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Kantiang Bay View Resort
Ranked #161 of 208 Specialty Lodging in Ko Lanta
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86 reviews
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“Nice rooms and goof location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the most expensive rooms. The bungalows had just recently been built. They were very nice and upmarket with a big bed and big bathroom. Nice porch too. Having just been built though, there was not yet a pathway built to our rooms and since it was raining in Koh Lanta in our stay there, we had to walk through sludge to reach our room. Fortunately there was a tap at the bottom of the stairs to hose off the mud. The downfall of the room was the TV. There was around 100 channels and not one channel was in English!! They were all in Thai. Restaurant on site was good. Nice location but again it was raining so we did not get to enjoy the beach which was a shame.

  • Stayed January 2013
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

Not a 5-star resort, but I enjoyed it there. You spend most of your time on the beach, in the beacg bar, on a boat or at the Drunken sailor at night, so the aircon room was fine for me. Spent hardly any time in it. Preferred Koh anta vibe to over-commercialised Phuket or over-crowded Phi Phi. Enjoyed the relaxing beach bar and the food was OK. Didn't have much to do with the reception staff, but everyone seemed friendly enough. Waiters nice, fresh fish braai on the beach was good. Lots of other places to eat nearby, so go out and explore! :)

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

This place was really wonderful. It certainly had its negative aspects and you can find cheaper and nicer accommodations but the location is most desirable. The beach here is mesmerizing and I saw fireflies out on the beach at night. Kayaking out onto the andaman sea in the middle of the night was one of the most exciting parts of my trip. They won't charge you if they don't notice when you borrow the kayaks ;)
The service was crappy but a few of the people working were very charming. The bungalow was almost fallen over and the angle in the bathroom was so extreme I could barely stand up to bathe and the front door wouldnt close, but if you can suck it up and not be a whiney baby, it's just wonderful. No one cared when we partied on the beach and the surrounding bars and such were really fun and friendly.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed at the Kantiang Bay View resort in Jan 2013. We paid extra to get the Beach Bungalow (E1), but even with paying extra the room was quiet cheap.
The resort location is great. A quiet resort with great views. The resort has "hosts" the Why Not bar, and has a restaurant. The restaurant food was OK - however we found plenty of other places to eat nearby with better food. The Why Not bar has a great atmosphere with live music, but we found the entertainment repetative after a few nights.
The room had Air Con, and 2 double beds. The balcony looked direct out to sea with great views. The bathroom had a bath with cold water, toilet, and hot and cold shower.
Overall the room and bathroom looked tired. A good clean and coat of paint would do wonders. Beds were very comfortable.
A tired looking room, but the views and location were great, so we would be happy to stay again.

Room Tip: If want the views and direct access to beach - go for the Beach Bungalow (E1). The balcony looked d...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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20 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

Kantiang Bay was the perfect location for us on Koh Lanta. We love the beach there and there are number of great cafe and restaurant options as well as a convenient store nearby. The room was spacious, had aircon, and was clean. It also overlooked the bay.

The Why Not bar located downstairs has live music every night from around 9pm to midnight, so if you don't want to hear music in your room until midnight in your room every night then don't stay here but it didn't bother us much.

We felt like the hotel was a good value for where we were and what we got. The staff aren't the most friendly but they always helped us out with rentals or booking transportation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Asheville, NC
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

I stayed in one of the bamboo cabins in early October. It's cheap (300 Baht a night) but man, do not do this. The room was dirty and grimy, there was mold growing on the wall. The whole place smelled like urine (and from the way it sounded the toilets and sinks empty directly under the hut, so no surprise on why it smelled so bad). The mosquito net had some gross stains on it. Really, just avoid this place. The door lock was not comforting and it felt really unsafe and vulnerable. It was nice to wake up to the sound of the ocean but not worth how gross the room was.

I also needed to get some work done and needed the wifi and it only worked intermittently, and only at the restaurant. The woman I booked the room with seemed downright exasperated that I was trying to do business with her, which I found strange and rude. Other than that the staff was helpful. The bar next door (Why Not Bar) has a great band that plays at night until about 12am, mostly alt-rock covers. I liked that, and being close to the beach, but seriously, for 100 more baht you can stay somewhere SO MUCH NICER.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Ko Lanta, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

i went to this resort w/boyfriend last December as i wanted him to experience a sunset & night in Kantiang Bay; i have also partied w/friends i met who were staying there as i was playing the "Why Not Bar" (attached to the property) every Sat the 1st 8 months i lived on the island; first ate there 3 1/2yrs ago on my visit to Lanta prior to moving here;
the BEST thing about the place is its location, right in the middle of the beach on beautiful, idyllic Kantiang Bay; although it is a good value for Kantiang Bay (which tends to be a bit pricier than other areas on Lanta), the bungalows are shopworn & sorely in need of refurbishing & reinforcement, and not particularly clean & tidy, either...
as a local well-known to them, i didn't receive bad service as others have reported-
except at the restaurant, which should be avoided at all costs; if you want a place to gaze out at magical Kantiang Bay, i would suggest anywhere but this place, as the food is, frankly not very good at all, and the restaurant service (and wait for food) is so slow as to be nonexistant...

definitely worth checking out, however, is the evening scene at the attached Why Not Bar, where the famous Why Not Band holds court every night playing Western faves & rocking Thai stuff too, while the patrons lounge on pillows at low tables on a platform built out over the soft, white talcum-powderish sands of Kantiang- for sure worth a visit...

although possibly the best value for a "bargain" room in Kantiang, i would suggest shelling out a bit more for another place, unless you're 1)really on a budget [&] 2)not fussy or expecting much...
in short, the only thing saving this spot from a "poor" review is its great location & position as the most "budget" option at Kantiang Bay...

Room Tip: if the several rooms i've stayed in or visited w/friends are any indication, i'd say there w...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Kantiang Bay View Resort
Address: 9 Moo 5 | Koh Lanta Yai, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach
Hotel Style:
Ranked #161 of 208 Specialty Lodging in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kantiang Bay View Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Local family own and operated. Located right on one of the most beautiful beaches on Koh Lanta. The most famous Why Not Bar is located on the premise. Beach BBQ seafood available during high season. We open all year round. ... more   less 
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