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Rapala Rockwood Resort

IMproved budget digs

Photo of Rapala Rockwood Resort, Towards the northern end of Railay East. , Railay Beach

What we say: 3.5 stars

Rapala showed noticeable improvements since our previous visit, sporting fresh coats of dark violet paint on the coconut-wood bungalows and hammocks strung to porches that used to have only cracked plastic chairs. Inside, the mosquito nets were actually strung up and the rock-hard mattresses had been raised off the floors, putting you that much closer to the wall-mounted fans. The attached cold-water bathrooms are as simple as ever, with bucket-flush toilets. If you’re looking to save cash, settle into a cheaper room with nothing more than mattress on the floor and fan in a thin-walled longhouse. For these you’ll be using shared bathrooms in a cement building towards the centre of the property. The spacious roofed-deck restaurant with floor cushions is great for chatting up other travellers, and even the laughably small aboveground swimming pool (more like a kiddie pool really) had been outfitted with its own mini deck and a couple of loungers. The property is larger than it first appears -- ask for a bungalow towards the rear to be as far away as possible from the late-night techno that thumps from the nearby bars. Little kids and chickens hang around here, and the man who greeted us was a lot friendlier than the older woman who we met last time. When we asked if he’d have a room open for the next day, his response was: “I always have rooms.”

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Contact details:

Towards the northern end of Railay East.  T: (075) 622 586 

What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Bungalow fan private b'room 500 baht 800 baht
Bungalow fan share b'room 400 baht 500 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 20th June, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 23rd April, 2015

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.

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Rapala Rockwood Resort
Towards the northern end of Railay East. 
T: (075) 622 586 

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