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Viking Natures Resort
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Best place I've ever stayed ... Would definitely return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

We had just spent 5 days at a 5 star resort in Phket and the 2 places do not compare. Upon getting of the ferry there is a member of staff holding up a Viking Sign to take you to the resort. The Resort is so unique and full of character. We had originally booked 2 nights in Tree House 1 and loved this small laid back part of the island so much we stayed an extra 2 nights in a Deluxe Hut (C4). The beds were extremely comfortable and they were very clean. We didn't get bitten once as the beds are covered by large mosquito nets. All rooms have their own hammock (put mosquito spray on before venturing out in the evenings). You can watch the crabs move around on the beach at night.

The resort has 2 small small beaches with soft sand and they clean the beach of leaves and twigs daily. You can have a massage on the beach too for 300-500 Thai Baht. The resort is small so the beach is never busy. It was just idyllic. They do not provide beach towels but you can borrow sarrongs from the reception desk. You can also hire snorkels and flippers and see the fish and the crabs that swim by the rocks on the left hand side of the beach (in the direction of Long Beach).

The resort is very clean and the staff are really friendly and helpful. You can walk 5 minutes to Long Beach and try the restaurant in the hotel there or 20 minutes to the main area of Phi Phi where there are plenty of restaurants which all specialise in seafood. Take a torch for the walk. The paths are lit however it can get dark in places. I used the torch on my phone.

The menu is quite varied. The food is good value for money and served quickly. They also do free Thai tasting every night which was lovely. There is lots of choice at breakfast (a la carte) and we ate eggs and ham, fluffy fruit pancakes, fruit salad, toast etc.

We did a 6 hour boat trip too (different boat trips offered daily) to do some snorkelling. I get slightly nervous when I get into the sea but the waters were turquoise, clear and warm and we snorkelled in 3 different spots always over rocks/reefs and close to the land. There were plenty of colourful fish to see. We visited Monkey Bay, Bamboo Island (white sand beaches) and Maya Bay where they filmed The Beach. They take you round the back of the island which involves swimming to a rope ladder and climbing up to get to the Bay. Take a dry bag or you can't take any photos.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

I stayed in a small chalet (hut) for 3 nights in September 2013 and although it was all arranged by my friends who got there ahead of me, I was pleased with their choice.
I paid 700baht per night for a hut with a double bed, it was very close to the restaurant and the beach, the only downside was that the bathroom/shower were outside and they were communal, but shampoo, conditioner and shower gel were provided, so it was OK. My friends on the other hand stayed in more expensive chalets (1200 thb/night), which were more spacious, had an en-suite bathroom and a big balcony, but were very high up in the jungle and far from the restaurant. I had a hammock as well and a fan inside, but the terrace/balcony area was very tiny.

In terms of breakfast, it was optional, for 150 thb you could pick 4 different items off the breakfast menu - which i thought was too many, but at least it did keep your stomach full until lunchtime. We had dinner and lunch at the restaurant once it the food was very good. At 7pm everyday they offer free Thai food tasting so you can see what different dishes taste like before you order one.

The beach was very lovely, small, but very beautiful with emerald water and soft sand. Right next to it (there is a pedestrian footpath) there is another beach called Long Beach which is very wide and long and equally as beautiful, it has a few resorts and restaurants on the beach, so you can go there for lunch or for a swim - it's definitely worth checking out.

And if you want to explore other beaches and the town you can get a boat taxi from the beach to the main pier for 100 thb per person one way. At night time though it is a lot more expensive (once we paid 500 thb for 2 people). You can also walk, but you may need a torch (they can give you one at the reception) to find your way to Viking from the main pier - it shouldn't take more than 25-30mins.

In terms of other activities and day trip - just go to the main pier and walk around and you will see plenty travel agencies where you can book your trips and ferries.

