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“Quiet, relaxed bungalows in the hills”
Review of OK View Bungalows

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OK View Bungalows
Ranked #73 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Stayed here after a week of staying on Sairee beach, we'd had enough of the noise and partying and wanted somewhere a little more out of the way. OK View Bungalows is up in the hills and would need a motorbike to get to or good legs! We paid 800B a night for one week here and were more than happy to pay it - the rooms were large with a large balcony and all the bungalows were well spread out making you forget about any other people staying there! We had bungalow 10 which had hot water. The wifi is only available in the reception area but if you are staying for a long period of time (1week+) then buy wifi from the town and connect anyway on the island. There is not much need for aircon, we had a fan, because up in the hills there is always a breeze and it is much cooler than on Sairee Beach.

There were often power cuts and water shortages whilst here BUT this IS the common thing in Koh Tao anyway - we stayed in Koh Tao for 2 weeks and there were power cuts all over the island all the time. There is a backup supply of power and water at OK View - the only problem is that if the lady who runs it isn't around you have to wait until she is back! Or for her French husband to do it.

The lady who runs OK View is 60+ years and once you get to know her she is adorable. She runs a travel agents, restaurant and OK View Bungalows so is rushed off her feet most of the time so you are left to your own devices a lot of the time. You do have the the two Pugs in reception to keep you company though!

People may complain about the small problems here but we loved our time here and also the lady who runs it. You have to remember you are on an island which gets its supply of power from Koh Samui and often cuts out all over the island. I would recommend staying here for long stays of a week or months to learn to love OK View because a short stay may give you a bad impression.

We rented a bike from DD Hut on Sairee beach for the length of our stay (2 weeks) on Ko Tao. I was charged for a scratched wing mirror, which was scratched but i didn't actually do it. My advice would be to video the whole bike before renting to avoid any hidden extras, we were warned about this but on the day of return we were running late for the ferry so didn't have time to argue.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mark A
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

I've been visiting Ok View for 8 years, and always had a lovely friendly stay with Kerry and her staff, HOWEVER !!! during my last visit there was a management change and things now are really bad. First we had no water, then no electric, we had to witness the owner screaming at her staff like a mad woman, when we asked the owner's husband for toilet roll, he said NO !! and said it wasn't his problem, very rude. The bar was always closed, but the final straw was when they decided to turn off the lights on the paths up to the bungalows ( i guess it was to save money on electric ) but it made it very difficult under foot and was dangerous walking in total darkness.
We decided to book in somewhere else , for the rest of our holiday.which was extra expense to us
I will never stay there again and would NOT recommend it to anyone .


Thank you Kerry and Pun for the last 8 years.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Caroleecb
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

Hi There!
Just wanted to let the community know what´s going on at OK View:
on the 22nd Kerry and her stuff quit managing OK-View... since then it´s going fast down the slope, atm the owner herself (the nurse) "tries" to manage it with her daughter, since then this happened:
1st day without Kerry & Sprite: no drinks, no bar stuff
2nd day without ´em: No Water (not drinking water , you couldn´t even shower which is great at 32 degrees+ and a lot of humidity!)
3rd day: today mick + carole, and another couple from there poped just up at our new resort and told us they don´t even have electricity anymore at okview.....
...just ridiculous...!!
how to -- up a wonderful place & atomsphere within 3 days or less!!!
two nights after kerry quit managing Ok-View, we finally moved out from OK-View, yesterday...won´t see us there staying again...(we stayed there the last four years everytime mostly 3 months longterm rent , it was always nice and friendly there, but these times are gone..)
...and i would not advice anyone to go there unless you want to stay at a place with no supplies and a mad thailady screaming around at all her stuff........
...and thx to Kerry, Pun, and Sprite for the awesome Times you gave us there....!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank supergrobi23
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

OK View's bungalows certainly do have an Ok view to the sea! Clean and cosy bungalows and hammocs on the terrace. Kerry is the best host you can ask for. We really felt like home after being travelling already five months. Thanks Kerry and everyone off your staff! :)

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Reeta K
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

We spent an amazing afternoon at the mau mau bar and restaurant (on site).
Kerry is the perfect host and made us feel really welcome, introducing us to people and then came and sat with us for a couple hours inbetween making us the most amazing cocktails, many of which are her own creations.
We decided to eat there also and the food was scrumptious. Highly recommended, we shall be returning in April for more 'Jungle berry lassis.'

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank notmiles
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

I've stayed here with my group (17 pax totally). Location is fantastic (consider 10 minutes walking to the beach, about 15-20 from the beach). Food is also very good.
There are different accommodations: from low budget to middle range.
The real value is Kerry: she was incredible helpful, and made our stay really unforgettable.
I recommend this place.
Cinzia (Italy)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Cinzia T
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Reviewed May 2, 2011

I stayed here 3 nights in one of the wooden bungalow. Clean and comfortable. I had very heavy luggage and one of the staff helped me with them upon arrival and also upon leaving. All the staff are really nice, genuine people and very nice. A great atmosphere in the place. Kerry (the manager) has a wealth of information about the island and is absolutely fantastic.
Only down side is that it is quite a hike from Sairee Beach (real steep) and in burning April/May heat if you don't rent a motorbike it might do your head in a little. It's still very close to the beach (7 min) and if that doesn't bother you, I'd highly recommended this place.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank Danidoo1978
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Address: Jor Por Ror Road, Koh Tao, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Ranked #73 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Koh Tao
Price Range: $11 - $14 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — OK View Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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