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Sai Thong

Simple jungle serenity

Photo of Sai Thong, On the hill road to Railay, Tonsai. , Railay Beach

What we say: 3.5 stars

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 path that leads up and over the hills to Railay, and while several other bungalow joints have now set up shop here, Sai Thong was the first. Basic stilted bamboo huts blend seamlessly into the forested hillside. All come with cold water ensuite bathrooms, firm mattresses on the floor with mosquito nets and small front porches -- we're talking basic digs here. The guy who runs Sai Thong is a laid back creative type who has a loyal following of guests who often return year after year. He closes up and heads for the comforts of the mainland during much of the low season, although he'll be happy to put you up at a discounted rate if he happens to be around. It's a bit of a hike from here to the beach and you'll want mosquito repellent. If Sai Thong is full, The Forest, Garden View, Tiew Khao and Sai Ngam Botanic all offer similar bungalows and prices in the immediate area.

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On the hill road to Railay, Tonsai. 

What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Bungalow fan private b'room n/a 250 baht 400 baht for two people, 600 baht for four.

Added to Travelfish on: 7th October, 2006
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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On the hill road to Railay, Tonsai. 

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