|Laem Phra Nang (Railey and Tonsai Beaches)
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Located in the Southern Province of Krabi, the peninsula of Phra Nang/Railay Beach is isolated from the mainland by the very cliffs we climb/play on, accessible only by boat from Ao Nang, Ao Nam Mao or Krabi Town. Once you're there, you will find yourself surrounded by the beautiful Andaman Sea, lush jungle, and fantastic limestone cliffs. It has plenty of activities for the average tourists (sun, sand, sea, cuisine, massages, kayaking, diving) but let's admit it: we're here to climb, play and chill out in an exotic tropical paradise.
The Peninsula is actually divided into distinct areas: West Railay, East Railay, Tonsai Bay and Phra Nang Beach (see photo map). The routes are all bolted sport-climbing routes. The French grading system is used.
It's probably the most popular place in Krabi to spend Christmas and New Year, with the limited number of rooms filling up around six months in advance.
ATMs located in Bobo's Market and along the path through the resorts to Railay East near a mini-mart, another is located on the East beach in front of the Viewpoint Resort. There is an ATM on Tonsai Beach. There are several mini-marts and a couple of internet cafes. There are no cars or roads in Railay, which also gives the place a relaxed feel. All the climbing areas are a short walk away.
Bus, train or plane.
By Plane: most travelers can fly directly into Krabi Airport or Phuket Airport. A short 1-hr taxi ride from Krabi or 2-hr taxi from Phuket to Ao Nang beach or Ao Nam Mao followed by a 15-minute long-tailed boat ride to either Railay West/Tonsai Beach from Ao Nang or a 15-minute long-tailed boat from Ao Nam Mao if staying at Railay East.
By Train: Overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, then you must take a bus (or taxi) to Krabi which takes around 2-3 hours.
By Bus: (not recommended) cheapest way to travel, but you get what you pay for. From Gov't buses and travel agency Death Coaches you have several options, just be choosey.
Please check under the individual areas.
Things to do The monastery is Krabi's central temple and a local gathering point during Buddhist events and weddings. The main attraction in the temple is an impressive reclining Buddha image.
Which literally means tiger cave temple, is located in the Khiriwong Valley amidst lush forests and mountains with large trees over a hundred years old approximately 9 kilometers northeast of Krabi Town. Aside from being the site of a meditation center, the compound is also a place of archaeological and historical interest as excavations have uncovered stone tools, pottery remains and Buddha footprint crafting molds. In addition, a cave in the compound has what appears to be tiger paw prints in the stone
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|By Charlie Perry|
Dec 30, 2006
This is a great adventure and a great place to climb. However check out the routes first. A bolt has a short life expectancy, and you could be climbing on what looks like a perfectly good bolted route where the bolts' holding power amounts to a small RP. There is a local climbing shop were you can rent gear and get beta on routes. Don't think that in such a remote place you will be alone. When we were there the place was packed with Europeans and we stayed in Ao Nang. If you are planning on going, email me and I will provide as much beta as possible (i.e. where we made mistakes and where we discovered some real fun.)
|By Clay Allred|
From: Moab UT
Feb 19, 2009
Get Wee's book when you get there, no offense to Sam, but its more up to date and is still only like 10 bucks when you get there. And don't miss Wee's deep water solo trip either, it's incredible, so sick.
|By Matt Pickren|
Nov 12, 2010
No offense to Clay for his comment or Wee for his book, I'm sure its great, BUT...
Buy Sam's book. Even if its in addition to Wee's BUY IT. Railey needs ALOT of new bolts and 100% of the proceeds of the book goes into new bolting. And from what I've seen, Sam is NO slacker, he spends damn near all of his vacation rebolting many, many climbs so we can all have a safe vacation.
|By Frances Fierst|
From: Manila, Philippines
Dec 17, 2011
I can personally recommend Ao Nang Climber guide service. They are located in Ao Nang, 150 meters up the road from McDonalds.
Tel. +66 (0) 866 899 461
4 days ago
I've been going between Krabi Town (where I'm living) and Tonsai on the weekends. In doing so I have figured out a few things to lessen waste build up here, especially those damn water bottles!
1) Bring some tupperware. You can buy it anywhere. There are a million plastic shops in SE Asia.
2) Simply put, reuse the plastic bag. No big deal. How many times do you need a plastic bag in a plastic bag, in another plastic bag?
3) Most importantly, refill your water! You can refill your water bottles at three places in Tonsai.
A) Top of the jungle trail on the Tonsai side is a bungalow/camping place (a truck with plants in the back parked in front). They sell the LARGE, 5 gallons, bottles. You will use it all so you may as well buy it. To purchase a bottle it's about 100 Baht. Plus 60 Baht for the water inside. Every time you need more water just bring your empty one and they will swap it out for a filled one, 60 Baht every time. Catching them in the evening is better. Around 5-6pm. Much cheaper and environmentally healthy this way.
B) The hippie spot on the left at the bottom of the jungle trail that connects Raillay and Tonsai. It's a nice breakfast/chill spot and they will refill any of your smaller jugs. It ranges from 10-50 Baht.
C) Can't remember the third spot but will check this weekend and update the post.
In conclusion, cheaper water + less bottle waste = happier Tonsai community!