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Ao Nang, Railay Wast, or Railay East??

  • levi760

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    My wife and I will be spending 4-5 nights in the area and are wondering which location would be the best.
    We want a beautiful beach to relax on at a good price. We will be in the area in late December.

    #1 Posted: 4/8/2009 - 05:33

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  • levi760

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    ..Oh yeah, looking to spend no more than $60/night

    #2 Posted: 4/8/2009 - 05:43

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    I stayed at Sand Sea Resort last year which is in Railay West. They offered a 'stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 deal' - and I see that they still have this deal going.

    http://www.krabisandsea.com/Roomrates.aspx

    Cost for basic fan room is 1350/baht per night in low season, and 1950/baht high season (which is when you will be there). A fair bit more for aircon room (refer to the site for full range of prices).

    Personally, I would suggest staying in Railay West. You can get amazing sunsets, and there’s an OK beach for swimming. There is also a small 'walking street' that runs up away from the beach with a few shops, etc. The beach on the east side, whilst picturesque at high tide, is basically a mangrove ‘swamp’ at lowtide.

    The east probably has more atmosphere for the budget traveller (esp at night) - with more budget accomodation and restaurants. We walked to the east side each night for meals and had a drink or two at the 'Bob Marley' style bars. We were there in early June so it was reasonably quiet in there - which was perfectly OK with me. It might be quite different at Christmas time though.

    It only takes 5 mins to walk from west to east, so it probably doesn’t really matter which side you stay on.

    The nicest beach, however, is accessed from the East. I think there was one upper end resort there - but no one appeared to be staying at the resort! Go to the southern end of the east side, and find the track that follows along the cliffs for about 5-10 mins. Gorgeous sand, turquoise warm water – just awesome for lying back in the water for hours and staring up at the limestone cliffs.

    Hope that helps a bit.

    #3 Posted: 4/8/2009 - 10:21

  • levi760

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    Thanks alot any info helps.

    #4 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 10:43

  • levi760

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    Do you, or anyone else know if a walk from Ton Sai Beach to Railay west/east is an option?

    #5 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 12:05

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    levi760 - yes they're interconnected by trail and/or beach (low tide only)

    #6 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 13:09

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    I haven't been there for years (pre- tsunami) but I seem to remember that the trail between Railay West and Tonsai which is passable at high tide involved some minor rope climbing...

    #7 Posted: 5/8/2009 - 20:12

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    Ahh right -- I didn't realise there was a high tide trail between Railay West and Tonsai. There is definitely one between Railay East and Tonsai -- it's probably a four lane road by now ;-)

    #8 Posted: 6/8/2009 - 08:23

  • levi760

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    Thanks alot everyone

    #9 Posted: 6/8/2009 - 11:35

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    OH! Good to know you can walk from beach to beach, makes that decision a lot easier!

    #10 Posted: 7/10/2012 - 22:57

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  • waytogo

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    Walking to Tonsai is a pain in the ass though.

    #11 Posted: 11/10/2012 - 01:35

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