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Railay Beach Tours

Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and backed by thick forest, the interconnected fairy-tale beaches of Railay are accessible only by boat. The four beaches—Tonsai, Phra Nang, East Railay, and West Railay—offer powder-soft white sand, clear calm waters, and a decidedly bohemian vibe perfect for those looking to get away from it all.

The Basics
While the talcum-soft sand is certainly a compelling reason to visit Railay Beach—visitors can easily find day trips by longtail boat from Phuket and Ao Nang—the other big draw is the rock climbing here. It’s considered some of the best in Thailand, especially on the rocks around Railay East, and you don’t need any special experience to try it. Guided climbing tours cater to climbers of all ability levels, including newbies.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Railay Beach is a must-visit for sun seekers and adventure travelers.
  • Don’t forget to bring a towel, swimsuit, and sun protection for time on the beach.
  • Excursions to Railay Beach can take anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Bring sturdy shoes if you plan to rock climb or hike to some of the area viewpoints.
  • Purchase sunscreen, snacks, and drinks before you arrive, as prices tend to be higher in Railay.
  • Be sure to keep your electronics and valuables in waterproof bags during the boat ride to Railay Beach.
  • Island-hopping day tours that include Railay often stop at Chicken Island, Poda Island, and Tup Island.

How to Get There
Though on the mainland, Railay Beach is only accessible by boat, either from Krabi (90 minutes) or Ao Nang (15 minutes). There are no motorized vehicles in the area, but all the points of interest can be reached on foot.

When to Get There
For the best balance of good weather and sparser crowds, plan to visit in either May or October. The dry season falls between December and April, when the beaches become busy with day trippers. September is the wettest month in this region.

Other Attractions in Railay Beach
Aside from the soft sand and limestone rocks, Railay Beach has a couple of other notable points of interest. Just to the north of Railay East sits Phra Nang Cave, also called Diamond Cave, where visitors can follow a boardwalk past glittering cave formations. Phra Nang Shrine, located at the northern end of Phra Nang Beach, has become known for the collection of carved phalluses left there by local fisherman asking safe journeys of the drowned princess the beach is said to be named for.

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Half-Day Rock-Climbing Tours at Railay Beach in Krabi, Krabi, null
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Half-Day Rock-Climbing Tours at Railay Beach in Krabi

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If you’ve never climbed before, this 4-hour introductory course is the ideal way to get yourself started! You will learn: top rope climbing, belay techniques, ...  Read more

Location: Ao Nang, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.62
Full Day Rock Climbing and Caving Tours at Railay Beach in Krabi, Krabi, Climbing
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Full Day Rock Climbing and Caving Tours at Railay Beach in Krabi

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Railay Beach's limestone cliffs are the main attraction for climbers as it is one of the top 5 destinations worldwide for outdoor sport climbing. Railay is ...  Read more

Location: Ao Nang, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.92
Rock Climbing Courses at Railay Beach in Krabi, Thailand, Climbing
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Rock Climbing Courses at Railay Beach in Krabi

Visit Thailand's original rock climbing mecca, located on the Railay Beach. Half, full or multiple-day climbing courses are offered. Spend time top-rope ...  Read more

Location: Krabi Noi, Thailand
Duration: 0.5 to 3 days

From USD $37.55
Introductory Rock Climbing at Railay Beach from Krabi, Krabi, Climbing
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Introductory Rock Climbing at Railay Beach from Krabi

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Go rock climbing at famous Railay beach, where towering limestone cliffs line the powder-white sand. During this 3.5-hour introductory class, you’ll learn top ...  Read more

Location: Krabi, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.58
Phuket to Railay Beach by Ao Nang Princess Ferry, Phuket, Climbing
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Phuket to Railay Beach by Ao Nang Princess Ferry

Travel from Phuket to Railay Beach via Ao Nang by Ao Nang Princess ferry. Meet at Rassada Pier in the southeast of Phuket Town or get picked up from your hotel ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.72
4 Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi including National Park Fees, Krabi, Ferry Services
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4 Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi including National Park Fees

Enjoy island hopping by speed boat from Krabi to the 4 paradise islands surrounding Ao Nang. Relax on unspoiled beaches of Railay and Poda Island, swim and ...  Read more

Location: Ao Nang, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.44
Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel, Krabi, Day Trips
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Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel

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Discover the most beautiful places around Railay and 4 Islands area by a big and comfortable long tail boat. This is a small group tour for up to 13-15 ...  Read more

Location: Ao Nang, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.18
Private Full-Day Speedboat Tour of Phang Nga Bay from Phuket, Phuket, Snorkeling
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Private Full-Day Speedboat Tour of Phang Nga Bay from Phuket

Explore the beauty of Phuket Islands on an 8-hour private speedboat charter. See the stunning Islands and visit the snorkeling spots, impressive limestone ...  Read more

Location: Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,264.97
Romantic Sunset Cruise from Ao Nang with BBQ Seafood Dinner, Krabi, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Romantic Sunset Cruise from Ao Nang with BBQ Seafood Dinner

Watch the sunset over Thailand's Andaman Sea coast on this 5-hour cruise from Ao Nang. Cruise around Pranang Cave, Poda Island, and Chicken Island; enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Ao Nang, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.55
Half-Day Private Rock Climbing at Railay Beach Krabi, Krabi, Sunset Cruises
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Half-Day Private Rock Climbing at Railay Beach Krabi

Railay and Tonsai Beach are considered world-class sport climbing walls, internationally renowned for their stunning sea-side views, great diversity of graded ...  Read more

Location: Ao Nang, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.69

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