Rapala Rockwood

Rapala Rockwood

Railay’s budget mainstay

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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.

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Family run and affordable. : David Luekens.
Family run and affordable. Photo: David Luekens

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.

Contact details for Rapala Rockwood

Address: Towards the northern end of Railay East
T: (080) 973 7778;  
Email: rapalarockwood@gmail.com
Web: http://www.rapalarockwood.com/
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'37.25" E, 8º0'46.11" N
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Room rates: Under 600B

Room rates

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

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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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