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Viking Natures Resort
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Perth, Australia
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“Good for me, but not for every one!”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

There are a lot of mixed reviews about this place and I can understand why. Our experience here was mostly positive.
We arrived at the jetty and they had a long boat waiting for all guests. They drop you off at the tree hut beach which unfortunately is not the prettiest site with all the construction and sandbags. They carried our bags to the main reception for us.
We stayed in M7 is is one of the more expensive bungalows- at about $100 a night. We actually booked M8 which I think is slightly bigger, however when we arrived they said we were in M7 because there was alot of building work going on behind M8. This was true - there was building work behind M8 but they had a family staying in there so I don't think the building work was the reason for the shift.

Anyway M7 was lovely- great views to Phiphi ley and long beach from the spacious deck that has a hammock, table and chairs and a lay lounge (although it had no cushions). The interior has nice art and furniture and there is a mosquito net over the bed. There was a fridge and hot water in the shower (it is a hand held shower that you stand in the bath with). Ceiling and pedestal fans and TV. We did not get bitten by bugs and it was cool enough at night - I had no problems sleeping.

Overall we were really pleased with the room and the location. You cannot hear any noise from town but you can hear long boats going past from about 6 am- didn't bother me.

The food included for breakfast was a selection of eggs, sausage, pancake, toast, muslie/cornflakes, yoghurt and fruit and juice and tea and coffee- it was all fine.
They do a free Thaifood tasting each night but if you don't get there early hungary backpackers who are after a free feed will eat them all within 10 minutes.
The food and drinks at the resort were reasonably priced. The small beach in front of the restaurant was clean and nice to swim in and we did have a thai massage on the beach - the best view ever and the massage was ok. Long beach was just as close as viking beach and we mostly swam there.

The thing I liked most about the resort was the cleanliness. The communal toilets and showers were very clean and I liked the no shoes policy. They keep buckets of water at every entrance to wash the sand off. There was always toilet paper available and our room was very clean.

Now for the difficult bits.
We are pretty active so this was not an issue for us but the resort is very steep and good mobility is required. We walked to town at least 2 times a day and at night also. The path is well lit but it is steep in some places. it took about 20mins.

Animals- yes there are animals. We had encounters with a snake outside the restaurant (the waiter killed it) and a mouse in our room. It wasn't a big deal to us- you are technically staying in the middle of a jungle.

Most of the staff are very friendly but they are not forthcoming with information. If you want to know anything you really have to squeeze it out of them.

What really disappointed me was the construction work going on. The best thing about this place is it's unique villa's which are all made out of bamboo and wood. They are built really well with sustainable materials and they are beautiful. There a many new villa's being built at the resort and they are typical of all the other villa's on PhiPhi- brick and concrete. It will really take away from the character of the resort.

Overall we loved our stay on Phi Phi at Viking, however I don't know if we would choose it again if we came back to PhiPhi.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

This place was great but there are a few things to take note of.

The location has a nice quiet beach near the tree house. There is also a small beach near the reception/restaurant area but the one directly below our room was more intimate.

You can either walk to the resort (20-30min walk) or you can catch a long tail boat (100-150 baht, which is what we did initially until we familiarized ourselves with the area). We are in our late 20's and were backpacking so it was easy for us to carry our bags to our rooms but I can see it would be a problem for others who have roller luggage as the paths are made of dirt and there are a few steps, some of which are steep. Keep the track and steps in mind if you decide to have a big night, bring a torch or make sure your iPhone has battery left. Remember it is a nature resort, no concrete paths, it's part of the charm.

We didn't know that the taxi boats run at night too - would of been nice to have that knowledge beforehand as Slinky bar has some strong drinks and great beach party.

We had a hiccup with our booking as there were 4 of us staying. Originally booked online through the site room Makmai 1 (2 bedrooms), but upon arrival the room was already occupied. So we got given Makmai 7 which had a great view but only 1 double bed. The staff provided 2 single mattress's for us with mosquito nets, and this was fine, but we had to ask for them twice because of language barriers.

There was also a small problem with the electricity/cold water not working but I'm sure that would be fixed by now :)

A tiny bit disappointing but hey it's not the end of the world but for what you pay for, it was a nice room and we still had a pleasant stay.

Room Tip: Makmai 7 for a clear ocean view, treehouse for accommodation right on the beach.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Topanga, CA
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We stayed here with a group of friends for four nights in March. Really love how that plays was tapped against a hillside under trees, with funky-rustic decorated Bungalows on stilts. Each one of them is furnished in a very loving and artsy style. Colorful unique artwork everywhere you look in the restaurant reception area ... everywhere. The owner seems to be an art lover and philanthropist from what we learned. Anyway we had a great time while staying there. When you rented the treehouse and had our own private beach and hammock underneath it. Many off the Bungalows have privacy and it's a little bit of a hike through the trees to get to the reception area and restaurant. It didn't bother us but it's definitely not handicap access safe, that's for sure!

