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“A Good Deal for Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Koh Phangan Dreamland Resort
Thong Nai Pan Yai, 11 Moo 5, Ko Phangan Ban Tai, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #40 of 91 Hotels in Ko Phangan
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“A Good Deal for Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a family bungalow with 2 beds because it looked a little bigger than some of the other bungalows and I read where they had been refurbished recently. They actually aren't as big as the pictures appear on their website but they were quite comfortable for just the 2 of us. Another plus is that they have had a makeover and are very clean. The only disappointment was that they aren't as close to the beach as some other bungalows. While we felt a refreshing breeze at the beach when we headed back to the bungalow the breeze was blocked significantly by the trees and other bungalows in front.
Service at the front desk was excellent (they even called a restaurant on Noi beach for us & scored us a free ride from the restaurant). As others have mentioned the service, or lack thereof, at the restaurant was just plain poor. At times we had to get up and ask one of the staff for a menu. They were literally just sitting around and ignoring us. Another time, after waiting for our bill we just gave up & figured out how much we owed and gave the money to the nearest staff person. I suggest you try some of the other restaurants on the beach. They all have comparable menus but the service is much better.
The pool and beach are wonderful as advertised. This is why we travel the extra time on a bad road to get to Yai beach!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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26 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

When we were there the sea was very calm, the beach very clean and the resort was quiet.

Yes it certainly was a bare knuckle ride to the resort and we passed several motor byke/scooter accidents on the way, but arriving at the site we realised it was definitly worth it.

It is a great place to relax and we would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Stayed at Dreamland Resort from January 2nd through to the 5th, 2013 and aside from the white knuckle taxi ride over the narrow, partiallly unpaved mountain road getting there, we loved every minute. Although we were disappointed we were unable to take a boat trip to go on a snorkeling trip because of the rough seas, that is not the fault of the resort and those waves did provide us with hours of fun.

My only complaint was the enormous amount of garbage on the beach. Everything from flip flops to light bulbs ... and lots of them. The staff tried their hardest to keep their section of the beach clean but the debris just kept coming and their efforts were futile. I don't know if the debris was a result of the waves at that particular time or if the beach is always littered.

As others have mentioned, the rooms could use a makeover and I was sorry there wasn't a hammock on the patio but they were clean with a TV and a fridge and for the amount of time we spent in the room, it was more than adequate.

The pool and swim up bar were lovely and the onsite supermarket, very handy. The little village, which is a short 5 minute walk away (that takes you past a pond with a water buffalo hanging out in it) is worth a visit.

If you come to Phangan for rest and relaxation, then Dreamland Resort might just be the place for you.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Nice location, nice pool on lovely beach, but hotel is tired and in need of a little bit of energy and focus on service from the staff. Rates are fairly cheap although still not great value for mobey as there is no breakfast included.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I love this place sooooo much and wish I could come back again. Me and my friend we had a great relaxing 5 days staying this hotle. Although it located in the northeast which is a bit far from town and not much to do or around,we didn't feel bored at all! We did yoga in the morning on the beach and stayed in the pool or hung out in the lounge all day which was a great relaxation from work.

Pros:
It has the best beach I've ever seen among the north and water is suitable for swiming which is deeper than west side of the island.
The pool right in front of the beach and next to the restaurant is sooooo amazing where u can either be in the water or lie in couch getting tan or just watch the beautiful beach view and do nothing.
Staffs are so niiiice, forgot to ask their names but everyone i've seen is so friendly, the one keeping the pool bar is sooo sweet and helpful and even made me a music CD after heard I liked it a lot, and others severing the diner are nice too! They have beach football every sunset afternoon which is quite a view as well.

Cons: The only con i can think of would be its so perfect and hard for me to find a con, haha!

Room Tip: Get a A/C room if budget allowed, will be a bit hot during afternoon time
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

Located on a fantastic beach this place is perfect for a beach getaway. Their pool is excellent and has a poolside bar to boot.

The main negative kid the beds are really uncomfortable and the pillows terrible.
The staff are fine without being amazing, and the food is fine, but there are better options at the other end of the beach.

Having said this, of you're here for relaxation by the pool/beach then this place is a good affordable option.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

I've been here three times and ever ytime I had a wonderful time here.
The staff is very friendly and helps you with everything. They can arrange transport to the main village of Phangan if you wish.

The pool is excellent (includes a pool bar) and lies next to the beach/restaurant. The beach is perfect. Very quiet bay with a wonderful view. The restaurant serves basic food which is good enough but not the best. There are several other restaurants if you take a walk down the beach.

The rooms are very basic. Since you only sleep here, I don't really mind. The bathrooms are clean.

Only bad thing I could come up with is the location. If you're attending the Full Moon Party, you have to make sure that you're not too drunk on your way there or on the way back. The ride is very bumpy and takes about 40 minutes. At night, this road isn't lit, so I wouldn't suggest renting a bike.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Thong Nai Pan Yai, 11 Moo 5, Ko Phangan Ban Tai, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #40 of 91 Hotels in Ko Phangan
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