Railay has no cars but that doesn't mean it is less touristy than neighboring Ao Nang. There were tons of people each morning waiting to catch boats to other exotic places in the Andaman Sea. The night life is quiet but there are some great bars for chilling out on the east side, most are herb friendly. The area is known for its rock climbing and there are dozens of climbing shops to help experiences climbers. It is a very cool area and the 2 days we spent there was in no way long enough to see everything, I can't wait to go back!
You can't miss Utopia on your stroll from walking street on west to the east, its a chill spot in the jungle with a big family of monkeys living in the surrounding trees. It is owned by a young, very friendly foreigner couple who have been there since the beginning of 2012 and are still renovating. They have a fresh and interesting style and you can see their vision already with cool artwork on the wall and movies playing every night. They have yummy Indian food and you can sign up there for morning and evening yoga classes run by a nice Indian guy for 300 baht an hour. We enjoyed the 8 am yoga class right on the beach (he has mats and everything for you to borrow) and ran right into the ocean afterwards!
If your heading to Krabi on your Thai holiday, honestly I would skip over Krabi and Ao Nang as quick as you can (or all together) if your looking for the perfect beach to just lay back and relax. Railay is perfect for kicking back, eating some awesome Thai and Indian food, exploring the limestone during low tide and waking up your adventurous side (even though I personally opted for a massage and yoga over climbing.) My brother met up with us on the morning before we fly back to Bangkok and he is still there, two weeks later. It is easy to get stuck at these kinds of spots, and I am envious he has gotten to explore much more! Check out Railay, I bet you won't be able to leave either! Pin It