Ao Nang, Thailand

Rai Leh (Railay) Peninsula


Main Areas

Rai Leh is a small peninsula cut off from the mainland by limestone mountains. The main areas on the peninsula are Phra Nang, Rai Leh East, Rai Leh West and Ton Sai. Rai Leh is a pedestrian's dream, as there are no paved roads and therefore no cars and the likes. Furthermore, the uneven bumpy walkways even makes bicycles impractical. It's a 5-10 minute walk between any of these main areas except Ton Sai, which is a longer hike through the jungle.

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Phra Nang
Phra Nang (shown as Phra Nang Cave Beach in the local maps) is a fine white sandy beach located on the southern tip of the Rai Leh peninsula. A lovely and one of the finest beaches in Thailand but can get crowded and busy, especially during the high tourist season. However, it still (thankfully) lacks all things of a spoiled beach such as pollution, traffic, noise, over-enthusiastic hawkers, jet-skis and lager louts.

Phra Nang Beach by kallerna

The beach has a jaw-dropping scenery with massive cliffs framing each end. It's an excellent swimming beach and a great place to spend a lazy or not-so-lazy day. Other things you could do here include having a massage, eat a delicious barbeque cooked on the beach and salad lunch, have a cold drink and if daring enough, maybe jump off the cilffs into the water.

Rai Leh West
Rai Leh West is fine sandy white beach with shallow waters and where most long-tail boats from Ao Nang
arrive. The north end of the beach is great for swimming while thee south end is okay but a little rocky under the water. Idling on the beach whilst watching the antics of the rock climbers scaling the surrounding cliffs is about as relaxing an experience as can be found anywhere. Accommodations here are in the mid to high-end range.

This beach is especially beautiful after sunset, when the silhouetted surrounding rock-faces give the place a totally unique and almost supernatural look. After sunset the beach starts to empty and by midnight is almost deserted, except for the occasional skinny-dippers at the northern end of the beach, where there are no resorts and so no people around.

Beach at Rai Leh West by kallerna

Rai Leh East
Rai Leh East is the mangrove side of the peninsula and used by long-tails sailing to and from Krabi Town. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and mid-range to budget accommodations here. However, Rai Leh East is not a good place for swimming or sunbathing.

Ton Sai
Ton Sai is a cove around the corner from Rai Leh West, where rock climbers and backpackers hang out in cheap accommodation and practice rock climbing.

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