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“Good and friendly place” 4 of 5 stars
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Khaolak Banana Bungalows
4/147 Moo 7 | Khuek Khak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand   |  
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Stockholm, Sweden
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39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Good and friendly place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This was the fourth time I stayed here and its always a pleaser to come back here. You have free wi-fi and access to a pool. The managers (Min and Teng) both speak good english and where very helpful. If you plan to stay a bit longer it could be an idea to ask for a "better price".

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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16 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The rooms were clean and well equipped, nice quiet location with short walk to everything that you need.
Good pool which was kept fairly clean.
Main disadvantage was the internet was fairly sporadic in when it would allow you to use it. However the wifi at the front desk did work all the time and if you asked a couple of times they would let you connect to that.
Generally for the price quite a nice place.
Would probably stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I stayed 5 nights at Banana Bungalows after a diving cruise in the Similan Islands and it was just perfect for me.

The bungalow had no frills but it was clean and spacious, with A/C, Wi-Fi, TV, safety box and swimming pool at an unbeatable price. The place is quiet and you feel almost in the jungle.

The staff is very nice and helpful. They arranged an excursion to the James Bond island at a very reasonable price and also hired a taxi for us for a very early ride to the airport. We also rented a motorbike.

The place is in a very quiet area but near to the main road of Khao Lak.

I would come back.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

We found this place in our lonelyplanet guide and thought we would give it a try.
the room was moldy and smelled that way too. The bathroom hadnt been cleaned (toothbrush-stains on the sink). Just way to expensive for the shape the room was in. I would advise anyone to just look for a place when you are on location. There are much cheaper places that are cleaner. We checked out after the first night and stayed at another place that cost less than half the price and was better.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

We prebooked a 3 night stay in Khao Lak at the Bannana Bungalows.
We arrived and they had our booking and we were shown to our room. The room was big and spacious and had a medium sized bathroom, yard space and good air con.
We soon realised there were quite a lot of insects in the room and the door which connected the bathroom to the bedroom didn't lock properly so we were concerned that people may be able to steal our belongings by entering through the yard space which is connected to the bathroom.
We could cope with it all for one night but we thought it they can't offer us another room the next day we would leave early.
The next day we explained the problems to reception and they offered us another room which was cleaner with better locks at no extra cost so we felt a lot happier and safer.
The two guys that mainly worked on reception were very nice and always tried to help with any questions or problems.
The pool was lovely and the moped rental was very good. 500baht for 24hours. Make sure when renting one that you ask for a helmet as one wasn't always offered and it is a legal requirement.
The bungalows were quite hard to find initially as they are off a side road but it is a good location but not quite as close to the beach as it states on the website. Probably a 20minute walk. Restaurants, supermarkets and internet cafes are all close by. We really enjoyed Khao Lak and would visit again.

If your looking for a cheap place to stay then Bannana Bungalows is a good option, esecially as it has a pool, but I would check the room for insects and secure locks before paying.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bali, Indonesia
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

Stayed at Banana two times on recent trip to Khao Lak. Staff were very helpful and friendly, especially Minn. They worked to find a room I liked of the few available. Most rooms have air cod and cable tv. The fan rooms have neither. Was great to have a swimming poo on the property.

Room Tip: Rooms at back are quieter but have no wifi access. By pool noisier but with wifi!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Finland
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

We were supposed to stay at this resort at least a couple of days, since most of the hotels in this area were all fully booked when we arrived, and this one had available rooms. Little did we know that we were totally mislead by the staff upon the arrival.
The staff told us that there was only one room, a more expensive one, available when we arrived but that we could have a cheaper room for the following days. We agreed on that and the staff even offered to move our belongings the next day to the cheaper room, so that we wouldn't have to wait until the switching of rooms.

However, the next morning the staff informed us ignorantly that we didn't have a room anymore and that the rooms were fully booked. This was outrageous, since earlier in the morning we even saw a couple coming to ask for a room and the room was handed over to them, instead of us!!! We were so disappointed in the staff's behaviour and that they actually delivered false promises to us over and over again.

We would not recommend this place to anyone. Moreover, the rooms were highly overrated, considering the shape they're in. The garden was very muddy and the water in the swimming pool was dirty.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4/147 Moo 7 | Khuek Khak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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