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Bungalow Raya Resort
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Hello ))

The location is amazing. Best beach I've ever seen. You can swim here independent of tides, you just have to walk 5m longer on that perfect sand, thats all. Snorkel, no, excellent snorkel and free diving - right on the beach or in any other bay on the island.
However be prepared that from 11am till 3:15pm this bay become something like Maya bay on PhiPhi, I guess 200+ tourists will come for a day trip. Before or after that you know where is your place in this world. There is cool reggae/ska bar and very good massage right on the beach.

Yes, there are dangerous jellyfishes so read up a bit and consider to swim in light suit or use some magical protective cream (Raya Divers sell it in the Divers Village). Keep an eye for a sea snakes, my friend reported two reef sharks.

Resort is on the right wing of the bay, to get to the bungalows you should go almost through toilet - no good. There is no shower on the beach - it's in this toilet upstairs or in your room. There are varangs more than 2m long there, it's funny. And 20+ cats (quiet). And cicadas (incredible loud).

Service - great, staff is helpful and do their best to keep the resort clean, room was cleaned every day, including bed sheets changes.

Rooms - well it's bungalows, don't expect wonders there, personally it was too humid for me. Good quality cotton white sheets would serve much better that colorful thick ones we were provided. Blankets were not cotton but some weird silk or something. All that could not help with humidity in the night.
There are mosquitos so shut the door tight.

Food was good, I'd recommend to ask for the Asian breakfast (congee rice soup). And they should get rid of these flies of course, it's quite annoying in the morning.

Rooms are cheap but they include compulsory transfer when you make the booking (speed boat + land transfer in the minibus), we didn't use these transfers though.

Overall the island is so good everything else doesn't matter. I really hope there wont be any additional hotels or roads on the island and that people will manage to transfer the garbage from the island, not to collect it in the middle of the island.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank dk_demme_dpoint
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

POOR ON ALL LEVELS: Service/food/restaurant/bungalows and managment!
Unfriendly staff? Yes, it happens in Thailand too. I am traveling since 2 months in Thailand and I must rate this Resort as the unfriendliest place which I experienced. Not even the food was ok. I was intending to stay long term but I decided to leave that island soons as possible. During daytime thousands of tourist visited the small Island. Close to sunset around 6pm. they left and let behind a lot of trash. Nowbody from the Hotel feels responsable to clean it up.They said: that is a public beach and we do not have the staff to clean the beach. Instatt of cleaning most of the staff was seating around starring in there E-phones. Together with some few other tourist from Europe we cleant every morning and evening the beach from trash.
It is sad that I have to say: IF YOU CAN STAY AWAY FROM THIS RESORT AND THAT ISLAND!.

Room Tip: If you can stay away from all rooms.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Tobias B
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We have left our guest of our charter to Raya resort for one night. It have been wonderfull for them and also for us. Varang are coming to see you. All room have sea view and nice terrasse. We had a dinner up the sea with fresh fish. just perfect.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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6  Thank sainttropezspeedboat
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Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

Rays island is a beautiful place..... Although the flocks of chinese day trippers ruin somewhat of a perfect location that all ends at 16:00 when the speed boats leave....

That is also when the sun eases to let you bathe without roasting and enjoy the crystal beaches......

The bungalows have a lot of character, there little bamboo huts facing the sea..... Right out the way and fairly private.....

There very basic but clean and Robinson cruso style castaway setting adds to the romance.....

You have to eat and drink at the bar, but they go easy considering they have you by the gonads!

Chang is 100 baht for a small bottle meals cost average of 150 baht each

staff are freindly and helpfull!!

There are big monitor lizards to watch for on a night too there harmless but watch for them!

The place to stay if budget is a factor!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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3  Thank J P
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

I enticed three friends to Koh Raya on the promise that hundreds of day trippers would come and go, leaving us feeling smug that we were staying for a few nights. None of us prone to feeling smug under any circumstances, but we sure were glad to stay for sunset - sitting at the bamboo bar on the beach as the tide came in around our feet, having just one more mai tai...
The bungalows are basic but absolutely sufficient.
The most memorable meal (fresh fish in ginger, lemongrass and chilli) of the holiday at Bungalow Raya, and the best swimming by far at Patok bay. The walk over the hill to Siam Bay is not well sign posted but worth exploring to find the short cuts - find the big white house on the hill behind the Bungalows, and head down the concrete staircase that leads to the back of the bar and onto the beach. Quiet, idyllic and shallow for 100m out.
Reluctant to review - it still feels a bit like a well kept secret.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Evermorgs
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