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The spacious villas at Sunrise Tropical Resort have held their integrity over the years, constituting some of the best midrange value on Railay.
They dot a leafy property that blends into the natural scenery, rather than erasing it in a frenzy of concrete like other resorts. While the pool is relatively small and the only seafront faces scruffy Railay East, the location is convenient to the pier and—the best part—closer to Haad Phra Nang than any resort apart from super-lux Rayavadee.
Sunrise Tropical has a modern two-floor room block but we suggest throwing down the extra 800 baht or so for a villa—they’re similar to (arguably better than) the pricier villas at Railay Village Resort. Inside you get a sumptuous king bed and silk daybed among a full list of luxuries, plus huge bathrooms stacked with Jacuzzi tubs and rock-garden showers. It's all done Thai style and designers really some some class.
A five-minute walk from either Haad Phra Nang or Haad Railay West, this is a long running and reputable resort with a large restaurant, coffee shop and massage.
Address: South side of Railay East
T: (075) 819 418-20; (081) 979 6299;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'26.86" E, 8º0'35.64" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,900 baht||4,100 baht|
|Superior double room|
|2,500 baht||5,400 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
|3,000 baht||6,000 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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