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Railay Beach Tours

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Railay Beach
Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and backed by thick forest, the interconnected fairy-tale beaches of Railay (Rai Leh) are accessible only by boat. The four beaches—Tonsai, Phra Nang, East Railay, and West Railay—offer powder-soft white sand, clear calm waters, and a decidedly bohemian vibe perfect for those looking to get away from it all.

The Basics
While the talcum-soft sand is certainly a compelling reason to visit Railay Beach—visitors can easily find day trips by longtail boat from Phuket and Ao Nang—the other big draw is the rock climbing here. It’s considered some of the best in Thailand, especially on the rocks around Railay East, and you don’t need any special experience to try it. Guided climbing tours cater to climbers of all ability levels, including newbies.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Railay Beach is a must-visit for sun seekers and adventure travelers.
  • Don’t forget to bring a towel, swimsuit, and sun protection for time on the beach.
  • Excursions to Railay Beach can take anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Bring sturdy shoes if you plan to rock climb or hike to some of the area viewpoints.
  • Purchase sunscreen, snacks, and drinks before you arrive, as prices tend to be higher in Railay.
  • Be sure to keep your electronics and valuables in waterproof bags during the boat ride to Railay Beach.
  • Island-hopping day tours that include Railay often stop at Chicken Island, Poda Island, and Tup Island.

How to Get There
Though on the mainland, Railay Beach is only accessible by boat, either from Krabi (90 minutes) or Ao Nang (15 minutes). There are no motorized vehicles in the area, but all the points of interest can be reached on foot.

When to Get There
For the best balance of good weather and sparser crowds, plan to visit in either May or October. The dry season falls between December and April, when the beaches become busy with day trippers. September is the wettest month in this region.

Other Attractions in Railay Beach
Aside from the soft sand and limestone rocks, Railay Beach has a couple of other notable points of interest. Just to the north of Railay East sits Phra Nang Cave, also called Diamond Cave, where visitors can follow a boardwalk past glittering cave formations. Phra Nang Shrine, located at the northern end of Phra Nang Beach, has become known for the collection of carved phalluses left there by local fisherman asking safe journeys of the drowned princess the beach is said to be named for.

Address: Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
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Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel

Railay and 4-Island Sunset Cruise with Night Snorkel

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Experience the best of Krabi Province on this island cruise and snorkeling tour aboard a traditional yet spacious longtail boat. Cruise to four different islands known for their gorgeous white-sand beaches, and be awed by the towering limestone cliffs and jungle of famous Railay Beach. Enjoy a beachside lunch and dinner, and explore the crystal clear waters during two snorkeling stops—one during the day, and one at night for an enchanting swim among the bioluminescent plankton.
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  • 8 to 30 minutes
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4-Island Tour by Traditional Big Longtail Boat from Krabi

4-Island Tour by Traditional Big Longtail Boat from Krabi

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Set out across the Andaman Sea for a day-long tour of Krabi’s "4 Islands," and watch the tide uncover the slender spits that join the jungle isles. Explore the coastline by traditional longtail boat, and leave the day’s first footprints on fine, powdery beaches. Snorkel in a sheltered lagoon, linger in the swaying shade of coconut palms, and enjoy a picnic lunch on a pristine beach. Stroll between Tup Islets and Chicken Island, then cast off again toward fantastical rock formations that soar above the tropical sea.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Bio Luminescent Swimming From Krabi

Bio Luminescent Swimming From Krabi

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• Amazing with glowing plankton in the night. • Explore and enjoy swimming among Bioluminescent Plankton, the wonderful natural that reveals at night. • Swim and relax at the white sandy beach and take in the spectacular scenery. • BBQ Dinner on the beach. • Admire and enjoy a delightful sunset. • Exciting Fire Show on the beach.
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  • 4 hours
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7 Islands Big Boat Sunset Tour from Krabi with Plankton Swim & Beach BBQ

