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Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Nature at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here again last week and just loved it. It's back to nature as it should be. 10 small bungalows hidden in a large slope of largely untouched nature. Yes, there are bets, large lizards and the occasional cetipede, but this is a national park and all sort of flora and fauna are just part of it. The resort is managed by the competent Mr Son. The restaurant provides tasty and inexpensive food.
This place is highly recommended for someone who appreciates nature and peace.

Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Great value but well out of town (Krabi). Great if this is what you want (which I did) but you need to have your own transport. Nice short walks around the property and good views from the 'pool'. Mr Son and his wife both very nice and helpful - Mr Son's English is excellent and his wife's is fairly good. As others have said, this isn't the spot for luxury. It is nice basic accommodation set in scenic grounds with good food served by the friendly Mr Son and his wife. It is on the edge of Phanom Bencha National Park but if you want to go to the Park HQ area you will need to drive to the edge of Krabi and then back north.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

We first stayed here 3 years ago and went back. That in itself should say something.

Don't go if you are looking for luxury with all the trimmings or a beach. That said it's a pretty unique place and if you are looking for stunning scenery and nature, a very laid back place to chill and a slice of something different then this could be the place for you.

It's the nearest resort to the airport, but you never hear a plane. The resort can organise transport so a perfect place to start or end a trip to Krabi.

Mr Son (the resort manager) is really helpful and speaks excellent english, the food is really good.

The fresh water swimming pool was most welcome as we visited in the hot season.

All in all a great place to wind down for a few days.

Room Tip: The higher up you are the better the view but it's more of a walk.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2012

The staff are very good, relaxed and friendly. "home away from home" and so helpfull. The bungalows are simple but fine and they are isolated with a lot of privatelife.. You can enjoy the mountains and rainforest from your balcony ;-)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

Peaceful resort only 30 minutes motorcycle ride from Krabi, yet feels like hundreds of km away. The road leading there is dotted with incredible rock formations typical for the Krabi area.
We asked for a single bungalow with the mountain view and got lovely secluded wooden bungalow with a private terrace overlooking the garden and the mountain.

Initially the e-mail exchange with the owner was not smooth, I was getting few words responses for lengthy questions which made me apprehensive. But Son proved me wrong upon our arrival, his English is very good with a hint of English accent, Son was helpful in organizing transportation, providing answers to the questions about the surrounding attractions, showed us a way to the viewpoint on the ridge, advised on when to visit Wat Tham Suea, all with very friendly, honest and welcoming attitude.

All in all we spent 3 nights here visiting Phanom Bencha national park, Watt Tham Suea and hiked to the viewpoint on the ridge overlooking Phanom Bencha Peak. The rest was spent just walking the resort’s garden, picking up the fruits right off the trees, splashing in the natural rock pool. Son organized few times a week jungle hikes, too.
The menu in their restaurant has very good selection and the meals were quite good.

Room Tip: For the views ask for the room higher up the slope, it will have nice mountain views
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2011

Just spent a couple of days here. Bungalows very simple and very quiet. Surroundings were stunning. The restaurant served great veggie food (but not open all day) so don't arrive hungry. There is a wonderful natural rock pool at the top of the mountain there is nothing to do here but to read and relax and gaze at the stars. We loved it. Great for 2 or 3 days.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2011

This place is stunning, set in beautiful grounds with a great backdrop from your balcony and a cute little natural pool. The food was top notch and the staff are great. Unfortunately we had to get evacuated as we stayed during the flooding but they tried their best to get us into Krabi Town as soon as they could. I would stay again and would recommend this place who wants a bit of peace after going to the islands! Perfect x

  • Stayed March 2011
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Additional Information about Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort

Property: Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort
Address: 42/2 Moo 7 | Krabi Noi Subdistrict, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 303 Specialty Lodging in Krabi Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have a wilderness resort that puts you hand-in-hand with nature just outside Krabi Town in Krabi province. We have bungalows with fans and our grounds are naturally landscaped with beautiful grass areas and pools of water, hiking treks through the jungle and more! Most visitors come to Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort for some peace and relaxation. Some come to meditate. Some come to write books or have a nice time with the family without outside distractions. We have nature and wildlife walks at night available - just ask! Our food is cooked on-site and we have had excellent reviews in this area! No need to leave the resort, but you can go shopping in town easily if you desire! Best Regards! Son R. ... more   less 
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