Sunrise Tropical Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSunrise Tropical Resort Railay Beach
The staff was helpful and accommodating. They were able to answer most of our questions about the island with good information. The rooms were very nice and comfortable as well.
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Despite what many people say there's nothing wrong with Railay East. When the tides out at Railay West it ain't pretty either.
When the tide is in Railay East is beautiful with the longtails all lined along the sea wall.
We stayed in a stand alone Tropical Plus bungalow Room (2008) and it was huge, kept spotlessly clean, had efficient (quiet) aircon and had plenty of room for the three of us.
The staff mightn't have the best English but why should they, we're in Thailand. I don't expect hotel workers in Australia to have great Thai, or German or Dutch or especially French.
They are friendly and always have a smile. Breakfast was great as were the other meals we ate at the restaurant.
When we come back to Railay we will be staying at the Sunrise Tropical Resort. Too bad we have to go home
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sunrise Tropical Resort Railay Beach
We stayed at the Sunrise Tropical for 3 nights in July 2006. A few comments:
- Location: Many reviewers mention that Sunrise tropical is not on the "best" side of Railay. This is really a matter of perspective. While it is not on the nicer beach, it is closer to many of the cheaper (but still very good) restaurants and bars on the East side of Railay. It is also a VERY short (less than 5 minutes) walk to the West side beach and a few minutes longer to Phra nang. The walks to both are on nice, well-paved sidewalks. The long tail boat from Krabi Town also dropped us off directly in front of the hotel.
We enjoyed being on Railay (as opposed to Ao Nang). It felt small and was quiet. Day trips (we went to Koh Phi Phi) all had pick-ups from Railay itself.
- Room: we chose the Tropical Villa Plus for $10 more than the standard (booked on asiarooms.com). The room and the grounds were beautiful! Clean and nicely decorated. Front patio with comfortable, clean chairs and a small pond with fish. Bay windows with cushions for sitting and reading. The bathroom had a large tub and there was also an outdoor shower. A/C was effective and quiet.
- Service: Friendly and helpful. English was fine. Day trip prices in their in-house travel service were more expensive than we found elsewhere. Shop around! We did take advantage of the hotel's service for transfer to Krabi airport (1000 baht for two). We could have certainly saved a lot of money making the arrangements ourselves, but this allowed us to avoid hassle. We did not have to wait for a long-tail boat to fill. We also had a ride waiting at the dock to drive us down the pier to a waiting van and driver.
- Food: We chose to eat lunches and dinners elswhere, usually further down on the east side (similar menus but lower prices).
Breakfast was a buffet with mostly western dishes and one Thai entre daily. Overall, nothing particularly special about breakfast, but the made-to-order omelettes were a nice touch.
- Overall: HIGHLY recommended. The room and grounds were highlights. Location was not a negative in our minds. Our stay during the low (rainy) season was lucky in that there were no crowds and we had only 30 minutes of rain over the 4 days!
Very Nice Place to Lay your head
The sunrise resort was great overall with only a few things that could make it better--being located on west railay which is much more scenic, having a nicer pool, and a better breakfast. Other than that it was great, especially for the price. It is situated nicely between what goes on on the west side and what goes on further down the east side. I would highly recommend climbing while there. We went with cliffsman and had a blast and it was very reasonable priced. Also, the hike up to the lagoon is pretty cool as is phra nang beach.
The room in the bungalow plus are great and the bathroom was outstanding--especially the outdoor shower (have no fear there is also an indoor tub but bring your own soap and shampoo as theirs is not that great). I would highly recommend it to anyone and if you are deciding between Phi-Phi, Railay and Ao nang I would recommend spending the majority of the your time int he Railay area. It was great. I was there in 2000 and again this year and it has not lost any of its magic.
Loved this place. I knew it was supposed to be nice, but when we got in the cabin, i was just amazed at the little touches. wood paneling, skylight, huge windows, super-powerful/configurable AC, basin-oversink in bathroom, deck chairs in front of unit, very comfy beds, even a Pillowtalk style master control by the bed (very funny).
