Railay Phutawan Resort
Travel Blogs from Railay Beach
So finally back in Thailand! And our first stop is probably our most anticipated - Railay beach. Everyone we've met travelling as talked this place up so we're very ready to go see for ourselves.
After passing through Phuket and Phi Phi in 24 hours we arrived in Railay. Quick note about Phi Phi, you could tell it was once beautiful but …
Here are the steps we took to get to Railay from Koh Phagnan:
6:00 am- Taxi from our resort to the pier
7:00 am- small ferry from Koh Phagnan to Surithanni
10:00 am- Bus from Surrithanni to Krabi
12:30 pm- mini bus from Krabi bus terminal to the pier
1:00 pm- long tail to Railay!!
This might sound a bit …
We woke up in our mock mental institute, packed up and went for a quick brekki in the hostel before our bus to Krabi and boat to Railay. No phyco death driver this time but he did bloody cram people in lol. It took about 4 hours to get to Krabi one stop on the way for some food. It was pretty strait forward from there we booked a longtail boat for …
I am so tired today! I don't feel that hungover but my food choices would say otherwise. I had toast, eggs, and bacon for breakfast, and fries and a burger for lunch. And Kelsea kept telling me little things from last night that I don't remember haha. Like being really excited and saying "we're dancing on a ******* beach!" all the time and going on a hunt for our pizza before returning to the place right outside Slinky bar. We had 4 hours to kill in between ...
We left Aou Nang and it's many suit shops and massage parlours on Friday. (Or maybe it was Saturday, it's hard to keep track at the moment.) And took a boat to the Island of Ko Phi Phi. It's renouned for it's beauty, and a hot place to party it would seem.
After consulting our trusty Lonely Planet guide book we both agreed that the 'Rock Backpacker Hostel' would be an ideal place to stay. Our room consisted of about 8 bunk beds, 4 fans that didn't really give out much ...
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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!
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