A Day At Railay Beach – Photo Essay

Railay Beach (also spelt Raileh or Railey and sometimes called bay) is located in the Krabi Province in Thailand and is only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off the mainland. We took the boat from Ao Nang beach for B200 return, this was a public longtail where you had to wait for the ride to be full up before leaving – I’m sure you could also hire a private boat.

IMG_0248 EDIT 2We visited Railay after being recommended to by several people, in hunt of the picture perfect beach you see in every Thailand brochure. So did we find what we were looking for?… 

We were dropped on the West Beach and as I looked around I figured we must have been dropped in the wrong place, this wasn't the pcture perfect postcard beach...

We were dropped on the West Beach and as I looked around I figured we must have been dropped in the wrong place, this wasn’t the picture perfect postcard beach I was looking for. Heading for the toilet I saw a sign for East Beach and decided to try heading there…

On The East Beach we found mangroves and muddy beaches, not what I was looking for either. Determined the day wouldn't be wasted we decided to head for the viewpoint in hope of finding our 'perfect beach'...

On The East Beach we found mangroves and muddy beaches, not what I was looking for either. Determined the day wouldn’t be wasted we decided to head for the viewpoint in hope of finding our ‘perfect beach’…

The viewpoint was a steep muddy climb and not safe for our un-practical choice of flipflops. We wandered on through a maze of stalactites following sign for Pranang Beach...

The viewpoint was a steep muddy climb and not safe for our un-practical choice of flipflops. We wandered on through a maze of stalactites following signs for Pranang Beach…

We came out on to a beach which was still showing off beautiful rock formations when I looked right and discovered....

We came out on to a beach which was still showing off beautiful rock formations when I looked right and discovered….

The Perfect Thailand BeachIMG_0313 EDIT 2 IMG_0315 EDIT 2 IMG_0304 EDIT 2 IMG_0316 EDIT 2 IMG_0362 EDIT 2 IMG_0365 EDIT 2

After some hunting we found our perfect Thailand beach, when we headed of to Railay I assumed we were going to find one beach and that would be the only beach, instead what you find is several beaches, hotel complexes and restaurants. Railay Beach is more than just a beach although you will find the perfect beach there too.

This whole area also boasts great rock climbing opportunities something I didn’t try but sure wish I had.

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