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Libong Nature Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Ko Libong
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“obvious rip off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2011

I've been to eco friendly hotels before. I've benn to a lot of low budget resorts before. But I've never seen anything like this. This place is not only obviously mismanaged - management clearly intends to rip tourists off.

The minute you set foot on "the professor's" premises he tries to eco-blackmail you. The restaurant is plastered with eco-BS signs. The professor explains to you how everything is so expensive if you do it ecofriendly. How everyone else on the island is wasting resources but them. This is why they don't renovate the huts - to save nature! Yeah, right.

I tried to find out how much money "the foundation" spent on securing wildlife last year. I only got evasive answers or plain BS eco-phrases. They gave no proof whatsoever. I think a lot of people are intimidated by his great knowledge of the English language (he clearly speaks better English than mosts guests). We intended to take the Dugong tour but we didn't trust these people at all so canceled it.

The restaurant serves highly overpriced dishes not worthy of being called thai. Drinks cost twice as much as everywhere else on the island. The huts were the worst I've ever seen and I travelled in that region for quite a number of years.

We left this horrible place after just one night. Everyone else that was staying there (two french families) did the same thing (we met everyone in the great hotel on the other side of town later that evening).

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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NatureResorts, Owner at Libong Nature Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 29, 2011
We invite anyone and everyone to come and check us out. We are true to our cause as confirmed by many of our other guests who have submitted positive reviews. We will not let one or two negative opinions about us affect our dedication to nature/ wildlife conservation and local welfare activities. If you are reading this review and are in the area, I am personally inviting you to visit us and find out for yourself. I am always on duty. Please ask for me. Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

The Professor
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2011

Dirty, uncared for ,illprepared resort. What was promised did not appear to exist in terms of conservation work or conection with local people. Lovely resort next door

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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NatureResorts, Owner at Libong Nature Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 29, 2011
We invite anyone and everyone to come and check us out. We are true to our cause as confirmed by many of our other guests who have submitted positive reviews. We will not let one or two negative opinions about us affect our dedication to nature/ wildlife conservation and local welfare activities. If you are reading this review and are in the area, I am personally inviting you to visit us and find out for yourself. I am always on duty. Please ask for me. Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!

The Professor
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stockholm/jarvso
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2011

If you seek a nice hideaway and at the same time get a feeling of supporting a sustainable way to travel this is the place to chose. Have a chat with the professor and he will tell you all about the work they do in this place, so interesting.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2011

We stayed in one house with our son of 5. Everybody loved him, he was playing with the new born kittens and could roam freely in the yard and on beach. Food was well prepared, very tasty and good portions. (and a bit expensive, as it has to come from the mainland)
It was nice to walk to the village and meet the local people. Also the stories of the professor were great, he could tell a lot of interesting things that made us understand thai life better.
Unfortunately I did not see any dugong on my trip, but nevertheless our visit was great.

It feels good to be among people who care about nature, on such a beautiful place in the world!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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queenstown
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2011

This is not a five star resort...but has 5 star quality. The help and friendlyness of the staff was great and the island is a beautiful place to explore by hireing a kayak or going on a boat trip. It is how all hotels/resorts should be run, with all the proceeds going to local culture and marine conservation. Ifyou are a spoilt brat of a traveller who demands what the want when they want it and moans if their air con is a little to noisy,then go elsewhere...please. BUT if you want to see some of the real Sea Gypsy culture a fantastic and unspoilt part of Thailand and hang out with respectful and responsible travellers then go here, you will meet some great people, see some amazing things eat some of the freshest most tasty seafood and do so while contributing to keeping the place beautiful for at least another day.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank clivesnz
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London
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2009

Two priorities for us - a relaxing time, and supporting a local eco-friendly project. Not sure how eco-friendly this resort really is - lots of claims in English, but not too much evidence (and no-one who understood our queries). We are always willing to pay a bit extra for the best eco-option, and thought the food was excellent and worth what we paid. If the trips are indeed as per the manager's comment below, then again, worth paying a premium. We never found out - we were so unhappy by the end of the first night that we checked out and went next door. At least our advance payment supported the resort, even if we couldn't.
Why so unhappy? No sleep. There was no mosqito net over the bed, and the poorly maintained ceiling allowed access to insects in spite of mesh over windows. Anticipating trouble I had copied the Thai for 'mosquito coil' from the guidebook, and the staff helpfully fetched a box from the village (on a moped - "we don't hire mopeds as bicycles are greener" says the literature). In spite of this we got bitten, and a whole night of fumes next to me did not feel very healthy. The room was hot (we opened all the windows, as recommended) and the power for the fan went off at midnight. The natural matresses are encased in unnatural, hot synthetic covers. I have lived much of my life in equatorial regions, but I could not sleep here. My husband managed it, so this resort may suit some, but he was badly bitten - surely mosquito nets are a basic requirement?
As for the eco thing - there were caged birds. The TV was on all the time. Is concrete really the best option for building in this setting? I would have liked to discuss things, but my Thai was woefully inadequate. The staff that we met were pleasant enough, but we felt as if we were a bit of an interruption (we were the only guests). So we went to the Libong Beach Resort nearby, and had a lovely, mosquito-free time.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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NatureResorts, Owner at Libong Nature Beach Resort, responded to this review, August 16, 2010
* As of January 2010 Libong Nature Beach Resort has been fully renovated/refurbished with new management systems.

