Krabi Sands Resort
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... of Viking Cave. Here, there are prehistoric cave paintings and is where they collect edible bird droppings for birds nest soup. The Thais believe that drinking this will in turn make them younger looking. That's gotta be the biggest hoax I've ever heard. Sorry, but I'm not drinking any poop from any creature given its so called reverse effects!
We were told on the way that we could not enter Maya Bay the way they typically do during high season. The currents were too strong ...
... our last meal together with Sarah and Alex as travelling buddies tomorrow evening as we are going to go our separate ways Thursday morning. We will also be handing the blog back to the Povends, who are heading on to Phuket. Our last few days are going to be a bit epic. We have a 3 hour mini bus ride to Krabi, a 4 hour coach journey to Surat Thani, then a 4/5 hour wait to catch a 12 hour over night train to Bangkok. We have a day and night in Bangkok then a 6 and a half hour flight ...
So it turns out our early nights in Koh Phi Phi made us miss the fact the curfew is nationwide in Thailand so everywhere closes at 10pm. We've been getting used to going for dinner and then back to watch a movie so hasn't really affected us. Anyway we checked out of our guesthouse in Phi Phi and had to walk with our backpacks to the pier which was tough going especially in the heat. We made it and boarded the boat heading to Koh Lanta. We arrived at our accommodation ...
... as it was already empty! HAHA! Despite my monkey attack i decided to continue. I had 1237 stairs to battle and i was worn out after 100. They were sooooo steep i never thought i would make it. The sweat was running off me, and my heart was beating faster than a drum. But i am soooo glad i did! The views were incredible! You could see for miles and it was just breathe taking. I watched a massive rain storm come rolling in, pass over ...
... insist on going flat out whatever the conditions so spray and wave bashing is a common feature of the trip ;). We are a little distracted by the fact that since we got underway we have been taking on water and there are no life jackets, but hey ho we are at the front so get to abandon ship first ;). The coastline is stunning all limestone cliffs and jungle where the mangrove forests miss, our thoughts go back to the wonders of Ha Long bay in Vietnam ...
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Fantastisches Resort - wir waren begeistert!
Wir waren im Krabi Sands für die letzte Woche unserer Flitterwochen und nach einer hektischen Woche in Bangkok und Trekking in Chiang Mai war es eine nette Abwechslung, sich eine Woche nur zu entspannen.
Wir haben lange recherchiert, bis wir das Krabi Sands gefunden haben, aber am Ende waren wir überzeugt, dass dies der richtige Platz für uns ist, nachdem wir die anderen Bewertungen gelesen haben.
Ja, Krabi Sands ist nicht da, wo was los ist, aber zu vielen guten Restaurants und einigen Geschäften ist es nur ein kurzer Spaziergang, der Strand ist direkt auf der anderen Straßenseite.
Das Resort selbst ist sehr schön gepflegt, der Pool ist sehr sauber und hat eine tolle Größe. Unser Zimmer im Villa-Stil war beeindruckend und sehr gemütlich.
Während unseres Aufenthalts gaben uns die Angestellten gerne Tipps für Tagesausflüge und Ratschläge. Wir mieteten bei den Angestellten ein Moped zum selben Preis wie beim Geschäft unten an der Straße.
Wenn man einen entspannenden Urlaub haben möchte, dann ist Krabi Sands die perfekte Wahl.
Fantastic Resort - loved it!
We stayed at the Krabi Sands for the final week of our honeymoon, after a hectic week in Bangkok and trekking in Chiang Mai it was a lovely change to have a completely relaxing week.
We found Krabi Sands after a lot of research, and we were finally convinced that this was the place for us after reading the reviews below.
Yes Krabi Sands is not in the middle of the so called action, but it is a short walk away from a number of good restaurants and a couple of shops, whilst the beach is literally across the road.
The resort itself is beautifully well maintained, the pool is very clean, and a great size.
Our villa style room was stunning and very comfortable.