Location is decent. At first i thought it was a bit far from the west side of Railay, but then once i found out that there is in fact a ton going on on the east side (further north up the beach), i realized it's very well placed between the 2. about 5-10 mins walk to the west side, btw (which is where longtail boats from Ao Nang drop you).
Buffet was quite good and the staff was exceedingly kind/helpful where they could be. Their in-house tour agency is very overpriced, though, so don't use it.
Sunrise tropical resort
we stayed two nights in a villa, the villas itself was very nice with an excellent ac unit, stunning bathroom and a great patio area. we had i good walk around all the beaches,\ phra nang is simply un-believeable, the views, caves, rocks the water did not want to leave. ate on railey west first night and thought the service was terrible which was only to be repeated at lunch the next day. i thought that east beach was better for food and drink, it was a lot more relaxed, we were actually refused entry into a couple of places and west beach. i was glad to find who cheap the bars and restaurant where, the expected to pay more than on ao nang but found this not the case
the tropical resort was a really good set out. breakfast was a little basic. there was also a large Rules board telling you about 12 things you could not do which i have not seen before. on the whole i would definatly stay again, it is to much paradise not to return to.
We have just returned from a fabuous holiday which started in Bangkok then went on to Australia before returning to Thailand. By the time we arrived in Krabi all I wanted to do was relax and sit in the sun, and the Sunrise Beach Resort was perfect.
We arrived at Krabi airport and then got a taxi for 600 baht to the jetty and caught a long boat for 50 baht over to Railey. It wasn't too much of a hassle and was actually quite exciting on the boat as we weren't sure what to expect. the sun was shining though and the scenery is breathtaking, so I knew things would be ok. On arrival at East beach the tide was out so it was somewhat entertaining to actually get to the accommodation. Someone came down from the hotal and met the boat and carried our luggage while we struggled out of the boat and up to the beach on a slippery walkway, trousers rolled up to our knees!
As soon as we got to reception we were handed a glass of pineapple juice. Check-in was easy and within minutes we were taken to our room. We had a tropical plus room which I would recommend, well worth the extra few quid. The rooms are stunning with a super kingsize bed and fantastic bathroom. I also loved the outside shower which is totally private. We had only booked for two nights but quickly added another two. I think we paid about £65 a night which I felt was a total bargain for such luxury, especially as we had paid a similar amount for a Travelodge in Sydney!
A word of warning though, most places stop serving food at about 9pm which caught us out one night and we ended up having crisps from the supermarket!
If it sounds a hassle to get to you can arrange with the hotel for transport to be provided door to door from the airport for 1,000 baht.
I loved Krabi and will definately be going back again, the beaches are great and it was the perfect relaxing end to our holiday. Also if you are flying with Thai Internation from Bangkok to Krabi I recommend you try getting Business Class flights which are only about £20 extra but you get to use the VIP lounge at Bangkok and the seats on the plan are much better, as is the food.
Loved Sunrise Tropical
We stayed here for 4 nights in early January + absolutely loved the place. We booked a superior room with outside shower + I nearly cried when I saw how beautiful the room was (we usually stay in places half this price - even so it was value for money). I loved eating looking out to sea (service could be erratic, but hey! you're in Thailand!)Each bungalow is fairly private + the window seats in the room are fab.The air con was efficient + quiet + the room stayed quite cool even if you were out all day with the air con off. I loved how green the place was + it made you feel close to nature loads of butterflies + there was a bird building a nest in the little tree at our front door. i hope I haven't hyped it up too much - even so i don't think you'll be disappointed.
