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“Cute huts, bad staff, dirty beach” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Viking Natures Resort
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80 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
“Cute huts, bad staff, dirty beach”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

If you lower your expectation, you might be OK with the value you get for 900 BHT for hut with bathroom. Here are pros and cons:

PROS
The huts are cute and quite romantic. They are made of bamboo and roofs are made off coconut leaves.
Mosquito nets above the bed are very useful.
Porch of each hut has a nice hammock that serves 2 people.
Bucket with water is provided at the door steps to each hut, so you could wash your feet from sand and mud.
Lots of greenery around you. You definitely get the forest feel.
Resort is 20 min walk from the central but noisy area with shops, restaurants and bars. You can walk it or take a long-tail boat for 100 BHT per person.
The reception/restaurant building is beautifully decorated with art and wood-work.
We were offered cold water upon arrival.
Restaurant is reasonably priced (meals 4-5 USD).
Resort has 2 small beaches.
Because the resort sits at the end of lagoon, it's cooler here than in the middle of lagoon. The breeze can be nice when it's hot (not so nice when it rains).

CONS
The huts are quite close to each other with only walkway separating them. If you are a light sleeper, you won't get much sleep because you can hear all noises from outside including voices of people passing by and engines of long-tail boats. Also, huts close to restaurant are noisy because of music coming from restaurant until midnight or later.
The huts are very small. It's just a bed, small side table and few extra feet of walking space around the bed. Once you lay backpacks on the floor, you’ll have no place to walk and will step over them to get to your bed.
The beach in front of the restaurant is in ok condition. The beach closer to town is very dirty. It's filled with plastic bottles, packaging from snacks and even bottles from bleach. The area behind table where the staff usually sits is the worst. I don't understand why the staff would throw away garbage and why nobody cleans it. That area also has some construction going on because it's messy with tractor, plastic bags, building material, etc. That second beach is pretty much too nasty to use even though it has a nice tree house and hammock on it.
The long-tail boats are parked at both beaches and operate around the clock. This not only causes noise you can hear in the entire resort but is also dangerous for swimmers. There is no designated area for swimming. Boats come in and out of both beaches as they like. Definitely don't swim at night!
There is only cold water in the hut.
If you are over 180cm tall, you won't be able to use mosquito net because your feet will go over the edge of bed.
Electric outlets in the room are in bad condition, some falling out of the wall.
Don't expect direct ocean view. Huts are surrounded by trees. You can see little bit of ocean through them.
All the paths throughout the resorts are dirt trails. When it rains, they are slippery and muddy. Also, don't bring any luggage on wheels here. You'll need to carry backpack (and small children) on your back. The dirt trails are steep and not smooth. Lots of stones and tree roots sticking out but this also prevents them from being washed off during rain.
They don't clean huts unless you ask.
The huts are locked with small cheap padlocks. Don't leave any valuables inside. They are so easy to break into. There are safety deposit boxes behind reception. Walk the staff all the way to them, see them lock your valuables and ask for the key.
Huts have only small window that looks like a vent. The inside of hut is very dark.
You won't find famously excellent Thai customer service here. Locals have more of a laid-back, almost Caribbean-like attitude. They don't look at you or greet you if you run into them on premises. Their English (except one Pakistani server) is very poor. They don't have can-do attitude. Not attentive at all. They pretty much chill, talk on their phones, and hang out the entire shift. On several associations, we had to ask Receptionist for a server because nobody came to our table for 20-30 min. When you enter restaurant, the staff doesn't even acknowledge and greet you.
Food is mediocre. Pad Thai is not served with flat noodles as it's supposed to. We ordered it twice and it was prepared differently both times. No consistency. Fresh coconuts are good though. Breakfast is very basic. We also tried chicken baguette and french fries and it was mediocre.
Even though resort is about 1 km away from the central area with bars, you can still hear their noise in your hut. One reason is that they play music really really loudly. The second reason is that the wind blows away from land at night, so the noise carries to the resort easily.
The wifi internet is only in the restaurant. Not in the huts. It’s very slow and the staff uses it heavily, taking a big chunk of broadband. You’ll have hard time uploading a single photo. Make sure to save your work as you are writing your emails. Staff restarts modem frequently without any warning. We lost few emails this way.
Sometimes the music they play in restaurant can be very offensive. E.g. one afternoon they played rap with vulgar, racist, and sexist lyrics. Staff English is not good enough to understand the lyrics, so they just play CDs of whatever music and beat they like. It can be reggae one minute and Nirvana another.

Recommendation for Viking resort: mark the restaurant area on the side of computer as non-smoking. You have enough space to accommodate both smoking and non-smoking patrons. We didn’t enjoy second hand smoke during our meals.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Culver City, California
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66 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

After reading reviews and actually staying at Vikings Nature, I realize that it's a place where people either love it, or hate it. My boyfriend and I side with the camp that love this resort. We had quirks about the service like other reviewers report, but overall, there was a lot to like about the place.

It was really cool to arrive in Ko Phi Phi on a ferry boat, get on a water taxi (if you call the hotel, they will schedule a pick up, just find the sign with the hotel's name) The water taxi takes you through blue waters straight onto the beach that front Viking Natures reception and restaurant.

Our treehouse was on a small sandy beach, and was just a short, though unpaved walk from the hotel restaurant. (note: it will get muddy, especially after rain. laugh about it and carry on.) Loved the treehouse! The sleeping area itself was a bit small--they actually built around the trunk of the tree that is literally in your room. The balcony area right outside the sleeping room was our favorite place: large, breezy, plenty of space to relax and just watch ocean. The bathroom was clean and while there was no hot water, the water pressure was solid.

