Photo: Looking over West Railay.

Things to see and do

Railay's beaches

Railay’s four beaches are not made equal. In fact, one of them can hardly be called a beach at all. Another is more known for rock climbing and cheap bungalows than sun baking and swimming. The remaining two are gorgeous but host only mid- to top-range accommodation. The good news is that all of them can be enjoyed over a couple of days on ... Read more about Railay's beaches .

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Phra Nang cave shrine

Riveting legends and wooden penises are what make the Phra Nang cave shrine famous. Located in a corner of the same-named beach, locals flock here to ask the resident goddess-spirit for help, especially when it comes to catching fish and having kids, while foreign travellers stand around looking bewildered. Want to know what’s behind the phallic frenzy? Read ... Read more about Phra Nang cave shrine .

Snorkelling, diving and watersports

Reaching into a busy stretch of the Andaman Sea, the Railay peninsula puts you within daytripping distance of the same list of small islands and snorkelling/diving sties that are advertised in nearby Ao Nang. Various types of boats are available for group tours or private excursions, and you’ll also find kayaks and SUP boards for rent on Railay. ... Read more about Snorkelling, diving and watersports .

Railay viewpoint and lagoon

“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 ... Read more about Railay viewpoint and lagoon .

Rock climbing Railay

With hundreds of bolted routes leading up vertical limestone cliffs to pinnacles affording marvellous views, Railay remains a dream destination for ... Read more about Rock climbing Railay .

Tham Phra Nang Nai
The entrance is on the footpath to Phutawan Resort

While the cave shrine at Haad Phra Nang is the best known, Railay has a bunch of other caves and the most notable is Tham Phra Nang Nai, also known as Diamond ... Read more about Tham Phra Nang Nai .

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Railay Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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