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“The best hotel we had in Thailand!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #5 of 38 Khao Lak B&B and Inns
Mainz, Germany
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“The best hotel we had in Thailand!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

- Upper class nice and spacious resort
- bungalows, rooms, bathrooms, swimming pool, beach, restaurant: Everything was very nice and spacious!
- many germans there
- Similan ISlands (Snorkeling & Diving), Khao Sok National Park, elephant trekking & Phang Nga Bay (James Bond Island) are destinations for day trips

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We chose this resort as it sounded like a small and personal place for us to start our 2 and a half week holiday in Thailand. We were a group of 4 adults and 2 children and two family members from England joined us a couple of days later, this place suited us all perfectly. The communication many months beforehand with Mr Pisit was great, he always replied quickly and efficiently, answering all of my many questions. We spent a week here from Boxing Day and were so impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms and all of the little details i.e. fresh flowers, very friendly staff, rooms made up beautifully each day, and good well priced food. The location is great, not right in the centre of the town but a 10 minute walk away either along the beach or up the long driveway and onto the main road. There were fantastic beach restaurants next to the resort (especially Jim Fiskes) and we really enjoyed New Years Eve sitting at one of the restaurants having a drink and watching all of the fireworks and hundreds of lanterns. When we arrived at the beach in front of the resort after eating at a restaurant in town we were greeted by 2 staff members from Lah Own who helped us to light our lanterns, a really nice touch. Mr Pisit is a very kind and genuine man and he has obviously put a lot of work into the resort after it was hit by the tsunami. If you prefer a smaller, more intimate resort then this is definitely for you. The value for money is outstanding.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Såtenäs, Västra Götaland, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

WE LOVED IT!!!
Clean, new, nice people, just PERFECT...
I made some pictures about the room, have a look.. :)

Otherwise worth the money and more.. :)

When we arrived, they were really nice with us everywhere.. The bungalow was clean, beautiful and perfect..
The best place in Khao Lak for this money.

Room Tip: The Bungalows are prety much the same perfect.. The locations are same good.. They built them around...
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  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Lah Own is a perfect place to stay when you want to relax and chill out. We stayed here last November and enjoyed it very much. The resort is completely rebuild after the tsunami and there are still some signs of that dramatic Boxing day in December 2004. At the reception there are some photo books with footage from these days and the work that was done afterwards by Mr. Pisit to rebuild it.
We had a Beachfront Single Bungalow that gives you a nice view. The room was very good, bathroom perfect, refrigerator that was filled with complimentary water everyday. The breakfast is a choice of three things, eggs, Thai breakfast or serial. All drinks can be taken from the buffet.
While we were there it was not possible to get strong liquor but only soda's and beer. No problem because we walked to the 7-Eleven and bought it there. All food and beverage orders can be charged to the room so in the end you pay as you leave.
You have to be aware that the mountain (Khao Lak) can play some tricks with the weather and this means that even in November when we were there you can have cloudy days and rain. Then again, when you know this just go to the Khao Lak market which is close by and can be reached by foot. The primary consumer for these vendors are locals and you find plenty of clothing, vegetables, spices and even edible bugs.

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  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We stayed for a week at Mr Pisit's resort and it was just heavenly. The room was perfect, typical Thai interior with Mosquito nets at the windows, so that the windows could be open and the little buggers could not get in. The airco was nice too, so was the WiFi.

All rooms are spacious and the resort is tranquil and serene. You can sense the family owned bit. We arrived very very late indeed and they were waiting up for us, same when we left (very early this time), they were waiting for us and even made us a gigantic breakfast box for the journey to the airport.

The pool is great and as it is not too deep great for kids too.

If you seek the hustle and the bustle you are so far away from it though. If you are after a quiet relaxing time on the beach (and the beach does not get much better than this) you are in the right spot.

From the resort it is about 1.5km to 'Khao Lak town' and its restaurants. We always went for dinner to town but had lunch at the Hotel. The food there is brilliant and so are the prices. Normally Hotels tend to overcharge when comparing them with local restaurants. Here they are level pegged. The fresh whole fish needs to be ordered at least one day in advance. Now I know why - because the day you order it, it's still swimming in the sea - probably having other plan than ending up on your plate 24h later. If you want fresher fish than that : go get a fishing rod....

Room Tip: The beachfront villas are from out of this world, from the terrace it is 50m to the sea
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 April 25, 2012 via mobile

We have been at this lovely place before the Tsunami and we were there at the Boxing day 2004! In Januari 2012 was the first time again that we stayed at Lah Own! It is outstanding, big beatiful bungalows and rooms. A nice pool area, near the beach and good food at the restaurant, lovely staff......Mr Pisit had done a great job to create Lah Own as it was before the Tsunami. We Will return again:):)
Greetings from Sweden
Anneli, Ove, Marcus and Elin <3