7 Islands Big Boat Sunset Tour from Krabi with Plankton Swim & Beach BBQ

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The “seven islands” lie just off the coast of Ao Nang. Experience them in style from a comfortable big boat with onboard restroom on this afternoon and sunset cruise with 2-way hotel transfers. Swim and snorkel on Tup Island, Poda Island, and Railay Beach; see the spectacular rock formations inside Phra Nang Cave; soak up the sunset; swim among sparkling bioluminescent plankton; and enjoy a barbecue dinner on the beach.
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  • 8 hours
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Krabi 5 Islands and Talu Cave Snorkeling Tour by Longtail Boat

Krabi 5 Islands and Talu Cave Snorkeling Tour by Longtail Boat

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See why snorkeling is one of Krabi’s most popular outdoor activities on this full-day tour that fits in five different islands and beaches. Glide across the Andaman Sea on a traditional longtail boat, stopping at top snorkeling spots and unspoiled beaches. The route is full of unusual natural features, like a disappearing sandbank, a chicken-head rock formation, and underwater tunnels that you can swim through.
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  • 8 hours
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4 Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi

4 Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi

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Make the most of your time in the islands of Ao Nang by traveling via speedboat. This full-day tour takes you to Poda Island, Chicken Island, Railay Beach, and Tup Island, something tours via longtail can't accomplish in a single day. Listen to commentary from your guide on the region's flora, fauna, history, and ecosystem. Complete your experience with a beachside picnic lunch midday.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Snorkeling 4 Islands Tour by Speedboat From Krabi

Snorkeling 4 Islands Tour by Speedboat From Krabi

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The islands around Krabi are known for their dramatic limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs. This tour gives you the opportunity to visit four islands in one day, with plenty of stops for swimming and snorkeling. Admire the unique rock formations of Koh Kai or ‘Chicken Island’; stop at Koh Poda, Koh Tup, and Koh Mor islands; and enjoy lunch on-board the boat.
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  • 7 hours
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Phi Phi Island Tour by Speedboat from Krabi including Lunch

Phi Phi Island Tour by Speedboat from Krabi including Lunch

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The limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Phi Phi Islands—where the Hollywood movie 'The Beach' was filmed—make the ideal day trip for nature lovers and movies buffs. With an efficient scenic speedboat tour, you reach the islands off the coast of Krabi faster than on other boats and have extra time to snorkel along the vibrant coral reefs, lounge on the white-sand beaches, and explore filming locations.
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  • 10 hours
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5 Islands and Talu Cave Snorkeling Tour by Big Boat From Krabi

5 Islands and Talu Cave Snorkeling Tour by Big Boat From Krabi

● Amazing snorkeling pass through the hole under water at Talu Cave ● Enjoy snorkeling with an abundance of marine life in the coral reefs at Chicken Island, funny rock shape looks like Chicken’s head. ● Visit and discover four of the most famous and popular Islands of Krabi ● Admire and explore one of Thailand’s unseen highlight and wonderful sandbank gradually separated sea at Tub Island. ● Relaxing, swimming, snorkeling and admiring lovely white sandy beach at Poda Island ● Discover and explore a well known beach for rock climbing at Railay and amazing the ancient spirit house located at Pranang Cave. ● Enjoy snorkeling at Yawasam Island with a great visibility and variety of hard corals ● Enjoy with delicious buffet lunch on the beach ● Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Luxury Sunset Cruise at Krabi's Coastlin with Power Catamaran

Luxury Sunset Cruise at Krabi's Coastlin with Power Catamaran

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Sunset is undoubtedly the most magical time to see Krabi’s coastline. Opt for an extra-special experience on a luxury catamaran cruise at sunset, a romantic choice ideal for couples and small groups. Regular stops give you the chance to swim and snorkel while a gourmet BBQ dinner, accompanied by wine and soft drinks, ensures you stay satisfied. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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Krabi 4 Island Tour: Charter Private Long-tail Boat by Railay Local Travel

