A good family vacation spot
We know what you’re thinking.
There’s a Holiday Inn a couple of miles from where you live, out on the highway. You never stay there, so why would you stay here? Well, because this one really is quite attractive. There’s a couple of great pools, the staff are attentive, and it’s got all the facilities and activities you need for a family holiday: kayaks and snorkelling gear, a dive centre, a gym, tennis court, game room, and a video theatre with a DVD library. Rooms are very decent; clean, colourful and well-stocked with amenities. They may be a tad reminiscent of the ones out on the highway, but you’re on Ko Phi Phi in Thailand, where there are no roads, and Laem Thong has a great beach. All the bungalows come with a king-sized and single bed, though you pay more if you bring along a guest to sleep in the extra bed. Of course you have your choice of bars and restaurants, and more are available along the beach. A second stage has been added to the south of the original hotel with even smarter rooms and the second pool. The studio-style rooms in this wing are aimed more at couples, so you’ll want to book one of these if you prefer more peace and seclusion. Things get a bit hectic around the reception and main restaurant areas when groups are arriving or departing.
Address: Moo 8, Laem Thong
T: (075) 627 300; F: (075) 627 397
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º45'48.96" E, 7º46'33.96" N
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Room rates: 4,000B to 8,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe bungalow||3,500 baht||6,100 baht|
|Deluxe double room||4,020 baht||6,660 baht|
|Beachfront bungalow||5,600 baht||8,500 baht|
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.