Narima Bungalow Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNarima Bungalow Resort Ko Lanta
The nicest beach i went to on this island! Sand and water are so clear. These bungalows are my favourite that i have stayed in so far! Fantastic breakfast!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Narima Bungalow Resort Ko Lanta
Quiet stay at the Narima
We stayed at the Narima, the bungalows are nicely situated amongst the gardens. The gardens are not particularly well maintained. Upon arrival, we were told for some reason that there were no seaview bungalows as booked but we would be given a bungalow belonging to someone who hadn't turned up. There was no need to say this as we wouldn't have known the difference. After registration, (which took a long time due to being educated on various fruits "this is a papaya" "yes I know" "oh, you've seen one before?" "yes-I've been abroad before" "really", whereas after a long hot journey all we wanted was to be shown our room quickly and a shower), we were taken to the bungalow and we were subjected to information such as "this is the light switch-this is the door, the water supply comes from the mountains and is more pure than all the water in the US" etc etc and this went on until we had lost the will to live, I guess they imagine most guests haven't travelled very much.
The bungalow was basic but adequate, you could see that some renovation work is needed already as they are not constructed with expensive materials that would last more than a couple of years. Apart from thick layers of dust on the airconditioning and walls, the bungalow was acceptably clean. The towel (1 towel each) is changed every day and the bed linen every 2 days. The hammocks have never been cleaned.
The beach is actually quite nice, the tide goes quite a way out and exposes rocks, between the rocks it is sandy and easy to swim in. If you snorkel, there are no fish to see unfortunately.
It is very quiet as there is no TV, no discernable bar, so after dinner it was a struggle to get through the evenings. One or two days maximum doing absolutely nothing and one or two evenings reading books is fine but after that you are climbing the paper-thin walls. You can go on an elephant treks, take excursions to various places on Koh Lanta on a moped, go scuba diving (we went to Phi Phi, bit far, takes all day for 2 dives), there's a cave excursion. There's nothing much to do apart from that.
The food in the restaurant is very good indeed, the serving staff don't seem that happy but neither would I if I was on duty from 7am to 11pm every day. Sometimes you wouldn't know if they understood your order, or if they did whether you would get it. There is another restaurant next door (River Restaurant) which also serves good food but at much cheaper prices.
The owners do go out of their way to make their guests feel welcome and it is evident from the reviews that most like this attention. But, as we are the odd ones out, we didn't enjoy it. Around every corner one of them would be there all the time, either on the beach or at every meal in the restaurant or in the office or wandering around the bungalows. Then they would try to engage you in conversation and it would not be a simple "how's everything", it would be a full blown 20 minutes on some subject. One poor devil was dining alone, then along came one of the owners who promptly installed himself at the guest's table with drink in hand. Maybe this was by invitation, maybe not. If we went for a walk in the evening along the beach and rocks, one of them would be there, looking for victims. If you wanted a beach towel, the other one would be standing in front of them, so you'd be forced to engage in conversation otherwise you could not get your towel. It was really funny and perhaps this is why there is no TV, the owners provide the entertainment.
Overall we did enjoy our stay here, the experience of Koh Lanta was wonderful, the food, weather, beach and people were all fantastic. We felt that the Narima was expensive for what it was - obviously not for westerners but in comparison to the cost of living in Thailand. The private transfer from Krabi was expensive and cost more than 1 room night- transfer took 2.5 hours of which a large part of it was waiting for 2 ferries (each took minutes and I am sure the driver paid peanuts for it).
Home Away From Home
Excellent place to use as your base while traveling the islands/beaches. The two owners are incredible and treat you like family - which was such a welcome after travelling for weeks. They helped me with all my travel plans and even gave me a ride to my cooking course - all complementary! In addition, they took me around and introduced me to all the The food is also incredible! The bungalows are eco-friendly (no TV's however) and I would definately recommend staying in one of the A or B categories. I was surprised at how many return guests were there.
