Railay Beach

Where to stay: Railay Beach

Railay’s accommodation scene is pricey on the whole, but backpackers will still find cheap bungalows at Tonsai and Railay East. A fair selection of midrange and upscale resorts gets the job done for families and honeymooners. Expect to pay a minimum of 4,000 baht a night to stay on world-class Railay West in high season. That jumps to roughly 20,000 baht at Haad Phra Nang, which is home to a single super-lux resort.

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We have 13 places to stay in and around Railay Beach.

Railay West

Only midrange to upscale rooms here. For something special, we highly recommend renting a beach house at Railei Beach Club. Otherwise you’ll find a few midrangers offering direct access to one of Thailand’s finest beaches. But remember: just because your resort has direct beach access does not mean that your room won’t be a 10-minute walk from the sand.

Railei Beach Club
Railei Beach Club

Great collection of beach homes

From 2,400 baht Walk-in

Railay Village Resort
Railay Village Resort

Solid upscale beach resort

From 3,300 baht Walk-in

Railay East

Railay’s long east coast has been almost entirely filled in by resorts that run the gamut from 500-baht shacks to 12,000-baht private pool villas. There’s really no beach over here—just a shoreline of mangroves, silt flats and a long concrete walkway. But it’s the widest room selection on the peninsula and the better beaches are an easy five- to 10-minute walk away.

Railay Inland

Just beyond Phra Nang Nai Cave, Railay’s inland walkway ascends to the long-running Phutawan Resort in a cradle of cliffs and a hill rising to offer a sea view. It was the only place to stay that was open up here at time of writing, unless you’re camping out over at Highland Rock Climbing. (Neighbouring Cabana Garden Bungalows has sadly closed).

Phutawan Resort
Phutawan Resort

Rimmed by cliffs and jungle

From 1,100 baht Walk-in

Ao Tonsai

On Tonsai, electricity comes from individual generators and most bungalow spots shut it down late at night or in the morning, switching on again at around 18:00. Dream Valley and Tonsai Bay resorts are the only two with air-con at research time, though we heard plans are continuing for the construction of a large upscale resort covering most of the beachfront. For now, Tonsai remains a hippie enclave with a handful of small bungalow spots peppered off the jungle trail and a lane lined by imaginative wall art.