Rachavadee Bankrut Resort
Rachavadee is a long way south of the railway road in Ban Krut and while the beachfront is extremely manicured, the rooms here are rundown and in need of refurbishment.
The stretch of beach is lovely and they've landscaped it to the extent of scattering boulders around, which lends a decidedly Flintstonian vibe. They could have eased up on the "private area" signs, as the beach is actually public land. Rooms look good at a glance but on closer inspection are getting long in the tooth -- the room they showed us actually had a broken light-fitting dangling from the ceiling! There's enough space, but really this just wasn't anywhere near as good as we expected. The pool is a fair size but ordinary and the restaurant area is vast and airy, which is handy as the WiFi only works here. On the upside, we found both the staff we dealt with to be very friendly and helpful, with good English -- at least they have that sorted out -- and the beach is pleasant too. Shop online for a discounted rate.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Superior double room, low season: 1,600 baht, high season 1,800 baht. Notes: Garden view
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 1,800 baht, high season 2,000 baht. Notes: Ocean view
98/1 Moo 7, Ban Krut
T: (032) 510 081
F: (032) 510 081
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B