1. Getting there is available only by boat
First, you need to get to Krabi town and from there you can take a tuk-tuk or a taxi to Ao Nang Beach. To Krabi town you can get by plane, train or bus.
From Ao Nang Beach it’s a quick longtail boat ride to Railay Beach. Boats run all day, and the beautiful boat ride from Ao Nang takes about 15 minutes. During low season when the weather is rough, you need to get a boat from Ao Na Mao or Krabi. It costs less than 100 baht per person, however if you are the only passenger on the boat or have missed the departure times – they will still take you but you need to pay more than 800baht for the entire boat rental.
2. There are not too many shops in Railay and prices in supermarkets are higher, there is also low supply for most of the groceries’ items
If you want to escape the crowds and be surrounded by nature, then Railay is exactly where you should be. However, being isolated comes at a certain cost – there are only a few shops and they have very little range of products, most of them highly overpriced (alcohol as well). That’s why it is a good idea to consider meal options, included in your hotel package. Of course, you can always hop on a long boat to Ao Nang and shop for anything you need – it takes only 15min to get there.
3. Don’t get sick in Railay!
Even you may think Thailand is a relatively cheap country, it is quite common that local businesses take advantage of tourists. This is exactly what happened to me – after having a severe food poisoning and not finding any medicine I know in the convenience store, I had to go to the doctor. Long story short – for a few pills and plenty of unnecessary tests, I was charged 14,815 baht – around 600 Australian Dollars. I believe my Australian travel insurance gave them the confidence to run such an expensive treatment, but still this is too much for a basic food poisoning, don’t you think?