Get yourself to Ko Lanta and stay at Narima
We stayed here for 4 nights on our honeymoon. It was the best place we stayed at during our holiday in Thailand. Everything about it was just perfect. The room with a sea view, the small private beach, the staff.....and the food - YUM! Ko Lanta as an island is also just great. Very beautiful and peaceful. Loved every minute of the time we spent here and it was made all the more special because we stayed at Narima.
You can believe every word you read on here about this place
We stayed here for the first week of Feb. I booked on the basis of the reviews I read here and the look of their website. We were not disappointed in any way. Yodchai and Nopawan, whose place it is, are the most delightful couple, so friendly, warm and helpful it feels that their only mission in life is to ensure that their guests have a great time. The food is fantastic, we had a beachfront bungalow which was fabulous, the staff are great. The only worry I have in writing this review is that too many people will read it and I won't be able to get in when I try and book to go back there. But it is so good I feel that I have to share it. There's no point in posting photos, their website is completely truthful.
Have just returned from a fantastic holiday travelling around the east coast of Thailand. We went to Narima Bungalows based on previous tripadvisor reviews and can only say that every postive word should be believed. This place was heavenly. If you want to get away from package holiday-land, this is your place. The rooms are basic but charming - traditionally (and environmentally sensitive) built stilted huts each with veranda set in tropical gardens. The place has a really warm family feel, it has heart and soul. The couple running it really do care that you have a good time. Whilst there we took a snorkel trip 1hour off-shore (stunning) and an elephant trek. We could go back again and again - it's a real treasure. There's an on-site diving school, not sure how you'd organise a course though.
The ONLY downside was that there was a small sandy beach with rocky outcrops but the pool is lovely.
Ko Lanta island still has a feel of waiting to be discovered, new hotels are cropping up so get there before it's spoiled!
The BEST hotel in Koh Lanta!!!
It was a RELIEF to us when we found this wonderul, caring, and immaculately clean bungalow in Koh Lanta! My fiance and I spent two nights at the Narima and enjoyed every second.
We decided to stay in a bungalow in the front, overlooking the sea and it was an amazing view. The bungalows are roomy, tastefully decorated, and most important, thoughtfully spread out so that you have a sense of privacy. Each bungalow is the same size and each have a spacious, clean private bathroom, with hot shower. There is a private deck with a hammock and stylish outdoor wooden furniture to enjoy the quiet night. It was the best place we stayed in throughout our six week trip.
The best part of this hotel was the owners, a dynamic duo who really cares about their customers. I couldn't believe the outstanding customer service! My fiance was injured by a motorbike accident in the earlier part of our trip, and the owners were very caring, and offered to take us to the Koh Lanta hospital on a daily basis free of charge. They also made airline arrangements and transfer arrangements free of any charge. They made us feel authentically at home and welcomed.
The restaurant had wonderful meals cooked with Thai authenticity. I savoured every single bite.
I would definitely stay here again! It is a good deal...when we stayed there, the sea view rooms were 2900 Baht, a bargain for your own sea view bungalow. I'm not sure how much the other rooms were, but they were significantly cheaper and you could see a partial view sea, also.
It cant get better
My wife and me have just returned from our dream trip to Thailand. We decided to go to Koh Lanta because we wanted something quiet, calm, far from the crowds.
My chance, we arrived to the webpage of the Narima Resort. The website looked different. We got a funny feeling: it was close, personal, with attention to the detail... it was the life of real people (Yoddai and Nopawan), not just a website to grab more customers.
This gut feeling that their website gives, becomes true when you arrive to the resort. They DO TAKE CARE of you. They DO WANT to make you feel at home. I have never been in any hotel with such a human treatment.
The Narima Resort is a "different" resort. It is not big, it is not expensive and, at the same time, it makes you not miss anything. I remember those morning when Nopawan and Yoddai were walking between the tables, talking to the guests about anything and everything. The weather, the excursions, the snorkling, their lifes...
Bungalows: Big, very spacious, very confortable. The ones near the resort, rows C, might be a bit too close to the road and you might hear traffic from time to time. There is not problem at all with row A.
Food: Fantastic. Extensive menu. They have plenty of staff in the kitchen and serving the tables.
What to do: your hosts will orientate you. There is not lack of thing to do!!
