West Railay Beach or Rayleigh - one of the most beautiful in Krabi

As a rule, it is here that tourists sail tofrom the beaches of Aonang (Krabi) or even from other provinces, such as Phuket. And this is exactly the beach in question when they say “Railay Beach” or “Railay Beach”, although the correct one, Thai pronunciation will be “Riley” or even “Rlay”. In fact, there are two beaches on the peninsula, and both of them are Railay!

West (West Railay Beach) - cupola, and the second - East (Railay Beach)- technical, so to speak. For me, West Railay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Krabi province (after Phra Nanga).

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Beach description

It is very convenient that it is in fastreach from living wintering (speech about the village of Ao Nang). The sand is plain, fine, yellowish, and in the surf there are stones, but very little. Even on a day off, there is enough space for everyone on the beach, the beach is wide. In the morning there are not too many people here, except that tourists settled in local hotels, heap in the shade of trees.

Sunset, depth and waves

The entrance to the sea is relatively fast, and the depthcomes about 10 meters from the coast. In a low tide, the opportunity to buy remains, although it will be necessary to go much further and can be a bit small. In general, the ebb well changes both the appearance and the beach's cupability.

But with West Riley there is a problem more difficult - alreadyfrom 9 o'clock in the morning a lot of boats with tourists from Ao Nang rushes to the peninsula, so there can be a lot of people on the coast in a season. Waves are only in inclement weather.

Sun beds and shade

By the way, with a shadow, like on all the beaches of Krabi, onReilly is good only in the morning and at lunch, and then you can hide from the sun only in the cafes. The beach is very open, wide and long. At low tide, the sea goes far away from the shadows and you have to choose between shelter or proximity to water.

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In terms of infrastructure, there are cafes on Volking Street, shops, a resort, several guesthouses, and a couple of serious hotels on the southern tip of the beach, to the territory of which the guards do not let in.

To reach the center of active life of the WestRiley needs to walk to the Walking Street sign (written in English in capital letters Walking Street) and go deep inside the peninsula along the path. Although it deepens - it is loudly said, it is enough to walk from a couple of tens of meters.

A hundred meters later the path turns already on East railaywhere there are also cafes, shops and housing. Approximately, somewhere, about 10 minutes to go, and on the way you will get the only water machine on the whole peninsula with cheap drinking water.

If you turn right on East Rail, then in another 10 minutes there will be a beach Pranang. West Railay is about 15 minutes walk to Ton Say.

In addition, on the beach Raleigh you can take a kayak onhire or buy a ticket for a boat to the islands. You can even swim away to Phuket, if desired. At the northern end of the beach there is a crumbling rock, which is overgrown with greenery and at first glance seems impassable. In fact, there is a hidden transition to the semi-wild Hippo Ton Sai Beach.

Houses and hotels on the beach

Top-rated by hotels in Reilly - Railay Village Resort & Spa

West Railay Beach or Rayleigh - one of the most beautiful in Krabi

and Sand Sea Resort

West Railay Beach or Rayleigh - one of the most beautiful in Krabi


These are three-star beach resorts with pools,restaurants and a well-groomed area, located in the center of the beach, right next to the sea. But these are not the only options for location. The full range of affordable housing can be viewed by clicking on the button below.

There are several resorts built and full of small ones.hotels, both on the coast and in the depths of the peninsula. The price tag for housing, food and cafes is more expensive than at the main resort. The owners enjoy the remoteness of the area and shamelessly pick up prices for everything.

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How to find the beach

You can only get to West Railay by boat, since the peninsula is separated from the rest of the land by rocks. Perhaps there are some secret paths, but usually everyone swims there with Ao Nang, Ao Nam Mao, Krabi Town, or even from Phuket.

Extreme sports in good trekking shoes walk onstones along the sea, during low tide, from Ao Nammao to East Railay, but then they still have to return by boat or stay on the peninsula waiting for the next low tide. Usually people come to live for some time in Ao Nang, from where they float, periodically, on Railay.

On the quay of Ao Nang you can buy a boat ticket.for 100 baht and swim to Reilly in 10 minutes. A return ticket also costs 100 baht (you can buy both ways at once, there is no discount). It should be borne in mind that the round trip ticket must be addressed to the same carrier, in the sense of the boat office.

For example, on Ao Nang there are two of them, they have cash registers andpiers are located at opposite ends of the beach. Nopparat also has its own boatmen, like Ao Nammao. So, if people in blue vests brought you to Reilly, then with a return ticket you do not need to get into a boat with red or striped vests - they will make you pay for the fare.

A boat from Krabi town costs 150 baht per person, withAo Nimao 80 baht, but they moor on East Rails. By the way, it is very pronounced ebbs, if you swim in a strong ebb, you have to go from boat to shore on muddy water and silt.

Longtails are sent as people accumulate -10 people. That is - you bought a ticket, sit on the bench and wait until the man in the vest starts to invite you all to the boat. On Ao Nang people always hang out more, so the boats are literally typed in 5-10 minutes, but Ao Nimmao is a rayon on the outskirts and very few people know about him, so there’s a real prospect of smoking bamboo for half an hour waiting for fellow travelers.

Beach map

Riley beaches map

Riley beaches map

West Riley Beach Map

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