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“Not what it was 5 years ago” 2 of 5 stars
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Baia Baia
2.0 of 5 Ranch   |   9 Moo 7, T-Aonang A.Muang Krabi, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand   |  
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Bangkok, Thailand
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Not what it was 5 years ago”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Let me say that i stayed here 5 years ago in 2008 and was amazed by the place. Very nice wooden bungalows right on the beach, fantastic restaurant and helpful owner who was around all the time.
Fast forward 5 years and you can immediately see that like Phi Phi itself, Baia Baia is a victim of its own success. Beach once tranquil with just couple of bars open in the night is now full of noisy super beach clubs playing loud music until early morning.
Bungalows are in urgent need of renovation (holes in mosquito nets, rundown bahtroom, broken locks on windows, ceiling wooden panels falling apart...) Restaurant was closed while we stayed here, was low season, so cant comment on that. There is also unpleasant smell coming from nearby sewers which is especially noticeable during the night.
5 years ago booked 1 night and decided to stay 7 days, it was that good. This time booked 2 nights but left after 1 day.
Phi Phi was a backpackers haven, cheap and full of vibe, but now its full of rich Russians and Chinese package tourists staying in 5 stars hotels. The island itself lost much of its charm, water in both of its bays is quite dirty and full of seaweed plus there is non stop traffic of boats arriving/leaving so you wont be left to relax during the day either.
Book this place if you are 18 year old and looking for a place right next to the clubs and for sure wont be sleeping at night. If not, then book something else or even better, visit Koh Tao or Koh Pangan who still got some of that ''best island in the world'' charm left.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 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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Hitchin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We read the reviews on TA and since we are people that don't usually go to bed very early on holiday didn't think we would mind it too much. However we were wrong. There's just no getting away from it, this lovely resort is right in the middle of the party part of the island. The bars are too close together and in Baia Baia you just hear both sounds contrasting. Its very annoying. The resort itself is very clean but very small. It is really pretty and the owners are really lovely. The beach outside is so beautiful, however ruined by drunken revelers relieving themselves at night we were disturbed to see after we had been swimming in the bay the day before.......

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stayed at the Baia Baia resort for 5 nights. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, and this hotel is right on the beach on the prettiest side of the island. In the daytime it's really peaceful and relaxing with such a chilled out atmosphere and stunning scenery. There's lots of trips to do and a snorkelling boat trip is well worth doing to see all the cast of Finding Nemo! At night time it turns into a party every single night - we didn't mind the noise as we were up for the parties, but if you want to sleep at night this is not the place for you! Our bungalow was literally vibrating with the bass of the music on the beach which was a good distance away! If you do want to party, you will have the time of your life - fire shows, UV face/body paints, amazing barbeques, cheap booze and dancing in the sand all night. We had a great time here and I will never forget it! Some people have said that the staff were rude but we did not find this at all - the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful, as are most Thai's. There are also lots of restaurants nearby which do amazing food. We ate so well here!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This was our second time staying at this hotel. We had stayed here about 4 years ago and it was fine. The bungalows are cute. The water in the bathroom trickles in and don't expect a fresh towel until 6 p.m. the next day, due to the outsourcing of laundry services off of the island. The location is beach front. All of this is manageable, however, in the 4 years since we've stayed here, Koh Phi Phi has built up A LOT and there is way more going on. This has made Baia Baia a horrible place to stay.

At night...the tranquil beach turns into a throbbing, bass pounding, beach rave. Baia Baia is right in the middle of all of the beach clubs and party scene. We didn't sleep at all. The bass pounding, club remixes stop at 2:30 a.m. The music at the near by beach cafe, which also blasts into your room, starts at 10:30 a.m.

After the first night, we asked if we could move hotels, well with Agoda we had pre-paid, sure, we could leave, but we couldn't get a refund. We now know why this hotel won't give refunds. If you want to sleep, you would have to leave. A lot of people must try and get refunds.

We decided to buy earplugs, which did little to stop the blaring Katy Perry music at 2:00 a.m. I actually cried one night, I was so frustrated by the noise. After this, I decided to suck it up and pay for another hotel. Unfortunately, we were also there during the high season and every hotel went to was full. It was another night "sleeping" in da club.

After 4 nights here, I was ready to get off of Koh Phi Phi. It's really sad that most of my time on Phi Phi was spent sleeping during the day on the beach because I hadn't slept at night.

I still have a headache when I think about "sleeping" here. So...stay here...unless you want to sleep.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

Booked a one night stay here on Agoda. Never actually stayed because when we showed up they were full due to overbooking. The staff was rude and insinuated that it was our or Agoda's fault for only booking one day ahead of time even though the manager admitted to not checking her email in the past 24 hours. To her credit, she did call Agoda and get us switched to another hotel but only after claiming that we must have booked the wrong day (we refuted by showing our confirmation receipt) or that it somehow wasn't their problem. Would not recommend unless you're looking for a headache and a waste of an afternoon.

Stayed June 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here on a recommendation from a family member. We stayed in a room as opposed to a bungalow. We are paying 900B a night since its the low season, which is pretty reasonable. However, it's definitely in a party spot!! There are a number of beach bars within walking distance and they blast music until the wee hours of the morning. If you're looking for somewhere romantic, or traveling with kids this is NOT the place for you. The room was clean, comfortable bed, mini fridge and A/C, they claim hot showers but I've yet to have one.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bella Bella, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

This cute little hotel has rooms and seperate bungalows steps from the beautiful beach of Phi Phi Don Island. Spend the extra money and get a bungalow-they are clean and cozy but remember you are staying on the beach in Thailand so you might encounter a cockroach and sand in your room-be forgiving.The reception is friendly and accomodating and speak very good English. The beach bar in front has great food and atmosphere with a thatched upper level which is great for getting out of the rain and has a great view.
It is however right in the middle of the bars and clubs which play loud music until 2am. We never found the noise a problem but if you are in Phi Phi to relax and chill find another place to stay. If you love the night life and being in the center of the action then this is definately the place for you-we LOVED it. The location was convienent and central and we would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9 Moo 7, T-Aonang A.Muang Krabi, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ranked #41 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Ko Phi Phi Don
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Baia Baia 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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