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Railay viewpoint and lagoon

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“No base jumping off the cliff” reads a small sign along the path from Railay East to Haad Pha Nang. If it weren’t for that, you could easily miss the steep trail leading up to a breathtaking viewpoint and hidden lagoon amid the cliffs that rise towards the tip of the Railay peninsula. Those who suffer from acrophobia or a general lack of balance should give this one a pass.

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Coloured by chalky brick-red clay and smoothed by the many feet that have ascended it, the “trail”—“wall” perhaps more accurate—begins by cutting upwards at around 70 degrees: steep enough for many to say, “yeah, I don’t think so.” Though I’m not a rock climber, I found it manageable thanks to the many notches and ropes. My upward refrain: “This isn’t so bad.”

The trail is not straightforward. Photo taken in or around Railay viewpoint and lagoon, Railay Beach, Thailand by David Luekens.

The trail is not straightforward. Photo: David Luekens

After the initial steep incline, the terrain levelled into a normal hiking trail. A sea breeze rustled the tropical growth. A side trail soon cut left before emerging at the crest of a sheer cliff that puts you high above Railay East. From here you can see almost the entire peninsula, including Ao Tonsai beyond the cliff that marks the end of Railay West. Feeling prematurely proud of my amateur climbing abilities, I took a few minutes to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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