Yes an annoying "Has anyone stayed at..." question, I'm afraid!
Has anyone either stayed at, or dropped in for lunch, or had a look as your tour boat passed
- there is supposed to be good snorkeling nearby?
I have trawled the net and have only found three reviews in English for this place which seems odd
as it is supposed to have been open since 2005. It is on the last beach Ao Karang -past the flashy
Paradee Resort & Spa. I walked to Karang from Sametville in 2004 and at that time it was a
pretty scruffy local beach (trash everywhere etc). I remember wondering when the inevitable
resort would spring up.
Well, irony aside, I now find myself thinking about staying there! The place booked directly seems
a bit pricey, but At Siam has rates from 1,600 for what seems to be a good quality hut (compared to
the 1,100 for an over-priced fan room at Sametville.
Two of us are going for a four night stopover en route to Europe and we will be landing in Bangkok at
04:30 so know that we won't be in the mood for seeing what's available when we get there.
I liked Sametville, but the boyfriend didn't and it has had some really bad reviews since
I last stayed there in '06.....
Edited by: Rebeccajapan
I thought I'd take the time to reply because I went there during April, 2009. Here's the thing - the resort is nice - very large rooms, nice views of the ocean, lovely and clean, good enough food (I live in Thailand so I'm pretty picky!), great staff. HOWEVER...the beach is almost non-existent - it is a very rocky small beach and the hotel has a pool that would be great if it were in your parents backyard in 1975! I was there with my girlfriend and 5 kids between us - they loved it because it was rocky - it made for some great climbing and scrambling that any 6 year old could do. My son still talks about climbing the rocks and wants to go back.
We also organized a day trip to the smaller islands around Koh Samet for snorkelling, seeing the turtle sanctuary, etc but any resort could organize that for you. The resort is also isolated - you need to take a songtao to anyplace else - you can't walk to another beach or resort.
Bottom line: if you want to walk along the beach holding hands or relaxing poolside, you'll be disappointed.
#2 brendap has been a member since 25/9/2009. Posts: 2