Photo: Looking over West Railay.

Things to see and do

Railay's beaches

The Railay Peninsula’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, while gorgeous, 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 .

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 .

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 head 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

With hundreds of bolted routes leading up vertical limestone cliffs to caves and pinnacles with soaring ocean views, Railay is a dream destination for climbers. Overseen by a large group of both Thai and foreign climbing experts, safety is taken seriously and the overall rock quality is excellent. Many routes are regularly re-bolted with titanium gear. The cliffs are riddled with crags and ... Read more about Rock climbing .

Phra Nang Nai Cave

While the cave shrine at Phra Nang beach is the best known, Railay has dozens of caves of varying sizes. The most notable is Tham Phra Nang Nai, also known as Diamond Cave, located a short walk inland from Railay East. A raised walkway and dim lamps guide visitors through a long passage that opens into a wide chamber with high ceilings, sloped walls and a few stalagmites and stalactites. ... Read more about Phra Nang Nai Cave .

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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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