Maya Bay is no real secret - Leonardo DiCarprio's The Beach took care of that - but it is still one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The old Thai longboats that settle in on the beach help add to the atmosphere too. As far as pure tourist destinations go, this is one of the best in the country.
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Railay Beach is about 30 minutes from the Krabi airport by taxi. (Cheap taxi, naturally) We stayed at Railay Beach resort. It is beautiful. The prices range from affordable to indulgent, it all depends on your mood. The food is great and the cocktails are non stop and delicious.
Railay Beach is a two sided island. One side is the beach. The other side (a ten minute winding walk through the island resort) is an awesome bar/restaurant scene on the water. Great for nights. Its a great little street on the water with reggae bars, phenomenal dinner spots, amazing whole fish spots etc. ANYTHING you could want and all modestly priced with, most importantly) a relax and fun vibe!
There is also another little street walk that you can stroll during the day that has cool little shops and great place to provision for a day trip.
There are always 10-20 long tail boats waiting on the main beach at all times. They will take you wherever you want. You simply point to an island that no one is on, grab your cooler ask the driver to wait on the other side until you are finished indulging. I believe we payed about 80 USD for the day. And that may be on the high side.
PS: Don't forget to stop at Maya Bay (pictured above) In my opinion, this is one of the most breathtaking beaches in all of SE Asia and only 30 minutes by boat from Krabi.