- Chiang Mai
- Koh Samui
- Koh Samui
- Koh Pha-Ngan
Chiang Mai – Viraporn’s Place
(Formerly CM Blue Guesthouse)
Virapora’s Place although basic in decor, is fantastic for the price and offers attentive management, well maintained rooms and all the necessary appliances to make for a pleasant stay. Our room offered en suite , TV, fridge and air-con – can you believe all this for £5 each per night? Neither could we, maybe that’s why we were suspicious initially but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here which was perfect.
Pro’s – Good location, (in close proximity to the markets,temples, restaurants and bars). Great value for money, well maintained rooms and helpful staff. It also offers dry cleaning and laundry facilities, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking.
Con’s – No breakfast included.
Koh Samui – Thongtakian Resort
Thongtakian Resort is set in the most idyllic small cove just 10 minutes drive from the busy Chewang beach. It’s location makes it a perfect spot for relaxing and unwinding, with soft white sand, crystal clear shallow waters and calming surroundings. We found the resort very picturesque, with rows of bungalows surrounding a small pool, which continue down to the edge of the beach. At night the beach restaurant offers candle lit tables and good food, which can be enjoyed whilst the sound of the waves lap the shore.
Thongtakian Resort rooms offer a basic no frills base to rest your head, with simple decor, ensuite bathroom and balcony. We felt the rooms slightly let down this resort’s beautiful location, however as a whole the experience staying here was memorable, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Pro’s – Beautiful location on the beach, swimming pool, restaurant, breakfast included.
Con’s – Rooms could do with a splash of colour/renovation. Swimming pool has no sun loungers. Not many other eateries in walking distance.
Bangkok – Lamphu House
Lamphu House is popular amongst backpackers and those who wish to be surrounded by like minded travelers. It is a stones throw from the famous ‘Koh San Road’, yet far enough away to avoid the chaos. Our room was perfectly adequate and staff at this hotel were efficient and polite. It boasts a fantastic rooftop pool, which is a welcome escape from the city’s humidity. On a slightly disappointing note however, the bedroom walls were rather thin and therefore, morning noise from early risers and cleaning staff became a slight disturbance. We recommend packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
Pro’s – Good location (5 minutes walk to Koh San Road), good atmosphere, value for money, well maintained rooms, lockers at reception, pool, free wifi in lobby, relaxing social area, some rooms offer balcony, restaurant 8:30am – 8 pm, 24 hour reception, tour desk in the hotel.
Con’s – Slightly noisy/thin walls, no lift, no TV, no fridge, thin curtains, no breakfast included.
Phuket – Ibis
This Ibis chain hotel offers cozy rooms, fun modern decor with good room appliances including fridge, aircon, lcd TV, WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities Our room had a private balcony which overlooked a lovely swimming pool and pool side bar, which was clean and spacious. It took a 2 minute walk for us to get to Patong beach, and around 10 minutes walk to get to Patong’s main strip, Bangla Road. We initially were a little disappointed during the day that it wasn’t nearer to Bangla strip, which is where most of the restaurants, bars and clubs are based, however at night we were so relieved we could escape the extreme noise of nightclub music and head back to our little oasis, being the Ibis, for a quiet, undisturbed sleep!
Pro’s – Good location, (in close proximity to Patong beach, Royal Paradise Night Market and Bangla Road). Rooms offer ensuite (with power shower), fridge, aircon, lcd TV, WiFi, balcony and tea/coffee making facilities. Hotel offers both an adult and children’s swimming pool, pool side bar, restaurant, elevator, free self parking and dry cleaning/ laundry service.
Con’s – Ibis requests 500thb room deposit which rolls over each day of your stay until check out when it is refunded. Rooms are in the mid range price category for backpacking standards, so not exactly a bargain (Our room rate was £25 per night, not including breakfast).
Koh Samui – Khun Chaweng Resort
Khun Chaweng Resort is on the main road running through Chewang beach strip, and is a 2 minute walk to the beach, and in close proximity to many restaurants, bars and clubs. Our room was spotlessly clean, with modern decor, a very comfortable bed and ensuite bathroom that boasted the best power shower we had on our entire trip! Some rooms are bungalows, so no stairs to climb, and rooms have large panel windows offering tons of light (which can be blocked with the black out curtains).
The resort is clean, well maintained and staff were courteous and attentive to our needs.We grabbed a bargain staying here when it had just opened, so the deluxe room we opted for was only £12 per night and standard room was a staggering £8! Since then, prices have more than doubled, but effecting factors are they have had a swimming pool built on the complex, which we think is fantastic.
PLEASE NOTE: We have stayed at Khun Chaweng Resort on two separate occasions and have had very different experiences, based on where our rooms were located. Our first visit was superb, staying near the reception end of the row of bungalows, which was quiet at night so we slept like babies. On our second visit we were put right at the bottom of the row away from reception and we had an awful sleep, being kept awake until at least 2am by loud music blasting from a nearby club. We checked out the following morning after only an apology was given by the resort, as they were unable to relocate us to a quieter room, due to them all being fully booked, which was a shame.
Pro’s – In the heart of Chewang beach strip, 2 minutes walk to the beach, with eateries and entertainment on the door step. Resort has swimming pool and reception desk also. Modern comfortable rooms, with power shower, private balcony, aircon, satellite television, mini bar and safe. Courteous staff.
Con’s – Rooms furthest away from the reception desk may be effected by noise disturbance from a nearby night club; ask in advance for a quiet room nearer to the reception end of the resort. No restaurant.
Koh Pha-Ngan – Drop In Resort
Unfortunately Drop In Resort was one of the only available accommodations we found in Haad Rin in the lead up to the full moon party, due to us not booking anywhere in advance. The hotel is extremely run down and in desperate need of a renovation. Our room had marked bed sheets, a musky smell and felt grubby in general, similar to the state of the swimming pool, which had scum all around the tiles at the water line and a broken rusty trampoline at the pools edge (being used to water bomb into the pool, by drunk tourists) The restaurant served food which was very poor and the staff were rude and dismissive when we complained about being served raw chips. The hotel is also quite far away from the beach at around a 15 minute walk, and is up a hill which makes for a tiring trip to get back to base. The only positive to its locations is it doesn’t get effected by the loud full moon music, and is quiet at night. This aside, we sadly wouldn’t recommend staying here.
Pro’s – Quiet location away from the full moon party.
Con’s – Dirty, run down hotel in need of a renovation. Poor service from staff.