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3 miles from Ao Nang, Krabi

EAST RAI LEI. 8°00.586N, 98°50.619E

This anchorage provides reasonable shelter, particularly during wind or swells from the west, and is the one used by supply boats that service the hotels and bungalows on the rock-enclosed peninsula as well as hordes of noisy island day trip long tail boats.

To the east, past Ao Nam Mao, is the famous fossil shell beach locally known as the Su San Hoi which has huge slabs that look like poured concrete embedded with 75 million-year-old shells.

For shore access tie your dinghy toward the seaward end of the long floating pontoon. Watch your step on this pontoon; wear appropriate footwear and bring a torch if going ashore after dark. The road joining the bays is paved accessing the middle ground, now a mish-mash of supermarkets, restaurants and lively bars. From the pontoon base, turn right then next left for the quickest path to Rai Lei’s ‘Sunset Beach’.

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