Thailand is famous for its beautiful islands. However, one of the ultimate Thai island experiences can actually be found on the Thai mainland at Railay Beach in Krabi.
Railay is located south of the lively Ao Nang, you can enjoy an array of bars and seafood restaurants on the east side of Railay and explore the breathtaking beach scenery on the west side.
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Surrounded by the warm Andaman Sea, the adventurous and those seeking the ultimate chill will love Railay with its offering of great rock climbing (alongside monkeys frolicking on the gorgeous crags), while at sea level, there are some of the prettiest, and less crowded beaches in all of Thailand - all backed by proper jungle.
Only accessible by boat, but just a 15-minute ride from Ao Nang, the most frequented parts of Railay are sandwiched between the fragmented, not swimmer-friendly beach of Hat Railay East and the high-end resorts and white sands of Hat Railay West and Hat Tham Phra Nang.
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With high limestone cliffs, the area attracts rock climbers from all over the world though it is equally popular due to its quiet, relaxing atmosphere and beautiful beaches.
Though it receives more attention than it once did, it remains less-developed and frequented than Ko Phi-Phi. In fact, heading away from Hat Railay West and Hat Railay East is a great way to see the resorts disappear and the atmosphere turn into a more secluded, laid-back and blissful trip.
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