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“Great value and relaxation”
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Pine Bungalow
Ranked #31 of 108 Hotels in Ao Nang
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Seattle, Washington
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“Great value and relaxation”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

If you come to Krabi to party, this is the wrong hotel. This hotel is all about relaxation. You have a private strip of beach and lots of empty hammocks. The rooms are simple without hot water. The hotel restaurant is very good and reasonably priced. Walking into the local village is 20 minutes with some good restaurants, massage parlors, money exchange ( only one and closed on Sundays), ATM's and 7-11 plus lots of fancy hotels. Hotel is clean. Staff is very friendly. They do not accept credit cards or foreign currency. You pay cash when you leave. The hotel "taxi" is a pick up truck. No televisions, but free wifi in "lobby". Would go back in a heart beat.

Room Tip: closest restaurant is Patala - most menu items are 50 baht
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed six days over a New Year and had lovely time here. The bungalow was located on the beach and it was AC free which we prefered. The space was abundant although the interior showed marks of time. The beds were on the harder side but we liked them and slept like babies 10 hours a day. The pilows we did not like but were exchanged without a problem.
The food is provided in the dining area. It is delicious and priced b. 2 and 3 Eur we found the pricing reasonable for what we got. The shakes are formidable! Twice we walked along the beach to the local market in the village Khlong Muang nearby /Fridays and Mondays afternoon only/ where we bought fruit and some local sweets which our kids adored.
The beach is yellow sand w. shells. Very pleasant and lots of shade if wanted. The water is warm :), tiding is quite significant so expect that part of the day one can not swim. We did use the cannoo provided by the resort once and had extended walks along the solitary beach. The resort organises day trips to nearby islands with its own boat. We also made some trips w. Green Planet agency located in Ao Nang which were cheap and good.
A great place w. only minor flaws. The service has room for improvement, no doubt. Personnel is kind, hard working if a bit remote and cold. The sport facilities have potential but need serious renovation. Pieces of Glass on the beach are a concern even if deposited from the sea.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Shah Alam
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Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

The room is clean, the beach is 7 seconds from your bed. It's wonderful. IF I am to nitpick... then yes, the bed a bit hard, the water pressure wasn't all that and it's a dark scary drive back from ao nang at night. But with the beach, the nice rooms, the fantastic Tanu team who would arrange everything from island hopping to visits to arranging any transportation u need... the cons are trade off I would gladly face again.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2013

Although the hotel is advertised as Ao Nang, it is a half an hour taxi from the main Ao Nang area. There isn't really anything there at Pine Bungalows, so it feels like you are confined to the hotel for all meals, which were fine but nothing more impressive than that. I think we would have enjoyed the stay more had the weather been better, but unfortunately it rained the entire time we were there, with little else to do. Most of the other guests sat in the dining area all day, each playing on a different phone, tablet or laptop which seemed very strange to us and produced a very strange atmosphere. The table tennis table did offer us an hour of fun at least.

We booked for 4 nights and only stayed for 1, moving on in search of more atmosphere and things to see and do. However, the beach is very beautiful and if you were in one of the bungalows overlooking the sea, I'm sure you could spend many an hour just looking out. We were perhaps unfortunate with our trip and this may be exactly what someone else is looking for, but unfortunately this hotel was not for us.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Myanmar
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Excellent: location, food, service, staff, and whatever else I've forgotten.

Having staid here last December, I knew I wanted to return. Had such a good impression and experience then, it seemed obvious to return. Coming in July, in the throws of rainy season - half the bungalows are under construction, running on a skeleton crew .... This is still an ideal place to stay.

The first hour of Ao Nang was more than any of us could tolerate; simply not our speed.
When I called Pine Bungalows to ask about availability, I was forewarned about rain & room construction & cautioned that maybe it was not ideal because it is so quiet (no night life).
We (3 of us) appreciated the forthcomingness of that. We came anyway.
Excellent decision!

The few staff were very gracious and helpful. They prepared wonderful food based on a limited menu (slow season & we being their only patrons).

This was a fine place to stay in December ... And a great place in July!

If are looking for a quiet and not yet spoiled stretch of beach, this is a wonderful choice. I'd say ideal choice.

If you need trinket shopping, hawkers of every kind, 5-star hotels, night life, steady sounds of traffic, a new tattoo, or senseless consumerism, then this may not be the place for you.

Room Tip: The address for the place can be a little deceiving - it is not "in" the town of Krabi; it...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Kitchener, Canada
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Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

Pine bungalow

Cozy bungalows, great location. Not on the main beach but you can rent scooters from the hotel, they are very laid back and aren't a motorbike place that will try to scam u. Unlike koh Tao or phanagan this place is actually safe to drive a scooter, real roads. Food is a tad pricey but very good. Not much option unless u go to the main beach but even there unless ur eatin at a stall its all pricey.

Rooms are clean and affordable. Nice to be a bit secluded from the main beach - too busy and too many boats. You can stroll this beach and the neighbouring one, and just go to town when you want :)

I'd recommend!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

ok its not crazy expensive like you would expect in the western world but after 1 week here we spent around £400.
i know, i know, its only £400 for 1 weeks accommodation, food and drink and a private beach but that is more expensive than else where.
the room was basic and we had an ant colony in the bathroom.
the beach is nice, good sand and water although when the tide goes out in the evening it changes completely.
the food was good, although service was unfriendly and confusing at times.
and finally because you dont pay for anything until the end, you can rack up quite a bill.
im sure they love doing this, you are on holiday, sure one more beer, one more ice cream, add it to the bill...
one more thing, it did feel very much like we were intruding when we first got there. many people stay there for weeks on end, so it felt like 'who are these people intruding on my holiday?'. staff did nothing to expel this feeling as they were quite cold also.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pine Bungalow
Address: 99 Moo 2, Nongtalay | Muang, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Ao Nang
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Ao Nang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Pine Bungalow 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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