Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
East Railay Beach
East Railay is the mangrove side of the peninsula so there isn't really any swimming here, but it's the only option for inexpensive rooms apart from Tonsai. Many travellers choose to stay on this side of Railay and walk to the better beaches during the day. Tip: the best places to stay also happen to be the most isolated.
Hillside retreatFar eastern side of Railay East
T: (085) 888 5143; F: (075) 662 191
The owners of this isolated hilltop bungalow joint may have sold themselves short by naming it Garden View when, in fact, many of the bungalows afford great ocean views as well. Wood bungalows are ... Read the full review of Railay Garden View Resort.
Natural and luxuriousFar eastern side of Railay East
T: (075) 819 4723; F: (075) 819 474
Situated a bit further east from Railay Garden View, Great View is the last place to stay on the walkway to the northeast of Railay East. You'll need to be in shape to walk and climb the steps ... Read the full review of Railay Great View Resort & Spa.1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
Spacious, stylish villasMiddle of East Railay Beach
T: (075) 819 418 20; F: (075) 819 421
Another good midrange option, Sunrise Tropical is located in the centre of Railay East so the hum of longtail boats can be heard from the big Western-Thai restaurant and reception area. Thankfully, ... Read the full review of Sunrise Tropical Resort.1,500B to 4,000B 3 votes Midrange
Full-scale luxury479 Railay East Bay
T: (075) 819 4514; F: (075) 819 455
Situated towards the centre of East Railay beach, Bhu Nga's lavish swimming pool is a bit out of place in an area otherwise occupied by cheap backpacker restaurants and bland midrange resorts. But if ... Read the full review of Bhu Nga Thani Resort and Spa.
Good mix of rooms away from the beachInland from Railay East just past Phra Nang Nai Cave
T: (075) 819 479; F: (075) 819 478
Phutawan is located about a 10 minutes' walk from East Railay on the road that connects up to the trail to Tonsai. It might seem like sacrilege to stay away from the beach at a beach paradise like ... Read the full review of Railay Phutawan Resort.
Best of the midrange bunch390 Railay East
T: (081) 537 5517; F: (075) 819 439
Anyavee's combination of nicely kitted-out rooms, leafy grounds, welcoming staff and reasonable rates make it our favourite of the midrange spots on Railay East. Rooms are built into a hillside ... Read the full review of Anyavee Railay Resort .1,500B to 4,000B 2 votes Midrange
Feels a world awayInland from Railay East just past Phra Nang Nai Cave
T: (075) 621 733;
Located just past Phutawan Resort where the trail to Tonsai begins, Railay Cabana is the antithesis of the upscale resorts found at Railay West. No more than a dozen simple but spacious cold water ... Read the full review of Railay Cabana.Under 600B 4 votes Backpacker
Massive midrange spotEast Railay Beach
T: (075) 819 443; F: (075) 662 137
This sprawling resort is worth checking out if everywhere else is full simply due to their vast number of rooms. It's a veritable bungalow-burb out behind reception, with row after row of bland ... Read the full review of Diamond Cave Resort .600B to 1,500B 6 votes Flashpacker
Sprawling and uninspiredTowards the east side of Railay Eas
T: (075) 819 428; F: (075) 819 428
Viewpoint is a massive budget to midrange resort with cookie-cutter rooms that stretch for as far as the eye can see. Expect a lot of hastily placed blocks of concrete that in no way compliment the ... Read the full review of Railay Viewpoint Resort .600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
CheapTowards the east end of Railay East behind Bamboo Bar
T: (075) 622 586;
Rapala is the most obvious budget spot on Railay East and offers bare-bones free-standing bungalows and fan rooms set in a rickety longhouse with paper thin walls and shared cold water bathrooms. ... Read the full review of Rapala Resort.Under 600B 5 votes Backpacker
West Railay Beach
West Railay Beach is home to five high-end resorts. It's a beautiful spot to sun bake and watch the sunset, but you'll need to pay for the privelage of staying here. Note that this side of Railay fills up during peak season from mid December to mid January and rates skyrocket. Also bear in mind the longtail noise is considerable.
