Before heading to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, we took a boat from Phi Phi to Krabi. The decision between Krabi's several beaches was a bit tough, but as we wanted to stay a bit away from the main beach of Ao Nang we opted for Railay, which is only accessible by boat.
Railay Beach might seem secluded due to its' limited accessibility, but it is far from being deserted! On the West Railay Beach there is a few resorts, seaside restaurants, and one or two massage parlors. One can take a "walking path" (covered in mud after rain) across to the East Side, which is more upscale. In low season, travelers can enjoy a 4-star hotel for sometimes over half price off! Railay is set in the middle of gorging limestones, making the destination popular amongst climbers.
Railay is a gorgeous destination for sunsets and attracts boatloads of people every day. The secluded temple of fertility is a destination on its' own for those finding wooden penises interesting or bringing good luck in the sack. One can hike through the jungle to get to the Tham Phra Nang Beach, or take a longtail boat beach hopping from one white sand haven to another.
Besides fancy hotels and restaurants, Railay has a bar and party scene for the young travelers; however, during low season this was not a big part of the island culture. Daily activities in Railay consist of rock climbing, kayaking, chilling on the beach, hiking to caves and monkey spotting. Railay offers food for different budgets, my probably best meal in Thailand was at a local cheap joint without a name; the best Tom Yum soup I've had!