New air con bungalows at Racha Yai island
Our favourite resort at Racha Yai Island is Raya Resort.
It has simple fan bungalows in the old bamboo style and a 2 day 1 night package is so cheap it’s silly. But if a bamboo hut is a little basic for you there is now the option of newer concrete bungalows with air conditioning. These bungalows are on the side of the headland with amazing views across Patok bay or out to the Andaman sea. Photos are below.
A 2 day 1 night package including land and speedboat transfers from Phuket, a snorkeling excursion on the first morning, lunch on day one and breakfast on day 2 is 4,200 baht per person based on twin sharing.
Raya Resort doesn’t really feel like a resort, it’s just a few bungalows on a hill and a chilled out seafood restaurant on the rocks below. There are other resorts to choose from on the island, scroll to the bottom of the page for details.
For more photos of the island and the snorkeling have a look on the day trip page.
More Racha Yai resorts
Ban Raya resort has decent air con rooms on the east side of the island. It sits on spacious grounds and has it’s own little bay (Konkare bay) which has some nice snorkeling just off from the beach. It also has a pool so on paper it’s a better option than Raya resort. But given the choice we’d stay at Raya resort, it’s just friendlier, it has a better feel.
Other Racha Yai accommodation options include The Racha which is the most luxurious address on the island.
Or the Rayaburi resort which has Siam Bay all to itself.
We think Racha Yai Island is well worth a short overnight stay. It’s just 30 minutes by speedboat from Phuket’s Chalong bay so it gets busy with day trippers from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm but once they all leave you have an island paradise to yourself.
The island is small enough that you can walk through inland tracks and over headlands to get to other bays, look out for monitor lizards and water buffalo. There is no nightlife, just a few restaurants.