The Railay Viewpoint Hike pushed me out of my comfort zone I had to self-talk encourage myself as I hauled myself down the cliff with ropes.
Railay Viewpoint Hike
This is a blog post about the less popular Railay Viewpoint. It is still legal, signed and has ropes but most tourists don’t stumble upon it. The other viewpoint has views of the east and west beaches but having seen the views from the top I prefer the hike I did.. in terms of the view anyway.
How did I get to Railay Beach? Read how I kayaked from Ao Nang to Railay Beach to Phra Nang Cave in half a day… and hiked the viewpoint.
If you are looking to hike on Railay and want a bit of a challenge this is a great little 20 minute hike. I highly suggest not attempting the Railay Viewpoint Hike if you are afraid of heights or not in decent shape. There are several sections that require you to haul up your entire body weight with only a rope and no footholds. Also if it has been raining I would give it a miss.
Skip a minute in to the following video to see the hike and the amazing view!
This video was taken with my GoPro
Where is the Railay Viewpoint Hike?
Down the southern end of the Railay West Beach where the longboats are parked there are several pathways that lead up the cliff. Take any path that leads up the cliff is they all intersect and there really was no clear main path.
Railay Viewpoint Hike Conditions
The second section of the hike gets much steeper and it becomes more of a rock wall. At this stage it isn’t really dangerous but the wall gradually becomes more and more vertical until it is a straight up climb.
There wasn’t an abundance of great footholds but several sturdy ropes guided me to what I will call the viewpoint. From where I stopped to enjoy the view there seemed to be ropes leader around the corner and higher. I decided I had met my match as it looked like it got a lot tougher if I was to continue further.
From the viewpoint I could see a glimpse of Railay East Beach and the entirety of Railay West Beach. I even managed to spot my little green kayak that was sitting safely on the beach. Enjoying the view, I sat up there for a while, dreading the challenge of scaling the vertical wall back down. I am not a rock climber by any means and this pushed me so far out of my comfort zone I was self-talking myself down the climb. I would suggest climbing to this viewpoint for people able to pull their own weight only with their arms and people with some climbing experience.