrive to the time you are transported to the island and to the check in and back. No worries.
Even if the boat arrives on the east side which is not as pretty and busy with boats and shops, the west side is only a short distance and is lovely, scenic, more open, great dining and access to the whole beach. You'll love it! It was our favorite place to stay on the islands. Try kayaking before sunset in the west bay! You may be all alone out amongst the water and cliffs. Lovely. If you can upgrade your room at Railay Bay Resort to one of the cottages near the pool, you'll be happiest with the view and proximity to spa, restaurant and pool. Lovely. If the resort folks tell you there are no boats going out due to the weather.....get up before 9 and look out yourself for clear weather and you will on'y miss this opportunity just becasue the resort folks don't believe the weather will be good enough. It was a strange occurrence for us for 3 days of fine weather and great adventures!
Confirm your departure the evening before and ask what time to meet in the lobby to go to your boat in time for your departure. No worries! Enjoy.
You always have to consider the tides, as well. It's not easy to get a boat during low tides, you have to walk a long distance through ankle deep water and probably carry your luggage. High and low tides time is changing every day and tide levels are subject to the moon phase.
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