Firstly I would like to mention that this resort is in Phi Phi and not Krabi Town as suggested by the Trip Advisor address...................anyway
We arrived in Phi Phi by boat from Rayleigh and were met by the usual Thai tourist hustle. Once secured in a coffee shop we called Toh Ko to check for availability. The Lady - Po was delighted to help and insisted in sending her boat to collect us. You can either walk 1 hr over the viewpoint or take a longtail boat and the chaps in Phi Phi town charge 3 times the price Po charges.
The resort is on a beach of it's own on the otherside of the island. It has a selection of accommodation from tin/stone huts to new bamboo bungalows, we reckon there are about 20/25 bungalows in total. There is a bar/restaurant with a pool table serving food and drink all day, and in high season there is also another bar that opens. The owners will arrange trips to places if you wish or they'll leave you to pass the time.
We spent 4 nights here, as part of a 2 week back packing whirlwind tour. We thoroughly enjoyed lounging about, snorkling, eating, playing pool, and staring at the view. We did take the hike over the viewpoint into the town centre, it was good fun, but make sure you wear proper shoes - no flip flops will get you there. You can't really take the boat after dark so you are stuck on resort, we found other residents to be a friendly mixed bunch and shared a few beers over the nights as well as a trip to Phi Phi Leh aka the beach.
We were disapointed with Phi Phi town, to sum up, you could have been anywhere - The Costas, Florida - not what we look for in a holiday. Faceless bars, restaurants and dive shops. For us staying on a secluded beach offered a way to see the area, and escape the masses.
The development is rustic, and simple. Outdoor kind of bathrooms with a toilet, shower and sink. The bamboo huts are still being completed, so are pretty brand new. Some of the other accommodation is a little rough round the edges, not the cleanest or plushest that you will find for the money, but then you're paying for the view, peace and quiet. For this reason we found it hard to mark the value/cleanliness categories. Regarding sleep quality well............we encountered the end of the monsoon season and a tin roof set within a jungle habitat does not make for a restless sleep. On the one night without bad weather we slept like babies - all you can hear is the sea.
We'd recommend this place if you want to get away but still be able to stay on Phi Phi. Its no place for posing about, but I reckon it'd get a good crowd in higher season.
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- Also Known As:
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