Railay // Thailand // May 2018
While on our travels in Thailand we had one week left and wanted to go somewhere special where we could relax on a beach and have beautiful sunsets! We also wanted a location which was good for snorkelling as we hadn’t done this on our trip yet and wanted to squeeze it in before we had to go home!
We were in Krabi for the night and decided to stay for 3 days on Railay Beach- we wanted to explore the islands, coral and coast! With the occasional coconut cocktail and canoe trip!
We stayed the night in Krabi at a hotel called Lada Krabi Express– it was only 645 Baht (£15) for the night so it was cheap and cheerful. It was a 2 minute drive to the boat which took us to Railay Beach which was 150 Baht each (£3.50) which included being picked up from the hotel and taken to the boat. We took a long-tail boat straight to Railay Beach and got off on the East side.
Railay Beach is located on the southern coast of Thailand and is actually a peninsula but it feels more like an island because of the lush jungle that cuts it off from the rest of Krabi.
From the East side it’s a 5 minute walk to the West side which is where our hotel was. This beach was one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed on and one of the best things is that the sun sets on the West and you can watch it set over the sea.
Where we stayed
We stayed at the Railay Bay Resort & Spa which was a BEAUTIFUL hotel! It had two swimming pools, one being in the middle of the resort and one being at the front of the beach. We didn’t use the swimming pool much as we were right on the sea front which was lovely and warm! (unlike the sea in England by far!) We made sure when choosing our hotel we included breakfast too as everywhere on Railay Bay was quite expensive- by far the most expensive we experienced in Thailand.
Where to eat
For dinner we ate out at the Kohinoor Indian Restaurant TWICE because it was one of the best meals we had on our trip! Just a few minute walk from the beach, situated in the central part of Railay peninsula. The Kohinoor Indian Restaurant is family-run and along with Indian cuisine they offer Thai food and pizza.
What to do
- From our hotel and a few other places you could book a single or double kayak to take a trip out onto the sea. This only cost 200 Baht for one hour or 300 Baht for two hours and you got a waterproof bag and life vests included. The kayaking was a great way of exploring and to get to another beach just past the rocks on the left hand side.
- Watching the sunset every evening was such a magical experience! Everyone comes and sits on the beach and watches it set over the water.
- Railay Beach is known for its cliffs, and rock climbing on Railay is one of the activities to do. There are loads of companies, which offer courses for beginners and excursions for those who are more experienced.
- One of the main reasons we came to Railay Beach was so that we could snorkel. We booked a trip though our hotel, they had many different tours to choose from. The tours are of the Mu Koh Hong or Hong Island Group, which belongs to the National Marine Park and are a group of small limestone islands.
You can get the speed boat or long-tail directly outside the hotels on the West beach. On our tour they provided us with snorkelling equipment, life jackets, food and drink. We were first taken to the Hong lagoon. The word ‘Hong’ in Thai means ‘room’. The ‘room’ is the turquoise lagoon at the centre of the island that can only be reached by boat through a narrow entrance.
We then headed to Koh Lao Lading or ‘Paradise Island’ and it’s clear to see why it has that name! With beautiful scenery, and a small bay surrounding by limestone cliffs, white sand and clear water! The boat docked up and we walked through the island exploring what there was to see and snorkelled in the calm water.
From there we headed to Daeng Island or Koh Daeng. This was our favourite part! The boat docked and we jumped off the back to snorkel and discovered an exotic underwater kingdom of beautiful coral! The water was so clear and calm, we bobbed along looking at schools of fish including my favourite- the Rainbow Parrotfish! We came face to face with some scary looking barracudas and I saw a beautiful sea snake. It wasn’t till after we got back to our hotel and I googled the snake to find it’s one of the most dangerous sea snake in the world and it’s venom is 10 times more powerful than a rattlesnake!
After Daeng Island we made our way to Koh Phak Bia. The islands signature feature is the 8 metre high limestone rock that has eroded at its base. The island has a sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other. Here we had lunch which the tour provided us with. Keep hold of your belongings as one of the ladies lunch was stolen by a monkey!
After lunch we headed to our last location which was Koh Hong or Hong Island. Set against the amazing backdrop of Phang Nga Bay, we disembarked on a floating pier and walked along the long stretch of powdery white sand. Here we snorkelled again and relaxed on the beach taking in the sun and sand. From there we had some fresh fruit and took the boat back to the shore of Railay Beach.
We would definitely recommend doing a tour for the day! It was one of our favourite days in Thailand, to see all the islands and snorkel was an amazing experience.
- We found at Railay the restaurants and cafes were closer to English prices than Thai prices which for us came as quite a shock! Especially because it was at the end of our month long trip in Asia and we’d run out of money! So prepare to pay a lot more than you may have been paying elsewhere in Thailand.
- The East side has more hotels and is a lot cheaper but the beach is nowhere near as nice as the west side and isn’t sandy and covered in mangroves. The west side only has a few hotels so there were less people around which gives an amazing view of the beach but are more expensive but we think it’s by far worth staying on the west side if you have the money.
- Reading other peoples blog posts about Railay- many said it was packed with people on the beach and also on the tours which spoilt the experience for them. We didn’t find this at all! We came to Railay at the beginning of May and it didn’t feel like there were many people there at all and the weather was perfect!