What you must first understand about Railay, is that although it is geographically part of mainland Krabi, as a result of the incredible limestone karsts the only means of access is by longtail boat. Because of this isolation, prices for everything are notably higher than most other places in Thailand (e.g. Sunscreen lotion is AUD$30 for 175mL).
Having now set the scene, if, in addition to a bed, you are also seeking a "resort" experience (pool, gardens, breakfast, housekeeping), then Anyavee is by far the cheapest place you will find in the whole of Railay. I know this because my partner and I stuck our head into every single resort in Railay to get a feel for prices. Certainly the other Railay resorts have better quality rooms and facilities, but our experience at Anyavee was more than comfortable and we would gladly return.
ROOM: We stayed in one of the wooden bungalows with balcony. The doors had a few small gaps, but the air-conditioning was very powerful, and a mosquito net was provided for the (HUGE, comfortable) bed. The furnishings were minimal but pleasant - dark woods and white linen against the green of the gardens, and the room contained a fridge, safe, and wardrobe (a rarity in Asia). The bathroom was the weakest point of the bungalow, with fluro lighting and lots of gaps to the outside, but even then it only raised a small blip on my sensitive "eww! ick!" travel radar. Our water randomly stopped working twice during our six-night stay, however this was remedied each time within 15 minutes of a call to reception (albeit without explanation).
FACILITIES: The pool was clean, although the water was a little on the warm side. There were plenty of poolside lounge chairs, and both the pool and its surrounds had sufficient shade to allow us to escape the hot sun.
Free wifi was available in the reception, restaurant and pool areas; not super fast, but adequate for most tasks. Our bungalow was located close to the reception, so we were fortunate enough to be able to sneakily access wifi from inside our room.
Included in the room rate was a fairly extensive buffet breakfast, with eggs cooked to order. A restaurant was also within the grounds of the resort although we never tried it out.
SERVICE: The resort staff were pleasant enough, although the service a tad perfunctory. Housekeeping was thorough and unobtrusive; we never had cause to complain.
LOCATION: Anyavee is located on Railay East beach, which is definitely the poorer cousin. You cannot swim at this "beach"; at low tide the mangroves stretch out a good few hundred metres, and at very high tide the beachside walkway floods (so wear sandals, not shoes). Fortunately Railay is tiny, and so the lovely Railay West and Phra Nang beaches are only an easy 5-10 minute walk away. On the up side, the bars and restaurants in Railay East have far more soul than in Railay West, although if you really want to party it up you're best headed to Ton Sai.
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- Anyavee Railay Hotel
- Anyavee Railay Resort Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand
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