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Green Papaya Resort
Ranked #31 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Reviewed November 15, 2009

Very nice, clean, comfortable rooms arranged around a fantastic infinity pool. The beach is a just few steps away. The breakfast buffet is great and served in a dining area atop an 'ark' which overlooks the pool.

We went with friends who had stayed at Green Papaya two years ago. They were surprised to read the reviews about the staff being rude, so were we. The staff were very friendly and there was never a dull moment at the restaurant where Paula, Ann and Kal kept us entertained. Our Australian neighbours were also treated with the same friendliness and attention.

We bonded so well with the staff that for the full moon festival they made the four of us krathongs, little floating flower arrangements to float out to sea.

I think the problem is that if you treat the staff like servants - and some people did - then you might not get the best service from them. Treating them with respect and politeness is the way forward.

I would highly recommend Green Papaya resort and this lovely stretch of beach. Would definitely go back here if I was to go to Thailand.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

We stayed here for a few days last August and had a good time... Its a nice place, but there are a few things to know... The biggest issue for us was the beach... Its rather small, but besides that its pretty nice... The rooms where clean, but they had the hardest bed in Thailand that I laid on... It was nice to hop on our scooter and buzz up and down the island and after all our exploration we found that Haad Thong Nai Pan has the best beach...That said, Its rather hard to get there VIA moped if your not skilled on one... In the end we had a great few days, but would like to stay over at Thong Nai Pan next time around...

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2009

I wish we were there right now. What a dream. Magical pool. Great room. Really lovely staff. If you want utter relaxation, good price (we checked out all the other hotels along the beach) and a beautiful pool and room then this is it.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank MelbourneGecko3
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

A beautiful place, and definitely one of the best resorts on the island. We stayed in a Deluxe Cottage and it was well worth the price. Very clean with air conditioning, bathtub.... a nice balcony to sit out on in the evening, surrounding the huge swimming pool and the sea. The pool is stunning and the resort sits on the beach.We enjoyed the tranquility and the way how the friendly staff pampered us. We booked 4 nights, but we would have loved to extend our stay ...had to go back working!!!Thanks to Pola, Tip, Dom, Oy, and the others to make our honeymoon so special. We will definitly stay there again for our next holidays in Thailand.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2009

Nice looking resort on a beautiful beach. Pool and the landscaping is beautiful.
But that is it. The only thing they want is your money, service is poor and the staff is unfriendly.

When we arrived with boat to Koh Phangan we called the resort for a pick up. They quoted us 300 baht. When we arrived at the hotel they said we had to pay 600 baht because they did not know we where 2 families (whats the different? it does not cost more to drive the taxi with 2 families). The taxi ride is a little bit over 10 km so its very overpriced. When we check in we had to pay in advance. The room charge was 4500 baht per night and it include breakfast (if one can catch it) they only serve breakfast between 8 am and 10 am. It is the same staff that serve breakfast, lunch dinner and work in the reception. When you use there internet which they charge for, they will shut down the computer without warning when they want to go home even if they know you are using it. The room is quite nice, only the bedroom is cooled, the bathroom is open to the outside so its warm and the mosquitos can freely visit the bathroom. We were 2 families with children staying there. Actually the people of Koh Phangan is very dishonest. The island does not have any tourist police so the the hotels and the people cheat the tourists all the time. We have stayed in many other resorts in thailand for the same or less money with much better rooms and better service.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Green Papaya Resort for 5 nights in May 2008.
Working in hectic Tokyo, we wanted a relaxing holiday. We wanted to sit back on the beach and do nothing. Our first few days in Koh Samui weren't perfect but Green Papaya in Koh Phangan fulfilled our wishes for a stress-less holiday, as the resort was so well-kept and the staff were so friendly and helpful.

Our experience with Green Papaya was great from the start. We booked directly with them- we recieved prompt responses and check-in was very smooth.
The rooms were not super-luxurious but spacious, well-kept and felt very clean. I especially liked the jacuzi. The shower lacked a bit of water pressure, but I heard fresh water is very precious on Koh Samui. The great thing about Salad Beach was the secluded, peaceful atmosphere so I wouldn't sacrifice that just for a high pressure shower!
The infinity pool was really cool and the gardens full of flowers. Their restaurant was not the cheapest on the beach but food was good. I liked their green papaya salad and my boyfriend kept ordering Ceasar Salad (he liked it so much) which the waitress found really funny. There are also a number of other options down the beach.

There was also a dog... such a happy pooch. It would spend hours and hours every day, in the same spot on the beach, wading in the waters and chasing little fish and it never seemed to get bored.

The people were the same. All of them - the receptionist/waitresses, chefs, gardeners, massous -everybody was so nice and friendly. Not all of them spoke great English but they were always willing to help. The staff just seemed to enjoy working there (but they seemed so happy they didn't seem to percieve it as "work") and that gave such a homely feeling to the entire place.

I would definitely recommend the Green Papaya Resort if you are after a relaxing holiday!!!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2008

We just spent a whole month in Thailand with our children. As we love Thailand, the trip was amazing. Thailand is one of the best locations for families.
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Stay away from Green Papaya resort in Ko Phangan, They insist on getting money upfront and the promise is very different from reality. The service is terrible, The room is less than Ok (it does not worth the money they are asking for) and if you have a problem they are very proud not to help. The owner even explained to us, that he does whatever he wants with tourists and tourist police does him no harm... so be aware and by any chance DO NOT PAY before you see what you are about to get.

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Address: Salad Beach 64/8 Moo 8, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: $79 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Green Papaya Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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