We stayed here for 14 nights in late July 2010.
Chongfah is located right on Bang Niang Beach, and about 1km from the main road. On the walk to the main (Petchkasem) road, you will come across a number of tailors, hawkers, convenient stores, masseurs and restaurants. Another 2 km or so further south of the main road is the larger Nang Thong beach and its supporting town with more shops, including the newly opened McDonalds.
We stayed in standard room (#2201) having paid 1,500 Baht (A$53) per night by booking several months earlier using an online travel agent – a rate well below the headline room rates advertised on Chongfah’s website. The room was fantastic: large, modern, with very comfortable bed and pillows, wooden floorboards and thermostat-adjustable air-conditioning which allowed us to get just the right temperature for going to sleep at night. The TV was CRT but had a number of cable stations, although a few had poor reception. We could barely hear our neighbours, just the odd footstep from above. The bathroom was well equipped with a lovely rainfall showerhead with excellent water pressure and almost instant hot water. Free wifi was available in our room. We had to venture out of the room to receive mobile phone reception though.
As it is a small resort (I’d approximate about 26 rooms) there were not a huge range of facilities: a beautiful infinity pool at the centre of the resort, next to their ‘Seaborn’ restaurant and just behind the beach where a number of deck chairs are available to relax on. The beach was pretty but beware that the water breaks shallow and heavy and so is not the best for swimming. Complementary mountain bikes were available to use and I noticed the staff bring out a Nintendo Wii for the kids (and themselves!) to play on from time to time. A great buffet breakfast was served each morning which was impressive for the size of the resort with a good range of food that varied each day. Unfortunately there’s no complimentary shuttle service; instead, the resort charges for trips at a rate in excess of the local taxi sitting right at the back of the resort. Be prepared for a lot of walking as the shops of Khao Lak are rather spread out.
Staff and service
Overall the service was very good and the staff appeared to be genuinely helpful. We had an issue with the bill at the end with another hotel patron charging his 2,200 Baht bill to our room and signing it with his own name. This was quickly cleared up when I noticed it but then I could not help but wonder why, when my partner and I arrived, we had been asked to fill in a log book with our signature against the room number.
In sum, this is a beautiful hotel and I highly recommend it, particularly for couples. As it’s a smaller, quieter resort I would not confidently recommend this hotel for families with children as there may not be enough activities to keep them amused.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chongfah Resort is boutique beachfront hotel located on beautiful Bang Niang Beach in Khao Lak. A haven of peace and tranquility, this charming Khao Lak resort is surrounded by nature and features a total of only 30 deluxe rooms and quaint bungalows, including seaview bungalows just a few steps from the enticing crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chongfah Beach Hotel Khao Lak