Phi Phi is a stunningly beautiful island and well worth visiting. Ton Sai village is the main town and has good restaurants (Le Grand Bleu is awesome)/ dive operators/ bakeries. It's got a charm, but the outskirts are a bit like Benidorm - built up with concrete hotels really ugly and cheap looking. However, keep walking and when you round the corner you reach a much more beautiful and secluded part of the island, and here you'll find Viking resort. It's absolutely stunning - beautiful, laid-back, natural huts/ bungalows on an idyllic private beach. The location cannot be faulted - close enough to Ton Sai to walk in to get supplies/ a night out (the walk is a bit tricky depending on the tide, but you can easily pick up a boat to drop you back anytime), but also it feels isolated and away from it all. It's also really close to Long beach (5 min walk) which is another beautiful beach.
Other people have commented about the noise. We were in a bungalow near the restaurant and had no problem with noise. One evening the hotel organised a party on the beach but even this was quiet, just some guitars, and anway we sat with a cocktail and joined in! It felt peaceful and very very relaxing staying here.
The staff are a bit disorganised, you have to be relaxed or else you could get frustrated. E.g. we asked in Ton Sai if they had rooms, they said yes so we got a boat out only to be told they don't have any rooms. then they did! It also took us 2 hours to get a milkshake on one memorable occasion (with much translation problems, although there are several English staff).
The rooms are basic if you're used to 5* hotels, but that's not what you come for. They are beautifully decorated and comfortable. I would recommend booking one of their much larger, more expensive rooms where you have a lot of space and privacy, but even the small rooms are lovely and you spend most of the day out swimming/ on the beach not in your room.
I would definitely stay here again if I came back to Phi Phi, and would bring jy family and friends. The only people I would not recommend it for are those with mobility problems (there is a lot of climbing over tree roots/ up steep steps) and those with very high standards who get frustrated by things taking their time. If you want to kick back and stay in a beautiful island paradise, come here!
- Also Known As:
- Viking Palace Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Hotel Viking Palace