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Railay West Beach, Thailand

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Beautiful Railay Beach is one of the most stunning locations in southern Thailand. Formed by a deer's neck of sand that connects the mainland to a spectacular cluster of limestone outcrops, it's a place of breathtaking beauty despite the rapid development that's taken place.

 

A popular spot for rock-climbers, sun hedonists and water babies, the area has something for everyone from kids to grandmas: take your pick from diving and snorkeling to climbing and beach volleyball. In the evening, regular parties keep the barflies entertained, while others can relax in one of a reasonable selection of restaurants. There even an increasingly popular full moon party here, though not as huge as the huge event on Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan.

 

Krabi is the leaping off point for the Railay beaches. You can reach the eastern beach by longtail direct from Krabi, or, you can take a songtheaw from Krabi to Ao Nang from where you can catch a longtail for the short twenty minute longtail trip to the western beach.

 

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Taken on December 12, 2009