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

We have been to Thailand about 15 times in the past 25 years and have always stayed in 4 or 5 star hotels because we like to have luxurious accommodation and surroundings. We have known for a while though that we have been paying high prices for facilities we never use eg five restaurants, three pools, spa, gym (not on holiday thanks!), plunge pool, kids club etc but we thought that to reduce to a lower star rating would mean we only had basic accommodation and amenities. What we want from our hotel is a large and attractive pool, lots of greenery, lovely room with balcony, a good breakfast, beachfront and nearness to local restaurants.
Last year some friends returned from Khao Lak and whilst there had started chatting to Mr Pisit Hiranpiwong who is the owner and architect of Lah Own. He invited our friends to come and have a look around Lah Own which was almost ready to reopen after three years of rebuilding following the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami. Our friends were so impressed they booked on the spot for last Christmas and told us about it. I was quite sceptical because Lah Own is only rated at 2-3 stars but I looked at all the information on their website and thought it looked beautiful. We decided there and then to book for 16 nights and emailed Mr Pisit to ask him to reserve a high view superior room (high view means one floor above ground floor). There are about 45 rooms in total which consist of bungalows, ground floor or high view. Some are classed as beach view but even those that aren't are only a minutes walk from the beach. Lah Own can only be booked direct with the owner and Mr Pisit held the room so we could book our flight. The cost was 2750 Thai Bahts per night for room and breakfast which we thought was very reasonable (although we got the introductory rate).
On arrival we were quickly checked in and shown to our room which was a good size and decorated in typical Thai style with varnished wood floor, a king sized bed, plenty of wardrobe space and patio doors leading to a lovely balcony from which we could see the gardens, the pool and the sea beyond. The bathroom was spacious with a large shower area. If I was being picky about the bathroom I would say that it could be more brightly lit and the walls lighter. They are done in that "wet plaster" look which now seems quite common. We had it last year at Indigo Pearl in Phuket and weren't keen on it but that's just my opinion. Also I didn't sleep well the first night because the mattress was too hard me but a quick word with the very helpful Muse on reception and she quickly arranged for a mattress topper which solved the problem. One bonus was the free wi-fi and there is also a laptop in reception for guests to use.
We thought breakfast was very good, not quite as extensive a choice as four or five star but who needs cake and five different kinds of bread! There were three kinds of fresh fruit, juice, cereal, toast, jam etc which was all set out buffet style. The main breakfast course was waitor service. There was a choice of eggs cooked how you liked and bacon, sausage, cheese and tomatoes. There was also an Asian set breakfast.
The pool area was beautiful, quite a large freeform infinity pool surrounded by really sturdy and comfortable sunbeds with umbrellas. There were plenty more sunbeds (in the shade if you wished) on the grassy area leading right up to the beach. There were definitely no sunbed wars which was a relief. All the other guests were German or from the Scandinavian countries and we heard no other English spoken whilst we were there. The other guests were mostly couples or small groups of friends and very few children.
The hotel restaurant closes at 8pm so we only actually used it on the evening of our departure which was a shame because the meal was good although not very spicy. The beer in the restaurant is actually cheaper than in the beach bars. They don't serve wine or spirits but are happy for you to take your own wine in. Mr Pisit informed me he intends to serve wine soon and hopefully extend the opening hours.
Lah Own is at the northern end of the beautiful Nang Thong beach. There are no beach bars to the left although with what looked like a couple of hotels going up that will soon change! Walk to the right and immediately you come across plenty of beach restaurants. Tiew Son is about the third one along where we had the most delicious lunches and a few dinners. They had a vast menu and one lunchtime I asked for chicken noodle soup. It was packed with six different lightly cooked vegetables as well as the chicken and noodles. It was delicious and certainly more than just a starter! I also had snapper, complete with head and tail - a first for me after all my visits to the Far East! Walk about five minute further and you reach the narrow estuary which separates Nang Thong from Bang Niang beach. 10 Bahts takes you on the ferry - a sort of raft with pulleys - across the few metres to Bang Niang. Oh Yes Bar is the last one before the estuary and we had some good lunches there too.
The sea at Khao Lak is tidal. The waves near the shore are very powerful and crash onto the beach. A soothing sound to lull you to sleep at night but some caution is needed going into and getting out of the sea as even very near the shore the waves can knock you for six!
I have to mention the lovely greenery at Lah Own. The hotel is named after the trees which grow there along with palm trees and many other trees and bushes. There are the tiniest birds and large butterflies. I saw a woodpecker tapping at a tree near the pool one day.
Lah Own is a beautiful and peaceful resort with such a feeling of space, it never feels crowded, indeed we sometimes had the whole pool area to ourselves because most people seemed to prefer the grassy area.
Most evenings were spent at one or other of the various restaurants in the village which is reached by a lane leading to the main road then turn right. We would get a tuk tuk there then walk back.
Sitting by the pool it is hard to imagine the devastation caused by the tsunami. Mr Pisit has rebuilt Lah Own to a high standard and we were so sorry when it was time for us to leave.
If you go to Lah Own have a look at the book which is kept in reception. It was put together by Mr Pisit and is called "From Paradise to Hell - from Hell to Paradise" and tells the story in pictures of the destruction and rebuilding of Lah Own.
I have uploaded a few pics of Lah Own.

  • Stayed February 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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Address: Khao Lak, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Khao Lak
Number of rooms: 6
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