Railay’s budget mainstay
Preserving the only remaining backpacker-range bungalows on Railay (not including Tonsai), Rapala Rockwood is an old family-run spot that has showed improvements in recent years.
Mostly made of coconut wood with a few walled in bamboo, the small freestanding bungalows get the job down with soft beds, mosquito nets and bucket-flush toilets in cold-water bathrooms. You’ll also find cheaper rooms in a couple of long houses with shared bathrooms. Most rooms are fan cooled, but air-con has been added to a few.
To reach the resort you’ll ascend a long stairway near The Last Bar and other night haunts that do blast music late into the night—bring earplugs. The father/son managers do a good job, offering free WiFi in a restaurant/lounge with floor cushions and a sea view. There’s even a little plunge pool. Though we’d class this place as “just average” in destinations with a wider range of budget bungalows, on Railay it fills a crucial role for backpackers.
Address: Towards the northern end of Railay East
T: (080) 973 7778;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'37.25" E, 8º0'46.11" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan share bathroom||400 baht||600 baht|
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||600 baht||800 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||900 baht||1,200 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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