Beaches: the beach at the resort is not perfect (rocks, as you can see in their website, as they dont hide anything). 5 mins up North there is a very nice seclude beach "Noi Beach". Also, you can also go to the other beaches near the ferry port, with many more tourists, bars and music, or go South to the Pimalai Beach.
How to get there: We arrived by private bus 45 mis + private speedboat 30 mins + private bus 20 mins, with a cost of 1500 bath each. It is the fastest way. We left with the public bus, from the resort to the airport, with a cost of 250 bath each. About 3 hours.
My advice for those interested in a quiet-confortable-unexpensive holiday in Koh Lanta: check their website and write them, ask them. You will not be dissapointed.
Stayed here for a week about a month after the tsunami, which did virtually no damage at all to the resort. Lanta has quite a few resorts which look good, the Sri Lanta and Pimlai for example, but I don't think anything has the same atmosphere as the Narima. We had a seafront bungalow which could not have been better situated, all the accommodation faces west so watching the sunset from the balcony is a must. All the bungalows are built to a very high standard and are surprisingly large. The restaurant is excellent, serving a greater variety of Thai food than most places plus the usual european dishes. The Narima is the perfect base for a variety of activities, elephant trekking, diving etc. We took a boat trip to Koh Rok and snorkelled over a spectacular coral reef (also virtually untouched by the tsunami), which has to be seen to be believed. We could not have been made to feel more welcome by the staff and owners, who really went out of their way to take care of us. I know I sound like I work there or something, but it really was that good.
The very best hotel we stayed in
We loved everything about this hotel- nicest owners and staff, tastiest restuarant, great views & sunsets- and again the owners are the nicest people you will meet- hey meade us feel so at home! - Thank You
Excellent place for R and R
We came back from two weeks in Thailand and have to tell everyone about this great place on Ko Lanta, near Krabi in Thailand. It is a great little place on one of the quietest beaches in Thailand, if that is still possible. It is on an island that you have to take a ferry, Ko lanta. It is call Narima and it a a place of basic bungalows. They have indoor plumbing and hot water but the place is really special. The host own the place and are both doctors. They have a great little beach and pool. The restaurant is great as well. The night we stayed, we had one of the best cottages, dinner and breakfast for under 80 USD. We ended up here after going to Phuket and hating it.
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... Day!! We enjoyed an hour or so lying on the beach (with our Xmas hats and glasses), then we had brunch. Our Christmas Day lunch consisted of poached eggs and bacon on toast, with English breakfast tea, sat in a cafe on the beach. It was lovely. As we decided to walk off our food, the heavens opened. Out of nowhere it completely poured down. People were running for cover, abandoning food on tables outside as the rain came ...
Woke feeling refreshed. We had breakfast which was free and we didn't know about it so that was a nice touch. Just toast, fruit and a hot drink but it was enough. She had brown bread! Which is something we have really missed as they usually don't serve it in Asia. The beach is just over the road and a short walk down. It's really beautiful. So quiet and relaxed compared to phi phi. We put down my scarf on the beach and stayed there for a ...
As we approached the island of Ko Lanta which had been our distant view for the past five days, it made us realise how varied the Thai islands are.
The sea had lost its crystal clear turquoise colour and felt noticeably rougher during the hour long ferry journey and the dramatic karst scenery we had become so accustomed to was replaced by forest filled rolling hills in the centre and mile long coastlines on the edge. Even ...
... and took off with an over-sized watering can! For the third time we had run out of gas. We all got off and hung out on the side of the road until the driver came back about 45 minutes later. He had the watering can full of gas, filled up the bus, and we were off again. By the way, this wasn't a minibus or anything. It was a full size bus and the driver was putting maybe a few liters in each time we stopped. After the third fill up it looked ...
... Reaching the extremes of freedom, of disentanglement from the relationships in my life, while a very worthwhile pursuit that had it's roots in that initial vision, ended up having me realize just how empty an experience the freedom I had gained was. It was literally like, "Wow this is great! I have never felt more free in my life!!!! Wait, where is everybody?" I still remember the pleasure and pain of that moment and the sinking realization that freedom without having someone ...