Krabi 4 Island Tour: Charter Private Long-tail Boat by Railay Local Travel

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This tour of the 4 island is a once in a lifetime sight to behold. Be connected to nature during the whole 4 or 6 hours includes witnessing natural phenomenon of 3 islands connecting as well as personally go on the connecting sand during low tide, entering a natural cave, and jumping on a beautiful island with exciting or leisure activities. This tour has different activities at each destination, ensuring an exciting time at each stop. We provide a full service, including transport, fruits and drinks to make sure your personal needs are met and you can enjoy the trip to the fullest without worry. We also provide equipment such as snorkeling mask and life vest for your activity, all that’s needed is to put them on and jump in! ● 4 or 6 hours option tour ● all program is Private. ● allow you to custom your own trip. ● suitable for beach walks, swimming and snorkeling ● Free hotel pick up / drop off is available for Ao Nang and nearly area.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Phi Phi Island Tour by Speedboat from Krabi with Lunch

Phi Phi Island Tour by Speedboat from Krabi with Lunch

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Jump on a boat and take a break from the tourist crowds at Krabi with this small-group trip to the secluded Phi Phi Islands. Spend the day hopping from beaches to lagoons and from bays to caves on a powerful speedboat. Explore the coral reefs at Lohsamah Bay, swim with your friends at Monkey Beach and bathe in the sun on Bamboo Island.
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  • 10 hours
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Private 4 Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi

Private 4 Island Speed Boat Tour by Sea Eagle from Krabi

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Enjoy the exclusivity of a chartered boat on a 6.5-hour private tour from Krabi. Choose a start time that works for your schedule, then relax and enjoy a courtesy hotel pickup. Once on board the private boat, take off for Koh Poda, Koh Gai, Koh Tub, and Koh Mor. Along the way, enjoy ample time to swim, sunbathe, and snorkel. Your provided packed lunch is available in a number of dietary options.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Morning exploration in Ao Nang islands

Morning exploration in Ao Nang islands

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Take advantage of the morning on our comfortable private boat to enjoy snorkeling and sightseeing in the Ao-Nang islands before too much crowd get there ! We will pick you up at your hotel then head up to the local islands. We will head to two of the best snorkeling locations and spend some time there in the water. You will be able to enjoy the Scenic landscape of Krabi on the way to the first spot from our boat relaxing deck. After some snorkeling time we will head to either Chicken or Poda Islands for beach relaxing time, before take you back home. Note that every trip is slightly different, as we can adapt the trip easely on the go, depending on your wishes, tides, and weather conditions. Important : national park fee is not included in the price.
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  • 1 to 6 hours
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Romantic Sunset Cruise from Ao Nang with BBQ Seafood Dinner

Romantic Sunset Cruise from Ao Nang with BBQ Seafood Dinner

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The white sand beaches, tropical islands, and natural wonders of Thailand's Andaman Sea coast offer an idyllic backdrop for a cruise and this 5-hour cruise from Ao Nang takes in all the highlights. Along the way, visit Pranang Cave, Chicken Island, and Pirate Beach; dive in to swim and snorkel; and enjoy a BBQ seafood dinner as you watch the sunset from deck.
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  • 5 hours
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M/Y Lalida Sunset Dinner Cruise in Krabi

M/Y Lalida Sunset Dinner Cruise in Krabi

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View the sunset from the best possible vantage point—the deck of a boat—on this sunset dinner cruise from Krabi. Get epic views and photo ops of the limestone cliffs and beaches of Poda Island, Railay, and Chicken Island. Once the sun has sunk below the horizon, enjoy an authentic Thai dinner while cruising back to your starting point.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Krabi Rock Climbing

Krabi Rock Climbing

Krabi, Railay Beach in particular, is a mecca for rock-climbers wanting to experience the best place in the world. Having said that, it is more than suitable for beginners too. Experience with a Half Day OR a Full Day of Rock-Climbing with experienced, professional guides who are fully trained in Emergency First Aid techniques and want to share their deep passion for rock-climbing. Although the operator puts safety as their top priority, this will not diminish the fun you will feel in any way. Several courses in the area have been prepared depending on the skill level/experience of everyone in the party.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Phi Phi Island Tour from Krabi by Speedboat with Lunch

