Excerpts: Railay Beach is a small peninsula with four beautiful beaches, which offers many exciting activities. Let us look at some of those best things to do in Railay Beach.
Thailand is home to a lot of beautiful beaches in the world. One of such astonishing beaches is Railay Beach. Railay Beach is also known as the Rai Leh Beach and is a small neck of land that has four stunning beaches. Railay Beach is located in the Krabi region and is quite near to one of the most popular holiday destinations in Thailand called Ao Nang. What makes the Railay Beach more exclusive and distinctive is that are no roads, no buses and no other transports than long tail boats. There are lots of exciting and the best things to do in Railay Beach. Though, before we make you familiar with a bunch of activities that you can indulge yourself into while visiting Railay Beach, we would like to let you know how you can reach there conveniently.
Best Way to Reach the Railay Beach
It is convenient for you to reach Railay Beach via Krabi. Krabi as an international airport and is connected with many popular and easily commutable places in Thailand. Once you reach the Krabi International Airport, you can take a bus or even a boat to either Ao Nang or Krabi Town. However, there is one thing that you must keep in mind before heading towards the Krabi Town or Ao Nang. If you want to Railay Beach West, you need to reach Ao Nang, whereas if you want to visit the Railay Beach East then you need to reach the Krabi Town. Now, if you are wondering what is the difference between the Railay Beach East and Railay Beach East then let us take a look at both the places along with other places. Also, let us tell you the best things to do in Railay Beach and other nearby places around.
Railay Beach East
The eastern part of the Railay Beach is connected to the Krabi Town and is somewhat different to other parts of the beach located in the Railay Peninsula. Railay Beach East has a single and small path that leads to a few shops, fishing boats and mangroves. Though the people who love to swim would not find the eastern part of the Railay Beach very enjoyable, however, if you are not a fan of a heavy crowd during your trip to Railay Beach, you can find solace in here. Other than that, there are a few small hotels, restaurants and bars that you would love to spend.
Railay Beach West
The western part of the Railay Beach is comparatively more crowded than the eastern part of the beach. A large number of people who visit Railay Beach choose to head towards the western part of the beach. Other than that, the people who visit Ao Nang also visit the Railay Beach West, which makes it a more happening place than Railay Beach East. Here, you will find a great number of long tail boats to get onboard. Railay Beach West is quite magnificent and has a lot many limestone cliffs and small village in the background that enhances its beauty even more. Here, you would not find the environment as peaceful as there is at the western part of the Railay Beach, however, one of the best things to do in the Railay Beach West is to spectate the Dusky Leaf Monkeys that are quite common to find on the trees while having the pleasure of swimming in the crystal clear water.
Railay Viewpoint is another beautiful place to spend in while you are visiting the Railay Beach. The Railay Viewpoint will give you a sense of trekking as there is a tough climb that requires the appropriate shoes and stamina. It is quite exciting to trek to Railay Viewpoint; however, it will surely make your clothes dirty. Therefore, it is better to choose your clothes for Railay Viewpoint trekking accordingly. Once you are done with the climbing, hold your breaths because here you will get to witness such a breath-taking scene. You can watch the entire Railay Peninsula, which includes the Railay Beach East, Railay Beach West, Tonsai Beach and Railay Village from the Railay Viewpoint. This panoramic view of the entire Railay Beach is worth the tough climbing and is truly one of the best things to do in Railay Beach.
There is a small town, which is known as Railay Village. It lies in between the Railay Beach East, Railay Beach West and Phra Nang Cave Beach. Here, you will find a lot of restaurants, bars, small shops, diving schools and convenience stores to buy things to eat and drink in a moment. If you are looking to stay for a while nearby Railay Beach, the Railay Village is a good option for you.
Phra Nang Cave Beach
Phra Nang Cave Beach is another picturesque beach that has quite fascinating white sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Another thing that makes the Phra Nang Cave Beach quite captivating is the natural creations of the rock. Some of the exciting things to do in Phra Nang Cave Beach is the rock climbing, snorkelling and exploring the Phra Nang Cave. The Phra Nang Cave Beach is quite astonishing and hence, the number of tourists that visit the beach is often high. However, Phra Nang Cave Beach is fairly long and therefore, you can find a few free spots for swimming and other water activities.
The Phra Nang Cave is known as the Princess Cave and is it quite awestriking. There is a shrine inside the Princess Cave that grabs the attention of many tourists who visit the cave. The shrine inside the Princess Cave has many phallic symbols, which makes it an amazing and the most distinctive place to visit in Thailand. This is the very reason why the Princess Cave is called the ‘Penis Shrine’.
There is an interesting tale behind the shrine having a lot of phallic symbols. As per a Thai legend, there was a princess who lived in Krabi hundreds of years ago. A recluse turned her to stone on her wedding day because her husband to be and a bunch of suitors fought over her. The recluse initially wanted to settle down the conflict between them. However, when it did not work, he used his magical powers to turn everyone into stones.
Tonsai Beach Tonsai Beach is a peaceful and a lot quieter beach as compared to Railay Beach. It is located near Railay Beach and is worth your time. Snorkelling on the high tides is one of the most exciting things to do in Tonsai Beach. In addition, you can also have the pleasure of the tranquil atmosphere of the beach here. You can climb a few rocks or take up a 15 to 20 minutes of a path through the nearby jungles to reach the Diamond Cave, which is located at the north of the Railay Beach.