Room Tip: We loved the treehouse!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

We traveled two months in different countries of South East Asia and we could easily say that Viking Nature Resort was the worst place where we stayed in relation price-quality.
Despite it supposes to be a beach resort (and therefore much more expensive than the average hostels in Phi Phi), the service was really poor: the wifi worked just a couple of hours a day, it didn't have air conditioner and we couldn't get hot water from the shower.
Moreover, this hotel is far from the town. But you are never told in advance that in order to go to the town and to come back to the 'resort' you should take boats for around US$3,50 per person each way. So, at the end you spend a lot of money just in boats.
But the worst thing was the service. The staff was extremely unkind. They are just interested in your money but not in making feel you comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Viking Natures Resort- just as the name suggests this is Natures resort. We experienced many critters in our stay including a python, swarm of flies, huge moths and rats running along a beam. Rather than bamboo huts on a beach, these are more like treehouse in the jungle albeit beach adjacent.

Getting to the resort and Phi Phi in general requires some effort- an hour long taxi from the Phuket airport to the pier, and then a two hour ferry to PP. A clearly indicated Viking longboat met us as we stepped on to the Phi Phi dock. A 5 min boat ride and we pull up to the resorts primary beach, just out front of the main resort lobby, restaurant, and lounge. Could have warned us that we'd be jumping off the boat into thigh high surf ( still wearing shoes and socks at that point, thanks). After check in, a porter showed us up and around a steep dirt hill over roots (read: no stairs) to our monkey treehouse jungle hideaway. No, you're not lost, there are just no paths or paved walkways or demarcations of any kind. Just mud/dirt trails through the woods, with treehouses constructed off of them. And yes, that is a monstrous swarm of flies getting it on outside on the balcony. Yes, that is a python in the tree branch three feet above you as you eat dinner. Yes, those are gigantic moths trapped in the bedroom and bath. And yes, those are rats crawling above the window frame on your hut. But it's ok, because... nature.

The staff were fine, far from the best we experienced in Thailand and Cambodia. The room decor is pretty and you definitely know you are in the jungle in SE Asia - not generic room decor.

If you stay here, a few things to bring: Make sure to bring a torch or headlamp as it gets very dark at night and there is no ambient light.
Sturdy walking shoes.
Light luggage! As we were sunbathing on long beach there was a group of new arrivals having to scramble across the boulders to registration.

Also note- Viking was entirely devastated by the 2004 tsunami and has been completely rebuilt, paying close attention to ensuring the hotel blends into the forest, building around mature trees, rather than clear cutting. This makes you able to hear, but not see the ocean even though you are less than 100 meters away.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights on September and before we booked this place we read every review there is on Trip advisor because we couldn't decide were to stay on Long beach.
We are 2 couples so we decided to go ahead and book the Makami 7+8 rooms from their web site. This place and the rooms are amazing and very unique but the big downside for us was that there are a lot of construction going on so this place and it is dirty in some areas, this is the first thing you see when they drop you off from the main pier, at least the little beach in front if the reception is clean...
People said on other reviews about their bad service but we thought they were very friendly. Yes, their English is not the best so don't ask too many questions and you'll be fine :) Prince and the other 2 guys at the restaurant were really nice. The food is just ok. breakfast is nice. The reception people were also very helpful when my friend asked to move after the first night because of the noise from the construction at the back of Makami 8, they moved her to Makami 9 which is probably the best room they have with no extra charge.
If you book a room here you should book a room closer to the reception area and long beach side. also if you are not a backpacker you should spoil your self in one of the Makami rooms. This place has lots of stairs and natural roads- if you don't want to climb don't take this place take the paradise pearl on long beach.
You can also walk to town, it's about 20-30 minutes or you can take a taxi boat- it should cost 100 b or 150 at night fixed price for one way.
After being here i can say for sure that Long beach is the place to stay if you want a beautiful and quiet experience from Ko phi phi. We also spent a day at the beach where The beach resort is located and it looked the best out of all the options. This beach has the best spot to do Snorkeling, my husband even saw a shark at the "shark point" . This is definitely the best location but less accessible at night than Viking so we choose to stay closer.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Firstly, we called up to book the hotel and they told us the only rooms available were the deluxe rooms at 3000B a night. So we booked online for the standard room (there were plenty available) for 1000B a night. We then wanted to book an additional night and they gave us the same line of only deluxe rooms being available. So again we booked the standard room online. They then said we would have to change our bungalow, as ours was booked, trying to persuade us to upgrade. When we said that's fine, they said actually we were now able to stay for the additional night in the same room. We saw many travellers arriving late and then noticed more of the deluxe rooms were being occupied! Spoke to another guest and they were told the same as us.

After waking past all the horrible accommodation and crowed beaches in the centre of Phi Phi, we were so thankful we booked this place. The restaurant was peaceful, right on the beach, tasty food and good atmosphere. The beach by the restaurant was gorgeous, clean and quiet. The nearby beach (long beach) was also one of the better beaches on the island that was not ruined by rubbish and crowds.

The bungalow was a little walk away, but it was clean and had a lovely balcony with seating and a hammock. We could see the sea through the trees.

It is in the jungle, with an uneven path which can be quite tricky to climb in the dark with the thick roots from the trees. But we liked the 'climb' back up to our room from the centre of the island or from the Viking restaurant.

I got bitten BADLY here, the worst so far on our SEA travels. I think it had something to do with the ants nest on our balcony!

This place made a huge difference to our trip in Phi Phi. Though, like the rest of the island, it looks like the Viking is expanding, we could see more trees were being pulled down and rubbish from tourists and the building works was evident. It makes me think that the beauty of Koh Phi Phi will only continue to deteriorate.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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