My wife and I will be spending 4-5 nights in the area and are wondering which location would be the best.
We want a beautiful beach to relax on at a good price. We will be in the area in late December.
#1 levi760 has been a member since 24/7/2009. Posts: 5
..Oh yeah, looking to spend no more than $60/night
#2 levi760 has been a member since 24/7/2009. Posts: 5
I stayed at Sand Sea Resort last year which is in Railay West. They offered a 'stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 deal' - and I see that they still have this deal going.
Cost for basic fan room is 1350/baht per night in low season, and 1950/baht high season (which is when you will be there). A fair bit more for aircon room (refer to the site for full range of prices).
Personally, I would suggest staying in Railay West. You can get amazing sunsets, and there’s an OK beach for swimming. There is also a small 'walking street' that runs up away from the beach with a few shops, etc. The beach on the east side, whilst picturesque at high tide, is basically a mangrove ‘swamp’ at lowtide.
The east probably has more atmosphere for the budget traveller (esp at night) - with more budget accomodation and restaurants. We walked to the east side each night for meals and had a drink or two at the 'Bob Marley' style bars. We were there in early June so it was reasonably quiet in there - which was perfectly OK with me. It might be quite different at Christmas time though.
It only takes 5 mins to walk from west to east, so it probably doesn’t really matter which side you stay on.
The nicest beach, however, is accessed from the East. I think there was one upper end resort there - but no one appeared to be staying at the resort! Go to the southern end of the east side, and find the track that follows along the cliffs for about 5-10 mins. Gorgeous sand, turquoise warm water – just awesome for lying back in the water for hours and staring up at the limestone cliffs.
Hope that helps a bit.
Thanks alot any info helps.
#4 levi760 has been a member since 24/7/2009. Posts: 5
Do you, or anyone else know if a walk from Ton Sai Beach to Railay west/east is an option?
#5 levi760 has been a member since 24/7/2009. Posts: 5
I haven't been there for years (pre- tsunami) but I seem to remember that the trail between Railay West and Tonsai which is passable at high tide involved some minor rope climbing...
Ahh right -- I didn't realise there was a high tide trail between Railay West and Tonsai. There is definitely one between Railay East and Tonsai -- it's probably a four lane road by now ;-)
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Thanks alot everyone
#9 levi760 has been a member since 24/7/2009. Posts: 5