About Railay Beach
Located between the cities of Krabi and Ao Nang in Thailand, Lailai Beach is a very small peninsula. Because the entrance of the beach to the mainland is blocked by limestone cliffs, it can only be reached by small boat. Lailai Beach has the best snorkeling spots, the best viewpoints, and a world-class rock climbing site.
The limestone cliffs of Lerai Beach are a great place for rock climbers, and the scenic and relatively relaxed atmosphere of the beach is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. Lerai Beach is divided into four spots: Papanang, East Lerai, West Lerai and Tonsai: Papanang Beach is small in size and has a stalactite cave under a rock face, which is dedicated to a goddess statue said to bless the safe return of boatmen; East Lerai is a silt beach with no sandy beach, but is covered by a patch of mangrove forest with beautiful scenery; West Lerai Beach is slightly larger in size and is usually a more concentrated place for tourists; Tonsai has the world’s best limestone climbing sports ground, attracting rock climbing enthusiasts from all over the world.
How to get there
Lai Lei Beach is located about 4 km south of Ao Nang Beach.
The distance between the two beaches is not so great, but there are large rocky mountains in between, making it inaccessible by land and hence the name “land island.
Compared to Ao Nang Beach, the seawater is clearer and the sand is characterized by its silky white sand.
Sap and sea kayaking can be enjoyed on the beach.
The area around Rai Ley Beach is also known for rock climbing, and many visitors come all the way to climb up the large limestone rocks.
Inaccessible by land, Lai Lei Beach is reached by boat from Ao Nang Beach.
The boat ride takes about 10 minutes, and is a thrilling experience as you see the large limestone rocks up close.
There are two places to purchase boat tickets along Ao Nang Beach.
- Name: Aonang Boat Service
Address：Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81000
Phone number: 099-407-6453
Web site is here (Thai only)
The fare from Ao Nang Beach to Lai Lei Beach is 100 baht one way.
Both seem to be the same company, although they have different appearances. The ticket office on the south side is closest to the boat pier.
At the counter, you will be asked whether you want a round-trip or one-way ticket, so if you want a round-trip, buy them together.
There is no table for ticket collection at the return boat stop, and you are free to wait on the beach.
There are many boats parked on the beach, and there are many people in blue around, so give them your ticket.
If there are enough people, you will be guided to the boat.
By the way, the last boat ride at this time of the year was at 18:00, but it could be around 17:00 when the sun sets early.
If you are visiting near evening, please check in advance the last return boat service.