The imposing limestone cliffs framing Railay Beach are a geological beauty that enhances the charm of this fantastic beach in Thailand’s southern province of Krabi. The attraction of the cliffs is not merely aesthetic, however. While they enhance the scenery, they are also a magnet for rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world.
For some, Railay Beach is the perfect hideaway for a quiet and lazy holiday, sunbathing on a soft sandy beach or taking a local boat out to explore the surrounding islets and go diving in the coral-rich sea. For others, Railay dares them. Amateur and world famous rock climbers alike flock to the cliffs to test their skills. Once a venue for international rock climbing competitions, Railay’s cliffs are known to be of strong limestone that does not easily break and has no cracks, making them safe for rock scaling. Moreover, thanks to the regular exploration of new climbing routes, there are plenty of routes of different grades with the bonus of stunning seaside scenery, with the turquoise bay stretching as far as you can see.
Rock climbing experts say that due to its composition, the limestone at Railay beach possesses stronger features than other rock climbing venues in Southeast Asia, where the mountains are usually formed of volcanic rock and are decayed and brittle. Many sites in the US and Australia have rock with sharp edges, making them more dangerous to scale. The features of the limestone rock at Railay seem perfectly tuned to rock climbers’ wishes – challenging but not too severe. It is, after all, a place to enjoy!
Different levels of rock climbing are offered at Railay Beach, from a few metres high for newbies under the supervision of a guide to more challenging levels for the more advanced, who can just rent equipment and go climbing on their own. Competent climbers need to demonstrate their basic climbing skills, body balance control when falling and self-safety skills to ensure safety before they are allowed to go climbing independently.
Whether you just want to try rock climbing, are a thrill-seeker, or a professional rock climber, the soaring, sheer limestone cliffs at Railay Beach await you to conquer them.
Make It Happen
- Railay Beach can be reached by boat from Ao Nang. The trip takes about 20 minutes.
- Railay Beach is located in Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Muang, Krabi Province