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“"Nice little place to relax"” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Khaolak Countryside Resort & Spa

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Ranked #60 of 64 Hotels in Khao Lak
Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“"Nice little place to relax"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Before choosing Countryside Resort we got acquainted with the Hotel websites and the reviews. Especially Kadi 111's review, Feb 27 2010 we found very helpfull.
We stayed at Countryside Resort for two weeks in November 2012. Afterwards we can agree with Kadi's comments, plus there is some good news!

The following lacks mentioned no longer exist: 1. there is wifi now and it is free and fuctuioning. 2. The safty in the room was free of charge, too. 3. There was a kettle for tee or coffee in the room.

The beach is nice, not too crowded. Water is warm and clean. When you come to the beach from the hotel and walk to the right, there are restaurants on the beach with sunbeds and umberellas, free for the restaurant customers. You were allowed to take the hotel pooltowels to the beach, as well.

We were very pleased with our stay in Khao Lak and at Countryside Resort & Spa.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Helli M
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English first
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We had a rental car and was exploring southern Thailand. We returned to Khao Lak several times and stayed in a number of different resorts. This was by far the best value for money with a nice bungalow, great food and fantastic staff. Also a super location. Although not on the beach, it is only a 1 min walk.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank MalcolmManning
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

We ended up kinda stuck in Khao Lak having missed the morning boats to Similan (dumb, I know) and jumped on this as one of the best offers we could get at the last minute. Room was pretty OK, service just OK, location good (5 minute walk up the hill to the nice little town of Khao Lak, 1 minute walk down a lane opposite to the beach). Pool OK, small, but OK, breakfast was decent.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank toomanymatts
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Nottingham
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16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

Although the hotel is in a good position (a 5 min walk to the beach and 10 mins to the main street) and has a nice pool area, the hotel didn't live up to our expectations. The rooms were spacious but worn around the edges and not cleaned properly. The service was also not what we had been used to in the rest of Thailand and the attention to detail was not present. (This included the manager's young son using the computer to play games when customers wanted to log on to the internet). We left (early) with the impression that this hotel was used heavily by package tourists and the staff/ hotel were indifferent to guests.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank Ienjoytravel
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2010

Really enjoyed our stay at the countryside resort.
On arrival we were pleased with our room, and how clean and fresh it was,although the bathroom could so with a bleaching.

The staff were very friendly, although Engilsh was very limited.

Most of the guests at the hotel, and within Khao Lak as a whole, were mainly German or Scandinavian which was not a problem in the slightest, just a general observation.

The breakfast included was adequate and filled myself and my husband up every morning. There were made to order omelettes and fried eggs, ham, hot dogs, bacon, eggy bread/pancakes on alternative days, salad (?), potato slices, pineapple, watermelon, papaya, cereal, yoghurt, toast etc. So enough to choose from.

There was fresh coffee and tea, orange juice, pineapple juice also.

There was 2 bottles of water left for you in your room daily which was a nice touch, and a fridge to keep them in.

The grounds were very well kept, and the beach was 90 metres away - not a problem at all - it is even sign posted when you arrive where to go.

The only little quirk we had was there was no wifi and the internet near reception (1 baht per min) was soooooo slow that it kept cutting off. We had already found a little cafe at the top of the main road on the right that did free wifi, but couldn't be bothered to keep walking up and down, but in the end we had to. The good thing about that was once you had the password, they never changed it!!

Hotels need to understand that internet is quite an important thing now, and if it is free wifi with a £1 cup of coffee, why is it not free, or even available in a £45 per night room!!

The only other thing was there was no shade in the afternoon around the pool area no matter where you sat. It was great in the morning, but come the afternoon, it was too hot so ended up back at the room.

Couple of film channels on the TV if you are interested in that, and the aircon was lovely. Had provisions for tea and coffee but no kettle, which not sure if you got charged for, but we didn't ask.

The safe (in your room) was 60 baht a day, which again, we didn't understand why, but there was a little lockable drawer in the room we used instead. There was a free safe behind reception we believe.

Overall, a comfortable quiet stay, but I would try to get a room that is not next to the road. We had a room overlooking the pool and was quiet, but even though the road is quiet, it is the main strip to walk down and it can get a bit people-noisy.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
3 Thank Kadi111
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Szczecin, Poland
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36 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2010

We've stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. Can't complain too much. Only about the staff missing to speak English well and that there was not so much food choice in the restaurant. The hotel has an amazing surroundings / garden with exotic plants, flowers and fish swimming around. The pool is cozy, but they add too much chlore, so you will get red eyes if diving in it. One part of the pool has 4 bubble massage spots.
To get to the beach you need to cross the road and when getting there you are not really sure, if you are allowed to use the sunbeds there as it looks like they belong to some other resort - but the ones on the right are for you :) The beach is really nice, just like a post card beach. Not too much crowd and crazy water sports.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank bonee
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Amsterdam
Level Contributor
59 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2009

Although not directly on the beach (therefore the name countryside I guess) I'd say this is the only disadvantage of this nice little resort. The moment you arrive the staff is really friendly and helpful. The deluxe rooms are really nice and somewhat nicer than the garden villas, the latter have an outdoor shower though which we liked a lot. The villas are spacious, the beds a dream, everything else like the electric kettle (with complimentary coffee only the day you arrive which is kind of strange...), the ac, tv, safe (60 baht per day, which is 1,50 US$) is just fine. You have a huge canopied patio overlooking the garden and the pool. the breakfast is slightly above standard for south east asia, would expect more for the price. the website (http://www.thekhaolakcountrysideresort.com) is pretty accurate.
To sum things up: If you can get a beachfront bungalow at the nearby nang thong bay resort I'd go there because of the beautiful sunsets from your terrace. If you can't the garden villa at countryside is far more value than the more expensive-no breakfast incl.-staff arrogant-nang thong bay resort nearby.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank mjamandjay
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Property: Khaolak Countryside Resort & Spa
Address: 28/15 Moo 7 Soi Nangthong | T. Khuk-khak A. Takuapa, Khao Lak, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #60 of 64 Hotels in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 71
Also Known As:
Khaolak Countryside Hotel Khao Lak
Khaolak Countryside Resort And Spa

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