Krabi La Playa Resort
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By visiting the Perhentian Islands we said goodbye to Malaysia for a while and started heading back to Thailand. I was supposed to be granted another 15 days, during which we planned to explore Ao Nang, Railay Beach (both belonging to the region of Krabi), Ko Phi Phi, Phuket, Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Our first point of interest was Ao Nang, and even though we took the earliest boat leaving from the Perhentian Islands to the mainland it wasn´t an easy task to reach Ao Nang the same day. ...
Tonsai bay is the first step on our quick hop scotch round the southern Thai islands. We touched down on Tonsai at around 8.30pm having set off from Mandalay airport in Myanmar at 11.30 that morning. We followed a man into the darkness as you do when your desperate to get somewhere. We followed him into thigh height water with our bags and everything and onto a long tail boat. We arrived to Tonsai to similar depth water and had an interesting torch lit walk to ...
... up and down the multitude blowing her whistle and bawling “boat numbra ereven”. (translated as Boat number 11) at full volume. Our missing tourist did not arrive but she frightened the **** out of a considerable number of Japanese who were travelling on boat 47.
Eventually the miscreant slipped up the gangplank hoping to arrive without drawing any attention to himself. There was no chance of this however and Peggy launched into a tirade at ...
... there was a brief moment of excitement when a monkey jumped on a kayak and everyone tried to cluster close to it, followed by a longer moment of excitement when people realised "hold on, maybe I don't want to be isolated on a kayak with a monkey" and tried to get away with much frantic paddling and almost capsizing. The monkey looked on with a bored expression, before grabbing someone's bag and swimming for the shore. Neither monkey nor bag were ever seen again. Having ...
... fried chicken with cashew nuts
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Historical Traveler Reviews Krabi La Playa Resort Ao Nang
Ich war im Oktober für 4 Nächte im La Playa und fand das Hotel bei der Lage ein super Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Wir hatten ein deluxe Poolzimmer, ideal. Ein sehr gutes Hotel mit freundlichen Angestellten. Habe meinen Aufenthalt sehr genossen und würde gerne wiederkommen.
Loved it really great
stayed for three nights on a promotion only charged for two they up graded us to a pool room what luxury could swim off our balcony the room was a good size and everything worked shower was huge and plenty of water
Very Good Value, Would Go Again !
Stayed in this hotel for 10 days as part of our honeymoon in January 2007. Overall very good value for the price we paid (65 usd a night inc. breakfast). It is quiet and tucked away behind the main strip, but only 2 minutes walk to the food market and the tourist area. The room was big, airy and bright, with nice furniture and ambience. The view we had from our balcony was also very nice, straight to the sea. There is also a nice fitness room near the pool which has some good machines and weight lifting equipment.
The food was excellent in every respect. Breakfast was of a high standard, with quite a good variety. The hotel has buffet dinners twice weekly in the garden, and they are highly recommended. The seafood BBQ buffet in particular is excellent, eat as much tiger prawn and fish as you can for less than 500 baht each. My partner is a vegetarian and the chefs and waiters bent over backwards to cook her something special every day.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and most have an acceptable command of English. We encountered one or two surly girls at the reception - but OK, you can't have everything. On the whole however they are all very friendly and genuine and they made our stay very pleasant. The food and beverage staff in particular are all diamonds.
A few minor complaints: we found dirty sheets when we arrived, but the hotel changed these very quickly and apologetically, so we did not make too much fuss about it (this is, after all, Thailand). Also the pool is misleading and not really all that great. It is, in fact, quite dirty and grimy with a lot of broken tiles in and around it. I would have been gutted if we had paid the extra money for a poolside room, because we never used the pool after swimming in it on the first day - it was far too dirty. So, don't go for the poolside room - it is a waste of money ! We did not plan to use the pool much anyway, so it did not detract from our holiday, but if you are a pool-person then bear this in mind.
Another thing: don't book your excursions through this hotel as they slap on about 30% commission. You can phone the company directly and saved that money, as the names are all displayed inside the brochures anyway. We gave the extra money you would have paid the hotel as tips to the excursion staff.
Also on our last day we ordered a taxi to take us to Krabi airport, and the hotel reception quoted us 800 baht when the going rate is only 500. Needless to say we cancelled and got a taxi from outside the food market down the road for 500.
Other than that, this hotel is fine for the money you pay. You could do much, much worse. I would recommend it to anyone, although maybe not for a honeymoon or that 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip.
