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Railay Phutawan Resort

Good mix of rooms away from the beach

Photo of Railay Phutawan Resort, Inland from Railay East just past Phra Nang Nai Cave. , Railay Beach

What we say: 3.5 stars

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 Railay, but there are some advantages. For one, you'll find similarly comfy accommodation for a fraction of what's charged at the beaches, and two, the resort is spread over a large, lush area filled with frangipani trees and fountains. Given how ugly Railay East gets at low tide, we'd actually prefer this location, which is also strategic for the trail to Tonsai and the road to Railay West. The cheapest cold water fan bungalows are a bit run down and fake wood panel walls aren't winning any style points, but they do have wood floors, comfortable beds with mozzie nets, big front porches and several screened windows -- overall great value for money. If you've more to spend, fresh-scented concrete air-con cottages come with large windows, high ceilings, terraces, TVs, fridges and modern bathrooms with stone floors. You'll pay at least three times the price for basically the same room at Railay West. Standard air-con rooms are in a motel-style three-storey building and, while not very inspiring, aren't bad value either. Free WiFi works at the reception area.

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Inland from Railay East just past Phra Nang Nai Cave.  T: (075) 819 479 F: (075) 819 478  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Deluxe bungalow 1,200 baht 1,800 baht
Bungalow fan private b'room 400 baht 500 baht
Bungalow air-con private b'room 900 baht 1,300 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 27th June, 2013
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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Railay Phutawan Resort
Inland from Railay East just past Phra Nang Nai Cave. 
T: (075) 819 479 F: (075) 819 478

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