No. 26 – Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach Thailand - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman

Krabi is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand East of Phuket across Phang Nga Bay. The province is on the Strait of Malacca and is noted for its natural beauty. There are solitary limestone peaks, both on land and in the sea. Rock climbers from all over travel to Ton Sai Beach and Railay Beach. The beaches form part of Krabi’s Phra Nang Peninsula. Of the 154 islands in the province, Ko Phi Phi Leh is the most famous, as it was the site of the movie The Beach. Other notable islands include Ko Phi Phi Don, part of the Phi Phi Islands, and Ko Lanta, a larger island to the south.

Railay lies between the Thai city of Krabi and Ao Nang. It is accessible only by boat due to high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. Here’s my colour study of the turquoise Andaman sea viewed from the beach, with boats moored in front of it’s striking vertical cliff forms. Painted with acrylic and ink, 39 x 29 cm on paper.
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