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“Fantastic stay with fantastic staff”
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Banana Garden Home
Ranked #22 of 215 Speciality Lodging in Ko Lanta
Rome
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic stay with fantastic staff”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

I spent a week here for my brother's wedding and would recommend it to anyone visiting Kho Lanta, a fantastic Island. The staff here were fantastic from day one to our final departure. They were friendly helpful and above all really great fun for the whole of our stay no matter how many stupid things our group did (loosing keys/changing bookings lengthening stay etc.) It is true that all the Thai people I have so far been lucky enough to meet and been kind, friendly and helpful, but the staff here went beyond this in so many ways, and really made the week we stayed very memorable. There is no doubt I will return after what was a memorable week.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Warwickshire
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

This little resort was amazing there are only 20 huts which are basic but very clean and fantastic value for money, you had breakfast on your balcony every morning which was brought to you by the lovely staff who were so friendly, Irene was brilliant, she arranged our elephant trekking trip and kayaking in the mangroves with transport to and fro. The restaurant was great and Laura was also really nice. If you have children I'd recommend you staying here as the staff are so nice and friendly. We also frequented the Indian bar next door where you could sit on the deck chairs all day in the sunshine, you were never made to feel that you had to move on they were happy for you to stay as long as you wanted, Pas who ran the bar does a good fire show every night at around 10 pm.
We will most defiantly come back.
John and Jo

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Pros:
- Great central location on a really nice beach.  Plenty of places to eat and drink within a short walk along the beach.  Indian bar next door might be our favorite beach bar ever.
- Very nice staff, often exceedingly friendly, though it does seem to help if you're a Swedish family with little kids.
- The lady who manages the place is wonderful.

Cons
- Bungalows are a bit stale and bathrooms a bit funkified, though AC works well. You may find some critters in your bathroom at night as it's open to the outside where the ventilation fan is. Not the most comfortable beds.
- Occasionally there was a bit of a sewage smell permeating the area, which all things considered, we could have done without.  Never made it into our room though.
- Internet is ok at times, but mostly spotty.

Overall you will not be disappointed in the location.  If you have little ones, they will have a great time.  Just don't expect comfy rooms.  Bungalows are very very basic and almost like camping.  This place might consider adding some spruced up bungalows to choose from even at a bit higher price, then they'd have it all. 

Most importantly be sure to check out Indian Bar and say hi to Pas!

Room Tip: All seemed similar what we could tell.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

My husband and I stayed here for two nights during our vacation in Thailand, and I wish we could have stayed longer. Oil, the hotel receptionist/manager/wonderwoman, is amazing. She was so welcoming and friendly. Like one commenter mentioned, all the people at Banana Garden are so friendly, and they seem like they genuinely enjoy their work and each other's company. The bungalows are very basic, yet clean and comfortable. And best of all, they are on the BEACH! My husband and I enjoyed massages at the place right next to the hotel. Definitely check out trip advisor reviews for restaurants. We enjoyed Kwan's Cookery and Randa. When we asked Oil about renting a scooter for the day, she graciously offered her own scooter for us to borrow. What more could you ask for? We spent the whole day exploring the island on our own, and we couldn't have had a better time. Thank you so much, everyone at Banana Garden Home, for the wonderful experience.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 7 November 2013 via mobile

We extended our stay there as the place was just outstanding, especially regarding the overall price.
I won't repeat the same things people have already said about the location and the bungalows.
I'll just focus on the incredible work the two receptionists, Oil and Winnie, are doing there. Not only they were really professional (lots of tips) and help us to find transport tickets at the best price, but they showed genuine kindness. We spent some nice time just talking with them. They seem to enjoy their job and their passion was catching.

Besides, the beach is one of Lanta's best spot and the restaurant provides excellent Pad Thai. Finally, I also recommend the massage saloon just next to Banana - close your eyes, let yourself soothed by the sound of the waves...
I can't see how one could be disappointed.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bludenz
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2013

My wife and i stayed at the Banana Garden Home in Sept. the beachfront restaurant was being renovated so closed but no problem. The bungalows really are situated in a beautiful flowering garden ( along with huge butterflies ! ). The bungalows are fantastic and the service is great, daily cleaning, fresh towels and bottled water. The Banana Garden team are very friendly and they really looked after us, really nice people who made us feel like part of the family. After five days we were really sad to go !.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Me and my friend arrived for the first time on exotic Koh Lanta and were welcomed by the Banana Garden driver. Soon we reached the lodges that had a slightly jungle look with all the beautiful banana plants around; I immediately loved it! At night you can hear the sounds from the birds and animals through the walls; loved that, too!
The lodges are basic but cozy and clean.
The hostess Annie is an extremely sweet woman that gave advice and helped us out whenever she could. I actually had an upset stomach and she had the cook prepare me a special rice dish with the water of the rice to calm my belly. Very helpful indeed!
She made arrangements as well when we wanted to go back by speedboat and she got us the best deal in town.
The restaurant has Thai as well as Western food and is right on the beach. At night there are lightshows on the beach and cool beach bars where you sit in sandpits covered with cushions.
Great place overall!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Banana Garden Home
Address: 20/2 Moo 3 Tambon Saladan | Klong Dao, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
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Ranked #22 of 215 Speciality Lodging in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Banana Garden Home is positioned just two kilometers from Ban Saladan business and tourist center. The resort is set on the beach front at the middle of the legendary Klong Dao Beach set in a beautiful lush garden. Klong Dao Beach is the most popular beach on Lanta Island. Banana Garden Home offers 20 rooms all with balcony, air conditioning, refrigerators and hot showers. The resort design is simple but comfortable and matching with the surrounding environment. ROOM FACILITIES: Air conditioning, hot shower, refrigerator, cable TV and in-room wireless internet (wifi) also coming soon. OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE: tour excursion, ticket and booking service center, Thai massage, Internet & overseas call services, beach bar and restaurant serving classical Thai & European foods on the beach with the most beautiful sunset everyday. ... more   less 
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