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THE BEST ACCOMMODATIONS IN RAILAY
Located in Krabi Province, near Krabi Town and Ao Nang, the Railay Peninsula is one of our favorite destinations in all of Thailand. Whenever the opportunity arises, we return to this magical place! Although Railay is not very big, there are plenty of resorts, hotels and even some hostels to be found. To make it easy for you, we have made a selection of different types of accommodations, taking into account every budget and offering the best value for money.
The result, the very best accommodations you can find in Railay. We recommend you to stay at least two nights in Railay and not to do a day tour. Why? If you go with the crowd, you will miss some of the real beauty that Railay has to offer. You then only see the popular Railay at its busiest time in very little time and that is such a shame! We love Railay when the day trippers are gone. Who knows, maybe you will love this beautiful area as much as we do!
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Avatar Railay Resort
By now we are good friends with the manager of this resort, so many times we have slept at the Avatar Railay Resort. An incredibly sympathetic manager with heart for his profession! Avatar Railay has large clean rooms with wonderfully soft beds. The double beds can easily accommodate three people. The resort is a short fifteen minute walk from our favorite beach (Phra Nang Beach). In Avatar Railay you can choose to book a room with pool access or even private pool, you then dive from your terrace into the refreshing pool. The rooms above the pool are more than good, we regularly sleep in this cheapest option.
Even if you don’t sleep in this relaxing resort we recommend everyone to at least have a drink (cocktail) in their beautiful garden, which looks very cool especially during the evening. The resort is not called Avatar Railay Resort for nothing….
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Railay Village Resort & Spa
We slept once at Railay Village Resort & Spa and WOW, what a great time we had! The whole team is very friendly and the tropical garden is gorgeous! The resort has two pools of which we found the largest grandiose. The pool is very large and during the evening this pool is fairy lit. Right on Railay West is the restaurant where breakfast is served. Delicious food overlooking the sea and the fascinating surroundings of Railay.
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Want to know why even more this resort belongs in our list of best accommodations in Railay? Then read our comprehensive review on Railay Village Resort & Spa.
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Although the locations we selected in Railay are very well regarded, it’s possible that, due to new management for example, the quality has become less good. Or the location (unfortunately) had to close its doors because of the Covid-19 pandemic. If you have useful information, or even a favorite restaurant or other tip for Railay, please let us know. You can do so via our Thailand Magazine Facebook Group, our special Krabi Facebook Group or via a message Instagram- and Facebook Page. Of course you can also just email us. THANKS!
Rayavadee not only belongs in the list of accommodations in Railay, but in all of Thailand. In fact, this fantastic resort is the best resort in Thailand that we have slept in ourselves so far. It is the sum of the numbers that makes this resort unique. The tropical grounds with huge cliffs on both sides are wonderful, the rooms (pavilions and villas) are absolutely crazy and the staff simply invented the term hospitality. Finally, there are four different restaurants where you can eat deliciously and one of which is very special. In The Grotto you lunch or dine in a cave with a view over Phra Nang Beach and Happy Island. Truly magical!
The cheapest option you can book in Rayavadee is the Deluxe Pavilion of 90m2. A great accommodation of two floors with downstairs the living area and upstairs the bedroom and spacious bathroom. We ourselves slept several nights in a Pool Pavilion including a huge private pool, terrace and surrounded by a lush garden. Truly heavenly and we will never forget our stay at this resort!
Want to know why we will never forget our stay at Rayavadee? Then read our review. We also wrote a review about The Grotto, the special restaurant in a cave.
Tinidee Hideaway Tonsai Beach Krabi
To be honest, actually Tinidee Hideaway Tonsai Beach Krabi doesn’t belong in the list of best accommodations in Railay because of its location on Tonsai Beach. But since this resort is so very nice and is located on the beach next to Railay we just had to tip it. Tinidee Hideway is hidden between two rock formations and can be found on Tonsai beach. Here it’s almost always quiet with a very friendly and free-spirited atmosphere. Behind the resort is a small village and there are plenty of activities to do. You will certainly not be bored, but you can certainly relax. In 2020 we went to visit this beautiful resort to have a tasty lunch and to see if this resort is interesting for our readers. Is it interesting to spend some nights? YES and ourselves even can’t wait to spend a few nights here!
Tinidee Hideaway offers a swimming pool with an amazing view and three types of rooms, starting with the Longhouse Dorm. Ideal for backpackers and people who want to stay nice and cheap near Railay and Ao Nang. Couples will be overjoyed with the Private Beachfront Villas of 27 m2 including a terrace with sea view. Finally, there are the Longhouse Family Rooms for the lucky families who visit Tonsai Beach, because what a treat it is to be able to spend a few days here. Say hello to the family of monkeys who regularly show up on the property. If so, please also say hello to the attentive and friendly staff including the manager and the lady behind the check-in counter. They are so very friendly and we are sure they will make your stay unforgettable!
Railay Garden View Resort
Railay Garden View Resort is a cheap option in our list of best accommodations in Railay. However, the resort is not very central, but because of this you will sleep in a quiet place on Railay East. Despite its location, the center, Railay Walking Street, is still only a 15-minute walk away. Also keep in mind that the Railay Garden View Resort is located on a mountain and your condition must be able to handle this. The advantage of this high location is the beautiful view of Railay East. Do not worry about your luggage, there is a luggage elevator. Chances are that you will encounter the Dusky Leaf Monkey, a funny little monkey with white circles around its eyes.
Railay Garden View Resort only has a cold shower, not a big deal in the Thai heat, but that it knows. Breakfast is only served from November through mid-April.
Railay Great View Resort
As the name suggests, the Railay Great View Resort offers its guests a beautiful view of the east of Railay. The resort is fairly remote and yet this resort deserves a spot in the list of best accommodations in Railay. From the infinity pool and most rooms you have an endless view over the sea. We ourselves went to have a look at this resort, quite a hike, but if you want peace and quiet in a beautiful area then this accommodation in Railay is exactly what you are looking for.
Sunrise Tropical Resort
UPDATE 2021: Sunrise Tropical Resort is closed, let;s hope they will open the doors again in the future.
What friendly people work at the Sunrise Tropical Resort! The managers of the associated restaurant as well as of the resort itself, are at your service at all times. They are happy to give their guests tips to make your visit to Railay even more enjoyable. Besides good service also the location of this resort is great. Sunrise Tropical is not far from Phra Nang Beach and Railay West, both beaches can be reached on foot in about ten minutes. The resort itself, by the way, is on Nam Mao Beach, virtually to Railay East. The rooms are spacious where you can also choose from several triple rooms, useful if you are traveling with a child. Another plus of this resort is that it is near the floating pier from which you can travel to islands like Phuket, Phi Phi and Koh Yao Yai.
The Sunrise Tropical Restaurant has a beautiful view over the bay of Railay East and you can enjoy lunch and / or dinner even if you do not sleep in the hotel.