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Thiw Son Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Ko Yao Yai B&B and Inns
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Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland
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“Welcoming and relaxed”
Reviewed January 14, 2014

We only spent 4 nights at the peaceful and spacious Thiw son beach resort. The restaurant staff was extremely welcoming and always cheerful! Our bungalow (superior sea view) was almost too spacious (separate bedroom and living room) - it comes even with a big fridge and a water kettle! The resort has its own swimming pool (ca. 17 x 7 meters I presume) which we really appreciated as the beach at low tide is not so tempting. The manager was always helpful and organized the obligatory snorkeling trip and of course there are motorbikes for rent. Prices of meals are good value and the food was delicious! A good place if you are not looking for Patong-entertainment. In high season the ferry to Bang Rong sometimes just does not stop at the Koh Yao Yai pier (when it is already full after the stop in Koh Yao Noi), calculate some more time if you need to get to the airport! Enjoyable and affordable!!

Room Tip: Superior Sea View A02
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Firstly, ignore other reviews complaints about the sea being miles out. We stayed here for 5 nights and saw the sea at both low and high tide. The furthest I had to walk to the sea was about 15 metres. How anyone can complain about that is beyond me. We didn't use the pool but it looked pretty decent and was cleaned every morning.

The staff, were super friendly, our favourites of all the places we stayed in Thailand. The menu was mainly Thai food, and it was excellent, although if you want it spicy ask, the flavour was amazing but I think they've toned down the spice for European tastes. We had the beach front bungalow which was spacious, clean, comfortable and silent, with excellent A/C.

Koh Yao Yai is a very quiet island, doesn't really have late bars and loads of restaurants but perfect if you want to get away from it all and relax. Hire a moped or taxi and go over to Koh Yao Noi, (10 mins on a boat) for more shops and restaurants if that's what you need.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

I have two thoughts about this place, so let me start with a little disclaimer: We thought we were booking a hotel on Koh Phi Phi, but it was actually this place on Koh Yao Yai (don't ask - alcohol was involved).
So, for my good review. This was a super-peaceful little getaway island. We stayed in a beach hut - a raised house, one row back from the beach. The hut was relatively clean. The bathroom left something to be desired. This was the only place we stayed where the shower wasn't separated from the rest of the bathroom (weird and messy - why do they do that??). There were ants in the bathroom. But don't worry, we flooded them out every day with the shower. Beds were a little harder than other places we stayed. We had to tuck a towel in the door every night so giant bugs/geckos didn't get in (some did anyways). But you're in a hut, so some of this is to be expected.
At this point in our trip, we were trying to contact Air China to make some changes to our flights, and thought we'd phone from the resort. However, there were no PHONES. Some staff member let us use his cell phone (the number was out of service, in the end). So they have wifi, but no phone. Thank god for wifi.
We were okay with the hut on the beach. But there was nothing to do here! The first night, we went to the tiki hut on the beach and had a dance party, drinking our faces off at the beach. It was super fun and memorable for me, but totally unplanned, and not really something you should plan for. (Also, we were the "cocktail girls" for the remainder of our stay - a little shameful).
We ended up making this our mellow beach time, because there was so little to do. The beach isn't really clear enough for swimming (again, my fear of fish). So we chased crabs around while the tide was out, and sat on the beach and read, and then sat by the pool and read, and then drank our faces off.
I think this would be an awesome place to go for a romantic trip, if you just wanted to intensely be with someone. But, we ran out of books to read and stuff to do. So we left a day earlier than we'd book and went to actual Koh Phi Phi.
The food here was really good (there's nowhere to eat but the resort, really), and the service was amazing. They wait on you hand and foot.
Also, it was a super good deal. If the weather had been a little bit better, it would have improved this place quite a bit.
Just a super-chill resort where you hang out and spend time with your crew, and get waited on hand and foot, and it's a great deal. What more could you ask for?

