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Phi Phi Sand Sea View Resort
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   17 M.7 T.Aonang A.Muang, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #38 of 48 Ko Phi Phi Don B&B and Inns
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“Resort?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This set of 10 bungalows are slightly away from all the tourist shops of Ton Sai (about a 5-10 minute walk) so the beach is a little emptier here, though the bay is still filled with countless boats, which somewhat ruins the view. Sand Sea View Resort says their bungalows are “on the beach,” and I guess this is true since they’re built on sand. They also say there is “an ocean view,” which is also technically true since you could see a sliver of blue from our deck. We were in the second bungalow, not sure how the view from #5 would be.

The sliding door to our bungalow hardly opened enough for us to get in and out. There’s a fridge and an old TV, three hooks on the wall to hang your things. Plenty of floor space, A/C and hot water, soap dispenser in the bathroom, towels and toilet paper.

There was an incredibly bad smell in the bathroom that was overwhelming by the second day. There was a door to close off the bathroom, which kept the main room ok but made the bathroom even worse.

The owner/manager (?) Koko was friendly and tried to be accommodating. We paid 1,100 Baht/night (about $37).

We moved after two nights down to Long Beach and we were MUCH happier.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

And a view of it too. We stayed in one of the huts facing the beach, the view and the locale were both EXACTLY what we were after. The staff were excellent, really really can't fault them at all. We did encounter roaches(see the pics) and the cleanliness could be questioned and some would care, but for the money, i didn't.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

If you are looking for budget accomodation on Koh Phi Phi and don't want to sleep in a dorm, you have to put up with fan-only rooms. Close to the beach and on the quieter end of Ton Sai harbor is the Sand Sea View Resort and it offers these kind of bungalows. I paid 700 Baht per night for a bungalow that was relatively clean. I ended up only spending one night however, because it was so hot that I couldn't sleep. The resort doesn't have much else to offer, no WiFi, not even the chairs at the beach are free. Maybe the A/C bungalows are better, but surrounding resorts looked much nicer. I wasn't a great fan of Phi Phi altogether, so maybe skip this island and explore the much more beautiful ones around?

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

A friend and I got to Phi Phi and we were told we'd be greeted at the dock by hotel staff. I showed some locals my hotel confirmation (BRING THAT) and they pointed us in the right direction. We found our guy who was helping everyone who was staying there put their luggage onto a cart that he pulled back to the hotel.

Luckily we had our itinerary so we were able to check in right away. Another group of people didn't and it was more difficult for them. The rooms are fine. They weren't dirty, they weren't air conditioned (we had mosquito nets), and they weren't fancy. I didn't spend any time in there other than sleeping so maybe I'm not picky enough but everything else about this place more than made up for the lack of fanciness.

The location, to me, was perfect. Steps from the beach, some local beach monkeys, and a great little bar The Deaf Gecko. Shops and restaurants are steps away too. It's a walk to the other side of the island but it's a great walk. There's so many things to see, like the tsunami memorial. Plus I liked being away from drunken college people (I was 30 when I was there) so it was nice to go get drunk on their turf and then go home to quiet.

Definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Arrived in phi phi island and it was stunning.

Booked hotel at the pier we asked for a place on the beach for a good price as we were on a budget. We got shown the photo's and booked the place for fan room bungalow on the beach for 1000bht which was about 20 English pounds.

We waited for about 20 minutes for the trolley man to come and take us to our room.

He finially turned up and walked us down to the accomadation it was just off the beach is stunning and we thought this is the place!

We enter the room which is woven bamboo sheet for walls.

The room was very basic which we were fine with it but there were cockroach eggs in all the corners. The bed was a box surround with 2 mattress placed on top. The room was full of little insects the fan was placed over the bed.

We went out and brought some bug spray. Sprayed the room and came back later. There were dead cockroaches over the floor and little dead insects everywhere.
I felt horrible sleeping in the room but the island was full and we had booked 2 nights.
The next morning I woke up and I was covered in bites. The fan barely worked and made a loud noise but we hadn't a choice.


I Would never return this accomadtion but the island is stunning and two nights in this insect pit was worth it just being in such amazing place!

There is better accomadation on the island and if traveling in dec/ peak season I would pre book next time.

Advice dont walk to view point in afternoon as there's over 1000 steps up hill and in the heat it's painful! But it was worth it.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

It is difficult to consider the hotel independently from the rest of the island. Phi Phi Don feels like Amsterdam central - packed with teenage party tourists and souvenir shops.
The room was spartanic and set up quite efficiently. The surroundings were quiet, as the huts are at the end of the beach. Sleeping was difficult though, as just a towel was provided as bedding. Also, the heat was unbearable. Being without A/C, one should have thought of a better air flow through the room. Using the bathroom "window" was not possible due to mosquitoes coming in and a strong smell coming back up through the drain.
If you are planning on relaxing on Phi Phi Don, book a bungalow on the hill or invest in a "real" resort.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

1 star property with 3 star prices. We paid 80USD a night for a non A/C room with 2 uncomfortable beds. The bedding was a large towel.
Sadly Phi Phi is a victim of it's own success. Too many people on a tiny Island. On a positive not the beaches on the other side of the Island are almost desertd and very nice

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 M.7 T.Aonang A.Muang, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ranked #38 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Phi Phi Don
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Phi Phi Sand Sea View Resort 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Phi Phi Islands are considered to be one the most beautiful tropical islands of the world, located in Krabi province southern of Thailand. It is surrounded by white sandy beaches; crystal clear sea water, fascination coral reefs and various species of fish. Phi Phi Sand Sea View Resort is located on Ton Sai bay which is a peaceful and beautiful beach. The resort offers comfortable and convenient air conditioned and fan bedrooms. The private beach is most suitable for your vacation. This is your second home. ... more   less 
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