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Bat Cave Railay – Epic Viewpoint on Phra Nang Beach, Krabi

Bat Cave Railay – Epic Viewpoint on Phra Nang Beach, Krabi

Complete guide to the epic bat cave viewpoint at the end of Phra Nang Beach in Railay, Thailand.

Railay is known for its spectacular white sand beaches and jungle-covered limestone walls. However, it’s also an adventure hub for rock climbers and those chasing more than just passing time on the beach.

In this guide, I’ll introduce to you one of my favorite viewpoints in Railay, the epic Bat Cave, located at the end of Phra Nang Beach. The best thing is it takes 10 minutes to reach the entrance. An easy walk for an unforgettable view.

I’ll detail how to get here, what to expect, and some insights from my visit that I hope will inspire yours!

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By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler & adventure photographer for 6 years with 700+ published travel guides. I visit every place I write about & share real tips from what I learn.

About the Railay Bat Cave

If you look over at the western end of Phra Nang Beach, it's hard to miss the huge cave carved out of the towering limestone pillar named Gwaht Lan.

This is the little-known Railay Bat Cave and offers one of the most unique viewpoints on the Railay Peninsula. Although it's nowhere near as popular, the Bat Cave is even more awesome than the other Railay Caves including the Diamond Cave (Phra Nang Nai Cave), and Princess Cave.

There's also a pretty hardcore rock climbing route at the back of this cave, leading through the cave from the Railay West side to Phra Nang.

In this post I won't cover this rock climbing route, but more the viewpoint accessible via a short walk from the Phra Nang Beach.

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View from Phra Nang Beach

How to Get to the Bat Cave at Phra Nang Beach

Since the Bat Cave is in Railay, you'll need to get here first.

Note there are no roads to the Railay Peninsula, so you'll need to take a boat. I've written a detailed guide about how to get to Railay Beach from Ao Nang Beach and other parts of Krabi for more information.

Once you've made it to Railay, you'll want to walk to Phra Nang Beach. Alternatively, you can get your longtail boat driver to drop you off here directly if coming from Ao Nang.

To get to Phra Nang Beach, simply walk over to the southern end of Railay East Beach. From here, you'll find a short walking track leading under the limestone cliffs to Phra Nang Beach, passing the trailhead for the Railay East Viewpoint & Lagoon hike.

Phra nang beach, thailand

Arriving at Phra Nang Beach, follow the sandy shores to the western end. Right at the end of the beach, you'll see a trail leading into the jungle.

Google Maps Location: Bat Cave

Follow this trail and climb the short, muddy wall to the edge of the limestone cliffs. This is a popular rock climbing area, so be mindful of rock climbers belaying.

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Large entrance to the cave

Next, turn left, passing the small caves. By now, you'll see the huge bat cave protruding into the wall.

Overall, it only takes around 10 minutes to get to the entrance from the beach.

Climbing Up to the Bat Cave Viewpoint

The Bat Cave climb is quite short and aided by a rickety bamboo ladder. The hike is quite easy, but the floor can be slippery, so it's probably a good idea to wear sealed shoes or water sandals for hiking.

From the entrance to the cave, expect less than 5 minutes to be at the Bat Cave viewpoint overlooking Phra Nang Beach. The path is very easy to follow.

However, the opening section can be quite slippery when raining. Once you're in the cave, continue deeper, keeping an eye out on the right for a small, narrow tunnel.

Squeeze through this tunnel and you'll arrive at the Bat Cave Viewpoint, one of the best places for epic views in Railay!

Climbing bamboo ladder at the railay bat cave
Bamboo ladder within the cave

Beautiful View from the Railay Bat Cave

Walking through the narrow tunnel unveils a magical scene of Phra Nang Beach and Ko Rang Nok island framed perfectly within the rocky cavern opening.

We visited at a good time, since high tide and a sunny day meant for amazing clear water views.

There's even a small rocky feature behind that is a great place to sit to enjoy the view!

Viewpoint at the bat cave, railay

We stayed at this viewpoint for about 20 minutes before crawling back through the small opening and walking back down to the beach.

Tip: I recommend visiting at high tide for the best photographs over the beach as the watercolor is truly breathtaking.

Viewpoint at the bat cave, railay

FAQ About Visiting Railay Bat Cave

What should I expect when climbing to the Bat Cave viewpoint?

After a 10-minute walk from the beach can expect a short climb, aided by a bamboo ladder. The path can be slippery, so wear appropriate footwear. The climb takes less than 5 minutes from the entrance of the cave to the viewpoint.

Is the Bat Cave viewpoint suitable for everyone?

While the hike is relatively easy, it requires a bit of agility to navigate slippery sections and a narrow tunnel. Those with mobility issues might find this part challenging. This is not recommended for small children due to the large drop at the front of the viewpoint and small viewing area.

Are there any tips for first-time visitors to the Bat Cave?

Wear sealed shoes or water sandals for the hike, visit during high tide for the best views over Phra Nang Beach, and watch for rock climbers in the area. Allocate around 20 minutes for the viewpoint to fully enjoy the scene. Also, remember this is a bat cave so refrain from touching the ground due to the excess bat poo being present.

Where to Stay at Railay

Railay is a small peninsula with no cars or road transport. Therefore, you can walk to all the pristine beaches, where most of the best Railay Beach hotels and resorts are located. There are also a few budget backpacker hostels right on the beach.

Below are the top 3 places to stay in Railay for each budget.

Rayavadee outdoor views of the bungalow accommodation and swimming pool, krabi

1. Rayavadee Luxury

Known as one of the best resorts in Krabi. This 5-star luxury accommodation in Railay is famous for its epic cave restaurant. Boasts immaculately designed rooms, 6 restaurants, an outdoor pool, & incredible balcony views.

Tinidee hideaway villa accommodation on tonsai beach, thailand

2. Tinidee Hideaway Villa

Amazing sea-view villas overlooking the impeccable Tonsai Beach. The most romantic place to stay for couples. Features a beachside pool & world-class breakfast included.

Blanco hostel pool in railay

3. Blanco Hideout Budget

Easily the best backpacker hostel in Railay featuring a pool, two bars, a restaurant, a gym, and great common areas for sunbathing and meeting other travelers.

More Railay & Krabi Adventures

I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to the Railay Bat Cave.

Check out some of my other guides below for more similar inspiration for your adventures in Railay and Krabi!

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Plan Your Krabi Accommodation

Still in the planning stages of your trip? Perhaps you're booking on the fly. The below accommodation guides will help you plan where to stay in Thailand.

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