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Somkiet Buri Resort
Ranked #56 of 107 Hotels in Ao Nang
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

We stayed here the middle of april , we stayed in the poolside villa which i highly recommend was an amazing view everytime we opened our doors.
The staff were freindly and helpful as while we was there we had the Tsunami warning they looked after us great .
The breakfast was well suited for everyone and there was lots of choice.
The resort is just off the main road and 5 min walk to beach so perfect location to get everywhere. you feel like your in a jungle somewhere not in Ao Nang.
Rooms were spotless and fresh bedding and towels every day , we reported a fault with our aircon and within 5 mins it was being fixed!!
Cant wait to go back there again next year.

Room Tip: Pool side villa , costs more but well worth every penny.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

We (family of 4) stayed here for 3 nights in early April 2012. The setting is sensational. Lush jungle and wildlife everywhere. The pool area is very very good. Our kids loved it and it was very relaxing and tranquil. Room was OK and spacious but smelly. Staff were unhelpful and have no concept of real hospitality. They will not make any effort to ensure your stay is all you want it to be. They simply don't want to do very much. There were staff everywhere all the time (usually outnumbering guests on the bar couches), but they appear to just sit around. The main receptionist is VERY rude. There's no alcohol so don't expect cocktails at the bar. In fact the bar and restaurant were poor and lacking in atmosphere mostly because of the staff sitting around looking bored. Breakfast very average. Overall, don't come here if you like high end service. Do come if you want the jungle around you, a terrific pool, and good proximity to the main street and beach.

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Bobcaygeon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2012

This was my third stay at Somkiet Buri over the last four years. This time we stayed in the poolside rooms, on the upper level with a balcony overlooking the pool and the surrounding tropical gardens. Great rooms!! They are large and well equipped with king-size beds and fridges and well-appointed bathrooms. The pool is a great place to come for a sundowner after a day at the beach, albeit there should be a few more lounges available than there currently are. It's about a ten minute walk down to the beach.
The breakfast buffet is varied and more than adequate, but since this is a Muslim-owned hotel, there are no pork products. Likewise, no alcohol is served by the hotel although one can bring ones own drinks (which is cheaper) and no corkage for wine is charged in the restaurant.
The staff are friendly and helpful and an airport pick-up can be arranged.
All in all, this hotel is a real verdant tropical oasis away from the traffic and crowds of downtown Ao Nang. The Thailandia restaurant, some 30 metres to the right from the hotel entrance is a wonderful place for good Thai food and a very pleasant ambience.

Room Tip: The pool rooms are especially nice, albeit a little costlier
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2012

We've been to Thailand many times and we're getting more dissappointed with our experience as time goes by, to the extent where we probably wont go back again, Krabi - Ao Nang - is an example of how its lost its charm, but charges twice as much for the privilege. The price for Somkeit Buri is probably standard for the town, but in general, over priced for the experience and country.

Here were the bad things:
1. No tea / coffee making facility
2. Room 1015 has no proper shower
3. Downstairs rooms are dark
4. The TV does not even have an international news channel like bloomberg, CNN, or BBC World, or sports, so is a waste of time
5. They don't provide mosquito nets or coils and there are mosquitos everywhere
6. Our pool towels got wet and sandy on the beach and they didn't change them
7. It rained a lot, but the staff didn't take in the mats on the sun loungers, which then got soaked. Whe the rain stopped, the dirty water leaches out into your towel, clothes, etc making the experience of sitting by the pool very unpleasant
8. The loungers and tables are made of solid wood, heavy to move around, which you may want to do because there is little sun by the pool
9. The bottled drinking water is foul tasting and the toilettries very cheap
10. There were only two pillows with one extra

Good things:

1. The breakfast was really good by Thai standards, they even had proper brown bread (although the coffee and tea were cold)
2. The setting is very charming and provides more character than some of the other resorts
3. The location in the middle of the main strp is good, its off a side street to no noise from the road either
4. The staff were generally friendly and helpful
5. The onsite spa is nice, don't be put off by the prices, they have a 50% off deal and do a 390 BHT 1 hr Thai massage
6. The pool is nice
7. The room was large and clean with decent furnishings
8. Airport drop off was smooth in a nice, safe, modern mini-van

Our stay certainly wasn't memorable, but this is a combination of the average resort and location, the resort doesn't serve alochol by the way - not an issue as you can buy your own in the numerous mini-marts nearby.

Compared to other places we saw though, if this is your budget its not a bad choice if you're set on Krabi / Ao Nang. Railay was more of a real Thai experience but the beaches seem to dissappear entirely with the tide. The best bar was The Coconut Bar, out of Somkeit Buri, turn right on the main road, about 100m. live music most night, really good when the girl sings. Cocktails are expensive though at about 200 BHT and not well made and tight on the alcohol.

Room Tip: In the budget range, 1016 was better than 1015 which didn't have a proper shower
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2012

The rooms are okay but the staff are not serviceminded and seem that they dont care about the guests. The restaurant closes very early and the general standart doesent match the prices (or the webpage)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2012

This is a beautifully designed hotel situated in lush private gardens so that you could be on a tropical island. However it was well located so that just down the road was the busy action of Ao Nang. The attention to detail was second to none and every item was provided for our comfort. The breakfast (which was included in the tariff) was also great.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bristol
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

Lovely place, just off main street but down a little lane so nice and quiet once you enter the resort its like being in middle of jungle. Rooms very good size with really private balcony overlooking the lagoon.

Grounds very nicely maintained, yes there are bugs at night outside but nothing to worry about, no bugs in the rooms.

Pool area very nice but sun lounger area is mainly dappled shade - I had to switch sunbeds to stay in the sun!

We had a room on the 1st floor number - I think the downstairs rooms may be a bit dark.

Only area to improve was the water pressure in the shower was low and the shower riser wasn't high enough, the air con was slightly noisy but didn't stop us from sleeping soundly.

No alcohol in the hotel (Muslim run) but 7/11 store at the top of the lane - hardly a chore to top up your own fridge!

3000 THB a night was money well spent

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Somkiet Buri Resort
Address: 236 Moo2 | Ao-Nang Muang, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
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Ranked #56 of 107 Hotels in Ao Nang
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Hotel Class:3 star — Somkiet Buri Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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