Railay, also known as Rai Leh, is a small peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang in Thailand. It is accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access.
Krabi province is home to some of Thailand's most famous beach destinations–and Railay tops the list as one of the most stunning. Considered by many as one of the best beaches in the country, Railay delivers on promises of white sand, turquoise-blue water, and the feeling that you've found a slice of paradise even before your feet touch the sand.
The island can be reached by boat from Krabi town and Ao Nang–and the trip on a long-tail traditional boat is just as magical as what you'll encounter when you reach the shores.
While the beach might be the main reason to visit the island, Railay is also a rock-climbing hot spot, with karst peaks drawing adventurers both experienced and novice, ready to take on the towering limestone cliffs.
Among the many other active things to do, Railay is well-known for its ocean rafting and kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving–but visitors can also try their hand at cooking classes or indulge in a massage.
There's also the tourist-friendly Diamond Cave, reached via a beautiful trail with stunning views and ready to accommodate curious visitors looking to do some exploring between stretches of sunbathing.