Posted by: James Shannon | May 5, 2011

Railay Beach: Simply Put, Welcome To Paradise

After making a long day trip out to the Phi Phi Islands to see the famed “Beach”, it was time for one where one could stretch out and not elbow a camera lens or a fellow foreigner. On this day, our travel troupe made our way toward the equally touted (though considerably less busy) Railay Beach.

Railay Beach isn’t on an island, though it just as well may be: the limestone karst mountains that proliferate throughout the region block off all access to the fine strip of sand, forcing you to take a longtail boat 15-20 minutes from Ao Nang Beach (Krabi’s answer to Patong Beach in Phuket) to the isolated beach.

But as you’ll see below, it was all worth the trouble of getting there…

As you can see, world-class white sand beach … AND lots of breathing/elbowing room!  Kickass!

With limestone monoliths blocking all escape, the captive traveler has no choice … but to chill out on the sand, and drink a Singha, and then a rum coconut, and then…

… bliss out at one of the most spectacular tropical beach views on Earth.

How we got there: longtail boats, workhorses of the Thai seacoast, transporting foreigners and fishermen/women.

After an afternoon of luxuriating on the silky sands of Railay, the sun makes its curtain call …

… while, drinks in hand, we witness the spectacle …

… of a perfect beach day coming to a close …

… goodnight sun, thanks for the unforgettable memories of my favourite beach in SE Asia!

With the best beach day in the trip (in retrospect) behind me, I now turned my focus towards the epicentre of Thailand’s tourist trade: Phuket Island!  Some love it, some loathe it … how did it turn out for me?  Stay tuned to the blog (RSS and Twitter links are above) and find out!



  1. Beautiful !!

    • thanks Mom, I wish I could go back, but, you know, $$$$$

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