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Chongfah Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 66 Hotels in Khao Lak
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Sydney, Australia
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“Beautiful, small beach front resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2010

We stayed here for 14 nights in late July 2010.

Location
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.

Room
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.

Facilities
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.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2010

Beautiful Chong Fah- how I miss you! Your sumptuous breakfasts (mmm..curry and rice), your incredible pool and amazing coastline. The daily walks into Bang Niang to check out the markets, or to eat at some incredible restaurants (The Candle, Hill Tribes)...sigh.
So much to do, but yet so laidback. We took the free mountain bikes on a ride to the Chong Fah waterfall and walked along the amazing beach to check out the hermit crabs- so relaxing.
This place is my ideal small resort, you never once feel like you are being viewed as a walking ATM, there is no half baked service with a forced smile- everything is doing with genuine thought and care. Now, if only I could get back there for happy hour tonight...
Thank you to everyone at Chong Fah Resort- you made our holiday :)

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2010

Chong Fah has been a resort that I have planned on visiting for a couple of years and we finally made it there at the start of the month. Khao Lak is a very quiet area an hour drive north from Phuket Airport and it's welcome break from the usual party attmosphere in Patong. The resort is situated directly beachfront and within walking distance of numerous restaurants and small bars. Many of these are shut during the low season however we were never at a loss as to finding somewhere different to eat.
The transfer from airport to resort was by local taxi at the airport and cost 2000Baht for 4 persons. Transfer took just over an hour.
On arrival our check-in was completed with a cool welcome drink of fruit punch and we were all presented with a garland of orchids and jasmine flowers. The resort is small and is built around the pool which looks out onto the beach. At this time of year the south west monsoon makes the seas very rough on the west coast of the Thai penninsular and not really suitable for swimming. A walk along the miles of deserted golden sand is however highly recommended.
The rooms are very spacious and have all the usual facilities. This includes free wireless Internet connection (something the larger resorts should include). Our room was of the Deluxe type and did not have a bathtub. The rain shower was however one of the most powerfull I have ever experienced. Higher standard rooms do have baths and jaccuzi but I believe them to be outdoor. Not ideal in the monsoon season with the frequent rain showers. Towels for the beach and pool are in your room and there are enough sun loungers for all guests located around the pool and along the beach front.
The resaurant was excellent and only slightly more expensive than other local places in the vicinity. Breakfast was very good. Eggs cooked to order and although it was buffet style they only put out small dishes of the food on offer and replenished them on a regular basis so that the choices were always fresh and hot. Both western and asian food was available and this included small sampler portions of some classic Thai dishes. On a Thursday evening they have a buffet dinner which I would certainly recommend. Price is 499Baht per person and the choices are superb. It included a variety of asian style cooking and although buffet many of the dishes were swiftly cooked to order. There is also a singing guitar player who will come to your table and serenade you while you eat. A very nice night. Prices for drinks are reasonable with local beer costing 90Baht and a small glass of house wine at 160Baht.
There are a few other hotels / resorts along the beach but only one beach bar / restaurant also called Chong Far. It is 2 minutes walk along the beach to the left of the resort and also has a couple of local massage ladies who charge 300Baht / hour for Oil Massage. It was very relaxing. The weather was suprisingly good while we were there and we only had one day of fairly continuous rain. It can be rather wet at this time of year. Altogether we loved our stay at Chong Fah and would recommend it highly as a quiet and peacefull resort with very friendly staff. None of them ever walk by without saying hello.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Aussie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2010

Check was efficient and friendly. Rooms were beautifully set up with little personal touches. The resort was immaculately maintained and very relaxing. Staff were extremely friendly and willing to cater for our every need. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Cocktail hour was a 'treat' each night as we looked at the beautiful beach view. We have nothing negative to say about our stay here and would recommend it to anyone looking for a small boutique resort in a lovely quiet location.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Christchurch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2010

What a wee gem this resort is. A small boutique style resort with all the class of a larger resort. The service was fantastic, from the concierge services to the cleaning staff who timed the cleaning of your room perfectly..every time! A good location to sightsee and staff always helpful in choosing trips. We will be returning again!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2010

This review is well overdue, (and I apologise to the Chong Fah, as it does not in any way reflect how we felt about your hotel); it was nearly a year ago that we stayed here! We had chosen the Chong Fah Beach Resort based on the opinions of other Tripadvisor members. We stayed here twice; the first time for 5 nights at the beginning of our trip and for another 2 nights at the end. The first time we were in a garden bungalow and the 2nd in a deluxe room. The quality and attention to detail is second to none, with every need catered for with a smile and a genuine friendliness. There were renovations going on in the reception area and the dining room was being used for staff training on our first visit. This meant that breakfast, ordered the night before, was delivered on trays to our bungalow terrace and that there was only room service available for any other food required. Consequently we ate out of an evening. Plenty of options nearby, some closed though, as Khao Lak was very quiet last June. On our second visit, the dining room was open again and the renovations completed. The quality of the breakfast buffet was very high. Lots of fresh choices and lots of refills!! Attentive, helpful staff at all times in every area of the hotel. This place is an absolute gem; we loved it and will forever compare all other establishments to the Chong Fah's high standards! We will be returning to the Khao Lak area again in July this year, and although we feel we should try somewhere else..........I just can't see that happening!! Why risk disappointment when you don't have to?

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank messiah10
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Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2010

This resort is really a great place to stay. We are going to Khaolak every year and this is really the best place we stayed at.
The resort is rather small which really gives a cosy & warm atmosfeer.
The location is ideal: eventhough you are isolated from the noise & animation, everything is located walking distance (Local market, supermarket, beach restaurants, restaurants and bars).
The 'seaview' pool is just wonderful: you can stay hours just watching the sea (and the sunset).
There are lounge sofa's on the beach, which are very nice to enjoy at the end of the day, with a cocktail (very good), watching the sunset. (There's Happy hour for all cocktails - 'Buy 1 get 1 free' which is great as well).
The breakfast buffet is just gorgeous. Never had such a good one before.
Prices in the resort are very reasonable compared to other resorts (maybe also because we were 'Low season' ?), for drinks & food (lunch & diner).
We booked a Deluxe room & it was perfect for us. We have seen the Beachfront bungalows, except the jacuzzi & the outside rain shower it looks similar. Of course you have the view, while even from our room, the view was very nice.
We can only recommned this place & we are for sure going to comeback.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chongfah Beach Resort
Address: 54/1 Moo 5 Khukkhak | Takuapa, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Khao Lak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Khao Lak
#1 Luxury Hotel in Khao Lak
#1 Romantic Hotel in Khao Lak
#13 Family Hotel in Khao Lak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Chongfah Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 30
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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