During our stay we found the staff to be really helpful with ideas for day trips, and advice. We even rented a moped from them, which was the same price as the rental places down the road.
All in all if you are looking for a relaxing holiday then Krabi sands is a perfect choice.
Toller Urlaub, tolle Angestellte
War gerade für eine Woche im Krabi Sands Resort und hatte total schlechtes Wetter. Die Angestellten, die Lage und das Hotel haben das aber wieder wettgemacht. Wann auch immer wir im Restaurant ankamen, wurden wir durch ein freundliches Lächeln und ein Sawasdee begrüßt, nichts hat ihnen zu viele Umstände bereitet. Ich bin oft in Thailand und habe schon überall im Land gewohnt. Bis heute kann aber nichts mit dem Krabi Sands Resort mithalten, besonders was die Freundlichkeit betrifft. Sogar meine thailändische Verlobte war beeindruckt. Wenn erst mal alle Bauarbeiten, die etwas weiter die Straße hinauf stattfinden, beendet sind, wird dieses der angesagteste Ort überhaupt sein. Ich werde es all meinen Freunden empfehlen und bestimmt auch unsere Flitterwochen hier verbringen. Vielen Dank an alle Angestellten.
Wir haben unsere Flitterwochen im Krabi Sands Resort verbracht und hatten eine wunderbare Zeit. Was uns am besten gefallen hat, war die Abgeschiedenheit. Es sieht fantastisch aus. Das Zimmer war gut klimatisiert, der Pool ist sehr groß und der Service erstklassig. Alles, was wir tun mussten, war unsere Wünsche auszusprechen und alles wurde erledigt. Wir sind mit einem Longtailboot nach Hong Island gefahren und haben einige, einsame Inseln besucht. Wenn wir nach Ao Nang mussten, haben wir uns einfach ein Mofa ausgeliehen. Das ist zwar 20 Minuten entfernt, ist aber ein schöner Weg. Das Essen im Beach House Restaurant gegenüber ist sehr gut. Die frischen thailändischen Gerichte haben uns sehr gut geschmeckt. Etwas die Straße hinunter findet man noch viele andere Läden, Bars und Restaurants. Ein super Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis. Würden liebend gerne einmal wiederkommen.
We spent our honeymoon in the Krabi Sands Resort and had a beautiful time. We liked the fact that it was away from the crowds. The resort looks fantastisc. The room was beautiful and airconditioned. The pool is very big. The service is excellent. All we had to do was say what we wanted to do that day and everything was taken care off. We took the longtail boat to Hong Island and visited some other deserted Islands. When we wanted to go to Ao Nang we rented a motorbike. Yes it is 20 min. away, but it's a lovely trip.
The food in the Beach House restaurant across the street is very good. We really enjoyed the fresh Thai meals. A little further down the road were some other good restaurants and a bar where they served cocktails. It is really good value for your money.
We would love to go back someday.
Delightful small resort
Krabi Sands is not for everyone - it is well out of the way, about a 20 minute ride from Ao Nang, and not on the beach - but it was perfect for our large family group. The resort is on the small side, but has all of the quality and amenities of a larger resort. To start with, the grounds were beautifully landscaped and impeccable, as were all of the details of construction. The individual bungalows were well spaced, had more than adequate air conditioning and lots of hot water, as well as a refrigerator, and were squeaky clean. We paid about $116 per night, which included breakfast, in the middle of high season.
If you're into pools, this is by far the nicest pool I've seen at a small resort. My brother builds pools and was amazed by the quality of construction and design, and we spent a great deal of time in it.
The staff is wonderful. All of them speak excellent English, and were extremely helpful, lending a cell phone when we needed one, and offering rides whenever possible. Across the road there is a nice little restaurant, also owned by the hotel, with the best breakfast we had in Thailand, and fairly good food the rest of the time. There is an ATM next door and a mini-mart, and a small town just a few meters down the road with massages, pubs, etc.
