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Princess Budget Wing at Railay Princess Resort & Spa
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Railay Beach
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“thin walls, cool pool”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We booked through Agoda, and thought we had book the nicer of the Princess hotels. WRONG, we immediately got sent to the budget, which was kind of a buzzkill.

That being said, it was good for a budget hotel in a VERY touristy area of the country. It was a clean place to sleep. There were some mosquitos...but again....it's obviously a tropical place!

Honestly, I liked how they utilized all the space and had really steep steps. It felt like an adventure walking up and down. I always appreciate the exercise too.

The walls were very thin. It was very easy to hear the couple next door, and that was not ok.

There is a cool pool in the fancier Princess, so we made sure to utilize that a lot.

It is near different agencies to get connected to various tours around the area. It was near a bunch of different restaurants, including an Isaan one that was good.

If you like to party, it's close to bars, but we stayed away from that.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

we stayed in this resort for 2 nights during when we were travelling with a group tour!

on first sight it looked like such a quaint place, and i loved the idea of climbing up the steep steps to get to the bungalow type rooms stacked on top of each other!!

but the reality is, it was quite difficult to get up and down the stairs with your luggage!!
the room was REAL REAL basic! i would say one of the worst ive ever stayed in!

the bathroom was suspect, ants crawling everywhere in the bathroom, and some in the room. there was no air con! and in the sweltering heat, you need it!!

the room was small, and confined, and we couldnt wait to get out of there! luckily we were only there for 2 nights, so mostly was spent outside exploring!!

location was perfect. middle of everything!
and dont expect any amazing views out the window!

so if you are a budget traveller, then this place is for you!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2012

The room was small and basic, but clean. The building was wooden, and had a treehouse/bungalow feel to it. But the rooms seemed to be crammed in to all available space. Overall, fine if you're planning to spend the majority of your time out exploring, climbing, sailing, lying on the beach etc. But definitely not for you if you're looking for more of a 'resort'. I think there may be a pool you can pay to use, somewhere, but the beach was what I was looking for!

We had a fan that only seemed to have one speed and we couldn't get it to stop blowing straight onto us. Not a bad thing through the day, but a bit too much when you're trying to sleep. Turning it off just meant the room turned back into a sweatbox though. Just tolerable for 2 nights, but if staying longer, I probably would've switched to a room with aircon.

Location-wise, it is bang in the middle of East Railay, and just an easy 5 minute walk to West Railay. We ended up staying for this reason, really. As whilst there are other budget places around, this seemed to be the most central of them. Then again, nothing in Railay is too far away... unless you have a super heavy bag to carry!

In most other places in Thailand, I'd call this overpriced. But I suppose in Railay terms it is budget, and overall, tolerable.

The staff that we did encounter were also pleasant and helpful. And we were able to leave valuables at reception without any problems.

Room Tip: If you have mobility issues, request a room on the ground floor. We were on the first floor, and t...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2012

This is a good budget option if you are planing to spend most of your time climbing and being outdoors. The resort is a group of three story wooden bungalows full of character set amongst trees and winding paths. The rooms are mostly wooden with fans and could do with updating. The bathroom is adequate at best and we did have problems with the water supply. The rooms on the higher levels offer more light, privacy and peace.

The resort is well located in the middle of West Railay and everything is only a short stroll away. Check in was easy and the restaurant provides good food. Staff are a little inattentive but their friendly attitude makes up for any short comings.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed January 13, 2012

Previously called Ya Ya resort, Princess Budget Wing is all you need in beautiful Railay. Treehouse type bungalows in the middle of a forest, the rooms were clean, hot shower, a great fan that was very strategically placed directly over the bed and the staff very friendly. Our first room wasn't the best, at the back and looking over a washing line, but we asked them to move us to a front facing room which was perfect. Lovely to lie in bed looking out the window into the trees. Great location - right in the middle of the East side, 2 minutes walk to the beautiful West side and very close to all the restaurants and bars on the East side. I'll definitely stay there again, just ask for a front facing room not on the ground floor.

Room Tip: Ask for a front facing room not on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok (Australian)
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2012

I've given this hotel 2 stars because it is a 2 star property not because we had a bad experience. This hotel was formerly called Ya Ya resort.

We booked online last minute and stayed over new years (mainly because everywhere else was full). We paid 2200baht for 2 nights. It was a little noisy one of the mornings, but otherwise it was reasonably quiet (we weren't in our room often)

Only thing to be aware of are that the stairs are really steep, so if you're not as fit as you used to be or have bad balance maybe book a better room/ask for a room on the ground floor or stay somewhere else. Other thing to note is that the room was really small! So if that's an issue don't book the budget wing.

Breakfast wasn't included, but we ate up the road and had great meals.

Railey is beautiful!

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed December 24, 2011

Some rooms better than others (we had to change around as there were different numbers of us at different times)

Rooms have a bit of character to them as they are wooden, could say a bit dingy. I liked it though.

It's in a good location and one of the cheapest in Railay so I would stay there again.

Nothing to write home about though...........

Room Tip: higher floors I found better. Nice to have a balcony and generally more airy and light.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Princess Budget Wing at Railay Princess Resort & Spa
Address: 145/1 Moo 2 | Ao Nang, Railay Beach, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand (Formerly Ya Ya Resort)
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Railay Beach
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Spa Hotel in Railay Beach
Number of rooms: 111
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Princess Budget Wing At Railay Princess Resort And Spa
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Princess Budget Wing At Railay Princess Resort & Spa Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand

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