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. I have added the info about the ‘regular/popular’ Railay viewpoint at the bottom of the blog post.
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 into the following video to see the hike and the amazing view!
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 rope 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.
Railay Viewpoint East
Very close to Railay East and only a short walk from Railay West is the well-known viewpoint. I didn’t attempt this one but thought it deserved to be on the Ao Nang things to do list as I did have similar views from the other hike. It looked extremely muddy and lots of fun with views of both Railay East and West but I was short of time. There weren’t too many signs directing people to the hike but it was on the path between Phra Nang to Railay East. A large assortment of flip-flops at the base of the walk identified its beginning. The emerging and highly muddied tourists were evidence of the challenging climb. The views on this hike seemed great from photos I saw but not as good as the hike I did… by mistake! I was looking for this hike and accidentally climbed to a different viewpoint.
Where to stay in Ao Nang Krabi
Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort – Luxury: Right on the main street, this resort has rooms all the way up the cliff with views of the entire ocean. The room once again had a bath on the balcony with sunset views! This was a really good location to base yourself no matter what you had planned for the day. Everything was right at your doorstep. Restaurants, bars, tour offices, moped/car rental, longboat tours. The infinity pool at Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort was amazing. Looking out over Ao Nang beach, the stark and steep cliffs almost seemed a stone’s throw away. Sunrise and sunset at the infinity pool were just amazing!
Check prices and availability: Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort
Alisea Boutique Hotel – Luxury: It is tucked away in a great location in Ao Nang only a short walk from the beach and close to a lively street brimming with street vendors, bars, and restaurants. At night I would take a walk and enjoy the laid back scene of the area while enjoying live music and local cuisine. My room had a loft with an outdoor bathtub, which I had never seen before! My favorite part of the hotel was definitely the infinity pool. On the roof of the hotel, the infinity pool overlooks the ocean and you can spot several islets. The sun sets over the ocean and I can’t think of many better spots in Ao Nang to be, as the sky lights up.
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Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang – Value: This is my value pick because I am all about views. The limestone cliffs are what you come to see in Ao Nang. So if you can find a pool with views of the cliffs you are in business! The Ibis Styles Krabi Ao Nang has a pool that looks out to the limestone cliffs and it is just the perfect spot for sunset. You will find that this hotel has all of the trimmings, is 3-star but only $60 for a night. It is a real value pick and right in a good location within walking distance to the beach.
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Link Hostel Ao Nang – Budget: For just $8 a night in a dormitory room you have a cheap, budget accommodation. However, you also have a beautiful pool and really modern facilities. This is no crusty hostel. This is hostel luxury and a real gem.
Check prices and availability: Link Hostel Ao Nang