As I said, the only drawback was the distance, and the taxi fare - we were getting hit with about $10-$15 per way. However, you can take a baht bus for 40 baht (a little over a dollar) or a tuk tuk for a little more if you negotiate well.
I did check out several of the other hotels I had been thinking about, especially Railay. I was horrified at the garbage and filth everywhere on Railay, the constant noise of the long boats and smell of diesel, and every inch of the peninsula that I could see was developed. Based on what I saw elsewhere, there was nothing that matched the Krabi Sands for the price. We would go back there in a New York minute.
First of all, it wasn't quite where we expected it to be or what we expected. It was fine, but definitely out of the way. Not too many good places to eat around it but the hotel restaurant wasn't bad (wasn't great).
The pool was wonderful. The rooms were nice. I think our main disappointment was that it was so far away from anything and a $12 US taxi ride just one way to get to Ao Nang. The kids went out one night to have a couple drinks and their cab driver got lost on the way back - I don't think this particular hotel is very well known. Anyway, about $30 US and two hours later they made it in. Certainly no night life unless you go in to Krabi town or Ao Nang Beach. And that's too far.
The hotel was nice enough to pack us a lunch and book a speed boat to take us out snorkeling. All in all, I think that - for us atleast - the location was a problem. Someone told me that there was a great beach not too far away but I didn't find it.
Great stay and great staff
Just had a week at Krabi Sands Resort and although the weather was terrible, the staff and the setting of the hotel more than made up for that. Every visit to the restaurant we took, (and it was many) was greeted with a genuine Smile and Sawasdee and nothing was to much trouble, i go to Thailand many times during the course of the year and have stayed all over the country, but to date nothing has compared to the Krabi Sands Resort for friendliness, even my Thai Fiance was very impressed. Once All the building work which is going on a few hundreds yards up the road is finished, this will become one a must place to visit, i know io will be recomending this Resort to all my friends and will definately be having my honeymoon there.
Thanks to all the staff.
Good facilty, good value
Krabi Sands is new and well maintained. My family of 4 (with adult daughters) stayed there for 4 nights. Great pool area and overall a very nice facility. Location is well away from touristy areas. If you like to be in the middle of the action don't stay here! However, it is easy to arrange a taxi one way or for the day and the rates are quite moderate.
Krabi Sands arranged airport pick up and return as well as most of our activities (long tail boat, speed boat to Phi Phi Island with snorkeling, cooking school, etc). All were great. Service from Jos, the Thai manager, was great.
Restaurant is across the street on the beach side (overlooking beach). Very good food and terrific location. However, we ate dinner there two nights and were disappointed that the children of the owner were riding "tricycles" noisily around in the restaurant both nights. We found this fairly disruptive.
The owner made no effort to introduce himself even though there were few guests and we crossed paths more than once. Seemed odd in a small establishment like this where typically personal attention and service is a hallmark to differentiate from larger chains (like the Sheraton just up the road).
Overall I recommend Krabi Sands and felt we received good value during our stay.
Small resort with charm and service personified
We spent three nights at the Krabi Sands in February of 2004. It was a brand new resort then and absolutely stunning. It was small, intimate, and the service by the owners and wait staff was incredible. This resort does not advertise with major booking services. Check them out at ----. Don't come here for the beach - there isn't any to speak of. Come for the beautiful rooms, terrific pool area, great service, and LOW prices. Don't let that fool you. You get more than your money's worth here. They will be happy to book any tours and arrange any transportation you need. Wonderful massages in a sala by the pool can also be arranged. It is new and fresh and not damaged at all by the tsunami. Prices range from $45 to $90 (includes full American breakfast) depending on season. Check out the website, and believe me it is better than it looks on the web (and it looks pretty darn good on the web!) The owner is a transplant from England married to a charming Thai lady. Believe me, if you are not into mega resorts, this is THE place to stay. Food is terrific in the restaurant, incidentally. Feel free to contact me. This place is a real sleeper! Try it while the prices are low.