are 3 beaches -Rai Ley West, Rai Ley
East and Phra Nang. Though on the peninsular, the
area feels like an island because it is
only accessible by boat. In the 80's it was a travelers
paradise with its white sand beaches, aqua blue sea, incredible
limestone scenery, memorable sunsets, simple delicious food,
basic cheap bungalows, friendly staff and laid-back atmosphere.
Then came development. The beach, sunsets & scenery are
still as impressive, but the other elements have changed. Phra
Nang beach has virtually been taken over by the Luxury Dusit
Rayavadee Resort Complex. Rai Leh East & West beach suffer
from over-crowding as bungalow complexes are crammed into the
small area between them. Upgraded over the years, budget accommodation
is now limited, often full in the high season when most accommodation
is overpriced. Food standards are low. Staff are overworked,
underpaid, complaints from customers are common.
Despite the negative points, Rai Ley
is still one of the most beautiful areas in Thailand, it has
retained a relaxed atmosphere, and remains a favorite
with many visitors.
Rai Ley attracts many rock-climbers. It is also a popular center
for scuba diving.