Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan
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After the heat come the mossies and count my bites competition. I think M is now winning on size, location and itchiness. Weather varying between rain , clouds and sun but still hot. Walked into town on little shopping spree after breakfast .massage booked for 12:30. Very strong lovely massage followed by pizza at the pool bar and back to the shack …
So after a few days to say goodbye to everyone in London (and an extra day because i missed my flight, yikes!) I headed to thailand to meet Johnny and relax on the beach for 2 weeks. We meet in Phuket and spent 3 nights there. Lots of shopping, too many dvd's and some nice rides in the country side. Then we headed to Ko Pha nagn for 8 nights, it …
... interfering with each fight until the guy he’d backed was the victor. He always waited until about half way through the fight before deciding who he wanted to win, and then exerted his influence as throngs of other locals flocked to his corner and shouted for the chosen fighter. Unfortunately for me and my own personal little wagers I had with Ferg, it was invariably against my chosen warrior. As soon as this big cheese was cheering against my ...
... few chicken wings along with our pizza. We were the only tourists at the bar, so it was good to get to socialise with the expats living there. The owner of the bar went to Thailand on a 2-month holiday, met his wife and has apparently never been back to Sweden. His return ticket is on display at the bar. They call Koh Phangan 'sticky beach', due to the number of people who keep on coming back again and again and then staying even longer.
... already tiny space by reclining his seat fully. Joy. As usual we were woken up at 2am for a random 'sell you everything' stop and then unceremoniously dumped at the ferry port at 5am to wait for a ferry at 7am. Thankfully the catamaran was fast & we were soon cheered up by the sight of clear blue sea, beach & a sign with our name on it :-). Needless to say we slept well! Koh Tao is the smallest & least developed of 3 Islands, the other two, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPanviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan Ko Phangan
A beautiful spot. Lovely staff and pool villas .
Beautiful views and beach.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Panviman Resort - Koh Pha Ngan Ko Phangan
We have just returned from a two week holiday in thailand, a week of which we spent at Panviman on Koh Phangan. We really enjoyed it. Thailand has changd such a lot since we were last there (over 10 years ago). Back then it was all basic huts and Full moon party shenanigans for us. Nowadays it's less of the raving and more of the chilling. We spent a few days on Samui acclimatising. What a mess they have made of the island. It was stuffed with fat lobsters, mostly on the sunbeds and of the British and German variety. Fortunately as Koh Phangan is an extra half an hour away by boat they can't seem to get off their fat backsides and make it over. Good news all round. Panviman has a beautiful multiple / infinity pool area and great location in the jungle on the hill between two beautiful bays (noi is much prettier). We had a deluxe room as yes they are great. The only problem was that as they are built right in the jungle, you have to be prepared for some 'natural neighbours' who would like to share it too. We had to move rooms as the cockroaches had got to ours first. The other thing is that the resort lacks the atmosphere of the hut complexes on the beach. The bar shuts very early for Thailand (10.45) and as there is no real centre to the resort, it can seem pretty dead a lot of the time. You can get to the beach bars easily enough though (Jungle bar is good) so it's a small gripe really. The decor was great, the food good, the staff lovely (if a little scatterbrained at times) and we had a nice chilled time. If you still want the relative tranquility of Koh Phangan, can't face a hut or gurning backpackers and have a bit of cash to burn then Panviman is a good choice.
My Fiance and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in February. It was very beautiful but if you are subject to motion sickness be prepared. The drive to the resort takes about an hour and the road is very rough. However, once you actually make it to the resort it is beautiful. We had a Deluxe Villa and it was great. The beach was about a 5 minute walk from our Villa. You have to walk down a bunch of stairs and then you're at the private beach with lounge chairs and a restaurant. This part of the Island gets quite a bit of waves so snorkeling is out of the question but we had a great time swimming in the waves. The food was fine but there weren't a lot of choices on the menu. The breakfast was great! The pool is beautiful and the entire resort lay out is pretty nice with the Deluxe Bunglaows nestled in the trees. I would highly recommend the getting a Deluxe Bungalow if you stay here, it's worth it. The view from ours was fabulous!
My wife and I stayed in Panviman in mid February in a deluxe cottage. I can hardly find anything wrong to write about this resort, other than that it's really isolated, far away from everything. The room was amazing, just at the edge of the cliff with magnificent views over the bay. The pool, the beach, the food and the service all above any expectation. If you don't mind a little bit of walking and you can afford a deluxe cottage this resort is THE place for you.
Panviman Resort, which we stayed at in mid January 2006, has to be one of the best designed and located resorts in Thailand. We stayed in the Deluxe Bungalow, and were afforded magnificent views of two beaches as a result, plus complete privacy provided by the trees overhanging the bungalow. It's just a five minute walk to the beach - and do you really want to be on the beach in any case, with the associated loud music from the bars? The swimming pool was magnificent and the staff eager to please....but now onto the problems:
I stayed with 3 friends at Panviman from Jan 10th til Jan 16th and we had an amazing time! After having read some of the reviews posted on this and other websites our initial excitement from having seen just the brochure had waned a little. Major concerns being that the resort was a real trek from the beach and totally inacessible. We opted for the resort taxi pick up service from the ferry port as they hadn't advised us of any alternative. Whilst some of the road has been tarmaced the majority is still dirt track and to be honest, unless funds are tight I wouldn't recommend it. Instead opt for the speadboat transfer (cost 6000 baht / £85) - we did this on our way back to Samui and it was far easier - not to mention adding a spice of glamour!
Panviman is not a 5 star resort, but it is delightful. Our experience was quite different to the previous review. We also visited during the low season. Firstly, it is not easy to get to, so we took the easy way out and booked the private speedboat transfer, which at £85 for the two of us (each way), is not cheap, but makes quick work of the trip from Koh Samui airport. On arrival we were greeted with courtesy and unending smiles. The deluxe room we had (6108) had a magnificent roof terrace. (Not all are 100% private as the screening has yet to grow fully). Our room was beautiful huge glass walls and thai furniture. On the downside, the bed was not the most comfortable that we have slept in and i'd prefer feather pillows not foam. Hell at £34 per night that we paid - who can complain? The one thing that you should note is that the resort is built on a hill-side and is very hilly. They do have golf carts, but unless you want to call for one, it is quite a good workout to get to and from your room to the pool, reception and restaurants. The pools are MAGNIFICENT with the view from the infinty pool breathtaking. The breakfast is good and the evening food was great, especially the seafood buffet. There is a little construction going on, but with the fountains at the pool we did not notice it at all. The beaches near the hotel are great too. Very undeveloped and full of young back-packers, who made us feel old. The spa was good, but the best massages were from the ladies at the massage place just as you go into the mangrove. Anyone going here should bear in mind that this is not a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton, it is a charming and well run Thai resort. BH
While Panviman cannot be blamed for the poor rainy weather we encountered during our recent stay, it can indeed make up for the minor imperfections that occured.
My husband and I stayed at the Panviman for a week and loved it so much that we are going again this December.