When we were here 2 years ago we thought we'd found the perfect place. Kho Khao Island is wonderful remote, not touristy at all yet with all the good features of a nice thai holiday (endless beach, tropical scenery, nice restaurants at the pier, nice people and unspoilt nature). This time everyhing was still there yet the hotel was a total let-down. The management had changed, and the majority of guests were Russians. There seemed to be no maintenance of the hotel anymore: the gardens overgrown, the beach dirty with garbage (empty bottles etc) which had not been removed for days (we checked), the sand overgrown with plants which limited the already small number of (partly broken) beach chairs even more. The water in the pool was so murky one couldn't see the bottom. Also the quality of the rooms had changed considerably after two years: the mattress was old and the bed was creaking so loudly that whenever someone turned it was wake-up time. What else:
dust on side-boards, broken lamps, and the cushion on the porch furniuture was in such a state that we preferred not to sit down.
Some of the roofs of the bungalows looked like huts in a shanty town since the hotel didn't even bother to replace the palm leaves with which the iron sheet roofs were covered originally, the pools of the "private pool villas" remained empty .
I could go on with more dirty little details but I think the picture is clear: the whole place is so run-down and without care and maintenance - it's depressing.
We moved out after one night and went further up the beach into "The Kib" where we had a wonderful time.
All people considering going to Kho Khao - do it! It's a beautiful.
But DO NOT book Tacola. It's a total rip-off. Shame on the people responsible for letting a wonderful place deteriorate to such an despicable level.
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- Also Known As:
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