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.
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