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“Well worth every penny!” 4 of 5 stars
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Khaolak Banana Bungalows
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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94 reviews
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“Well worth every penny!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Read about it on the internet, so I got the taxi from Phuket directly to this little place in Khao Lak and good that the cab driver knew about it. As it was off season, got one of the fan 'bungalows' for only 400 THB and it was worth every penny!! The place was almost empty and there was complete silence which was too good. The atmosphere here is extremely lazy, the guys at the reception do facebook or watch youtube, however rooms are cleaned every day and fresh towels are given too. There is a small restarant but it looks abandoned and it has a great pool too and loved the gardens. The Nang Thong beach is only 15 mins walk away and all eateries and tour operators are just along the main road. Had to check out early morning and the staff told me to simply drop the keys at the reception! For the money,its an amazing place!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

The Banana Bungalows are great! They offer simple accommodation in an individual bungalow setting with a pool and restaurant near by. The staff that run this place are very helpful and friendly - particularly Min and Tan.

We stayed here for about 5 days while we did a dive course and then returned a month later to stay before and after a dive liveaboard for about 5 nights again. The location of this place is great as it is 60m to the main street where there are many places to eat and drink. It is also only 5-10 mins walk to the beach which you can swim at.

The bungalows are simple, have air-con or fans, fridge, safe, bathroom (hot water) and another an out door shower and front veranda/sitting area. The windows have fly screens which is great for mozzies! The resort also has a pool/motor bike rental and you can eat at the Dive In restaurant is next door or head to the main street. Overall, I found the sleep quality to be good.

This place is no fuss, easy going, friendly, clean and affordable!

One thing - it would be good if they re-opened the bar area in the evening as it is a nice area to sit around.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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UK
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33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Great basic cheap accomodation with great staff.
Nice swimming pool. Free WIFI. Aircom rooms with large bathroom.
Min on the front desk was excellant for advice and help.
Off the main road so quiet.
Nice place to stop while moving onto the live aboard diving boats.
Will use again.
Didnt use the restaurant at all. Great food at the end of the road on the right.... sit outside the mini mart. Cheap as chips and very nice.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Paris, France
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Bungalows are quit nice for the price. there is a small swimming pool and location is quit ok in town. 15 minutes walk to the closest beach. Free WIFI. Nice place to stay so !
Only one bad thing is the owner of the restaurant Banana Dive In Restaurant.
She was really awful and each time we get there. She move out guess when she want to close the restaurant even if we didn't finish to eat. She yell on the poor staff. She ask us to move inside the restaurant and not on the terrace because I use a computer. As i use computer during breakfast she want to change me 80THB (without said anything before). The girl give a very very picture of thailand ! the rest of the staff are very friendly specially people at reception.

Room Tip: dont go the Banana Dive In Restaurant !
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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110 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This was the fourth time I stayed here and its always a pleaser to come back here. You have free wi-fi and access to a pool. The managers (Min and Teng) both speak good english and where very helpful. If you plan to stay a bit longer it could be an idea to ask for a "better price".

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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36 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

The rooms were clean and well equipped, nice quiet location with short walk to everything that you need.
Good pool which was kept fairly clean.
Main disadvantage was the internet was fairly sporadic in when it would allow you to use it. However the wifi at the front desk did work all the time and if you asked a couple of times they would let you connect to that.
Generally for the price quite a nice place.
Would probably stay again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Madrid, Spain
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45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I stayed 5 nights at Banana Bungalows after a diving cruise in the Similan Islands and it was just perfect for me.

The bungalow had no frills but it was clean and spacious, with A/C, Wi-Fi, TV, safety box and swimming pool at an unbeatable price. The place is quiet and you feel almost in the jungle.

The staff is very nice and helpful. They arranged an excursion to the James Bond island at a very reasonable price and also hired a taxi for us for a very early ride to the airport. We also rented a motorbike.

The place is in a very quiet area but near to the main road of Khao Lak.

I would come back.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Khaolak Banana Bungalows
Address: 4/147 Moo 7 | Khuek Khak, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
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Ranked #31 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Khao Lak
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Khaolak Banana Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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