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Khao Lak Riverside Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   67/167 Moo5 T. Khukak A. Takua Pha | Bang Niang Beach, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #8 of 61 Hotels in Khao Lak
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Berkshire
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12 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Perfect Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We enjoyed 8 nights at the Riverside Resort. Our room was on the second floor of the main building and it was wonderful, very spacious and always kept spotlessly clean by housekeeping.

The hotel location is perfect, only a 5 min walk to the restaurants and bars in Bang Niang. The pool and landscaped garden is a lovely place to relax and the beach is only a short (50m) walk through the gate at the bottom of the garden where you’ll find some brilliant restaurants, it is the ideal place to enjoy the sunset.

We would recommend this resort to anyone visiting Khao Lak.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

My wife and I have visited Khao Lak a couple of times before and we really love the unspoilt nature of the area. When researching for this years trip I was intrigued by the top rating for the Riverside Resort as I had seen it from the beach in previous years and was a little put off as it is set back a hundred metres or so from the sand. Thank goodness for Tripadvisor and people taking the time to share experiences. This place is a real gem.

If you are a nervous, inexperienced traveller who requires the comfort blanket of a Ramada, or a Holiday Inn chain style hotel, who yearns to claim an intrepid holiday adventure yet will eat in the hotel restaurant every night and get a little stressed when things go slightly wrong then you are unlikely to book the Riverside Resort. However, if you value authenticity and individuality and accept that things can sometimes take a little bit longer than ''I want it here and I want it now'' then look no further.

The rooms are really well designed and the housekeeping standards are as good as anywhere
in the world. The outside areas are beautifully presented and the pool area is just lovely.
Breakfast is a la carte and it is wonderful. A bit hit and miss sometimes but you get there in the end and the quality is superb - charming people genuinely aiming to please.

It is a short walk to the beach but when you arrive.... real Thailand. Genuine restaurants and bars run by local families, genuine massage huts genuine people, genuine atmosphere.....the Thailand of old. We stayed for 10 nights and ate on the beach every single night, the food and warmth of welcome was sensational. In particular do not miss the Ton Son restaurant and bar. There are many restaurants and bars in the small town only a few minutes walk away, but not of interest to us... why bother when you can chill out with your feet in the sand, surrounded by like minded people and pay a fraction of the price? The value for money is just extraordinary.

Bruno the owner / manager is a true character. Extremely helpful prior to arrival and always available during our stay. He always has time to talk and we shared some interesting conversations.
His team is a credit to the success of the hotel.

Ten days stay and just one small gripe....more powerful torches please for the night time walk to the beach.

In summary... if you want an authentic Thailand experience backed up with superb facilities, genuine people and incredible cleanliness then book this hotel. Without doubt the best value for money in Khao Lak.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Have just spent the last 7 nights at this hotel from 20th November and what a great place to stay. After a hectic few days in Chaing Mai arrived at the hotel at 1.00am, being met at the airport, which was arranged through Bruno. The hotel is a 10 minute stroll to the main shops, bars and restaurants, its a good idea to take a torch with you at night time as some parts of the road are quite dark but safe. The beach is only a few minutes walk away, through a gate at the end of the garden. Our room was on the first floor with amazing views overlooking the river and towards the sea. The room and bathroom are both of a good size and kept really clean, there is also a good size balcony with amazing views. I did find the bed a bit hard, but after having a word with Bruno he soon found a matress topper, which definately helped the aching back. This hotel is everything you need for a relaxing holiday and Bruno and the staff do everything they can to make sure your holiday is hassle free.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I stayed in the hotel 6 nights starting 11 Nov 2013.
It seems slightly remote at first, but it's just a 10 min walk to downtown Bang Niang with many restaurants, bars and shops. It's located next to a small river just 100m off Bang Niang beach that can easily be accessed through a small gate.

I had a room on level 3 which was actually the second floor with a wonderful view over the premises towards the beach and the river. The room was luxurious and very clean.

Bruno the hotel manager is a star. Very friendly, helpful and accommodating.

The breakfast menu offered a wide choice and the food was delicious. I couldn't try the restaurant for dinner or lunch as Bruno had to deal with a staff shortage - but it was no big deal for me as there are many places around where you can find excellent food.

Overall, it was an amazing place at a more than reasonable price with an excellent service. Highly recommended+++++

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

This hotel need a bad review to stop travellers booking it out.
We stayed here three years ago for the best two week holiday ever.
Now it's become so popular that we cannot get a booking!
This will teach me for writing these reviews...

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This hotel is fantastic! My friend and I stayed there for 4 nights. The hotel felt remove and private, but it is located just a short walk away from restaurants, bars, and massage parlors. Our room was beautiful and immaculate with a great balcony and an awesome view. Food was delicious. There are many beautiful hotels, but what made this one so special was an outstanding service. Bruno, the owner, and his staff were friendly, attentive, helpful, and caring. My friends and I had many special requests, but nothing was a problem for Bruno. He accommodated all of our needs with a big smile. It felt like we were staying at a good friend’s house. Highly recommended!

Bruno, Thank you for everything! Cannot wait to be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

My family and I had an excellent stay at Khao Lak Riverside on 9th August 13. Beautiful, clean and quiet resort . I simply love the little river beside the resort. Collected many sea-shells. Excellent ala-cart breakfast. Mr. Bruno, the owner is friendly, chatty and kind. He gives us excellent discount. A great resort with good price. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone who loves the serenity of the place. Kudos to Mr. Bruno. Hope to visit the resort again

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 67/167 Moo5 T. Khukak A. Takua Pha | Bang Niang Beach, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 61 Hotels in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Khao Lak Riverside Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Khao Lak Riverside Resort & Spa is located along Thailand’s beautiful west coast, 90 km from Phuket International Airport. Situated next to Bang Niang River, overlooking the unspoiled Bang Niang Bay and the sapphire Andaman sea just 80 meter from the golden sandy beach. A total of 27 rooms designed and built in Asian-style, are spaciously positioned on 7200 m2 that guarantees private and quiet atmosphere. All elegant deluxe double rooms are fully air conditioned with individual climate control, mini bar, Satellite television, in-room safe, bedroom with king size or twin beds, outdoor balcony with a splendid panoramic view over Bang Niang River and the Andaman Sea.Private washroom, bathroom amenities, hair dryer, shower cabin, hot and cold water, toilet and washbasin, bathtub with stunning river and ocean view. ... more   less 
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