Lovely hotel, would return!
We chanced upon a 'stay 3 nights pay for 2' promotion for this hotel and decided to book a Superior room. When we arrived, we were delighted to find that we were allocated a pool access room that also has a private corner with jacuzzi outside the balcony. Boasting the nicest and biggest swimming pool in all of Ao Nang as claimed, the hotel was exactly as portrayed on its website. The room was spacious and comfortably appointed, and we enjoyed the variety of satellite TV channels available. Breakfast was at the restaurant by the pool and the buffet spread was rather scrumptious. There was even a coffee machine for guests. Front desk staff were helpful and friendly. The hotel's tour counter is a good place to get info and book day tours. Situated at the quiet end of Ao Nang, the hotel is just across the beach. Turn right and walk for 15-20mins and you'll hit Noppharat beach. It is approximately 10-15mins' walk to the main shopping stretch of Ao Nang, as well as to the area where longtail boats leave for Railey. Along the way you'll find many pushcart stalls selling desserts and snacks. And just outside the hotel, there is an outdoor dining area (only open at night), with several stalls serving cheap and delicious local fare. We had a great stay at Krabi La Playa and we highly recommend it to anyone visiting Krabi!
I stayed at la playa in october for 4 days and found the hotel very good value and good location, i was in the delux pool room which was ideal, overall a very good hotel with friendly staff i enjoyed my stay and would use this hotel again
Would Certainly go back again!!!
Spent 5 nights there.......as all the reviews had mentioned, it was great!!!
Got a room with the whirlpool just out side my balcony, the view was great, and the best part was sipping icy cold beer in the comfort and privacy of the whirlpool (just call the counter to activate it)....but however certainly a bit akward, as the sunbed are just opposite and people tend to see you and wondering are those whirlpool for public use?? haha.....but that does not bother us as its the low season now, it was quite and serenade...not to mentioned the free nights we got from it (stay 5 pay 3).
The room is spacious and clean, the aircon duct is sparkling clean and remarkable silent, there is also aroma burner in the room, just remember to buy a small bottle of your favourite essence for that special night, with champagne and soak in the whirlpool while chatting away.......argh....missed that.
The downside of the room was that, the bathroom did not come with a bathtub, as ours is the one with the whirlpool. But the toilet was surprisingly spacious and big.......with rain shower...and not to mentioned it was sparkling clean, except that it could be better with your own favourite toiletries.....
The breakfast was not a tad tooo bad, the chef station where the usual egg was and the slump of bacons was the reason we woke up for breakfast.......but the service was great, the staff never failed to try and refill your blend tea and coffee.......haha. Nevertheless, it was one of the better few hotels in krabi with that price range and in low season to make the hassle to have a good breakfast setup...
Aonang is just 5 minutes walk away, or you can have a tuktuk for just 40 bahts to any stretch in Aonang, i prefer walking and going for massages.....oh the massages in the hotel are a tad too expensive, try any outlets you see along Aonang....ranging 200 - 250 per hour as compared to 500 per hour in the hotel.....
Never had dinner there, just lunch, not too bad but could be better. The price was affordable but you could get better variety and tastier food outside along Aonang....try the alfrasco setup dinning just outside the strip when you proceed out to Aonang, spotted many residents from Pakasai and our hotels dinning there...seafood is fresh and cheap, thai food is just fabulous. Just note that there are two eataries....try the one with the trans waitress...the food is better and cheaper.
Don't take up the taxi to krabi town or anywhere, there are a plenty of local buses and it only cost 40 baht per person, as compared to the taxi, although more comfortable but it cost 1000++ baht to town.
The beach along Aonang is negliable, the beach is not sandy but the friendly environment and relaxed lifestyle there makes up everything. Unlike Phuket, there is little or no GO GO bars. So just the right place for couples and families but definately not for groups, unless you are here for dives....
Internet along Aonang is cheaper than the hotel, the hotel only provides 2 desktop in the lobby....aonang provides cheaper and better environment where you can share amongst the travellers.
Don't be afraid to try the road side stalls that are available around Aonang, they are clean and friendly not to mentioned it was damn cheap and bloody tasty.....especially the pancakes and beef ball noodles....
Definately would go back soon, but not during the high season, as the hotel is not big more like a botique place...and most probably during high season the room we got which connects to the pool integrated with a whirlpool would certainly be too noisy with kids around it and people transpassing to your private whirlpool, not to mentioned its gona soar to rocket prices during high season.....
