Railay (sometimes spelled Rai Leh) Bay is located in the Krabi province of Thailand, on the Andaman Coast. Railay Bay’s limestone cliffs make it a hot spot for rock climbers, but it also attracts tourists because of its gorgeous beaches. Since Railay is a peninsula set off from the mainland by towering limestone cliffs and the ocean, it can only be reached by boat. There are long-tail seacraft available, as well as ferries that run regularly between nearby towns.
Railay is divided into four main areas – West Railay, East Railay, Pranang, and Tonsai. West Railay is a white sand beach with very shallow water, where most long-tail boats arrive. East Railay is known for its mangroves. Pranang (sometimes known as Phra Nang) is located on the southern end of the peninsula, and also sports a white sand beach. Tonsai is a cove located near West Railay, and is known the main climbing area. Tonsai is a backpacker’s and climber’s haunt, since it sports many of the cliffs for which Railay is famous, the accommodations are cheap, and it is a mere five to ten minute walk to any of the neighboring areas.
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