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Railey Beach aka Hat Rai Leh, Thailand

by Andy / FarAndFurther-team

Map of Thailand with Railey Beach

Railey Beach is situated on the west coast of Thailand, near Krabi. The most convenient way to get there is to go to Ao Nang by minibus. From there it takes about 15 minutes by long tail boat to Railey.

Railey Beach consists of the West Hat Rai Leh and East Hat Rai Leh beaches. From one beach to the other there is a 10 min walk along a well marked (but not illuminated so bring a flashlight) path. The western beach is popular with middle-aged couples and families with children. The youngsters and rock climbers usually stay on the eastern beach. The best restaurants and bars are, in our opinion, on the eastern beach.

West beach

West beach (West Hat Rai Leh)

East Beach

East beach (East Hat Rai Leh)

Andy exploring a cave

Andy exploring a cave

On the peninsula there are good conditions for diving, snorkelling, paddling and other water activities. Railey is, however, best known as a world class site for rock climbing. On the impressive karst hills you find about 500 routes and the range of difficulty varies from medium to very difficult ones. On the eastern beach many climbing schools operate and they offer different level courses from beginners to "professionals".

Preparing for a climb

Preparing for a climb

Rock climbing

Rock climbing

Rock climber

Better get in shape before trying this sport...

As a speciality it is worth mentioning that some restaurants do not serve alcohol because of religious reasons. The drinks for your meal can, however, be bought from the bars nearby and the waiters willingly bring glasses and even ice to the table.

Mighty karst-formations

Mighty karst formations

Place of worship

Statue of worship in a cave

Place of worship

Colorful animistic altar

Uninvited visitor

Uninvited visitor in our hut

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