Lastly, just a little warning with regards to Viking - they have quite a few free range roosters and hens walking around the resort (and cats as well) and they do woke me up twice at 5am and I had difficulties trying to get back into sleep. Also one time, a big black rooster landed on our table at the restaurant and stole a piece of toast from my friend's plate (they replaced the whole plate, but still...)!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

This definitely is a place to relax! It's quiet and green. The Staff is very friendly and helpful, which means a lot especially with your luggage:) It can be really dark in the evenings so I recommend flashlight. If you want to go closer to "centre" to a bar/restaurant, it won'r be easy, walk will take around 20 minutes and be prepared for ups&downs during the way. There's fantastic and big beach with taxi boats close to the resort - I recomment to take it and go to Ho Phi Phi Lee in comfortable way. This is definitely not the place if you're afraid of bugs&wild animals:)

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Our stay was just perfect, we had booked for 2 nights (and it's better you book in advance, even in low season) but the minut we saw the all place we booked for one more. We had a standard bungalow right near the sea, very confortable and all very pretty. The big advantage for me is that the resort is next to long beach so you are away from all the messy and noisy bars at town (yet, you can easily reach it by a 15min walking), and also the beach is quite beautiful and private. The only "but" is that when you get there by the boat you see a lot of sand bags, but don't panic it's not garbage and rest of the place is well mantained.
Trully recomend this place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

My husband and I absolutely loved the time we spent at Viking Nature Resort - it is a truly unique "resort" smack bang in the middle of nature. We found the location to be ideal - far enough away from the manic crowds to feel truly secluded but only a 15-20 min walk to town (yes it's a bit of a "trek through the jungle" but who cares when you are in paradise! And the walk itself provides the most gorgeous views).
The private beach is small but so nice and quiet, and the view is honestly unbeatable (and the water is the most insane colour of turquoise I have ever seen). The restaurant is right there on the beach front too and decorated in traditional fittings & fixtures (music-wise, my only advice would be less Celine Dion and more Bob Marley!)
We found the staff very lovely and they held a free one hour food tasting at the restaurant each night which was awesome. The staff were also super helpful with first aid when I cut my foot on some coral when snorkelling.
We stayed in M8 for two nights (my favourite) and then M4D for three nights (we decided to stay on after our first two nights) - if your budget allows, go for one of the Ms / Grand Deluxe rooms. (We did have a flat screen TV in M8 but no reception - which was actually a blessing as you don't want to waste time with television in a place as gorgeous as this). Huge balcony with large hammock, warm showers, big bed, traditional furnishings - we absolutely loved it. It was a real adventure staying here and we loved how different it was to all the other typical (and often boring) resorts. The atmosphere is so chilled out and it was impossible not to feel 100% relaxed!
There was some construction going on, but that's typical for Thailand so it didn’t bother us.
Like the other reviews have touched on, if you have any physical limitations this place is not ideal as there are plenty of steep unsteady paths / stairs (to maximise the amazing views).
I'm so glad we stayed here on our visit to Phi Phi - such a unique, gorgeous & amazing place to stay!

Room Tip: My favourite was M8 - HUGE with big balcony with view of Longbeach. And super close to the Restauran...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank J H
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Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The perfect escape from Singapore for the weekend. The small private beach allows you to avoid the crowded touristic ones.
Moreover the staff was very kind and available !
The food was good.
The location was very convenient. The distance to the harbour, bars, shops was walkable.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MaiBsl
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Lion
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

On the way to long beach, hidden between the trees, you will find this amazing resort, which for us was one of the most beautiful and special places we have ever stayed at!!
This is not a 5 star luxurious hotel though it is certainly a 5 star nature resort by all meanings..
There is a big variety of rooms, from small double bungalows to huge family ones.
We are a family of 5 and stayed in a big double bungalow. They added a couple of beds and still felt comfortable. We had a huge balcony with a lot of sitting area and a great hammock.
The fresh air coming from the sea troug the trees was just great. The decoration of the rooms is really special and most of all.... Soft and comfortable bed!!
The resort has its own small beach which is a really beautiful one and is great for swimming.
The restorant and reception lies on the beach front and is slightly expensive but good.
Manager Ajeem was really kind, helpfull and pleasant, Nasir from the restaurant made sure we were always satisfied.. As did all the staff in this great resort.
We highly recommend this resort for the nature and peacefull place lovers.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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Hotel Class:3 star — Viking Natures Resort 3*
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