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Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan
Ranked #5 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
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“Panviman Resort - Great place to stay for anyone looking for a bit of luxury”
Reviewed May 21, 2009

As a single person travelling alone I was apprehensive about this resort at first as I thought that it would only be a place for couples and honeymooners. Although this statement is pretty true the location itself has loads to offer for anyone looking at escaping the hussle and bussle of Had Riin where the full moon party is, whilst at the same time having some cool bars and beach front restaurants very close to the resort. I visited Ko Phangan in May and still had some excellent sunshine but expect a few rainy days with clouds. Even if it does rain you will pretty much always get a good amount of sun at that time of year. I would probably avoid going anywhere in Thailand from June - Novemeber as this is when the monsoon seriously kicks in, so if lots of sunshine is what you are after at that time of year then you maybe better off going somewhere else. The resort do offer a return speed boat trip directly to the beach of the full moon party for around 500 BHT (around 10.00 pounds per person) which I thought was excellent value for money. Although as you would expect the full moon party is full of people getting trashed on XTC as well as any other drug you could think of. I would recommend the jungle bar where they have a party every Monday and its goes on till 5am and this has a more chilled and less druggy atmosphere and is very close to Panviman. Great music and very friendly people. There is also a Mhoi Tai boxing ring close to the Panviman resort so if this floats your boat I would definatley recommend this. The Panviman resort itself is surounded by amazing landscape and scenery and I would recommend the Superior room which has an excellent view of the pools, mountains and sea. These rooms have everything anyone would need from a fridge stacked with beer, snacks and whisky ets although these are not complimentery. The food from a price prospective is comparible to eating out in England and they offer a wide range choice of food for everyone. The resort has its own private beach area and the sand is white and clean with easy swimming right off the beach. The only negative thing I would say is there is apsolutley no visibility for snorkelling there but you can easily get a day trip orgainsed to visit the North or North West side of the island where you will get to see some pretty amzing sea life. Above all I would highly recommend this resort for anyone who is not on a low budget. For those that are I would recommend Sunset Cove Resort on the West side of the island which is an idillic spot for singles and couples. Very nice sunsets on the West coast but nothing as you would expect on the North East but still very cool sunrises if you can be bothered to get up at silly o'clock in the morning. Happy travels!!!!!

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Reviewed May 19, 2009

We wanted to stay on Koh Phangan after being in the crowds of Koh Samui but weren't really interested in the Full Moon Party. Panviman is on another part of the island which is much quieter but still has a good beach and a few bars around. Very good for 2 or 3 day trip. The rooms are great and we also had a lovely view. The hotel has a high quality feel and of course is amongst the tropical greenery and by the beach. The pools are great and they have beach chairs. The service was impressive. Breakfast is one of the best I have ever had, there is a huge variety such as any type of cooked eggs, fruit etc and you can sit with a view of the sea from high up. There are a couple of restaurants which are excellent. It wasn't too expensive either.
There is also cheap access to kayaks, it's fun and easy to row round to the next beach. There is a spa available for Thai massage too.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Delhi
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Reviewed April 22, 2009

The property itself is amazing. Great food, specially the breakfast buffet.

The rooms were nice, but the lizards bothered too much at night making wierd noises

not easy to access other areas of the isalnd, but the propertly itself is so huge, good restaurants, great pool scene as well

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2009

We stayed at this resort for 3 nights and thought it was the best holiday we have ever had. It is difficult to get to the Panviman resort......once we arrived at Samui airport we were basically told we must get a speedboat to the island which was very expensive and that it was leaving immediately. So we just went ahead with that and paid the money - the speedboat is quick and very scenic so it was kinda worth it. Once we got to Koh Phangnang we had no other choice than to get in a taxi to the resort which cost us 1500 baht. We did not trust these people at all and half way through the journey we had to switch cars as the original car could not get through the jungle. We were warned of the jungle ride but it was actually a great way to see the island and extremely beautiful - and not at all that bad.

Once we got there we were upgraded to a different hotel room. It had sea views and was absolutely stunning. The whole view was stunning and took our breath away. The room was totally amazing to us and we didn't want to leave it half the time. The pool was out of this world with complimentary pool towels, amazing scenery, fabulous restaurant overlooking the bay etc etc. Staff were extremely attentive but not bothersome and the whole hotel was set amongst a jungle on a hill. It was amazing.

There are buggies to get around in, it was low season and the staff didn't mind taking you to the high up massage spa. It was comlete luxury and worth every penny we spent, particularly on the massages.

Night entertainment is extremely limiting and based around the hotel and the beach bars etc. We were there for only 3 nights and that suited us down to the ground. We chose to stay here so we could go the Full Moon party and stay not in the hub of the crazy parties that were going on. We opted to go with the hotel speed boat and by 2am when the jeep came to pick you up, we were ready to go as we had more buckets of booze than you can shake a stick at and was getting weary. Looking back on it we should have paced ourselves and not drink so much so we could have opted to stay longer and really enjoy the night.

We were a young gay couple and found the hotel friendly and no problems at all which we were a little anxious about at first as there were not too many guests staying at the hotel and didn't want to stick out. Its not ideal for families as it is set on a hill with no kids entertainment.

Would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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scotland
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Reviewed February 28, 2009

Spent 5 nites and had a fantastic time. Nice friendly staff,good breakfast included and free internet. The superior rooms are superb (ask for sea view)and enjoy the view and nature from the big balconies. Make sure the mosquito coil is on at all times as the resort is up on a hill. The beach is superb and nice little setting with loungers under the palm trees. Bliss!!! Thong Nai Pan is secluded but beautiful and well worth the trip if chilling out is your thing. The beach is a nice mixture of simple huts,mid range and a few high end places so eating and drinking is up to you but i would recommend Luna Bar for great Mojitos with welcoming hosts and groovy music. Rasta Bar for cheap drinks and chilling out and Rasandanda for a treat with food to make your feet stamp!! The Beetroot & Chinese Pear Salad was perfection.You can catch a boat direct to the beach from Mae Nam Beach in Samui at noon in the high season that makes the journey easier. The Panviman is a really good value for money choice if you like your comforts with a beautiful setting although you do need to be mobile. Both the accomodation and Thong Nai Pan are well worth a try.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2009

After enduring one painful and bumpy ride to the hotel (after a terrible ferry ride over here with a toddler) we had booked a superior cottage for 3 nights. Food at the stone restuarant was ok that night (a bit blowy and cold however). That night we had entertainment on but we have a toddler so stayed with him in our cottage so he could go to sleep. He may have slept but me and my husband didnt as we were kept awake for ages with this singing!!!

The next day we were not sure what to do so we went to the beach but the beach was unsuitable for our toddler as the water was very dangerous.

We checked out the swimming pools but they are the neverending ones with big drops at the end of them so thought they were unsuitable for him to go into plus they did not have any for small children. Our cottage was ona very steep slope so our toddler could not walk around plus there seemed to be huge drops around.

After spending our first day here with nothing to do we had dinner again which was nothing special.

Again we went to bed and that night was a full moon party which we did not know about so again we went without sleep for most of the night. We made a call to Bangkok and was advised not to go onto the beach cause of the people who take drugs and it is common for there to be needles on the beaches. Great so we had nothing to do so we decided to exit after 2 nights. We were recomended this by a travel company who book holidays in Thailand and in our brief we told them we had a toddler but this was not at all ideal for a family with small children.

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  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan
Address: 22/1 Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Noi Bay | Bantai, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
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Hotel Class:4 star — Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan 4*
Number of rooms: 94
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