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Poseidon Bungalows at Khao Lak
13th April, 2006
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Poseidon is a flashpacker/lower midrange place about 5-6km south of the main Khao Lak township built on a headland overlooking a small estuary - across which is a big expanse of beach leading abt 8km to Thap Lamu which is the port for the Similans trips.
All of Poseidon’s old bungalows were at least 10m over the estuary, but the lower ones were cleaned up by the tsunami and replaced by better quality ones on the higher side of the path from restaurant to beach. Note there are a few family type ones sleeping 4 or more - not all that common in the Andaman. The bungalows also extend further towards the ocean beach so that from last bungalow to sand is only about 2 minutes. Poseidon is the only place at this nice beach although 10 minutes walk north gets you to the attractive beach where Merlin and a number of other high end places are located.
The old restaurant was a wonderful place, right down OVER the estuary on piers. It got destroyed (no-one hurt) - the new restaurant is way up top, arguably with an even better outlook north than before.
Prices here are maybe 30-50% higher than many budget restaurants, still very good value by western standards.
Poseidon picked me up at Phuket airport - the 1 hour trip cost 1200baht. My bungalow was one of the cheaper 800baht fan jobs (with bathroom). At first glance it looked a bit spartan, but it was spotless, in good condition, cosy with sufficient room for 2 and their gear but no more, a comfy queen bed and big not too hard pillows, good screens on windows and doors, quiet fan, toilet paper+soap+towels, clothes rack and moderate shelf space, good lights including reading light at bed-head, good water pressure, quiet (no roads nearby, few long tails except one local fisherman who came down the creek at 5am!), nice balcony except mine #17 was one of the few cheapies on the inland side of the path without panoramic views (although there were partial views of the bay). No problems, 100m got me to the restaurant for my viewing time. Which is where I headed as soon as I stored my bag on arrival - the estuary and that looooong beach leading up to the cape past Thap Lamu sure looked nice in the moonlight, particulary after the first-for-the-trip Chang or four.
BTW - Poseidon is a popular place not least because of its overnight Similan snorkelling trips and is heavily booked - one place I would not risk a walk-in. It is Swedish-Thai owned and has a large proportion of Swedish visitors. Staff are friendly and efficient.
#1 Posted: 12/4/2008 - 18:58
25th November, 2008
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we also stayed here just recently (november 2008) and had a very bad experience.
we were shown to one of the 800 baht bungalows and it was pretty gross. we were skeptical from the beginning (everything in our bungalow looked really tired and more than slightly dingy, there were weird cocoons hanging from the corners, the light bulbs didn't work, the mattresses were sitting on box springs right on the floor, etc, etc). we tried to stick it out for one night until they could move us to a concrete bungalow, which in fairness looked totally fine.
after dinner at their restaurant, which was also perfectly fine, we went back to the room and found 2 cockroaches right away in plain sight. one on the edge of the sink in the bathroom - like, where the toothbrushes would go (gross), and one scurried under a bed when disturbed (extra gross).
we packed up and told them we'd be leaving (i can rough it, but where there are 2 roaches there are 2 thousand) and they put up a big fight, demanding that we pay for the night.
all together a pretty bad experience. not recommended.
#2 Posted: 25/11/2008 - 21:15
15th October, 2008
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We stayed here four nights in November 2008 (my husband, myself and 8 yr old daughter). We enjoyed it very much. We had easy correspondence drctly with Olav via email to book, and explained that we wanted a fan-cooled bungalow with a private bathroom and two beds. We booked two months before we arrived.
We arrived in the pitch dark night and were greeted in a friendly but detached manner. We dragged our stuff to our lovely bungalow (#4). What a treat - ! Large, spacious bungalow with a loft (!), comfortable, spotlessly clean beds/linen, lots of soft lighting and a fan directed at each bed. Screens on the enormous windows were in perfect shape and allowed us to open our windows to the ocean and birds. Billowing curtains and sweet sea air... we all felt like we were in a dream.
Our bungalow afforded us privacy and a lovely breeze... It got so deliciously cool at night we needed our blankets.
There was only cold water, but we didn't mind once we got used to cool showers! We had 1 large cockroach skitter out from under the bed but he was the only one and we smushed him and "escorted" him outside.
Our walk to the beach was three minutes, and was lovely - we wended our way through the magical trees and trail to get to the fab beach with marvelous shells and rocks to explore. Thai massage, fruit and drinks are available all along the beach, (as are convenient public squat toilets).
We found the food good, although hilariously inconsistent. The wait staff are very slow, but hey - RELAX. Its Thailand. :-)
There is access to internet in the office, and a lending library if you want to borrow a novel. The new Thai staff member (Fluent in Swedish and English, too!) was helpful, friendly and very pleasant. We arranged a FAB day trip through Poseidon to the Similan Islands through Jack Similan tours.
A great place to stay if you want quality and quiet.
#3 Posted: 30/11/2008 - 11:09
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