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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.

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.

Ao Tonsai

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.

  • Dream Valley Resort

    Dream Valley Resort

    Creature comforts in Tonsai

    Ao 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.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • The Forest Resort

    The Forest Resort

    Sturdy rooms in the jungle

    On 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Andaman Nature Resort

    Andaman Nature Resort

    A reliable choice

    Ao 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Sai Thong

    Sai Thong

    Simple jungle serenity

    On 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Mountain View Resort

    Mountain View Resort

    Pleasant cliff-side retreat

    AoTon 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.

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    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Paasook Resort

    Paasook Resort

    Lovely garden spread

    Ao 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.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker

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