Has anyone stayed at this place in one of the fan bungalows as a walk-in customer recently? If so, how much did you pay?
I'm not a great fan of booking in advance but as I'll be heading to Kut in the run up to Christmas I thought I might. They don't seem to have their own website and the booking sites have the fan bungalows for 1,400! Seems a bit pricy for a fan room.
The beach looks lovely but I'm not really wanting to pay so much to book if is cheaper as a walk-in. However, I've been to Kut before and I realise it's quite far from the other beaches if they are full. I stayed at Ngam Kho before but wanted to try another beach...
I didn't stay there but I did inspect it earlier this year, and the beach is lovely -- there is a pic of it about half way down this page. 1,400 baht sounds about right for a fan room there -- they're lumbung style bungalows. As far as I know they have no website (which is the main reason I didn't list it - their seemed to be no way to contact them other than through an agent -- they had no cards, nor brochures when I visited!) - can only be booked through travel agents/websites etc -- and they do take a lot of Thai tour groups.
Ko Kood is a rip off all over isn't it? I haven't seen anything below 1000 baht on the web.
#3 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
@Leonard -- if you take a look at our listings for Ko Kut you'll see there are plenty of places on the island for less than 1,000 baht.
It is generally more expensive than other islands in Thailand, but then the beaches are better too.
Gets bad reviews on tripadv
#5 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
The reviews are about the resort in question.
#7 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Now, now, children. No fighting over Ko Kut!
Somtam: I wondered why you hadn't listed the resort seeing as it was one of your beach recommendations - the lack of a website explains it!
LeonardCohen- The way I use the reviews on Trip Advisor is to see how like me a reviewer seems. This time, none of the reviewers of Ao Noi Resort seem like me but the positive ones are from people who seemed to think it was a bit too "rustic" for them but they treated it as an adventure and had a good time. The very negtive ones are from a woman who shouts about everything being 'discusting' (sic) and appears to have been disturbed by and flipped out over a stained towel, a fly and a dead lizzard! Then there is a man who rants on and on about how the more expensive bungalows are at the back and how it challenges the laws of logic. More like it challenges his sense of entitlement that those with the most money should get the best view. Entertaining to read but not to be taken seriously.
Beach gets described as dangerous. I woudnt think that is a joke.
It would make sense to put better rooms near the beach. That is what other resorts do.
Thats why u pay more half the time.
#9 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
@Tennouji - Yup - that's pretty much why I don't read TripAdvisor reviews
The beach is really gorgeous - even by Ko Kut's standards, it is one of the best in my opinion and immediately brought the Maldives to mind when I arrived (and also oddly, the computer game Myst). There's two wooden piers and the sand is like dust - water, on the day I visited - was uber calm and crystal clear. Here's a few pics - as you can see, it is AWFUL!
That's the good side. The rooms are a mixed bag - like I said above, they're lumbung styled, and it appears the joint has been built in stages over a long period of time with some rooms a long way from the main beach and the restaurant. The place struck me as very group focussed -- meaning you can be lucky (no groups) or very unlucky (lots of groups) and it is quite isolated.
Personally, I'd stay elsewhere and visit it on a day trip -- they had no probs with me hanging around so I doubt they'd kick you off the beach - and I prefer to have places to eat/drink within a reasonable distance.
I usually find ta reviews handy. The negative ones often most accurate. Agoda and booking.com handy also.
Photos r a dead giveaway as well. If they dont show much inside rooms its because they r hiding something and its probably a dump. Good rooms will be shown off.
#11 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
I booked three days through a booking site for 1,400 per night in the end. I can now answer my own question: 1,500 as a walk-in.
We really enjoyed our stay, the resort is quiet and full of flowers and plants and the bungalows were comfy but, yes, it was over-priced (as are a lot of the flashpacker and mid-range places on Kut). The food was so-so. The beach was nice: definitely in my top three on Kut. There were never more than 15 people on the beach including the porno-posing Russian daytrippers.
You can walk there in 10 minutes cutting through Away resort in Klong Chao so you can eat in other places relatively easily.
Still, we were ready to move after 3 days and happy to get a 600 baht hut with warm shower at Mangrove Bungalows.
What were your other top beaches?
Were mozzies a problem near the mangroves?
#13 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148
Ao Tapao was empty apart from the area in front of Ko Kut Cabana. It was very clean; I'm guessing the Shantaa folk clean it as their own beach is very small so their guests would use Tapao. Clear water and foliage without a bungalow in sight for most of it but some work is being done in the southernmost part of the beach.
Ao Jark: stunning!
Mossies weren't a problem at all at Mangrove (and they usually find me very tasty!) Jellyfish larvae stings, however, caused me three days hellish stratching. Only at Ao Klong Hin and Ao Jark, though. We both knew we were being stung, however my partner's body didn't react and only lucky old me had about 300 "spots".
#15 LeonardCohen1 has been a member since 24/7/2012. Posts: 2,148