Escaping Krabi – Sand Sea Resort Review


From the hordes of tourists to the honking taxies that come with them, my first visit to Krabi was a surprise. Gone were the things I loved about my time in Koh Tao and Koh Samui. This left me wanting out. Thankfully I found solitude while writing this Sand Sea Resort review, my Railay Beach escape.

Where it’s at

Located a short 20-minute long tail boat ride away from Ao Nang, the Sand Sea Resort is easily accessible yet secluded. Although Railay Beach is on the mainland, it is only reachable by boat. This gives it that island feel that I enjoyed with my time in Koh Tao and Koh Samui yet it is significantly easier to reach. The Sand Sea Resort is located on West Railay Beach with check in steps from where your Long tail drops you off.

Sand Sea Resort Review

Choice Rooms

From the beach, the Sand Sea Resort looks modest. Hidden within the lush jungle are 123 rooms that range from bungalows to cottages. Our room was completed in 2012 and offers a modern and clean design with a large porch – perfect for unwinding from a completely stress-free day.

Other villas and cottages offer a more traditional beach vibe:

Choice Amenities

The Sand Sea Resort offers plenty for those looking to unwind or windup. The pool (1 of 2) is my favorite feature at the Sand Sea Resort as it offered ocean views and plenty of shade or sun. This is coming from someone who doesn’t typically enjoy pool time so trust me, that is saying a lot.

Sand Sea Resort Review

Sand Sea Resort Review

Also on site at the Sand Sea Resort is an open air spa with beach views and ocean breezes. Below that is a tour office that can book everything from rock climbing to scuba diving. They can also get you to the “beach.”

Sand Sea Resort Review

Sand Sea Resort Review


Although the Sand Sea Resort is only accessible by boat, Railay Beach it is a popular tourist destination as there is much to see and do. Located minutes from Sand Sea Resort you will find rock climbing, trekking, and Phra Nang Beach – known for its cave cut out and shrines for fertility.

Choose Sand Sea Resort

For seclusion from Krabi yet close to it all, a stay at Railay Beach can’t be beat. Hopefully, this Sand Sea Resort review helps you get there. The possibility to do as little or as much as you want is appealing and the modern rooms make it comfortably the West Railay Beach choice accommodation.

Sand Sea Resort Review

 Sand Sea Resort Review Good to Know

Room Rate: Start at 3,328 THB
Includes: Beach and pool access, wifi, amazing sunsets.
Don’t Miss: pool time and the sunsets!

What say you?
Thoughts on this Sand Sea Resort Review?
Let’s hear it!

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Although I was provided a complimentary stay while writing this Sand Sea Resort Review,
the experience, opinions, and Krabi escape was my own.

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So how does this resort rank?

10 Comfort
9 Character
10 Location
10 Value
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12 replies on “Escaping Krabi – Sand Sea Resort Review”
  1. Avatarsays: Andrew Duggan

    Sad when I see so much luxury and development but all the best places go this way. I went back to Karabi resort around 2008 and prices for many things were comparable to cities in developed countries.

    Not quite the same when I arrived in 1986 when the first 3 people arrived; me, French guidebook writer and maybe girlfriend. Just 1 restaurant and 8 small bungalows with plastic covers still on the mattresses. Scorpions in the rooms and snakes on the veranda every day. Monkeys hooping on the roofs at sunset. 1.5m blue spotted lizards roaming around in the forest and still fishing families living on the beach.

    I brought a dozen people back to the resort from Koh Pi Pi and they started spreading the word on the road.
    In 2008 I managed to meet 2 of the 3 guys that set up the first bungalow resort there and although they only leased the land they still managed to make money when the the rich moved in and started buying it up.

      1. Avatarsays: Andrew Duggan

        I was lucky to be travelling with no plans so I could look around for new places and wait days if necessary for transport. Koh Tao on the other coast was the same, only 5 foreign people on the island then.
        With luck I will have a 6 month break in 2016 and want to look for new places in Burma.

        1. Shouldn’t be too difficult there! I was in Bagan for the 1st time recently and loved it. Definitely on the up though! Would love to hear where you venture out to.

          1. Avatarsays: Andrew Duggan

            Certainly some of the 800 to 900 islands! Access might not be as easy as Thailand. Hoping its not so developed yet.
            years ago I did go into the Shan state from North Thailand. Kentung
            market and hill tribes were very special – almost no tourists there.

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