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Nang Thong Bay Resort
Ranked #35 of 69 Hotels in Khao Lak
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Fantastic value for money”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

We really loved Khao Lak, and this hotel was wonderful given the price. Being low season, we didn't have a problem with lounge chairs by the beach, but there aren't that many, so I can see how it may be a challenge at busier times (re: other reviews). If it were me, I'd just remove towels belonging to inconsiderate people from unused benches, so don't see it as a big deal to be honest.

The canal in the resort is not an open sewer - it's a stream running fresh water from the nearby mountains and streets into the sea. It has no smell, is full of fish and wildlife, and is really quite pleasant actually, with bridges, etc and nice gardens around it.

The pool is brilliant - heaps of shade, plenty of chairs, really well looked after. They have a pool bar, however it was closed given it's the low season, which was a bit of a shame.

The restaurant is probably the poorest point of the hotel. The breakfast isn't included in the rates, and the price for breakfast is a little heavy for Khao Lak standards. Would typically pay about 1000THB for 2 adults and 3 kids. We ended up going to Green Beach which is next door (on the beach) and paid about half price. The breakfast was actually better here too. On another occasion the restaurant closed at 8.20 (was supposed to be open till 9pm) and so we were forced to go eat out, which was disappointing as it was our last night, and we hoped to each at the resort, by the beach. The beach front location of the restaurant however, is great!

We had a beach front bungalow (room 102, based on other reviewers recommendations - thanks!!), which was fantastic. Uninterrupted ocean views (room 101 also would be a good choice). It was probably too small for 5 of us - I'd have liked management to tell us it was a really small bungalow when we booked - however we'd probably still have booked it. The bungalows themselves are fairly small, but fine for 2 people, or even maybe 3 with a rollaway bed. Great air conditioning, brilliant private outdoor shower, and good king sized bed. Also a really nice little deck in front of each bungalow which is great for evening beers and gin rummy.

The ocean view first thing in the morning and late in the evening is incredible. The sunsets on this beach are great. The other rooms are also really close to the beach, and heaps bigger - so if you want more room, don't be put off by the rooms that are not on the beach front - they're literally only 15-20 metres further from the beach and also have nice views!

There is no room service, which didn't bother us. They do clean the rooms daily, and do a great job of this. The staff are also all really nice.

The beach itself is great. Plenty of reviews suggest it's not - I disagree. The water is warm and clear enough, there is absolutely no rubbish on the beach, you can walk for a few kilometres if that's your thing, with plenty of other beaches along the way. There are some rock formations in areas, however these created a great area to play for our kids who would catch hermit crabs and small fish for fun.

The grounds of the resort are really well maintained, with absolutely beautiful, lush gardens. From the other low cost resorts located in the area, this certainly looked like the nicest - some others nearby didn't have pools, and/or average gardens.

The location of this resort is a little remote compared to those up the beach. Where "The Sands" is, for example, is jam packed with other resorts, and closer to other restaurants - but we really liked where we were as it's a little more private, still with plenty of good options.

We found ourselves a great Tuk Tuk driver (Peed - 089 909 0383) who would come pick us up at any time within minutes, and was reasonably priced. This helped us get out and about easily, so the location was not a problem.

Our kids loved it, and were sad to leave. We thought they may get bored here, but they didn't at all. I would absolutely stay here again, and we're considering coming back next year already.

Room Tip: If you want beach front, go for 101 or 102, which are closest to the pool and have clear beach views...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have stayed there twice. The location is great, just a short walk from the main village. The staff is accommodating and friendly. My complaint is not enough beach loungers or chairs. In fact they worn and scarce. If you are not German, good luck finding one even if you are first to claim your spot. We did at 6:30 am, went to breakfast, came back a little later to find our spot fully occupied by several older Germans. Not a reflection on the resort but they could add more lounges.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Stayed here for 1 night whilst taking a short break from Koh Yao Island.
Rooms were nice & clean, check in was fine. Lovely grounds, nice beach area, food was nice. Just a short walk to a main street with shops, cash machine, 7/11. They have a complimentary golf buggy to take you up there if you needed it.
Pool area was nice.
The resort does have a large "stream" running through which doesn't have a fence around it & it's quite a drop down, so safety wise for children it may not be ideal.
Was good value for money in my opinion.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

Good location, good service. Room was clean. The canal running through the resort was definitely hurting, as others have mentioned. They need to get that fixed. We stayed here a couple of nights while doing some diving during the day, and the price was excellent (800 BHT at the time).

Beach is not amazing, but it's nice, and a quick walk up or down the beach to better locations. The pool is large and very nice.

We were happy with our stay and felt like the value was excellent.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

Firstly the resort is well situated next to the town and the beach. The pool is small but absolutely aqdequate for cooling off. The villas are very modern very clean and the outdoor rain shower is a delight.
I had a garden villa nd it was very peaceful.
btw. no idea about the towel thing there was no one up early or no reservations or anything to comment on here, plenty of beds to choose from
This is really really good value for money in the area and would recommend it to al.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 30, 2014

I stayed in a garden room (lovely location - private and peaceful) and overall thought the room and grounds were lovely, but the stench coming from the sewer (??) needs to be addressed. You can smell it when taking a shower, and elsewhere on the grounds. On a positive note I thought the location was ideal for easy access to town yet away from hustle, sunsets lovely, and staff attentive. The food could certainly be improved - average at best. The good outweighs the bad, and seemed fairly priced - a big plus.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We loved this place. We had booked a beach front bungalow however when we arrived were told the bungalow was not available until the following day. We were offered a deal on a bungalow one row back which we chose to stay there the whole time.

The restaurant is in a beautiful location although we only ate breakfast there, which was fine. The beach is lovely and the resort is definately at the better end of the beach. A short stroll to the restaurants and bars and there is a good selection to suit all tastes. This area is definately suited to the family market . The resort staff are friendly and helpful. I didn't find the room basic it met all our needs. The outside shower was private and different, strangely liberating.. Swimming pool is beautiful and clean.

My only negative would be the poor lighting in and around the bungalows. It could be improved. We had a small torch which proved invaluable. Would definately stay at this resort and area again.

Room Tip: Even most of the second row bungalows offer good views
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Property: Nang Thong Bay Resort
Address: Nang Thong Beach, Khao Lak, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 Top resorts Hotel in Khao Lak
#21 Family Hotel in Khao Lak
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
#30 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
Number of rooms: 79
Also Known As:
Nang Thong Bay Hotel Khao Lak
Hotel Nang Thong Bay

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