After travelling from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi, my video series “Songkran in Thailand” continues. I explored the beautiful beaches of Railay and hiked one of my favourite trails in Thailand: The Dragon Crest Trail in Krabi.
In the second episode, I move to Railay, a beautiful spot in Krabi, just minutes away from the city Ao Nang and the Krabi airport. I am explore the beautiful beaches like Phra Nang Beach, take boats to Tup Island, Poda Island, and explore the famous Princess Cave. Finally, I climb some hills and rocks to get the best view at the East Railay Viewpoint.
About Railay Beach
Railay Beach is a small peninsula in Thailand with beautiful scenery and a peaceful atmosphere. It is only reachable by boat, making it a secluded and special place to visit. The beaches are stunning, with white sand, turquoise water, and palm trees. Visitors can also discover a hidden lagoon and impressive limestone cliffs, making Railay Beach a paradise for rock climbers.
The Princess Cave, also known as Tham Phra Nang Nok in Thai, is a well-known attraction at Phra Nang Beach in Railay, Krabi. It’s a large cave with a shrine at the entrance, where fishermen and locals offer wooden phallic symbols to the symbolic Phallus of Shiva, hoping for fertility and good luck. The cave is also believed to be the dwelling place of a legendary sea princess, who safeguards the area and grants wishes to those who show her respect.
The town is quite small. Railay Beach has no official population data, as it is not an independent administrative area, but part of Krabi Province. However, it is estimated that there are approximately 1,000 to 2,000 people living on the peninsula, mainly employed in the tourism sector or as fishermen.