Saturday, June 13, 2015

Smile Resort, Thung Song

The Smile Resort, Thung Song is a very simple and basic resort, one like there are popping up all over Thailand. For around 1,000.-THB per night, or in this case even less, you get a basic room with all you really need, air condition, fridge, wifi and a bathroom but no breakfast
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You can park your car under the roof,immediately next to the entrance door of you room and basically, without your own means of transportation, you're pretty much stock in the resort, since there's not much to in the immediate vicinity.
We stayed here because there was a running event nearby that I visited and it just was perfect for my purpose.

The way this resort was set up had me immediately think of a short time hotel (the car parking, the car hidden out of view), but it didn't seem to be used as such, although across the road there were a couple of very straightforward short time establishments. This place seems to be pleasant though and if you ever get find yourselves in the provincial area of Thung Song in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, this is a good budget option.

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Smile Resort, Thung Song

Exterior

Smile Resort, Thung Song

Double room

Smile Resort, Thung Song

Twin room

Smile Resort, Thung Song

Exterior

Smile Resort, Thung Song

Entrance sign

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa, Karon beach, Phuket

The Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa, Karon beach, Phuket is one of the bigger hotels on Phuket, with 665 rooms! The resort also boosts various pools, a beach within 1 minute walking distance, tennis and squash courts, a sauna and steam room, a kids club, 5 bars and restaurants all under one roof so to speak. Within 3km there's also a golf course, just one of many available on Phuket.
Convenient and 5* service although strangely enough no free internet in the room. 
An impressive resort with all you need to relax and kick back for a while and if this isn't enough for you, plenty of things to do and see outside of the resort as well. Plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions in nearby Karon and Kata. Patong is slightly further away.

Relax at affordable prices in a centrally located area.

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Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa, Kata beach, Phuket

Ocean view

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa, Kata beach, Phuket

Superior Deluxe Suite Sea View

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa, Kata beach, Phuket

Hilton Suite

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa, Kata beach, Phuket

Deluxe Garden view

Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa, Kata beach, Phuket

Seafarer pool

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Leaf on The Sands Resort, Khao Lak

During my recent visit I finally visited the The Leaf on The Sands Resort, Khao Lak resort, next door of The Sands and run by the same Kathatani group and formerly known as the Andaburi Resort.
The resort is centrally located with plenty of restaurants, dive centers and banks within walking distance and the Khao Lak central area within just one kilometer of walking distance, where even more conveniences can be found, like a couple of supermarkets and the obligatory 7-11, we're in Thailand after all, right!

The hotel rooms, 92 in total, have all you need, basic but convenient with aircon, fridge and bathroom and breakfast is included at a great rate to boost! Two things to keep in mind, the ocean is about 600 meters or a 10 minute walk away and the room has only one power connection, so bring a cable with additional power points.

Not the top end best hotel in town but a very good deal for a nice and calm surrounding, clean and with good management that I can highly recommend.

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The Leaf on The Sands Resort, Khao Lak

View of the resort

The Leaf on The Sands Resort, Khao Lak

Pool bungalow with four separate rooms

The Leaf on The Sands Resort, Khao Lak

Guest room

The Leaf on The Sands Resort, Khao Lak

Lobby

The Leaf on The Sands Resort, Khao Lak

Swimming pool

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket Town

The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket Town is Phuket's oldest hotel, being originally build in 1929 for the at time blossoming tin mining area. In 2012-2013 the hotel has had complete renovation and is now 'just' one of the over 1,000 hotels on the island.
In Chinese On On means 'happiness to all travellers'.

It's a step back in time once you enter the centrally located hotel in old Phuket town and there's a lot to explore once you are inside, including two open courtyards and you may be surprised how spacious the hotel is. Currently there are 43 rooms and Leonardo DiCaprio stayed here when 'The Beach' was filmed.

Scenic with a lovely old style touch, definitely highly recommended and ideal to explore the old Phuket town area. Very affordable room rates by the way,

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The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket Town

Guest room

The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket Town

Guest room

The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket Town

The Lobby

The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket Town

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The Memory at On On Hotel, Phuket Town

The entrance

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Baan Suay, Karon, Phuket

The Baan Suay in Karon, Phuket is a nice and cosy family run hotel and not too big to get personal attention and service.
It's located off the beach but you can easily walk there and there are plenty of restuarants and shops around in the direct vicinity.
The rooms are comfortable and not expensive and with a small restaurant and a pool at the premises you're set for a nice stay.

A place you would not immediately find but well worth checking out.

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Baan Suay, Karon, Phuket

Apartment suite

Baan Suay, Karon, Phuket

Superior room

Baan Suay, Karon, Phuket

Superior room

Baan Suay, Karon, Phuket

Bungalow room

Baan Suay, Karon, Phuket

View from the balcony

Friday, January 23, 2015

Live@Loft Appartelle, Thalang, Phuket

The Live@Loft Appartelle, Thalang, Phuket is located in Thailand, opposite the Thalang hospital and within a few minutes there's a very big Tesco Lotus with it's share of restaurants and there are some local restaurants opposite the hospital. This is all very convenient. 

Many travelers use the hotel as an overnight stay for Phuket airport, which is about 20 minutes away.
Unless you have any form of business or need to catch a flight the next day, there's not much reason to stay here. It's relatively far away from any tourist related activities, like beach and shopping.

The rooms are ok and have what you need, a/c, fridge, tv and hot water but the internet speed was not very good when I visited. The hotel as around the corner of an event I visited, so very convenient for me and when I need to be in the area again, I will go back.

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Live@Loft Appartelle, Thalang, Phuket

Standard Loft Room

Live@Loft Appartelle, Thalang, Phuket

Standard Loft Room

Live@Loft Appartelle, Thalang, Phuket

Family Loft Room

Live@Loft Appartelle, Thalang, Phuket

Family Loft Room

Live@Loft Appartelle, Thalang, Phuket

Exterior

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Pangviman Place Resotel, Chiang Mai

Last month I was in Chiang Mai for one of my running adventures and the required visit to Doi Suthep.
We stayed at the Panviman Place Resotel since it seemed to be nearest to the running event, which turned out to be just a three minute walk from the hotel.
One other very favorable reason to book this place was the price, it's a bargain and it has all you need; a fairly big room, fast internet in the room, a pool, a/c and for Thai standards a good breakfast.
The location was fairly central and the staff very friendly and helpful with arranging for transportation when needed.

Recommended if you need a cheap stay and still want all 'the works'

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Pangviman Place Resotel, guest room

Guest room

Pangviman Place Resotel, guest room

Guest room

Pangviman Place Resotel, restaurant

Restaurant

Pangviman Place Resotel, swimming pool

Swimming pool

Pangviman Place Resotel, exterior

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