Current Eco-friendly Health Promoting facilities include:

1. Sun-lit Bathroom (natural sanitization)

2. Fresh Mountain Water (supply by gravity)

3. Front & Back Doors Mosquito Screen (For good ventilation without the mossies)

4. Hand pounded Coconut Husk Mattresses (For Sound Natural Sleep. Light, washable, easy to sun)

5. Natural Clay Floor Tiling (Germ-free living area)

6. Above-bed Mosquito Netting (For extra peace of mind)

7. Large Portable Standing Fan (For Breezy Comfort)

8. Front & Back Veranda (For Separate reading & viewing preference)

9. Power-saving Lights to reduce power consumption inside and everywhere around the resort

10. Reflexology Patch at Entrance to each bungalow (for foot massage to make occupant feel more relaxed).

11. The resort has a small library (mostly in English) for Guests use (FOC) and also satellite internet facility (for our in-house Guests only) on a small charge.

12. Pyramid structures x 3 at seafront (measurement exact replica of the famous Giza Pyramid in Egypt) – for experiencing Cosmic power by meditating inside it.

13. Fossilized Coral rocks at seafront in the sea (be fascinated by the millions of sea creatures living in the holes of these “rocks”).

14. Wild Oyster colonies at the left side of the Resort a hundred yards away. Our staff can demonstrate harvesting some wild oysters for dinner!!

15. The National Park Forest just behind the Resort. An exhilarating day going up and through the thick mass of old trees. Wildlife, especially wild boars, abound. At the ridge top, you can see the sea on both sides of the island. There’s an ancient Sea Gypsy Sacred Cave inside the forest. You may be lucky to find it.

16. A nostalgic local village exists just outside the Resort. This place is simply an Anthropologist’s paradise.

17. Every Baht you spend with us is used directly for Nature Conservation activities and training of locals. You can ask our Resident Manager how we do it.

18. This Resort is world-famous for our home-grown Dugong/ Bird Watch Expedition. We have been host to the Thai-Swedish Sustainable Tourism Project, BBC & Fox TV Documentary Filming, many local and foreign researchers and writers.

19. Glorious sunset at our beachfront. Some guests claimed they even saw the unique “Green Flash” at the moment when the setting sun touches the horizon on a clear evening.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2009

Stayed at Ko libong, primarily to see Dugong. Were very concerned about some of the previous reviews, which were written after we had booked into this resort and onto one of the quite pricy (for Thailand) dugong trips.

In all fairness, the dugong trip was very good, the boatman took us to an area where we did see the dugong, if not brilliantly (it would be very difficult I think to get a good view). On the same trip we got to canoe near bird island - which had a stunning array of birds including lots of mongolian plover and the incredibly rare Nordmaans Greenshank, to see green turtle, and humpback dolphin. In all encounters with the wildlife the boatman was very good, not approaching too directly or too close, which might be disappointing to those who don't care about disturbing the wildlife, but is reasurring to those who do (like us).

The english speaking resort manager was very friendly and very helpful, the rest of the staff may not have been fluent english speakers, but they were all friendly and helpful,

Food was simple but very good.

The cabins were quite basic, and insect ingress was an occasional problem! Don't bother with the aircon.. couldn't get this to work as it was a portable unit and there wasn't a dedicated vent for it.

Electricity goes off at midnight, which is supposedly for environmentally friendly reasons - but could make for an uncomfortably hot night for lilly skinned farang!

Mountain bikes were good quality and fun to get around - though you might need to walk the initial bit as its quite steep near the resort.

All in all, a bit pricey, some of the environmental credentials seem a little suspect (for instance building long term bungalows?) but the staff are friendly and you are definately far from the madding crowds here.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Libong Nature Beach Resort
Address: Chao Mai Marine Park | Libong Island, Ko Libong 92110, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Trang Province > Ko Libong
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Ko Libong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Libong Nature Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a secluded part of Libong Island, away from everyone and everything else. The ideal place to enjoy nature at its best! Also home to the endangered dugongs (SeaCows) and haven to various migratory birds! ... more   less 
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Libong Nature Beach Hotel Ko Libong

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