This is my kind of resort, I only wish I could have stayed a bit longer, if only to enjoy more time lying by the pool and relaxing with that stunning view of the cliffs. Its a nice change from all those beach-side resorts, which are either nice but very high budget or lower budget, but loud and busy.
It is a short ride from the main strip, but in my view, that makes it a nice relief at the end of a hard day of beach bumming and island hopping. They have a half-hourly shuttle service to/from the main beach and shops which worked perfectly fine for me on my last day.
This resort sits directly next to the big cliffs and it is designed to make you feel lost in a jungle. The landscaping is of lush forest plants and each unique bungalow is positioned creatively so that although they are close to each other, each one feels secluded. I loved walking along the path to the rooms, I want a garden like this at home!
The bungalows are simple but very clean. A previous review complained of them needing updating, but they are perfectly fine. This is not some luxury resort and having stayed at many bungalow resorts in my travels this certainly makes the top grades for this budget.
Each bungalow had outside seating area on the balcony, some bigger than others which means you can choose between lounging about here, by the pool, in the hammock area near reception... so many choices!
The pool is cold and blissful, as the beach water was about 26 degrees celsius and a bit too warm for my liking. It is a truly beautiful pool, the nicest one on my entire 3 week Thailand trip and was perfectly clean as well. Across the from the pool there is an on-site gym with some basic equipment. It said opening hours 4pm to 8pm, but I never used it so you might want to check with reception if thats correct
Hot showers operate with an individual heater typical in many 3 star places and to be honest you'll be wanting cool showers in this heat anyway. They have about 6 channels on TV, on one day I was lucky to have BBC World and Discovery channel for an English fix, but the next day I only got Thai channels. Not sure why, but did 't matter to me. Each room has high speed WIFI, you will be given a code on check-in. Air-conditioning was that nice and quiet kind and had good auto settings, so for the first time on this trip I didn't freeze at night. They've thought about the details too, like a clothes line on the side of the balcony so it doesn't block your view.
The restaurant on site is nice and simple and has a book exchange, but there is a restaurant across the road that looked popular, I think it had signs advertising German food as well.
Barracuda Travel has an office on site so you can organise day trips easily. If you need to organise airport transfers you can also do this directly with reception, I paid 200 baht for a spot in a minvan which collected me in the early morning and took 35 mins to Krabi airport.
- I hired a motorcycle/moped during my stay and it was the best thing of my trip. I hired mine from a store in town for 280 baht per day with helmet and insurance, but you can also hire them from the resort. It's so cheap if there is only one or two of you and it's such an easy, fun and convenient way to get around. There are some nice quiet beaches in the area which you can scooter off to to escape the masses and it means never having to wait around for transport. I had never ridden one before, but I cycle on the streets of London a lot so I felt perfectly confident. It is truly easy, just mind the traffic around you.
- buy and wear mosquito repellant, it will make your outdoor time more enjoyable.
- If you want to visit Railay Beach there is an official ticket box down by the main beach on the corner where the road bends and they go as soon as the boat is full (which isn't that long). I think it was 100 baht each way, i forget exactly sorry. But there are signs and they also have boats to various other islands and beaches. The last boat back from Railay to Aonang is 6pm.
Be prepared to get wet when getting on/off boats even in good weather. Most people wear their swimming costumes underneath their clothing which is a good idea, but the waves managed to wet the purse in my shorts pocket. Keep those cameras dry in your bag.
Please note that you can walk from West Railay to East Railay and from East Railay to Phranang Cave Beach. There are a few signs around, but not all that easy to find. But from West Railay just walk down Market Street and keep walking and following the path and you'll eventually get there. East Beach is not really a beach, it's mangroves but its where you will see most of the rockclimbers and some hippy cafes by the mangroves. Bring some loose coins if you need to use the nice toilets by the cliff. Phranang beach gets overly crowded by lunch time so come early if you want to avoid the masses. Its rather narrow as well so it can feel a bit full.
One very cool thing about Phranang Beach is that there are longtail boats which serve street food. Yes! that's right, you can get freshly cooked, cheap Phad Thai on the beach.
There are also greedy monkeys on this beach so don't get too close to the caves with your food, they are quick and unhesitant about taking food. Blink and you will never see your lunch again. Further away from the caves seemed monkey-less, I suppose there were too many people for their liking.
On West Railay, there are various restaurants and resorts where you can get food and sit in the shade.
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