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Stunning views, lovely blue sea to swim in. Only complaint is the longtail boats are quite noisy and some bellow black fumes out the back which can’t be good for the environment however it’s the only way to get to the beach (I was told).
Very little litter and lots to do, food places, kayaks available, paddle boards etc. If you go near the rocks you can snorkel to see the fish too. Lovely! Will definitely return!

Thank EmmaMFA
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Stayed here for 7 nights. Great place to relax with a wonderful beach. Food is great and scenery also. Definitely get a kayak and go for a paddle. Awesome scenery

Thank Rocketfish84
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We booked our hotel at railay beach without knowing that you can only access it by longboats. Sometimes the pier is so crowded by other longboats that they just push through them and you have to climb over another boat to actually get to the pier. Might be difficult for unfit people or elderly or people with babies. Only a few times it was actually possible to have a nice and "normal" entry and exit.
But railay beach is very nice and enjoyable and there are heaps of good food and bars. Also much recommendable for backpackers as there are many "reggae" bars with tickets to the moon etc...
Activities there are a bit limited. But you can do kayaking and rock climbing for sure and maybe a few other things that I haven't seen...

Thank B2025EYmatth
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It amazes me to see such high score on one of worst beaches in Thailand. It’s more mid than beach itself. You need to walk like 100m to be able to swimm. During low tide it’s even worse. 100s of meters of mud and unswimable beach. Trash everywhere.

Only good thing there is nearby Phra Nang beach. Rest of it just awful. Rather taje some 4 or 7 islands trip

1  Thank PeroVoj
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Absolutely adorable view. There are several bars and restaurants on Railey West beach where you can watch the sunset or just chill any time of the day. There were no sunbeds in November which was ok for me. It was not crowded although it is a very popular spot for trips. At sunset there were even less people than during the day.

Thank alexandrabalan
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful! Was concerned it may have been super busy given that we went around 2pm but the rain cleared everyone away!

Thank Rhi C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a must-see when around this area. The most beautiful beach surrounded by big cliff, white sand and clear blue water! Heaps of restaurants, bars and massage places to visit whether you’re staying for a day or a week.

Thank Sabine1705
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beach is amazing, white sand, turquoise water and impressive cliffs. The only inconvenience is the crowd. It is very popular and you will find it busy. If you aren’t bothered by this, you should visit the place.

Thank Simomoici
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The West Railay is one of the cleanest beaches I have ever seen. Clear water, white soft sand & shallow coast, you can walk for a good 50-100mtrs into the sea. But while walking, be careful of the small rocks on the floor of sea. The emerald green/ turquoise blue colour of water & the surrounding limestone cliffs look stunning! The west beach is also the pick up/ drop off point for longtail boats which is the only means of transport to reach Railay. The beach has some good restaurants too.
Perfect beach to enjoy the sun, sand & water!

1  Thank MayankMawar
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place! Most recently, I traveled to Railey West with my wife and 2-year old son for the holidays, but I’ve been here 4-5 times over the past 10 years and to Railey East once or twice. Hands down, RW beats RE!

On RW, you can expect smooth golden sand beaches, karstic limestone cliffs, warm emerald seas with gentle waves teeming with schools of fish, breathtaking sunsets on a daily basis, and in the low season (up until 31 October) decent prices in the beachside resorts, and manageable crowds (see pic of me and my son alone on the entire beach at 10am - we’re the dot in the water :) A few years back, the independent bars and restaurants were all bought out by the big resorts and moved on the now paved walking street - it works if you want peaceful nights without loud parties and blaring music 24/7. In the evenings, just before sunset, the locals will gather in the middle of the beach for their daily football game.

RE is not a beach - it’s a rock-and-mud flat where land meets sea, with a splatter of mangrove patches. There’s a long narrow and sometimes treacherous walkway that lets you get from on end to the other. The area is really great to see a bit of local wildlife - lots of crabby crabs in Krabi at low tide for example. And you’ll also find a bunch of climbing schools for the adventurous enthusiast - climbing in Krabi is absolutely spectacular and well worth a day of your holidays!

Clearly, more was invested in RW than RE, which is reflected in the prices (and the crowds), but it’s a short 10-20 minute walk from RE to RW so RW is easily accessible from RE.

Note that ATMs are far and few between still and some are often either out of cash or out of order - consider bringing lots of cash if you’re not going to be spending exclusively in your resort!

1  Thank PascalT2010
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