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Railay (Rai Leh)

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Country rank: 12 out of 49 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Krabi Province


Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: November to March (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Krabi (Check Flights)


"The climber's haven"

Railay (Rai Leh) Tourism

Accessible just by boat, this peninsula of limestone crags is a beautiful destination for a laid-back rest in the middle of your Thailand holiday. An absolute best for rock climbers, Railay is a one-of-a-kind spot for active diving, kayaking and rock climbing; as well as just relax at your resort.

Surrounded by karst cliffs, Railay, also pronounced as Rai-Leh, is rimmed by four beaches on it's sides, making you feel like you're actually on an island. It is known as one of the greatest rock climbing destinations in the world with many limestone cliffs and caves. You can choose from the several rock climbing schoold operating around here. It has tranquil white sand beaches where you can just laze around if you're not the adventurous kind. Railay is known to have no particular roads, only footpaths, making it a hassle-free land. The locals here only include resort staff and rock climbing school staff, hence travellers can come to Railay to meet other travellers and have an extraordinary time.

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Railay has a great nightlife. From relaxing around good Bob Marley music in East Railay to crazy full moon and black moon parties in West Railay, everyone can choose their own niche. Joy Beach Bar in Railay East serves some of the best cocktails in Thailand. Skunk Bar and Tew Lay Bar are known for its peaceful atmosphere and gentle Reggae music. On the beaches of Railay west, there are many impromptu beach parties and fire dancing until the sun rises.

Railay isn't especially known as a shopping destination, but there are some places you can head to. Railay West is a little more expensive than the east. In Railay East, you can find many small vendors selling hippy things like beads, slippers, and other beach gear like frisbees and bags. Railay West has the Walking Street with a range of shops, restaurants, bars and massage parlours.

All the major cards are accepted at most resorts and restaurants. The local vendors and the rock climbing schools might only accept cash. So it is advisable to carry some Baht with yourself when you're around.

There is a currency booth exchange at walking street and many ATMs there too. Some resorts also have ATMs inside them. You can exchange your money at these, or get it done from Bangkok before coming to Railay.

A daily budget of 1,200-1,400 Baht is appropriate for Railay, including food, entertainment costs like rock climbing and alcohol.

The major religion of Railay is Buddhism.

Railay is very relaxed when it comes to attire and customs because there are no other locals here besides the hotel staff and rock climbing school staff. You can wear bikins at the beach freely and shorts around town too. Tipping is not generally expected, but it is highly appreciated towards good service.

Language is not a problem in Railay as all the hotel and resort staff speak English. Some rock climbing school staff might not know English that well, but it shouldnt be a problem as the main managers will understand.

Railay has many eateries and resort restaurants in both, Railay East and West. West has more expensive choices like Flame Tree which is the most popular. If you're on a budget, the stalls around Railay East and the walking street of Railay West should do the work. These stalls sell some delicious chicken skewers, kebabs and rotis. Other inexpensive restaurants in Railay East are Mom's Kitchen and Phra Nnag Cuisine.

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The only way to get to Railay is by a boat from either of these places: Ao Nang, Krabi, Ko Lanta, Ko Phi Phi or Phuket town. (Read More)

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