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The 10 Best Hotels in Railay Beach

Longtail Boats at Poda Island, Railay beach, Thailand.
Longtail Boats at Poda Island, Railay beach, Thailand. | © Yarvin Asian Journeys / Alamy Stock Photo
Krabi’s island-like Railay Beach peninsula is about as dreamy as southern Thailand gets. Its swaying palm trees, wide stretches of white sand, and warm azure waters – as well as its famous rock-climbing – make it a postcard-perfect paradise. It’s a short hop from Ao Nang, but soaring limestone cliffs cut it off from the rest of the mainland, so the only way in is by boat – adding an enticing feeling of seclusion. From bargain bungalows to splurge-worthy ultra-luxe resorts, these Railay Beach hotels are where it’s at.

Railay Garden View Resort

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Railay Garden View Resort
Railay Garden View Resort | © Expedia
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Railay Garden View Resort offers a more secluded location than most hotels on Railay East, set towards the far end of the beach and built into Railay’s mountain landscape up a tall flight of stairs. That seclusion also adds a relaxed, unpretentious and old-school vibe matched by the comfortable but no-frills design of fan-cooled rooms (with attached cold-water bathrooms) that are among Railay Beach’s most affordable – think bamboo walls closer to the traditional Thai backpacker flophouse variety than the luxury that Railay is increasingly becoming known for.
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Rapala Rock Wood Resort

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Guest room at Rapala Rock Wood Resort
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This long-running, cheap-as-chips spot on Railay East might be stretching things by calling itself a ‘resort’, but it has certainly stood the test of time. Stay here to make your budget last: add a modicum of comfort by opting for one of the fan-cooled rooms with private cold-water bathrooms, or really go as cheap as it gets and plump for a basic room with shared facilities. Either way, the place is surprisingly well kept for the price range, you’re not too far from the sand, and there’s a hot-tub-sized pool and on-site restaurant.
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Railay Phutawan Resort

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Guest room at the Railay Phutawan Resort.
Guest room at the Railay Phutawan Resort. | © Railay Phutawan Resort/Expedia
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Previously known as the Railay Highland Resort, this Railay East property is some way from the sand, but the trade-off is worth it for both lower rates and a gorgeous pool that offers great views over the coast below. Comfortable, air-conditioned and well-appointed rooms range from those in uniform blocks to elegant freestanding bungalows, but things are stylish throughout. Other facilities at the Railay Phutawan Resort include a large, bright and attractively designed open-air restaurant.
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Anyavee Railay Resort

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Anyavee Railay Resort
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Long-running Anyavee Railay Resort, over on more affordable Railay East, is a large, older but nevertheless well-kept and comfortable property with a good number of rooms – a solid option even during the busy high season. All rooms are air-conditioned, and are set in a mixture of two-storey buildings and stand-alone bungalows that are dotted around a vibrant garden with a lovely, decently sized infinity-edge pool offering attractive views down to the beach.
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Avatar Railay

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Typical of the upmarket move that has swept the Railay peninsula in recent years, Railay East’s Avatar is fronted by posh dark-wood signage that looks particularly stunning framed by the gorgeous limestone karst landscape behind. Plush, contemporary rooms are set around a particularly attractive central pool, and some have direct pool access, while others boast floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto large balconies and, beyond that, an expanse of verdant natural greenery.
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Rayavadee

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The pool at Rayavadee | © Rayavadee Krabi, Thailand
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Rooms at five-star Rayavadee aren’t cheap, but if you’ve got cash to splash then this is the place to do it. Rayavadee is set on drop-dead-gorgeous Railay West, but its expansive grounds run all the way across the peninsula to Railay East. This is easily Railay Beach’s glitziest resort: from no-expense spared rooms (some with private pools) to beautifully manicured grounds, an on-site gym and spa, and four high-end restaurants, if you can think of it then Rayavadee probably has it.
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Railay Bay Resort & Spa

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Large-scale Railay Bay Resort & Spa, on popular Railay West beach, has a mammoth 139 rooms designed in traditional Thai style, well-appointed with modern amenities. Rooms stretch across a number of categories that make them convenient for various types of travellers, and feature handsome dark-wood interiors and large French doors that open onto gorgeous garden views. The best rooms have their own private pools, while there’s also an on-site pool, seafront restaurant, and spa.
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Sand Sea Resort

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One of the most affordable options on Railay West, Sand Sea Resort offers the chance to holiday on Railay’s ordinarily priciest stretch of white sand without splashing a whole bunch of cash. Decor here might be on the more dated and somewhat less imaginative side in parts, but it’s still a comfortable stay – plus there’s a decent-sized swimming pool, and the best rooms offer sea views, making Sand Sea Resort a good compromise option. There’s also an on-site spa and gym, and the all-day beachfront restaurant specialises in grilled seafood dishes.
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Dream Valley Resort

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Located on Ao Tonsai – the most remote, laid-back and traditionally hippy-populated of the Railay peninsula’s beaches – Dream Valley Resort is a rarity in these parts in that it boasts a pool (and a pretty dreamy one at that, complete with pool bar). The surprisingly good-value and attractive accommodation options come in the form of white wood-panelled freestanding bungalows and even more stylish rooms in two-storey blocks. While some of the interior decor is a little on the traditional side, rooms are still well appointed, and there’s an on-site restaurant.
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Tonsai Bay Resort

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Guest rooms at the Tonsai Bay Resort
Guest rooms at the Tonsai Bay Resort
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One of remote Ao Tonsai beach’s more comfortable stays, Tonsai Bay Resort has a staggering 72 rooms. Set both in conventional buildings and free-standing and semi-detached bungalows, which stretch up into the hillside from the sand itself, these are among the only places on this stretch of beach to come with air-conditioning. That also means you can expect more well-appointed, hotel-style luxuries than are common elsewhere around here. In addition to the well-tended gardens, there’s an all-day beachfront restaurant, and Thai massage, laundry services, and kayak rental are all available.
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