Rimmed by cliffs and jungle
Phutawan’s reasonably comfortable rooms sit in freestanding cottages and a couple of room blocks on a hill rimmed by impressive cliffs.
If you don’t mind a climb to your room, this is a beautiful setting within a 10-minute walk of both Railay West and East. The resort makes the most of the location by way of a pool, bar and loungers on a large patio with a sea-and-cliff outlook to mountain of Ko Pu in the distance and climbers hanging from the nearest crags. The jungle trail to Tonsai also begins behind the resort.
The cheapest rooms come in a three-floor stack and while the interiors are nothing special, they’re all cleaned daily and attached to balconies affording a grand view to the northern cliff and jungle in between. The newer rooms are a step up, set in a brushed concrete structure with glass doors opening to the same view as the pool. There are also some family rooms and large concrete bungalows with super-high roofs on the bathrooms.
The old bamboo huts are now for staff only, so Phutawan is strictly a flashpacker to midrange spot, which is a shame given that the old Garden Cabana joint has closed next door. Rooms are all well equipped with minibars, WiFi and the like—a bit overpriced at times in high season, but solid value in the slower months.
Address: Inland past Phra Nang Nai Cave, Railay
T: (075) 819 479; (097) 285 9839;
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º50'31.2" E, 8º0'53.28" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,100 baht||2,200 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,300 baht||3,200 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,500 baht||3,500 baht|
|Family room||3,500 baht||7,000 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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