Friday, September 30, 2016

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom


The Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom is a small French run family place, with only three bungalows and opened it's doors in 2015,

The French couple is very pleasant and will make your stay a memorable one, especially combined with their restaurant on the beach with lovely food and wine. Remember where the owners originate from!

The three bungalows are basic but very nice, with aircon, wifi and a small fridge but it is fairly isolated, if you need something from town, you will need your own wheels. It is however a perfect place to rest and relax for a few days and be shut off from daily life with a 'bon vivant' lifestyle on the beach. If you're up for this, you will have the time of your life, with long and quiet stretches of beach and bring some good books!

Enjoy the less travelled roads and beaches of Southern Thailand!

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Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom; Beach life

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom; Guest room

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom; Exterior

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom; Guest room

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom

Le Petit St Tropez, Khanom; Beach road and sunset

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta

The Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta on Phra Ae beach is nicely located at one of these seemingly endless beaches on Koh Lanta and also directly next to a nice park. 
It's just in-between two nice areas with many restaurants and shops, just too far to walk to Klong Nin to the South and Long beach to the North, so occasionally you will need wheels to get out of the resort.

The rooms are basic and could do with some renovations but have everything you need, except wifi is only available in public places like the reception and the breakfast is also very basic.

For a quiet getaway on a lovely beach the Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta on Phra Ae beach will fit the bill,

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Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta on Phra Ae beach; Sunset

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta on Phra Ae beach; Guest room

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta on Phra Ae beach; Guest room

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta on Phra Ae beach; Exterior

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta

Lanta Casuarina Resort, Koh Lanta on Phra Ae beach; Swimming pool

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata


The Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata is a fairly new hotel to me, it was already build and completed just under two years ago.

The location is idyllic in the Kata hills on Phuket and the 104 rooms come with a hill or ocean view. The rooms come in a wide variety, ranging from Superior to Deluxe and there are also Suites with Sea view. 
A nice touch is that if arrival time is confirmed 48 hours in advance, the room will be ready upon arrival, otherwise the frist night will be for free and a 16 year old has free breakfast and an extra bed (as in 2016). There's also a kids and teenage room available and as a parent, these are things that attract and interest me! 

The Kata beach is just a 5 minute drive away, so there is no direct beach access. However, the pool is great and is located directly next to the breakfast restaurant, which allows you to eat your croissant or rice porridge whilst sitting in a pool chair, dangling your feet in the water!

The Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata is a 4 start hotel but with amazing rates, especially out of season or booked well in advance. 
Since I teach PADI IDC programs around the corner at PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' at Kata Big Rock, we had a few of our candidates stay here and we only received positive feedback, just like the hotels receives in general good feedback from the majority of its guests.

Well worth a visit and recommended by me comes the Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata with all facilities, despite lack of beach access.

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Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata; Guest room

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata; Guest room

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata; Swimming pool

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata; Exterior

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata

Eastin Yama Hotel, Phuket in Kata; Sunset over Kata

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket


The Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket is a fave of mine and I stayed here a few times when I visited Phuket and needed to be in the Kata area.

It has a good location for me, in Soi 7, especially considering that I typically visit with my own car which I can conveniently park in front. Nonetheless, even without your own wheels at hand, many restaurants, markets and various shops can be visited by foot and the beach is about a 15 minute walk away in case you're looking for that. Motorbikes can be rented but be careful if you do rent a motorbike, it's better that you have some or a lot of experience driving motorbikes, since the roads in Thailand are dangerous.

The rooms are big enough and have everything I need, air conditioning, a fridge, TV but alas, the internet speed was never really fast. The hotel staff has always been friendly and helpfull though. There is a small gym on the third floor of the new building but this hotel does not have a pool or an elevator. The hotel boasts 36 rooms over three floors in two seperate buildings.
Since the location is inside Patak Soi 7, it's also a very quiet location.

The new building has the nicer rooms and the old building has more basic rooms, but still with all you need and the rooms have a very good rate.  Very high and positive reviews can be found at various booking sites on the internet and I can add my blessing, so to say and can recommend Baan Kata Maytha if you need to stay for a few nights and are not necessarily looking for water activities.

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Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket; Guest room

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket; Guest room

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket; Exterior of the new building

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket; Gym at the third floor of the new building

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket

Baan Kata Maytha, Kata, Phuket; View towards Patak road and the Kata hills, with the original building in front

Friday, May 27, 2016

Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi

Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi


During one of my running events, I stayed at the Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi for a night and it turned out to be a most pleasant stay.
With only 15 rooms it's small and cosy, but be aware, there is no elevator. If you're on the upper floors, you will have to walk.
The rooms are very nice and spacious though and make you immediately feel at home. Staff is friendly and the rooms have all that I need, a good working air conditioner unit, a fridge, a bathroom and wifi plus a TV.
The breakfast that should be included with the room is hardly worthwhile mentioning, it's very basic, but on the other hand, for the price you pay for the room, you can't expect much better or more.

The Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi is located on a hill just outisde of the city center, it took me about twenty minutes to walk to the town center, which I enjoyed but may not be everybody's cup of tea. It may be difficult to find transporation near the hotel.

There are plenty of other hotel options available in the center of town, but I really enjoyed this hotel, it's new and friendly. Well worth the stopover.

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Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi

Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi; Guest room

Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi

Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi; Guest room

Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi

Baan Andaman Bed & Breakfast Hotel, Krabi; Guest room

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani


The Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani is conveniently located near the very center of Surat Thani town, just across the old bridge in the middle of town, at the very first crossing. You can't miss it.
It's a quiet and relaxed area with plenty of very good Thai restaurants along the river and on the small island in the middle of the river.

There's also a 7-11 directly next to the hotel, which add to the convenience and during my visit they were also selling soup just outside of the hotel and looking at the amount of visitors to the soup shop, it must be of very good quality.

The rooms are adequate and cheap. It's a bit noisy but it didn't disturb me and the rooms have all the basic convenience you need nowadays, a small fridge, a TV an air con plus a bathroom.

The duplex suite room is great if you travel with children, don't forget to bring some extra bedding, like a blanket. There are also plenty of smaller and even cheaper rooms available. Since the hotel is next to the river, there may be some mosquitoes in the room.

I can recommend this resort, simple yet delivering all you need at a very good price and near the city center and all the town has to offer. Next time in Surat Thani we will visit the new water park, of which we heard great reports. A review will come shortly.

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Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani, Duplex suite

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani, duplex suite

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani, duplex suite bedroom

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani, garden scene

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani

Sabye D Resort, Surat Thani, exterior

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan


The Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan is a nice and small but comfy resort with just 18 rooms. Having aid that, the rooms on the street side may be a bit noisy from passing motorbikes.

The  infinity pool, the view and the sunsets however make up any complains you may have. They are stunning and a real treat at very reasonable price and staff seems to be very friendly as well.

The Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan is located almost on top of a hill, which supplies the amazing views. Opposite are two restaurants, my recommendation is for 'Big Mountain' with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

Give Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan a try and enjoy the hospitality and views and the nearby Haad Chao Pao with you can find a nice beach and the resort has very reasonable pricing.

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Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan; Guest room

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan; Guest room

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan; Guest room balcony with view

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan; view from the room at the ocean side

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan

Sea Garden Resort 2, Haad Chao Phao, Koh Phangan; Sunset