Railay Beach, Krabi
Tha Pom, the stream of two currents, is situated at Khao Khram sub district, Muang district. Tha Pom is an ecological learning centre providing knowledge about subterranean water and amphibian plants. The special feature of this two-current stream is that from the 12th day of waxing moon to the 5th day of waning moon, there is a massive influx of seawater into Tha Pom and neighbouring riverside pavilion. It is a natural phenomenon known among locals as Nam Yai. It mixes with freshwater in the stream resulting in a light blue colour of brackish water that remains muddy for not too long. After the tide of seawater drops, the clear freshwater flows in. Such clarity is due to its origin from limestone mountains full of Calcium Carbonate which potentially precipitates sediments. Once the water flows through the limestone, this chemical substance dissolves and causes a sedimentation effect. Consequently, the water becomes so clear that fish and aquatic plants can be seen very easily. Read more
Thermal waterfalls are a wonderful natural creation. They originate from hot subterranean water that springs up in the woods. Then the current flows through a Zalacca forest down to Klong Saphan Yung and transforms into the thermal waterfalls. The whole region is covered by the relaxing atmosphere of pleasant shady forest. Read more
Kao Panom Benja National Park, is a small mountainous 31,325 rai forest, situated in Amphur Kao Panom, Amphur Aow Luek and Amphur Muang, Krabi. Panom Benja peak, which is 1,397 meters above sea level, is called the roof of Krabi. Huay Toh waterfall is to the rear of the Kao Panom Benja tourist center. This shady waterfall consists of eleven stages. There are two possible routes in order to get there. The first route is via Huay Sadae waterfall through evergreen forest passing a huge Sompong tree. The second route is a two-kilometer walk up the hill and come back down to the Huay Toh waterfall. Along this route, walkers will see many trees and birds. In addition, an attractive cave is worth seeing at Kao Pueng, which is two kilometers from Kao Benja. This cave is full of beautiful stalagmites. Kao Pueng is surrounded by swamp forest and when the water is blue it contrasts visibly with the green color of the forest. Read more
Relax your body and mind with the natural hot waterfall of Klong Tom. Get rid of your aches and pains and uplift your spirits amidst the pleasant natural beauty. The heat and the steam of the pure mineral water in this waterfall are believed to have healing and restorative powers. This highlight of Krabi province attracts many visitors from all over Thailand because of the hot mineral water that seeps from an underground spring. The stream of warm and soothing mineral water will relax your muscles, alleviate your aches, and calm your mind. The natural surroundings will also bring a serenity and peacefulness that cannot be found in the city. Read more
Kao Panom Benja National Park, is a small mountainous 31,325 rai forest, situated in Amphur Kao Panom, Amphur Aow Luek and Amphur Muang, Krabi. Panom Benja peak, which is 1,397 meters above sea level, is called the roof of Krabi. Huay Toh waterfall is to the rear of the Kao Panom Benja tourist center. Read more
Lying relaxed, seeing the moon, hearing the roaring waves
Aside from the powder white sand, amid the sound of waves whispering, lie and relax emotion under the moon shadow, and listen to the wind gently murmured. Natural charm and Railay beach are meant to be.
At Ao Nang, Krabi, a little village of fishermen is surrounded by high limestone cliffs, accessible only by boats. This beautiful powder sand called Railay beach is not commonly known among Thais, unlike foreigners. Railay welcomes many tourists taking a long distance journey to absorb the romantic atmosphere, appreciate the moon, and possibly climb the high cliffs. Railey is a home to emerald water. A curved smooth beach stretches along the cliff line. Take a local fishing boat preserved by fishermen to see Phra Nang Cave, the site of love between a maiden and the King of the Naga. If you are adventure-minded, Railay is well known for climbing under professional supervision. Twilight at Railay looks so atmospheric, particularly on days of the full moon. Moonlight shining gently over a vast smooth sea reflects two moons adjacent to each other.
At Railay beach, there are delightful local dishes available at Wangsai Restaurant, Ao Nang. Here fresh seafood is ready to serve tourists. Boiled dog conch with spicy seafood sauce, grilled prawn with chilli paste, and southern sour soup accompanied with stir fried phak liang with egg are Krabi's signature dishes guaranteed to titillate the taste buds.
If there is a chance, rent a boat to enjoy an island tour such as Koh Kai, Koh Tap, Koh Hong, Koh Poda, and Talay-Wak or the split-sea. This trip can be taken in one day. Canoeing, sea kayaking at Ao Tha Len, and then floating along mangrove swamps or around Koh Hong, and Railay rock climbing are definite must-try activities for visitors.
Railay high season runs from Novemeber to mid-May, travelling from Ao Nang during this period is so convenient. While Ao Nam Mao route must be taken instead during the monsoon season; mid-May to October.