Railay Phutawan Resort
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... it is, I can't believe I've already been in Thailand for six weeks. It's been a blur - teaching to the point of exhaustion during the week and beach-hopping on the weekends. For the most part, small town life is everything I remember it to be from my childhood and my little village in Thailand remains eerily similar to my hometown in the Snowy Mountains (except literally four times hotter). This said, remoteness has its drawbacks. Last weekend, a combination of Thai time and ...
... I was very worried at first. However, it seems that if they had just taken people on instead of turning them away,
others would have signed up, because we finally found one that ended up having 6 others signed up, as well. We booked it for the next day.
That night, one of the bars was having a fire show! Since I love fire and thought the stuff on Phi Phi was cool, we stayed for it. This was not any of the limbo stuff, but strictly ...
... br> Had a mosey around town, but it was bloody hot, hottest I've felt since the trip began. The beach on Toi San, gorgeous... To look out to the boats and the cliffs and the hills is something else. One thing kinda ruined the scene somewhat though....the people!!! The beach was packed by midday....I didn't expect that at all after my quiet stroll through the town when I arrived! It sort of had a Benidorm feel to it....
... would be doing the course with us.As planned we spent a few hours watching the DVDs which is mandatory in the PADI course in order to pass then did the quick quizzes at the end, this took us up to lunch time. Our instructor Henry pointed us in the direction of a small cafe to grab some food from to bring back then we would begin practicing our skills in a confined space. A confined space was the ocean! We went into the back and set up our equipment and got taught ...
... them everyone has to learn somehow! We took another look at our ferry and besides the colour it looked pretty damn similar to the one we came on and we thought this'll be fun! Safely sat on our seats we noticed that there were no sick bags and I thought this could be interesting. They put this Asian film on called Love The Vampire Coast or something to that effect. Needless to say it was awful, the hair styles, the acting, everything. I slept ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRailay Phutawan Resort Railay Beach
This hotel should be ashamed. We stayed in their 500 baht bungalow and what an awful time we had. Basically ruined our time here.
We paid upfront for 3 nights (big mistake) and each night was worse than the next. The bungalow was falling apart literally. Several big holes in the floor, feels like you're going to fall through completely at any moment. The ceiling bows and each wall is covered in damp and it's so musty. The shower was completely hopeless, spraying pathetically ice cold water in all directions. Huge cockroaches coming up the sink drain and running around as you try to brush your teeth. Just horrific! Even with a mosquito net (although badly damaged - we tried to cover the holes with tape) we were bitten to death! And had small bugs running across us. The 2nd night there was what sounded like a rat running around the room, i was terrified. The next day I asked the receptionist I wanted to move - or at least have the holes covered up and got nothing but grief saying I could "leave if I wanted" ...great service. She called her boss and fobbed me off to him on the phone, who also refused to help in anyway or offer any discount for our last night repeating saying "talk to my staff" and hanging up the phone. We'd already paid and had no time to move as we had a tour to go to that day, so our hands were tied.
We saw in the 2000 baht air con suite, which to be fair looks really nice if you're willing to pay so much.
Shame we had to live in absolute squalor down the path. This whole experience was very distressing. Please do't do it to yourselves and avoid at all costs!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.