Vikings natures location is right between Long Beach and Tonsai. It is a good 15-20 minutes walk to each direction. When the tide is low, it's possible to walk across the beach to Tonsai town quickly, but when the tide goes up and walking across is no longer possible, you'll have to walk around or take a water taxi.

No air conditioning & no hot water & no frills, but this place has a lot of character. With a little more effort/TLC from the owners or staff, this place can go beyond just 'good'. It was a great experience to wake up every morning in a treehouse perched right on the beach, definitely worth the experience.

Room Tip: The treehouse is a must. Note that when the tide goes up, you will be knee-deep in water if you deci...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Venice, Italy
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2012

it was 8 of us all staying in standard huts, R2 R3 R4 and R10, in the last one there was no water basin in the bathroom and the room was so tiny that once we put the backpack on the floor we could'nt reach the bathroom. as the others were the same category but more spacious we asked for another hut and they upgraded us to R11 for free, the hut was the same but wider and with a true king size bed (while all the others had queen size).
there is no hot water, but this depends on the category of room you have: the resort has these standard rooms that are affordable and a bit rustic but also very expensive and luxurious huts!

we found a cockroach in the bathroom and a friend had a mouse...
mosquitos nets on the bed are essential if you want to sleep cuz they bite you even in the morning!! the balcony with the hammock is very nice.
the restaurant is nice, very pretty environment, very well chosen music, the food is good and the grilled fresh fish is delicious, prices are a bit above average but fully affordable and worth it.

our huts were pretty far from the reception/restaurant and as the street is not paved and the steps are tree roots, it gets very muddy and slippery at night and it can be dangerous; moreover you also have to cross a small beach that has a small torrent flowing through, so when it rains it becomes much wider and you need to wade across... we were there during the rainy season and it was pretty annoying because when it rains, it rains a lot and the hut it too small to stay there, the reception is nice but far and you get wet as soon as you try to reach it, town is too far and cannot walk there under the thick rain or take the boat in the rough sea!!

concerning the beaches, there are 2 in the resort (very nice) and Long Beach is right around the corner, so either you go through the rocks (slippery..but it takes 3min) or you take the inland path (slippery and steep in some points, it takes 8min).

the resort is not very close to the town, so either you take the boat (until 10pm for 100baht each which is a lot compared to everything else!!, it takes 5 min) or you walk, but you need to go through the roots, then couples of beaches, then a residential area, then hotels and resort and then you reach the street to town...it takes 15/20min and at night it's very dark in some points (and obviously slippery!!) so always bring a headlamp with you!!!
moreover from town to the resort there are no signs...so you need to know the way!!
what disappointed us is that the boat to town (even that organized by the resort) costs 100bath each, whether it's 3 or 13 people on the boat doesn't matter, and they include only the "passage" from the peer to the resort when you arrive, while when you leave you have to pay!! (and you must take the boat cuz obviously you cannot walk to the peer with your luggage/backpack...)

all in all, it's a compromise cuz it's hard to get something cheaper and nicer on the island!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Miami Beach, Florida
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92 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Staying at this place was the best decision made during my entire trip to Thailand. These eco-bungalos are a dream. All have ocean view. They are far enough from the madness of the town but close enough if you want to check it out! Super laid back atmosphere. Every one was extremely friendly! I recommended this place to 3 other friends that ended up going after me and they could not thank me enough for the advise. So I am writing here for 5 people who absolutely loved this place. If you love nature and do not understand people that get into a pool when you have the most amazing ocean in front of you, then this is your type of place! Food was ok at the restaurant and the excursions on the long tail boats were absolute fun! I would have stayed longer, 3 nights were not enough for me. There are rooms for all budgets too!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

1- at pier they guy from the hotel saidthat there wasn't a boat then we need to reach the hotel by walk (25 min with backpacks)
2- I booked from agoda but they lost the reservation
3 - they provided us a standard room in despite of a superior room with a bath outside the room
4 - during the night a quantity of roaches crawl everywhere: every t-shirt, backpack, envelope had at least one of it inside or behind
5 - with agoda the breakfast is included but they asked us to pay it in a very insistent and unpolite way
Terrible experience, this time lonley planet had an epic fail!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

It's probably the worst experience I ever had in an hotel: the room is full of bugs during the nigth, it crawl in the bags and in the clothes but i can afford it,the real problem was the rat ( far more aggressive and the bites or the pee get bad dease).
The morning after many people was comLaining about the same problem at the desk and the waiters were very unpolite...
Sincerly I can't understand how Agoda guys can include this place in they're list:(
Never ever consider it !

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

We have been at Viking for 4 nights and we didn't want to go away. There are private beaches, a really good restaurant with nice personnel on the beach, prices are fair (1200 bath per night). We had a bungalow close to the beach with private bathroom and a balcony with an hammock all in bamboo. Viking is close to all the services, that is good. Long Beach is 5min far away and you can reach Tonsai Village both with long tail or by walk in 10min in the "jungle". They also have a travel agency close to the restaurant with a really gentle guy you can ask everything. We booke there all the trip to the islands. The only bad thing are animals and insects in the room..but, if you want to stay in paradise this is the price to pay, just close all your staff and nothing will enter!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cloti12
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Property: Viking Natures Resort
Address: 222 Moo 7 | Between Ton Sai Beach and Long Beach, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ranked #1 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Ko Phi Phi Don
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Hotel Class:3 star — Viking Natures Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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