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“Shambala = A let down!”

Shambala Beach Bungalows
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Shambala Beach Bungalows
Ranked #222 of 317 Hotels in Ko Samui
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews
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“Shambala = A let down!”
Reviewed 30 September 2010

After staying at a luxury resort in Koh Phangan that we loved, me and my friend knew that nothing would compare to it! However we had booked Shambala a few months before, and had been very impressed by the website.
We are 2 young girls travelling the world, so we have a budget, and found this to be a reasonable price for somewhere that looked quite pretty!
Upon arrival Shambala looked shut down. We walked into reception and were greeted by a friendly thai member of staff, we checked in and were shown to our room!
Seeing the bungalows were like nothing we had seen on the internet. From the outside they looked like they needed a new coat of paint and a clean up. We had a balcony terrace with 2 chairs, but both were covered in leaves and dirt.
Inside the bungalow, the floor was covered in sand (which clearly wasn't from us as we had just arrived and our shoes were outside) The bathroom was quite unclean, there were cracked floor tiles, and a chunk missing from the door!
The beds were the most uncomfortable beds we have slept in during our travels. There are mosquito nets above the bed, as i put mine up i found it to be covered in blood.
The whole place was a bit of a let down it looked really run down, and the sea front restaurant looked like it had turned into a rubbish dump!
Its sad that the website portrays it to be a great resort! Very disappointing as given a clean up could make it much better! Also a little overpriced for not great quality!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

We were first very excited to see the reviews of Shambala on Trip Advisor....decent ratings and exceptional value - great! We checked in and the reception staff were great.....the bungalow however was very tired, the bathroom was well.....pretty repulsive - very much in need of a rip out and upgrade. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect is that while it seams good value.....when compared to places 1 GBP cheaper or 1 GBP more expensive nearby....it really is a very poor choice. The immediate surrounding area seams to have become the victim of ultra and over commercialisation to the point that it is seedy and has an undertone of excessive drugs and prostitution. Well yes it's Thailand so it's not that I am naive but just that in all my travel within the country this is one area that lacks any vibe or soul. The bungalows could be updated and that would be great....but the location needs some major investment too. Despite all this - the food was AMAZING - really really good - so don't take me for a grump....when something is good I'll say it's good. Budget yes - but poor value kind of budget! Watch out for the nocturnal activities - won't say any more than that.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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New Zealand
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2010

Staff were amazing and the rooms pleasent! Thought big buddah beach was a nice beach! Grounds needed cleaning up but overall had a great time!!

  • Stayed June 2010
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Hartford
1 review
Reviewed 6 August 2010

Shambala was the least expensive place we stayed at for the whole trip, about $18 US per night. We stayed in Bungalow 11 which was right next to the beach. There was no air conditioning but we had hot water and a ceiling fan. We got a few good night's sleep, the bed wasn't luxurious but it wasn't like concrete either. The shower, like the bed, was adequate.

After, reading the reviews about the food here, we decided to try it for dinner upon arrival and it was so delicious that we ate every meal at Shambala for the rest of our stay. We would just sit at the bamboo hut table and eat by the sea.

We also rented a motor scooter from across the street for about $6US per day. I had never driven a scooter before and it was a great way to get around the island.

The staff was very kind and gave us good directions to a Muay Thai fight at Phetch Buncha Stadium in Chaweng Beach. Front row seats were very cheap and the fights were action packed and authentic.

Bottom line, Shambala is a warm, backpacker friendly place to toss your bags, lay your head and relax. It's a great home base for exploring the island and is well away from the hectic Chaweng area. We stayed in the 4.5 star Chatrium Suites in Bangkok right after this and believe me, we enjoyed Shambala just as much. What it lacks in luxury, it makes up for in atmosphere, charm, and value.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bournemouth
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2010

Set at Big Buddha Beach (a quieter part of koh Samui) with a lovely sandy beach.
Good quality spacious bungalows with private bathroom and balcony.
Set on the beach. We were there in Dec and the beach was virtually empty.
Run by a friendly american couple.
Food is excellent. Plenty of hammocks and pillows to relax on.
Walking distance to the pier where you can get a boat go to koh phangan.
Restaurants & bars nearby, along the main road.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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amsterdam
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Reviewed 31 January 2010

The rooms are basic, romantic terrace seaview, if you are lucky, or bar noise , if you are unlucky. The rooms reflect the price.
Good service from lovely Em and the staff, allways a smile and a joke. It looks like the owners don't like to have contact with their guests, might be good for us??
The food out of this small kittchen is just stunning, try the Duck Rolls, or the Duck with kale. The Pappaya-Salad, mhhhh.
You can do a cooking-course, she knows her stuff.
We had many Mojito's with splendit Seaview and lovely other guests.
Best massage of Thailand!!!
Thanks

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cumbria
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2010

We stayed here initially for one night after flying in from Chiangmai.

We decided to stay and do our Padi Open Water at the on site five centre - 100 degrees east.

Accomodation was included with the course and we had a beach front bungalow. It was a pleasant room with hot water shower. We gad a few visiting lizards during the stay, but it is perfectly normal and they won't harm you!

Food was great, still talk about it now! Especially the milkshakes and the chicken satay.

7/11 across the road along with street vendors selling fruits and pancakes. Petrol station across road do laundry, we had no problems with them.

Make sure you request a room near beach, our first night was in a room backing onto the road and it wad noisey beyond belief.

Will definately stay here again, if you get a chance I recommend the on site dive team too.

  • Stayed January 2010
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Property: Shambala Beach Bungalows
Address: 99 99 Moo 1 Bophut Bay, Koh Samui, 84320 | Big Buddha Beach, Ko Samui, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui
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Ranked #222 of 317 Hotels in Ko Samui
Number of rooms: 311
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Shambala Beach Hotel

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