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73, Moo 3 Soi Sao. Krabi 2025 | Thalane, Khao Thong, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Khao Thong B&B and Inns
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“no need to search more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

No need to look somewhere else now that you have found that place.
This is the place in Krabi / South Thailand to stay in.
Olivier & Kiet are always available to advise you, to take you somewhere (including airports journeys) and their area is so rich of wonders to discover that it is a real extra service. They even have a menu of the different sightseeings tours they propose!
And they are always set with the best local guide whether on earth or in the sea, that will make you approach the high spots with the better situation, trying to stay away from the croud.
Don't miss the mangrove canoe ride, it will stay in our memories for ever.
Their evening meals are cooked only with local fresh product and the very rich and various breakfast makes a great start for your day.
Bedrooms (with en suite shower room) are all traditional decoration, individual cabines around the very nice swimming pool, just a few steps from the beach.
Wherelse would you like to stay when visiting Krabi?

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore
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55 reviews 55 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2011

We spent 5 nights in February with our 5-year old at Le Passe-Temps. The hotel grounds are very well maintained and clean. Location is also nice because there are no other hotels around and you are basically surrounded by forest and beach and about 1 hour from the city center. We had only one noise issue in the middle of the night due to a drunk guest, but he left the next day. I'd advise the owners to limit the amount of alcohol they sell in hotel grounds. And talking about guests, most are French and are only interested in interacting with each other. Don't get me wrong: we have very nice French friends and family members. We stayed at the Gecko cottage with the beautiful ocean view. The cottage was quite small, simple, but charming. What was REALLY bad about it, is that the bed made a lot of noise whenever we moved and the mattress was EXTREMELY soft, to the point that when my husband moved, I felt I was churning at sea. Therefore, our sleep quality was really bad at this hotel. Nevertheless, because the atmosphere was so relaxing, we could still enjoy our stay. The kitchen staff was nice and did everything to make us feel welcome. The food from the restaurant was absolutely wonderful and authentically Thai. Breakfast was plain, no good coffee, not even a cappuccino or a decent espresso. Bread was just simple bread out of the plastic bag. Fruits were scarce or plain, which was strange to me, considering that Thailand has such wonderful fruit which we saw at the market. Olivier was quite friendly and personally took us to some places to explore. The only issue was that we felt he did not understand what can go wrong when a guest has a child and everything was done in a very relaxed way without much planning and with some last minute improvisation. For 2 excursions, one by boat and another to the natural reserve, we had to remind them of food to take for the day. For the boat trip we had some soiled tuna sandwiches and very green hard mangos, so the food was basically uneatable and we returned starving. For the natural reserve trip, we were given no food, but were told that there was a good restaurant in the reserve. However when we came out of our hike, we saw that the restaurant was really a canteen and was closed! We had been also told that there was a phone we could use at the guard post to call the hotel, but the guard said there was no phone, so we got strained. After many attempts of trying to get a signal for the mobile, my husband was finally able to call Olivier to ask him to pick us up. Meanwhile, a very nice couple stopped to talk to us and gave our daughter some biscuits, for she was starving. Luckily, we had plenty of water on us. When we got back to the hotel, there was good food waiting for us, so at least Olivier tried to fix the situation. Kiet was an absolutely pleasant person to talk to and we had the impression that the hotel service was better whenever he was around. Other points: beach is nice, but either rocky or clay at the bottom, which made the water murky, not really good for swimming. When tide was low, we played at the beach looking for animals. You can walk into the ocean taking care not to step on the many sea cucumbers and starfish around, but in the water you get clay, not sand, with many crabs, really fun for explorers. Our daughter loved to explore and found so much to learn about. Cottages are very near each other, so you can hear any noise around. Pool is small, simple and full of chemicals. I was going to rate this hotel with "poor", simply due mainly to the bad quality of sleep and the lack of planning for day trips. But because Olivier tried what he could to fix things and because of the nice staff (except Jay who I found not to be welcoming at all) I decided to give an "average" rating. I think this hotel has the potential to be a great place, but Olivier will have to be a little less relaxed and more attentive to details. Decoration is not all for a good stay.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leiden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

Olivier and team spent a huge amount of time in building a perfect little resort - great gardens, nice guest "houses", pool area etc and a great startingpoint for discovering the amazing coast. A huge amount of money, effort and good taste has visibly gone into this.

However, as mentioned in a few other reviews, the biggest problem I find with the resort is the remoteness - you really need a car/ motorbike as otherwise you are very isolated with absolutely nothing to do in the local area + therefore totally dependant on the resort, and they will charge quite heavily for the food, excursions etc.

Halfboard at Bt 400 is overpriced considering the local standards, but there is locally no other option.

We were only there for 2 days and used a scooter for 2 hours but were charged for the full day.

On the same day we made an excursion around the islands Krabi is famous for and were billed the full amount even though we only had a 3 hour period, no food, snorkling. I have the sad impression that the resort is making a nice profit out of this as our skipper certainly was not paid the Bt3000 we paid...

Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2011

It took me a year to write a review :). I think this B&B is just wonderful. Olivier made our stay unforgettable and spectacular. Location is secluded and peaceful. Food is great. Even though the beach virtually doesnt exist, but the pool area is stunning. Rooms are immaculate, comfortable and lovely decorated. And on the top of it there was Olivier - the owner or simply our Goddess. All our wishes have been done, all our desires satisfied. By the end of our trip we didnt know what to want : we were fed so well that we gained 10 lbs each, we were sent for the remote islands so we can enjoy each other in romantic and intimate environement, drank till we dropped dead. Since im russian i thought i was treated like a long lost but but mysteriously discovered in the paradise of Krabi – princess Anastasia. If only I could magically bring that B&B with all surroundings, staff, and Olivier to…somewhere around Ft. Lauderdale or Palm Springs, I would go there every weekend and eventually retire there. Thank you guys for unforgettable time. Hugs

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2010

For the 3rd year in a row we spent our holidays in this fantastic place where you loose track of time and manage to unwind from the stress of everyday life. Every year the food gets better, the staff more proffesional but the owners stay just as they always have been - fantastic. Thanks to everyone for making this third stay even better than the others and see you in January 2011 with friends

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

Myself and my girlfriend spent 3 nights over Christmas at Le Passe Temps and enjoyed it immensely. Location wide it is very secluded which is exactly what we were after - having said that it was clear that Olivier and Kiet could arrange any manner of day trip you could have wanted - it just so happened we were after 3 days of R&R!

The rooms are lovely - little wooden bungalows where you go to sleep with the sound of the crickets and wake up to the morning chorus - we were the only couple in the resort along with 2 French families (who were very welcoming and friendly). On Christmas Day the families elected to spend the day on an excursion to Phi Phi leaving us alone - it was literally like we had hired out the place, absolutely amazing!

The service was exceptional and the food great - a particular highlight being steak/frites on the beach! As the only couple Jay (thank you) would set us up for dinner on the beach in a romantic setting making us feel very spoilt! There were so many things that were made special it's hard to name them all!

All in all a great little resort well worth searching out and spending some quality time at alongside friendly owners/staff and even more friendly dogs! Highly recommended and we're going back as soon as we get the chance!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2010

Le Passe Temps is a real find; unique, stylish, comortable and friendly, and in a beautiful setting.

Olivier and Kiet have built a wondeful resort which they have clearly put their hearts and souls into. The result is a secluded haven ideal for relaxed fun, with as much privacy as you could wish for. Going by the hut we stayed in (Choco), the rooms are tastefully and comfotably adorned, with a nice bathroom suite. Don't expect state of the art plasma TV or wi-fi; the aim is to retreat from the reminders of the outside world; that said if you do fancy watching a DVD there is a laptop style DVD player you can borrow free of charge as well as a generous library of movies and books to choose from.

The staff are very friendly and approachable; Jay is the onsite manager and is apparently always happy to help. We stayed on our honeymoon and Jay really went all out with the flourishes and romantic touches that made our stay so happy.

The service from all the staff was always delivered with a beaming smile and is not at all intrusive. In fact our only suggestion for Le Passe Temps would be that at times it can be hard to find a drink or an impulisve snack during the day. It is always avaialble but sometimes takes a bit of tracking down and perseverance. This is only a minor comment and feel I should mention it to make sure my review is coming across genuine and balanced! :-)

Olivier and Kiet clearly care a great deal about their guests and have fantastic local knowledge and good connections with the local community. We particularly enjoyed the guided market visit by Oliviere followed by cooking class - recommended!

The French take on Thai cuisine is perfect and it was also refreshing to have the evening meal prepared without having to choose from a menu. I can see how this might put some off, but it all adds to the experience. The meals are always special, fresh and of course in the perferct setting. There is a menu to choose from at lunhctimes and the breakfasts are certainly very good too.

Don't expect fine white sands and bathing waters at the beach - (the swimming pool is PERFECT though!). The beach is beautiful and picturesque. It is also very clean and plenty good enough for a more than pleasant saunter and paddle.

All in all a special place to stay that we will always remember fondly, thank you all for your kindness and smiles.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 73, Moo 3 Soi Sao. Krabi 2025 | Thalane, Khao Thong, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Khao Thong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Khao Thong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 2003 on a little elevation overlooking the beach and the karsts of Phang Nga Bay, the Passe-Temps with it 8 traditional and comfortable rooms, its mature garden and stunning views is quite simply unique in the province. It offers everything one expects from a good range hotel, and still it feels very much like a family house. Where else will you see the guests moving the table of the restaurant to continue their aperitive talking and dine together ? The staff is caring without being obsequious, the cook is great, and the owners, having been living here for 18 years are always available to help organize your day and make your stay unforgetable. ... more   less 

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