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Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Good location, not too far from the pier (4 kms by a motor-taxi at 50 baht per trip). And the place it located right at the end of Buffalo Bay, so all the privacy you can enjoy.

The food is the only pain here. Not many varieties and over-priced.

And if only the owners would smile more and be more friendly!

Date of stay: December 2012
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2  Thank Janejit
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Reviewed April 29, 2012

This resort has a nice looking pool and fronts a very nice beach. The management is friendly and keen to help. The food is okay and the rooms are fine. We paid 1,600 THB for a Superior Room including breakfast (we booked two to accommodate our children) and were very happy with our choice of hotel.

The negatives are all minor but worth mentioning to give readers a clearer picture. They use too much hydrochloric acid in the pool, which is a little bit off-putting when you swim in it. There is inadequate shade around the pool, so the experience is not as pleasant as it could be (you get baked in the hot sun). We usually spend a lot of time in hotel pools, but didn't hear because it was just too hot and you couldn't help but taste the acid - plus the beach was superb as an alternative. The grounds lack character - they seem a bit barren, with a large area of patchy grass on a hard surface exposed to the sun - however to be fair I noticed they have planted lots of plants which hopefully will look a lot better once they grow. The management do a good job and seem like nice people, but lack the genuine warmth or sincerity and hospitality that you find in some owner-managed hotels. There is no hot water.

Koh Phayam seems fairly spread out and Payam Cottage Resort is not convenient to shops and restaurants (you need to hop on a motorbike taxi to get anywhere), but it is on a really nice beach and there is a hotel two doors up along the beach which serves excellent food, well priced. To my knowledge, there are only two hotels on the island with a pool, so if this is important to you, then Koh Payam is a good choice. Otherwise, if atmosphere and choice of eating/drinking places is important to you, I would probably recommend you choose a hotel on Ao Yai Bay on the other side of the island.

The island itself is very charming. No electricity except for individual generators. Friendly people. Beautiful beaches. A good place to chill-out, provided you're not expecting a good shopping experience, or 5 star hotels or action-packed adventure.

Date of stay: April 2012
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5  Thank Carperdiem
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Reviewed February 20, 2020
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Date of stay: February 2020
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Reviewed May 5, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile
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Date of stay: January 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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