We had the unfortunate experience of being involved with this poor accommodation and unscrupulous and dishonest owners. We've been traveling for 5 months and were looking forward to a self catering apartment in Koh Samui's fisherman's village. We found a place on the internet, Bophut apartments above Mosquito Bar, booked them for a week for GBP135. The place is owned by an English man and his Thai wife, I'll leave names out of it.
Our experience from the get go was awful - he arranged to pick us up from the airport and was almost 40 mins late. We showed up and the room was substandard for what we were told and saw on the internet. To top it off it was noisy above the bar and there was no wireless internet - he claimed we could steal the signal from his neighbors establishments, but we couldnt get any open networks - the ad said it was quiet and free WIFI Included.
We checked out the next day after one night and were presented a bill for 2800 BHT - an outrageous amount for the accommodation (our agreed figure for the room was about 900 BHT a night). He had charged us for 2 nights plus plus ... after much heated debate, was decided the next morning we were willing to pay the full amount to get him out of our hair, he refused - long story short the next day the police had to be involved because they refused to give us passports back and were saying that we now owed him 6700 BHT for his alleged lawyer's fees, IT guy to 'prove' you could get wireless internet, a 1200 BHT taxi to transport our passports to his house (he claimed he thought we would have broken into the bar to retrieve them), plus plus.
We spent 2 hours in the police station in front of a cop who took phone calls, barely listened and was basically tipped off ahead of us arriving and spent most of the time listening to the owner’s Thai wife ramble on. To cap it off it seemed the Thai wife and the police had an arrangement because by law an private individual cannot hold onto someone’s passport- they must return it or give it to the police. Our policeman didn’t want to know. Big surprise.
In order to end this, we ended up paying 5500 BHT for staying one night in his substandard apartment and the privilege of retrieving our passports - DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!
PS the same owners as the Baan Tropicana on the island - equally as unappealing
- Also Known As:
- Mosquito Bar Aartments Ko Samui/Bophut