The Railay peninsula is located between Krabi Town and Ao Nang on the coast. Although it is part of the mainland, it is only accessible by boat because of the high mountains that surround it. Longtail boats depart from Krabi Town and Ao Nam Mao (arriving on the east side) and from Ao Nang and Ton Sai (arriving on the west side) – the Ao Nang boats usually make two stops, the first at Railay West and the second at Phra Nang Cave Beach.
Boats depart as soon as there are enough people to fill them: in high season this means they run fairly frequently, but there can be waits of up to one hour in low season or late at night. It is always possible to pay to charter the whole boat to leave immediately, however.
There is a direct ferry connection to Railay from the islands of Phi Phi, Lanta and Phuket. Boats stop here en route to and from Ao Nang, mooring offshore. Longtail boats are then used to carry passengers to and from the shore on the west beach. Ferry timetables >>
The only way around the Railey peninsula is on foot (there are no cars or roads). At low tide it is possible to walk to the adjacent beach of Ton Sai across the rocks. Longtail boats can be chartered from any beach to visit the local islands.
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Last updated: May 26, 2015