Railay Beach East is certainly not the ideal swimming beach. At low tide the water goes very far out and even at high tide there are only a few spots where you can get into the water properly. There is, however, a traditional promenade here with many cosy bars and beach restaurants. You will also find here the cheapest accommodation on the Railay peninsula and also the largest selection. If you want to go swimming, then you can head for the better known neighbouring Railay Beach West and also to the very nice Pranang Beach, both of which you can reach easily by foot.
Railay Beach East - Mangrove bay with traditional promenade
Railay Beach East is on the Railay peninsular in the Krabi region. The peninsular can only be reached by boat and the best way to get here is from Ao Nang by water-taxi. These so-called long-tail boats travel about once to four times per hour, depending on the number of passenger wanting to go to Railay. Most of the time the boats will bring you to Railay Beach West on the opposite side, from where you can reach Railay Beach East comfortably via a walkway in about 15 minutes. There are also footpaths from the other beaches of Railay, Tonsai Beach and Pranang Beach, leading to the eastern Railay Beach.
The striking cliffs of Railay at the south-western end of the bay dominate the setting of the beach. There at the rock face you can see numerous well-secured climbers, using this ideal spot for their sport. Along the middle part of the beach stretches a tarmac path, where you will find many traditional cosy bars and restaurants, which occasionally have live music in the evenings. In the area towards the rock cliffs are several luxury hotel complexes, some of which have a pool and sun-loungers for their guests.
At high tide the water reaches the shore path, but at low tide the water is so far back that it is practically impossible to go for a swim and the stony, muddy surface is also then exposed. Railay Beach East is not really ideal for swimming, especially in the central area. If you still want to have a swim, then you should wear appropriate shoes or go straight to the far end of the north-east of the bay where you will find a cosy area with better swimming conditions. This part is also called Khao Nui Beach and there are two hotel complexes just above the beach. On the way there is the very cosy Tew Lay Bar where you can enjoy hammocks, lounge cushions and a fantastic view.Most holidaymakers coming to the Railay peninsular prefer the neighbouring beaches for swimming, but come to Railay Beach East for relaxation, accommodation, for strolling along and for the food and drink. Also popular are climbing courses and the Last Bar offers the chance to watch Thai boxing in the evenings followed by dancing and partying afterwards.