Ok, I know that this is the peak season but this is crazy! We are not able to find any resort on Phi Phi island or Railay beach. Everyone we call says they are full or they are just waay too expensive. Anyone knows of any place that people may still not have booked out, or maybe some place that is brand new and hence not on guidebooks?.. Our budget is anything upto THB 2500. Thanks!
#1 indian_gypsy has been a member since 9/10/2007. Posts: 2
The majority of places on Ko Phi Phi cannot be booked online -- they work on a walk-in basis only. Your best tactic is to be on the first boat to the island on any given day and that will give you the best range of what's available -- be prepared to do some walking!
For Railay, you've got a couple of options. Most of the places on sunset side can be booked online and as you say are probably already jampacked across peak season. It's not all bad though, there's a bunch of places on the sunrise side that, like Phi Phi, cannot be booked online and rely on walk in only. It's a veritable bungalow village.
Lastly, there's Ao Ton Sai, the bay between Sunset Railay and Ao Nang -- it has stacks of places, none of which can be booked online -- again you'll need to do a lot of legwork, but as long as you're there early, you should find something.
Following stories may be of interest:
Do I need a reservation for my holiday?
Do I need a reservation for the Full Moon Party (while specific to Ko Pha Ngan, the advice is good for Phi Phi also).
Lastly, we've got a researcher doing a Phi Phi update at the moment - hopefully will be finished in a week or two, so watch this space!