The only thing to improve is the staff needs to improve on their english, unlike the ones i had being....this is the only hotel whereby only the manager can converse with you...but nevertheless the smiles and personal touch makes up for it.
The hotel neighbours are having construction, but other than that...the only bad thing is i saw is a muti - storey building just by the pool...if that is gona be a separate resort, i would certainly reccomend not to stay here as it would mean no privacy.... imagine people looking at you kinda like seamonkeys....haha
Krabi La Playa resort was fantastic!
We had an absolute ball, plenty of cocktails in the pool and the best part about our room was being able to step straight into the pool from our balcony. Wish we could've stayed longer.
The service was fantastic, if travelling with kids (which we weren't), the Thai people love children and are willing to take them off your hands for a quiet dinner.
Resort restuarant very nice, great Thai food, average western food. Plenty of restaurants a short walk from resort.
The location is good, Ao Nang was a friendly area, the sales people were a lot less pushy compared to the ones in Patong, Phuket. Prices are a lot cheaper here too. We found after being in Ao Nang, Patong was a lot dearer, but we knew what we could barter for.
Only downfall on the area is generally have to travel further to do many of the tours.
Getting from Krabi to Patong was a scary experience on the bus. If you can afford it go for the private car, about $80 Aust. Bus was only $30 Aust for 2 people.
All in all Ao Nang was a very beautiful place. Dramatic scenery and friendly people. I would go back there before Phuket. Definately a highlight of our trip.
Spent 2 nights there - nice large clean rooms. Main floor rooms open up directly into the pool - neat! Agree the buffet breakfast was mediocre - good food & bars along the beach. Kind of misleading - not located on the beach - but it is only a 5 minute walk. Had a lot of tiny ants in our room - not sure if due to the season or not, but room was very clean & comfortable. Reasonably priced.
After an easy 20 minute transfer from Krabi airport, we found this newly constructed hotel, peacefully situated on the edge of the family friendly Ao Nang resort. Rooms where all identical, clean and spacious. In-built wardrobes and furniture where modern, with plenty of wardrobe and drawer space (but very few clothes hangars!). Two 3/4 size beds with fresh white linen duvets and full A/C provided a comfortable nights sleep. The room was spacious enough to easily accommodate a fold up bed for children, that could remain in situ. A second would of needed folding down during the day. Bathrooms were again spacious, with large walk in showers. The balconies were all forward facing so all had views of the pool area (about 80%) or the small landscaped gardens. They where equipped with two chairs and table. The ground floor pool facing rooms had swim up balconies and some had tubs, albeit this concept had not really worked.
The pool area was fabulously laid out with wood decking to elevated sections and a swim up pool bar. 3 pools at differing levels, all interlinked by pebble water falls, created a relaxing sound of water movement whilst lounging. Note: There is a shortage of sunbeds around the pool area and food & drink service was slow, expensive and average.
Breakfast is served Al Fresco in an adjacent poolside building. A great environment but the buffet was rather bland. The usual weak juices, awful tea / coffee, remains from the previous evenings 'dish of the day' (curry, pasta etc.) and tasteless fresh fruit. Fried eggs, a toaster and the omelette chef however made it worth getting out of bed for.
No WiFi but two PC's with broadband, which are very cheap to use.
Would I stay there again. Without doubt. Extremely friendly, clean and ideally located (although when you arrive by taxi, you come into Ao Nang the back way and think you are in the middle of nowhere). One of the best hotels in 'downtown' Ao Nang.
Top tip: No iron available, but they will 'iron only' via the cheap laundry. Oh and bring some clothes hangars.
Peaceful and relaxing
We stayed at the Karbi La Playa Resort for a week at the beginning of January. Overall, we had a very pleasant time. The place appeared to be quite new, all the rooms were in excellent condition, big and tastefully decorated. The pool was large, with lovely decking and stonework all around, and one could easily spend the day there doing nothing. If you wanted to leave the pool, the beach was 5 mins down the road, as were all the shops and boats to hire for island hopping. The worst aspect of the hotel was the breakfast - it was the ususal standard average fare that seemed to be at every hotel we stayed in Thailand. The level of service overall could also perhaps have been better. If you are looking for five star luxury, outstanding service and a never ending list of amenties and facilities, this is not the place for you. However, for the price we paid for this hotel, we thought it was good value - clean, relaxing, lovely rooms and good location.