Best place to stay in railey
Great resort. stunning rooms. very peaceful and great value. although you are on the east side beach (which is not really a beach at all) it is only a 5 min walk to the other 2 lovely beaches. would love to stay here again
Spent only 3 days in this small resort, only 8 private villas in the middle of the jungle, 600 meters from the famous Ao Nang beach, and came back home extremely relaxed & delighted. Perfect attention from all the staff, including the Spa therapists, and ready to assist and give a wonderful flavor to your holiday. Only one negative note, the food, anyway you do have many restaurants on Ao Nang beach, you do not need to stay in the resort all the time. Spa treatment is not expensive and the therapists are very professional. In the middle of the Jungle, you really relax and enjoy the beauty of Krabi from your room or terrace....
After a mad few days in Bangkok we arrived here at this small but perfect resort. Its only a small place but the executive villa was something else. we had the whole place to ourselves because most folk are backpacking and tend to stay in the cheaper places nearby. We stayed for six nights then extended it for another two before returning to bangkok. The staff were superb. The food was great and all in all we couldnt fault it!! there is an internet cafe next to the restaurant where you will find the most helpful tour rep whom people all visit because he is so helpful! Just a stroll from one of the most amazing beaches in the world phra nang but if thats not good enough then try the sunset on east railley and get yourselves a few cocktails at bo bo's bar....you may also want to try his squid tempura....incredible. the resort has a good pool with jaquzzi area and child pool. The rooms are to die for and immaculate with the bathrooms having an outdoor shower, should be a five star but it doesnt have a golf course and only one restaurant, but how many do you need the menu is huge and if you want to play golf in Thailand then you must be mad...go to another country!!!
Good rooms, good restaurant
We stayed here for 7 nights in a Tropical Villa Plus room - huge room, beautifully decorated - very high standard for three star hotel. Lovely bathroom with outdoor shower (only issue I had with bathroom was finding a big fat cockroach in the bath several mornings in a row and on one famous occasion on the toilet just as I was about to sit down....! But since hotel is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation I'm surprsed we didn't get accosted by more creepy crawlies than we actually did) Hotel is right on East Railay beach which is not a swimming beach more a mangrove swamp but none the less naturally beautiful for that HOWEVER East Railay beach is where huge generators are situated and they make a LOT of noise - constantly. It's also the main pick up/drop off point for long tail boats to Krabi town and long tail boats are incredibly noisy (P.S according to whether the tide is in or out you will get your feet wet wading through the water to or from the boat - no roads here - you get here by boat). East and West Railay resorts rubbish gets taken away by boat to Krabi town from East Railay beach as well so if don't like to be confronted with the realities of day to day life you may be in for an uncomfortable time. The hotel's restaurant is facing right onto the 'beach' and at high tide the water laps at the steps. 5-10 minute walk takes you to two stunning beaches - Phra Nang (where the Rayavadee 5+ star hotel is) and West Railay - you can't get better beaches than this - you will be amazed at the scenery. Use lots of mosquito repellent - mangrove swamps are very unforgiving especially if you wade through the water at hgh tide at night..!
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After a shower and change of swim clothes we all meet back by the beach. The 4 of us sunbathed for a while then decided to sit in the restaurant for a little something to eat and drink. Shell and I shared a pizza, Jon had a ceaser salad and Perrin had noodles. The guys had manly fruit drinks and the girls had a couple of margarita's. The view was …
Resan ner gick bra även om den blev väldigt lång och utdragen! På måndag morgonen började jag med att ta tåget upp till Sandviken för att gå igenom de sista planerna inför resan med Anna. Vi bestämde oss rätt snabbt för att skippa planen på att stanna i Bangkok i några dagar och bokade istället ett flyg vidare till Krabi.
På måndag eftermiddag var vi på Arlanda och planet till Peking avgick vid halv sju på kvällen och kom fram i tid. ...
... rooftop bar where we meet up with Ali an Ella from the group who are also staying here, we also decided to go to the night Market for some for some food, get there and it's pretty late and closed so we go in the search of food, we managed to find some random little restaurant that would serve us so late so everyone ordered food, for some reason the heat supresses my appitite....why can't this happen at home Im not sure so I don't eat!! Good start to Thailand I think ...