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Shambhala Bungalow Village
Certificate of Excellence
Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand
1 review
“best place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2014

The best bungalow place i have stayed in Thailand. This is my sixt time here, and i have not encountered a friendlier staff, that says alot in Thailand. Very charming, very clean, they have used alot of raw materials in a very stileful way. It is 5 min. from thongsala town. Nice clean beach, and very good restaurant.
I checked out alot of places before setteling on this one.
if you should come to koh panghang you will not regret coming to this place.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Germersheim, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014 via mobile

Lovely place to stay not even for sunset. Nice spot on the island, bit north of ThongSala - my fav. place to relax on the beach, surf, sail or hang around. Not easy to get one of the three beachfront huts without reservation. The gardenhuts are also very nice - same same but different, every hug has his special flaire - and all of the has amazing seaview. the new appartements on the entrance are very spacy and have a/c, tv and nice veranda with seaview.

@john: Thanks for the best CubaLibre on the Island :)

hope to see u next year again

Chris

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

I stayed here with 3 other friends, and we rented the family bungalow at the top, of which had a double bunk-bed. Except the rain, and the fact that we only had 1 night here, it was a perfect night!

The bungalow was clean, spacious, decorated well, a great balcony/communal area with a hammock and candles and cushions, fantastic view.

The restaurant on the beach, and the beach itself, was also very lovely. Very secluded; which we wanted!

These bungalows do not come Koh Phangan cheap however (by this I mean, they are very cheap by European/American standards per person, but you will definitely find something cheaper on Phangan, if you want it). Our 4 person family bungalow set us back 1,300baht = $43.

Also, the bungalows are not on the busy Hadd Rin Beach (Full Moon Party), and are quite further north on the island. It is very quiet, which we wanted, however you can rent a scooter for 200baht per 24hours and drive to the nearest village, only 5mins away.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

A little piece of heaven!

I've been traveling alot all over the world and I must say Shambala is my favorite place ever. I've been there a few different times of the year and I always long to come back! The beach and the garden is almost like a fairy tail.

It's private, nature style, but still very close to explore the island in minutes by bike, taxi or by foot. Close to charming Thong Sala. Still, sometimes it feels like we're the only people on earth at Shambala, the beach is so quiet and adorable.

The rooms are beautiful, clean and very well designed, all bamboo stile which I love. No artificial aircon, just natural sea breeze, good fans and soft lightening, hammocks and cushions. The family who owns and run it is so welcoming, they often makes that little extra effort to make us happy. Don't expect 24h roomservice though! it's still a small-bamboo-nature-resort with just a few rooms right on the beach, but with a better comfort than most places!

Amazing food! (Must recommend the Thai style Egg plant! And the Pha Nang is the best I had in Thailand! Mmmm! :) Delicious fruit shakes and good coffee! My favorite is also the beautiful little library corner with cushions for reading and the garden with fruit, veggies and herbs they serve in the restaurant.

Shambala - you will always be in my heart!

Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Canberra
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

We booked into Shambhala on recommendation from a friend and we booked 4 nights in between 'moon parties', as we weren't interested in the party side of the island.

We stayed in a beachside bungalow literally 10 metres from the water front, a cute little beach, not used by anyone else.

Anita, the very friendly manager, showed us around our bungalow which was simple, but clean and nicely decorated. Hot water, a big king size bed and comfy hammock out front were the features. Double windows open the room up to the beach and fresh air.

Make sure you come here not expecting hotel service. You should be happy to sweep your balcony, make your bed and empty your rubbish. It's not a big deal! Treat the little bungalow as your little house and enjoy the location, the serenity and the beach.

A few things to note:

- the water, whilst beautiful, can sometimes have little jellyfish which are harmless.
- there are a number of dogs in the area. Not a problem if you're happy with them, but they can sometimes get themselves worked up.
- the food at the restaurant is excellent and well priced. It may not be open everyday, but we were told about the one day it wasn't open ahead of time.
- there is also a nice restaurant in the next-door resort which is a good but expensive alternative.
- We walked to Thongsala, the capital, and also the other direction to a little beach town. Easy enough to grab a taxi along the road as well.
- Make sure you pack mosquito spray for the evenings and eye mask if morning sun bothers you!
- there are kayaks, sailboards and other beach equipment that can be borrowed/hired.

Overall a great visit with friendly staff and amazing location and sunsets!

Thanks Shambhala!

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

boungalow, relax, fun, comfort.
I found this place by accident and it was the best stay of the trip. A little secret paradise that offers what you need.
Friendly and friendly, boungalow beautiful, clean and comfortable, overlooking the sea ... All at the island quieter and still not far from the most vibrant areas.
It 's definitely a place to stay even more than a few days.
Do not miss it.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Honestly the place is really nice, bungalows in a good shape, well located on the beach. But, honestly, we paid 30$ for a really standard and basic bungalow. More a "budget" style bungalow. The bungalows are built really close to each other, so if your neighbour doesn't care about the others (it was our case) you can't sleep that much... But I presume that like everything else in the world, you have to pay for the spot...

The bungalow was clean, the bed matress in good shape. The balcony with hammock and cushion is a nice place to chill and read a book with your seaview!

They rent good scooter in good shape for 200 bath a day.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Shambhala Bungalow Village

Property: Shambhala Bungalow Village
Address: 69 / 10 Moo 4 Nai Wok, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 352 Speciality Lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Shambhala Bungalow Village is a small resort located on the west coast of Koh Phangan, Thailand. The beach is one of the nicest on the island, a very quiet and relaxing place to be. The sunsets over the famous Anthong National Marine Park are spectacular. The port town of Thong Sala is only a 5 minute motorcycle ride away with all its charms. The Bungalows are brand new, in local natural materials, all have a clean bathroom and a big terrace equipped with the necessary hammocks. A beach restaurant, water sport rentals and free wifi available. ... more   less 

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