Private beach houses for rentRailay Beach West
T: (086) 685 9359; F: (075) 819 445
Spanning the entire northern half of West Railay beach, this community of beach houses was established by foreign travellers in 1985 and was the first development to appear on Railay. Back then, it ... Read the full review of Railei Beach Club .
For high-rollers and honeymooners214 Moo 2 (southern-most end of the beach) Railay
T: (075) 620 7403; F: (075) 620 630
Located on 26 acres of coconut groves, this top-end resort spans the isthmus and enjoys seafront on all three of Railay's beaches. It's the only option if you want direct access to Phra Nang beach ... Read the full review of Rayavadee.over 8,000B 1 vote Luxury
Friendly staffRailay West Beach
T: (075) 819 4123;
It's not easy to distinguish between the villas at Railay Village, Railay Bay and Sand Sea, but the Village gets the prize for the friendliest staff. The cheaper rooms are in two storey blocks -- ... Read the full review of Railay Village Resort.
Average midrange resortRailay Beach West
T: (075) 819 4634; F: (075) 819 470
Apart from the most simple options at Railei Beach Club, Sand Sea has the least expensive rooms on Railay West -- but they're not exactly cheap. Well designed villas are set in peaceful surrounds ... Read the full review of Sand Sea Resort.1,500B to 4,000B 4 votes Midrange
Not bad if you can swing a cottage145 Moo 2 Railay Bay
T: (075) 622 9989;
The receptionist who greeted us during our last visit seemed to be having a bad day, and we've found similarly less-than-stellar service on previous visits. If you can get past that, the luxury ... Read the full review of Railay Bay Resort and Spa.4,000B to 8,000B 3 votes Toprange
Though a few midrange spots have sprung up, most accommodation in Tonsai comes in the form of dirt cheap bungalows with non-flush toilets and cold showers. This area is not on the public electric grid -- most places only offer power during the evenings, though the pricier joints have 24-hour electricity and air-con during high season.
Creature comforts in TonsaiAo Tonsai
T: (075) 819 810;
Dream Valley is the only resort in Tonsai to offer a pool -- and it's a decent one too. The resort also has 24-hour electricity during high season. Newish deluxe rooms face the pool and are the most ... Read the full review of Dream Valley Resort.
Sturdy rooms in the jungleOn the hill road to Railay, Tonsai
T: (075) 819 826;
Just up from Sai Thong, The Forest has simple attached fan rooms in a newish wood building and decent sized free-standing wood and bamboo bungalows nestled along the forested hill behind reception. ... Read the full review of The Forest Resort.
A reliable choiceAo Tonsai
T: (081) 979 6050;
Located to the centre of the high road through Tonsai, Andaman Nature has a sizable number of bamboo and wood bungalows in a leafy area behind reception. The boisterous woman who greeted us was one ... Read the full review of Andaman Nature Resort.
Simple jungle serenityOn the hill road to Railay, Tonsai
The bed of an old, broken-down Mazda pick-up truck serves as a big flower pot in front of Sai Thong's reception shack, setting the mood for this chilled out jungle retreat. It's located along the ... Read the full review of Sai Thong.
Pleasant cliff-side retreatAoTon Sai
T: (075) 660 7256;
This relatively large resort is run by the owners of City Hotel in Krabi town and is one of the more professional operations in Tonsai. It also enjoys one of the best locations -- stilted concrete ... Read the full review of Mountain View Resort.
Lovely garden spreadAo Tonsai
T: (089) 645 3013;
The owner was napping when we arrived, but he was perfectly friendly after rubbing his eyes and stretching for a moment, and he offers some of the more solid bungalows in Tonsai. The mint green wood ... Read the full review of Paasook Resort.
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