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Shangri-La Bungalows
Ranked #11 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Mae Nam
Reviewed August 23, 2011

We stayed here after a disastrous hotel booking in Chaweng. Took bikes for a run and found this place. Shangrilah have an older section of villas which look to be pretty rundown. We booked into one of the brand new villas and found them to be very clean, (really hard beds), great showers, no coffee making facilities, metres to the beach and a great massage service.

We only had dinner here once (it was ok) breakfast was fine and there are a lot of little restaurants around to try.

The service is a bit hit and miss but honestly this isn't unheard of in Thailand!!!

We really enjoyed our stay here and our friends daughter and her friend stayed here on our recommendation and also enjoyed their stay.

The new bungalows are about 1500 bht a night and I would only stay here if this was the accommodation I was getting.

Overall, we would stay here again.

A note to travellers: If at some stage during your stay in Thailand, be warned about using the Lomprayah Catamaran transfer service. Whilst the Catamaran itself is ok, there seems to be huge problems with transfers associated with this company. Twice we were ripped off with transfers either not turning up or not what they were advertised to be. Book your transfers separately - do it yourself! If there is a mix up they don't care as they have already been paid and they will not refund!!! Judging by the large amount of travellers stranded in their depots, we were not alone. Beware!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

Like another reviewer below, we booked this by walking in. Got shown our room- small with bed looking not clean but v reasonable price so we booked as had brought sleeping bags with us. Paid upfront, then went back to discover the cockroaches- hid under bed when we scared it, dread to think what else was in there. Reasonable price and staff were friendly enough, but overall very dirty.

Also, don't be fooled if walking in and tempted by free wifi- when we asked about this staff giggled and said it was 'down today'.....not convinced there is any....

  • Stayed: April 2011
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2  Thank anniemcg123
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Reviewed March 3, 2011

We stayed there for 2 nights during a roundtrip and had an nice bungalow with air condition for 1300bht per night. The Bungalows are located in the eastern part of Mae Nam. You have to take the "Beach Way" from the main road to get there. It is located directly at the beach!

The staff is really friendly and funny. The bungalows very basic, but very clean and comfortable. You have sea view from most of them! We only had breakfast at the restaurant but this was great!

I totally recommend these bungalows and would absolutely come back!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2011

The staff were friendly and helpful when we arrived but became quite the opposite once we paid upfront. The chalets we got were a lot more basic than the one we were shown which was a bit cheeky but not the end of the world. The chalets were quite dirty though and it was a bit disturbing to find rat dirts UNDER the bedsheets! The food at the restaurant was pretty bad, so would recommend going further up the beach. We were a bit suprised that the man who was so happy to have us there when we first turned up behaved as if we were an inconvenience every time we wanted to order a drink. The in-house taxi service they booked us for the airport not only turned up late but then refused to take us unless we paid double what we had been quoted. When we said that we were not happy about the taxi fare we were laughed at and told 'if you don't pay what we ask you will miss your flight, so pay'. Didn't like the blackmail tactics so we walked up to the main road and got a taxi for the 8 of us for half of the original quote. There are definitely much, much better places to stay in Samui with much nicer staff than the Shangri-la. Save your Baht and go somewhere your custom will be appreciated!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 26, 2011

Don't be fooled by the great location and reasonable price

Got off the boat and had no accommodation booked. Jumped in taxi and asked to be dropped in Mae Nam. The driver inquired if we had somewhere to stay and after a long chat agreed to go with him to his recommended place. Probably the worst decision I ever made.

Greeted by the staff and after taking our payment up front for the weekend ahead things started to decline

Both of us got food poisoning in the restaurant

The room was dirty and smelly

Wolk up the first night to find a rat scurrying around the room. It was hell and this was just the first night

Addressed our concerns to management. We were shouted at and abused. Refused to give us money back or alternative room

Sick we lost money and such a horrible experience

My last words to him was that we would just tell people about our experience and hope no one has to go through the same

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank DaveB_Irish
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  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: February 2018, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shangri-La Bungalows

Address: 1/2, M.4, Mae Nam, Ko Samui 84330, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Mae Nam
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Ranked #11 of 58 Specialty Lodging in Mae Nam
Price Range: $47 - $101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shangri-La Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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