We almost cancelled our stay at this resort when we heard how remote its location was from other reviewers. Luckily, we did not and our stay here was an extremely invaluable & memorable part of our trip to Thailand. We arrived to PB very jaded after having spent a few days in Bangkok where we were disappointed with the people and the food. We were picked up by the hotel manager Sun and immediately our Thai experience began to transform when we arrived at Phanom Bencha. The resort is incredibly beautiful and peaceful & surrounded by the real, authentic Thailand that most tourists probably don't ever see. The isolation turned out to be a huge advantage. We were worried that there being only one restaurant to eat at on the grounds, that it would be poor quality and overpriced. As it it turned out were were wrong on both counts and the food was by far the BEST we experienced anywhere on our trip. The service was outstanding and although this place is a bit off the beaten path, communication with the staff was effortless. Son's English is by far better than any of the other resorts we stayed at on this trip (and he is a very interesting person to talk to if you have the chance). The resort had a homey feel and is a place to let your guard down and relax. The bungalows are nice but it is true that you have to be comfortable with the elements, this resort is more for the camping type as oppossed to the luxury traveler (and although we had no encounters, remember you are in the jungle! )The freshwater pool was gorgeous and if you are a nature lover you will appreciate the wildlife & the fruit trees on the grounds. Nearby, you can visit Tiger Cave Temple for the day and see the homes of the monks and nuns who reside along the cave, you can climb the 1237 steps to top of the mountain to see the buddha statue, and you can see the monkeys who have taken up residence at the temple. No throngs of tourists & scammers makes everything about this location a real pleasure! For this price you really cannot find anything better. We stayed at a 5* star resort that we were highly disappointed with and cannot recommend Phanom Bencha enough for couples and families looking to relax and get away from the tourist traps. Being less than 30 minutes away from Ao Nang Beach, this place is not as off the beaten path as we had expected and is truly a hidden gem.
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- Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort Krabi, Thailand
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