From my own research . Krabi is the place to relax . Thats what we doing ourselves
Krabi for sure.
There are places on both where you can relax. Since you have posted on the Railay Beach forum and depending on when you are thinking of going, Railay is neither relaxing or cheap! I are that Ko Lanta is more relaxing than both with a good range of budget options.
Just back from my 3rd time in Railay. We usually go in low season when it is a lot quieter and very relaxing. Right now it is quite hectic with a lot of long tail boats doing day trips from Ao Nang.
That said it is still a very beautiful spot with the surrounding limestone karsts towering over you.
Price wise you can still get good deals on accommodation, as there are more fancy resorts that have been built on the East side now. Ayanavee had rooms for 400baht a night, compared to Railay Bay over 4000baht per night and top end Rayavadee is 120 000baht per night.
Drinks are more expensive as everything has to come in by boat. But food is about the same as mainland Krabi unless you eat in a fancy resort. If you can put your trip of until April I would still go for Railay.
You say they have rooms for 400 baht a night, that seems a lot cheaper than online. Would you suggest booking in advance or chancing it on the day?
If it is a room in High Seson in the Anyavee Railay Resort for 400o baht that is an exceptional deal as they start at 2400 baht per night on their own website.
It was on a sandwich board out the front.
Just checked with the missus, the board was out the front the whole week 11-18 Jan 2014. I think they were struggling to compete with some of the newer places. Still a risk to turn up. Worth a phone call though. We have been to Railay Beach in the off season a couple of times and Railay Bay Resort have had a sandwich board out for rooms at half the price we have paid. Just to give you that "Ripped off" feel.
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