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This post is part of a larger trip report from my 17 day trip to Thailand (Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Bangkok) and Hong Kong!
- Using Miles to Book Flights on American Airlines Home from Hong Kong
- Using Miles to Book Flights on Continental to Thailand
- Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort Review
- Thailand Beaches Day 1: Phi Phi Excursion
- Thailand Beaches Day 2 & 4: Railey Beach
- Thailand Beaches Day 3: Hong Island
- Massages and Dining in Ao Nang, Krabi
- Northern Thailand – First Stop Chiang Mai
- Three Day Trek and the Golden Triangle
- Spending New Years Eve in Chiang Mai
- Wandering Around Chiang Mai
- Le Meridien Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai Hotel Review
- Aloft Bangkok Hotel Review
- Temples, Activities, and Dinning in Bangkok
- Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel Review
- Things to do in Hong Kong
- A Day in Macau
Some of my favorite days in Thailand were that spent on Railey Beach! It is an island just a few miles off of Ao Nang (the main town area of Krabi) and offers some high end resorts along with a huge backpacker population. Getting to Railey Beach is super easy. You can take a long tail boat right from Ao Nang and be in Railey about 15 minutes later. The cost is 200 baht/person round-trip (roughly $8) and is well worth it.
The long tail boats to take you from Ao Nang to Railey
There is no real time table for the boats – once they have 8 people to fill the boat they go. There are two long tail operations (one at the beginning of town and one at the end of the road while in town). Make sure to grab the one at the end of the road after you enter town as it is more populated (meaning you will not have to wait to fill the boat) and their last departure back at the end of the day is 6pm (the other operator is 5pm). The boat will take you to Railey West, however, it is very easy to walk around the island and get to some other areas. What you’ll want to do is walk straight back from Railey West to Railey East (this is the walkway with food vendors and little shops). Once you get to Railey East, bang a right and you will eventually get to Phra Nang Beach.
Different locations in Railey:
- Railey West – Very nice beach, but slightly more crowded and backpacker-ish. This is where the longtail boats go in and out of, so could get a litle noisy.
- Railey East – Hardly any beach, and during high tide, no beach at all. More secluded and hotels/bungalows are slightly cheaper. You can walk to Railey West in 5 minutes though. It is also closer to Phra Nang beach where you absolutely have to/want to go. In many of the reviews people say to avoid Railey East because of the lack of beach, but that would not stop me because of the proximity of everything.
- Phra Nang Beach – Absolutely beautiful beach, with many rock climbers and long tail boats selling food right off the boat. There is only one hotel in this area (Rayavadee) and goes for about $800/night! It did look amazing and apparently it’s biggest competition is the Ritz on Krabi, but you can stay at another part of the island for about $100/night (or even as low as $30/night).
- Tonsai Bay – We attempted to walk towards this area of Railey, but we were not 100% sure were we were going and had to walk through a jungle like area where we were getting bitten up – so that ended that attempt. You can take a long tail boat from Ao Nang straight to Tonsai.