Room Tip: Get a hut right on the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

The resort (and the other resorts close by) are excellent for a few days of relaxing. There is nothing really to do, except hire a motorbike and explore the island. Tha nature on Koh Yao Yai is beautiful, and still not exploited much by turism or urbanisation. The absence of a proper beach is a minus (due to tidal water the've put up erosion protecting walls?), but the pool is nice. The food is okay (you get tired of the same restaurant fast) but a few minutes away there are other restaurants for variation. Its a perfect spot for just relaxing, but if you want more options I suggest finding a place on the southwest side of YaoYai, near Loh Jark Pier. The staff is frendly and really helpful, but have a very limited english. There also expaning with a bigger restaurant so construction work is to be expected 2013/2014. A big drawback of the resort location (and the Island overall) is the high taxi costs and there are no public transportation on the island. Food prices are lower than in phuket hotel areas but more expensive than the backpacker would prefer. There are wifi and you can rent a motorbike at the resort. The wooden huts are really cool, and you can hear the ocean and the birds/cicadas at sunrise and sunset from within.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights after a hectic few days in Patong. Just what we needed, total peace and tranquility, beautiful views, lovely little restaurant open all day from breakfast until 8.30pm serving great food. (If you want a change of scenery for food, head next door to the Better View Hotel).
The staff are lovely and did their best with limited English.
3 rows of bungalows, we were in the middle row (B row) behind the beach front ones. Gorgeous from the outside with a nice sun terrace, nothing luxurious on the inside but still lovely. Spotlessly clean with excellent air conditioning.
Newly built pool which is great as at low tide you can't swim in the sea.
If you just want to relax and chill out then visit this Island/Hotel, I imagine in a few years time it will be taken over by tourists.

  • Stayed November 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Overall this was an excellent resort. The view from the beach is unbelievably spectacular. The resort is on a very quiet island, making it very relaxing and far from the usual tourist crowds of Phuket. The food at the resort's restaurant is excellent. Everything is fresh and it was some of the best Thai food I had on my entire trip to Thailand. The pool is lovely as it's faces the beach and the view of the water and outlying mountains.

My reasons for not giving this resort 5/5 was due to the lack of proper service staff; they didn't really know how to properly wait tables or focus on the guest experience. It was small things, such as the small "lobby" area of the resort was were the staff/family members of owners tended to hang out and watch TV. It would be better to have a separate staff lounge of this purpose as this area was right beside the restaurant and having Thai pop music playing loudly during dinner was not great. The resort was also doing construction directly beside the restaurant during our stay and there was almost constant welding and construction noise during the daytime which made it a bit harder to relax at the pool. These were small things but they took away from the overall experience which would have otherwise been perfect. Also the website mentioned that they could arrange rock climbing, but when we asked about this they didn't even understand what we were talking about!

Room Tip: The bungalows on the beach have a spectacular view!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

My husband and I booked 1 night here and stayed for 3!

It's a beautiful spot, isolated with a spectacular view over the bay of islands. When the tide is out, contrary to other older reviews - you now now sit back and enjoy the scenery from the new and completed infinity pool! Plenty of deck-chairs and fresh clean towels to enjoy too.

Bungalows are of an excellent standard - en suite, fan, balcony, mosquito nets, fresh bedding, glass windows (better than thatch which lets bugs in) etc.

Staff are so friendly, service is excellent. It is a family managed resort though, so whilst nothing is too much effort, bear in mind its their home and they need to relax from time to time.

Infinity pool has 2 jacuzzi sections and the shallow end is wonderful for watching over the bay - incredible bonus given the price of this place!

They have both mopeds and kayaks for hire too. We kayaked which was fun, but current was exceptionally strong and distances are deceptively further than you might imagine, so be careful.

Food is excellent. Great range of Thai dishes and despite the ban elsewhere, they do serve alcohol here.

Beach is great for the warm waters, the isolation, the thunder storm evening spectacles and the island views. The natural sand is quite muddy, particularly while tide is out, but it's a minor point. There is soft yellow sand in the sun-bed area to enjoy, if you felt this was a 'sticking point'.

There is also some construction work in progress. This didn't cause any significant disturbance to us, particularly as the pool is now complete and in operation.

Gorgeous spot for a few days.

To get there we went:
- Taxi from Phuket town > Phuket Bang Rong pier (500Bath)
- Longboat to Yao Noi island, 1hr, (120Bath one way) (Departs: 08:30, 09:30, 11:40, 12:30, 14:30, 17:00)
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- Speedboat to Yao Noi island, 30mins, (200Bath one way) (Departs 07:30, 08:00, 09:30, 11:00, 13:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00)
- taxi to Thiwson, 10minutes, (250-300Bath)

Room Tip: Would pay extra for front bungalows to watch spectacular thunder storms from at night.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Thiw Son Beach Resort
Address: 58/2 Moo 4 | Koh Yao, Ko Yao Yai 82160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Yao Yai
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Hotel Class:3 star — Thiw Son Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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