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The WORST place we've stayed in after a month of traveling in Thailand!
This is really the worst place you can ever stay in! It is full of rats everywhere , you can see the...

By Rozalina

What we say: 2.5 stars

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. Furnishings are limited to painfully hard mattresses on the floor and a couple of plastic chairs on cramped porches. The mosquito net was tossed in a pile on the floor of the bungalow we stayed in -- but you'll want to set it up as the pesky blood-suckers have no trouble getting inside. Bungalows are stacked one on top of the next under a handful of trees; those who want to hit the sack early should look elsewhere due to the noise of nearby bars that pump techno until 03:00. There's no WiFi, but the on-site restaurant serves decent Indian food, though it actually tasted more Burmese to us. The resort has a hilarious above-ground "swimming" pool that resembles a blow up kiddie pool. Don't expect friendly service here; when we asked a staff member for a glass, she acted like we didn't exist until the muay Thai fight she was watching went to commercial. Unless you need the cheapest bed available, we recommend traversing the extra distance to Garden View, Railay Cabana or Phutawan for far better rooms at similar rates.


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Towards the east end of Railay East behind Bamboo Bar.  T: (075) 622 586 
Email them at: rapala@loxinfo.co.th

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 600 baht
Dbl fan private b'room 300 baht 400 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 20th June, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 15th September, 2013

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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 Resort
Towards the east end of Railay East behind Bamboo Bar. 
T: (075) 622 586 
rapala@loxinfo.co.th

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