Phi Phi Island Tour from Krabi by Speedboat with Lunch

Escape to a stunning collection of islands just off the coast of Krabi for a day spent snorkeling, swimming, and lounging around picture-perfect beaches and crystal clear waters. Once used as the set for the Hollywood movie The Beach, the Phi Phi Islands are ideal for a day's adventure. - Full day of leisure activities at stunning Phi Phi Islands - White sandy beaches & crystal-clear emerald-green water - Vibrant coral reefs & tropical marine life seen snorkeling - Chance to hang out at filming location used in The Beach - Delicious Thai lunch overlooking the beautiful Phi Phi Don
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Rock Climbing Course at Railay Beach by King Climbers

Half-Day Rock Climbing Course at Railay Beach by King Climbers

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The towering karst cliffs of Krabi’s Railay Beach draw climbers from around the world. But their textured surfaces and easy-to-grip outcrops make them a great choice for beginners too. Give your muscles a workout and soak up dazzling views of the Andaman Sea on this half-day climbing course led by a certified instructor, with pickup from select hotels. Choose between morning or afternoon options to suit your schedule.
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  • 4 hours
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Krabi Islands Private Tour

Krabi Islands Private Tour

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Avoid The Crowds, Discover Little Known Locations And Enjoy A Private Tour With Our Experienced Crew. Covid Safety We have adopted a number of Covid Safe practices as follows: 1. Social Distancing - We have limited the number of people on our boats to 50% of the boat capacity. 2. Masks - We provide medical masks on board for all. 3. Hand Sanitiser - We provide hospital grade hand sanitiser on board. 4. Temperature Screening - All our staff, team, crew and guests are screened for temperature prior to boarding, at each stop and at the end of tour. 5. Cleaning - We have employed full time team members to clean our boats before and after tours with hospital grade cleaning equipment. In addition to these our staff are airborne pathogen certified as well as Covid safe certified. If you have any questions about our health and safety standards please contact us.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
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Fun Climbing: Half-day Rock Climbing Trip with Karst Climbing

Fun Climbing: Half-day Rock Climbing Trip with Karst Climbing

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The karst cliffs around Krabi provide a spectacular setting for a rock climbing adventure. This tour is ideal for first-time climbers or beginners, with small group sizes and experienced instructors on-hand at all times. Enjoy a fun and safe introduction climbing, learn basic safety and climbing techniques, then put it into practice as you the scale the cliffs. At the top, be rewarded with panoramic views along the coast before abseiling back down.
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  • 4 hours
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Krabi 4 Islands + Yawasam Island Premium Service by Big Longtail Boat

Krabi 4 Islands + Yawasam Island Premium Service by Big Longtail Boat

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• Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the 4 islands and special beautiful snorkeling point Yawasam Island. • Enjoy snorkeling with an abundance of marine life in the coral reef and discover beautiful clownfish (Nemo). • Search for hidden coves and pristine beaches on the islands or simply relax on the white sandy beaches and soak yourself in the sunlight. • Begin the journey late to avoid the crowd.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Railay Beach Rock Climbing Adventure Tour from Krabi

Railay Beach Rock Climbing Adventure Tour from Krabi

Spend the day discovering a rock climbing paradise on this excursion that's perfect for beginners. After learning introductory top roping skills, ascend spectacular limestone cliffs, rappel from a stunning viewpoint, and venture into caverns for a caving expedition. - Spectacular limestone cliffs of beautiful Railay Beach - Magnificent views of Krabi & the surrounding Andaman Sea - Professional & certified instructor teaches essential skills - Chance to go caving & rappel from a stunning viewpoint - Perfect introduction to rock climbing for all ages
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Private Rock Climbing at Railay Beach in Krabi

Full-Day Private Rock Climbing at Railay Beach in Krabi

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Whether you’re a rock-climbing expert or a novice who wants to try something new, you'll find a challenge on this full-day excursion at Railay Beach. There are over 500 routes to scale on the limestone cliffs above the beach. A trained instructor fits you with gear, takes you to the beach, and assists you in caving, trekking and climbing with idyllic views over the turquoise ocean. Round-trip transport from select hotels in the Krabi town area allows you to relax on the way home.
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  • 8 hours
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