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Da Kanda Villa Beach Resort
Ranked #16 of 135 Ko Pha Ngan B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 June 2012

This was the worst place I ever stayed. To start off the hotel is in the middle of nowhere and you have to take a $5 cab ride every time you want to go somewhere. My room was gross mainly because of smell. It smelled like mold. The room was okay looking but the cement bathroom is creepy and gross. The shower has no pressure too. After one horrible day there I left and went to another resort. They wouldnt refund any money even though I wouldn't be staying there. The worst part is that it's expensive compared to places that are so much nicer. This is really the first time I have ever been extremely disappointed with a hotel or resort.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

This staff became like a family to my friend and I who had stayed here for 3 days. Reception are very accommodating & knowledgeable.. The resort is walking distance from the shopping district (more like a market district) & the staff were happy to organise transport for those going to the full moon party, some of the staff actually attended with us which was amazing! Would stay here again for sure!

Room Tip: Stayed in the double villa.. Amazing..
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 April 2012 via mobile

The beach cannot play. Landscape view just ok. Very poor in service cannot even ask for another towel, using bad voice to customer. Not recommended !!!!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

We found slugs and cockroaches crawling out of the uncovered drainpipes in the bathroom. It was the dirtiest bathroom we have ever had the misfortune of using. Staff were lazy and unhelpful, there seemed to be no management of the resort. Pool was dirty and we only used it once. Breakfast was horrible, fruit was old and bread was stale. There were issues with the wifi and which made the Internet unusable for most of our stay. 

The positives were that we had a large room (we stayed in a "deluxe" bungalow), didn't have any noise issues and the location was convenient for walking to Thong Sala.

Please note there plenty of much nicer places to stay in Koh Phangan that are close to the beach for a similar price!

Room Tip: Bungalows in middle of the resort seemed to quieter. The most luxury ones are closer to the pool and...
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

I had a standard room for a night. I was dissapointed in the room, especially for the price, as I sat on the bed a cockroach ran out from the bed covers. As I inspected the bed the bed sheet covering the blanket was a bit damp and there was a lonesome cockroach leg on it. I also found another cockroach leg on the mattress sheet. Leaves me to wonder for the rest of the night where the rest of the cockroach is.
Other than this factor.. the hotel is average & staff were helpful.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

We stayed here as a couple in April 2012. We booked this room to stay during the Full Moon Party, as it was one of the few places that does not demand that you stay there for a minimum of 5 nights. We didn't see much of the surrounding area as we were only here for a short period of time.

The room was the worst part. Although not terrible, it had definitely seen better days. The entire room was made from concrete, including the bed, chairs, tables and the entire bathroom(reminiscent of a prison cell). There were insects crawling around the headboard of the bed and because the bed was a permanent fixture we couldn't even move the bed to avoid the bugs. Also the room smelled strangely of Turnips. We were staying in one of the cheaper (but still quite expensive in my opinion) rooms above reception. I think the beach huts looked far more impressive and would recommend booking one of them if you decide to stay here. The staff were very friendly and helpful and assisted in getting us a transfer to the pier and also a taxi to the full moon party for only 100 THB per person.

The pool was small but nice and being right on the beach definitely makes for some impressive holiday photo opportunities, although the sea is extremely shallow. The bar/restaurant was hit and miss, I had a nice club sandwich but my girlfriend was less than impressed with her pizza. Also with the hotel being on the quieter side of the island I can't recommend anywhere else to eat as there was very little nearby.

Overall we liked the resort but the room was a let down.

Room Tip: Splash out and get the beach cottage as the cheaper rooms in the main building have sorely seen bett...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

If you're looking for a nice bungalow hotel, this is it. The whole hotel territory is covered with Wi-Fi, but connection is awful sometimes. There are insects in the rooms, and in bungalows you don't have a ceiling in the bathroom. There is no english-speaking staff from 22:00 to 10:00 o'clock. But except of this the hotel is really nice, the beach is sandy and pleasant, the water is very clear.

Room Tip: wi-fi password is their phone number
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Da Kanda Villa Beach Resort

Address: 19 Moo 1 Ban Tai Beach, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 135 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: £15 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Da Kanda Villa Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Absolute Facing West, the resort offers an amazing sunset on the Gulf of Thailand. Kupu Kupu Phangan is a stylish retreat designed to take the island holiday experience to the next level. It celebrates the healthy attributes of the tropics with a collection of 20 villas and 2 suites designed to unite Thai artistry with modern comforts and conveniences. The resort is a place to be at one with nature in a restful setting by the sea. ... more   less 
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Dakanda Villa Beach Hotel Koh Phangan

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