Tips and Tricks for making the most of your time at Railay Beach
Before I even sat down and started booking all my locations for my Southeast Asia trip, Railay Beach was all I could hear. My expectations were high because most people rave about the spot, but I was disappointed. I had experienced some of the world’s most beautiful beaches the day before, but I was slightly disappointed with Railay Beach.
Need To Know: Getting To Railay Beach
There’s only one way to get to and from Railay Beach from the mainland, longtail boats. At Ao Nang Pier you can get the boat, it’s about a mile from the other pier where the ferry goes in and out of. You can purchase tickets at the main booth by the parking lot entrance in front of this restaurant. Unfortunately, the boats will only head to Railay Beach if there are about 10 people ready to leave.
Need To Know: Arriving At Railay Beach
The longtail boat ride takes about 10 mins from the pier to the beach. However, there is no dock for the boats, they will drop you off about 50m from the beach so you will have to waddle in the ocean getting in and out of the boats.
Need To Know: Railay Beach
While the beach is definitely is pretty, it didn’t excite me. To be honest, the water wasn’t as crystal clear as other beaches in Krabi, and the sand not as fine and white. The walk from one side of the beach to another is about 10 minutes long. Surrounded by huge rock formation the view was breathtaking. When I went into the water I was hit by a wave causing me to cut my foot on coral. I recommend being careful because even in the roped-off section there is coral everywhere.
Need To Know: The Town of Railay
The little beach town is fairly cute. Located on the edge of the beach there are a couple of hotels and restaurants. You enter into town through an aisle with souvenir shops, food stands, and pharmacies lined up. Most of the booths/storefronts have similar items with the pricing varying. Since Railay is a remote island, these are the only storefronts that can be accessed. I suggest definitely getting a fruit smoothie and grabbing some grub. If you’re looking for souvenirs wait until you’re back by the pier.
There was a debate on whether or not to stay in Railay Beach, however, we opted not to. There are nicer, less populated places to stay on the mainland. Plus spending wise, everything will be cheaper than on the beach too. After four hours we decided to leave.