We stayed at Diamond Cave for 3 nights in a bungalow room. We were on Railay during Chinese new year so it was very busy and there wasn't much selection for accomodation although maybe it's always that busy seeing as Railay is quite small. I thought the room was way overpriced and was a little annoyed that they can get away with charging as much as they did. The room size was fine and the bungalows are actually quite cute looking from the outside. You don't have a view of anything though as the bungalows are set up in rows facing eachother. The room wasn't particulary clean, the sheets had stains on them and there was a very large hole in the wall which I couldn't help but worry that some weird bug was going to crawl out of at night :( The bathroom didn't have a shower, just a showerhead by the toilet and a floor drain on the complete opposite end of the bathroom. Needless to say when you showered, the entire bathroom and everything in it got soaking wet including the wooden door that was warped from water damage and did not shut. There is only wifi in the lobby area of the hotel.The hotel has a small pool which children seemed to enjoy although it was in shade for alot of the afternoon as the hotel is located right next to a huge rock formation (Diamond cave). Diamond cave itself is very cool to see and worth the 20 baht. Breakfast at the hotel was a standard buffet style. I believe dinner was buffet style as well but I never ate there so I'm not too sure on that. The hotel is located close to a convenience store, bars/restaurants and shopping. The beach is about a 15-20 min walk but is very worth it; it's beautiful. I never really saw staff at this hotel so I can't say whether or not they were friendly. I felt the hotel was very impersonal though, the whole island gave me that feeling. The only reason I would go back to Railay would be for the beach. Another thing I would have liked to have known about Railay is that it doesn't have a dock. When you arrive on ferry, the ferry stops close to the island and longboats come attach to the ferry and you load onto them (after trying to find you bags in the gaint pile of luggage on the ferry) and they then take you to the beach...sort of. The longboats stop in about two feet of water and you then have to get out of the boat and wade through the water to the beach. Maybe not such a big deal for backpackers but I had a 40 lb suitcase that I had to carry through the water and then drag up the beach and across the island to Diamond Cave. Not the end of the world but it may be difficult for older travelers or people traveling with small children.
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- Also Known As:
- Diamond Cave Hotel Railay Beach
- Diamond Cave Resort Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand