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Baan Panburi Village At Yai Beach
Ranked #58 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Perfect Place to Chill”
Reviewed 12 October 2009

We'd already spent 11 days on Koh Phangan in Ban Kai and wanted to move up to the north of the island for a few days to chill and Baan Panburi was the perfect place.

Be warned it is a journey and a half to get here (we were being picked up at the pier and they were over an hour late picking us up) and then it is a 45 minute journey up dirt tracks to the resort, but once you get there you will not want to leave.

We had a beach front bungalow directly on the beach with our own hammock for chilling. The rooms are small but you won't spend much time in them.

Breakfast isn't included but there are some decent restaurants along the beach and all reasonably priced.

For 5 days we literally didn't venture further than the 1 metres it took us to get on the beach and then a short stroll to a restaurant. For relaxing and chilling I can't recommend Baan Panburi enough.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2009

Stayed for 3 nights in September in the Ocean Hut at the Baan Panburi Village.

After a long bumpy ride in the back of a pick-up truck we arrived at the hotel located right on the beach at the far end of Thong Nai Pan Noi. Paid 2200 THB per night for our Ocean Hut. The name says it all. This is exactly what I picture an "ocean hut" to be like. It's rustic but what it lacks in amenities and luxuries it makes up for in boatloads of charm. This humble little abode was one of the most romantic rooms I have ever stayed in. A mood much enhanced in the evenings when lighting a few candles and some incense brought out the coziness and warmth of this little cabin on the beach. The hut literally has 2 palm trees growing out of it! One by the bed and the other in the bathroom. The whole hut will literally rock back and forth in the middle of the night because of these palm trees when the breeze coming off the ocean is at it's strongest. This may deter some folks but I
found this to be part of the charm as I cozied with my gf in bed under the mosquito netting.

Of course, there is nothing like waking up to the sound of the ocean and you've got the beautiful white sand beach right at your doorstep. I'd naturally stir awake at 6AM each morning and with the gf still deep in slumber I'd step out to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee. Now this is what I call beach life!

Surprisingly, the tv in the room had some great channels. Channels such as Discovery and History, which were not available in all the other higher-end hotels during our trip to Thailand. I understand a satellite tv with 50 channels sort of defeats the purpose of a rustic beach hut but it was still nice to have when lounging about before or after an evening out. The air con and ceiling fan also worked well keeping the hut cool and circulated.

The bathroom was pleasant but a little more pressure from the shower head would have been nice and we had major mosquito problems in there. Mosquito coils helped but would make the place smoky and apparently didn't do much against the rather large cockroaches we found skirting about on our last night. I don't want to scare anyone off but one of them managed to get into my gf's make-up pouch unbeknownst to her and
jumped out when she opened the pouch back on Koh Samui at the Banana Fan Sea Resort. I heard a scream from the bathroom and rushed to the door to find gf in shock. I had to man-up and use one of the umbrellas provided in the room to dispose of the critter. I gotta tell you I absolutely hate roaches. They freak me out!

Anyway, moving on, the hotel beach-side restaurants (Star Hut?? and Beach Club) were both good and reasonably priced. Good value American breakfasts at the Star Hut. The service was minimal and staff at both reception and restaurants were not the most enthusiastic bunch but to be fair this is a small island community and I didn't really expect much from a budget resort on a secluded part of the island. Baan Panburi's location is great as the main village with 2 convenience stores are a stones throw away. Oh, and make sure you go to Tanaporn?? for a massage in the village. Forget those beach massages, this is an absolute must when visiting Thong Nai Pan Noi. The massage artists are professionally trained and know what they're doing.

However, despite all the positives, there was one big negative that could not be ignored. During the day a stench of what I can only describe as sewage waste would waft up from the small creek behind the hut when on the front porch. It was also quite unsightly to look opposite side the beach towards the rear of the hut when on the porch. So much so that I decided to move deck chairs to the beach out front of the hut to get away from the occasional stench. This actually worked out quite nice in the mornings or early evenings when the sun had died down but offered no shade during mid-day. I'd have to say our next door neighbor staying in an Ocean Wing Room had the best location on the property. Another quibble was the beach soccer game held each evening at 5pm by the local kids right outside our hut that was a distraction when trying to read a few chapters of "Zen and relaxation techniques."

All in all, the Ocean Hut itself is fantastic but Baan Panburi would have to do something about the occasional stench coming from the rear of the resort and plant alot of vegetation to block the view from the deck for me to give this place a 10.

We had the pleasure of checking out the high-end Santhiya Resort over at the other end of the beach past some rocks and the resort was in-a-word spectacular. However, for the reasonable price, it's simple charm and cozy initimacy, this little love shack by the ocean was enough to bring us back to Baan Panburi Village.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

This place really was a surprise. My girlfriend chose it and I really didn't know what to expect. They picked us up from the pier and drove us there. After checking in they walked us to our bungalow. We stayed in the Ocean Hut.
My first impression was that it was small, but I quickly got over that given how little we were in the room since the beach was on our door step. The room also seemed very dark but that also made it feel very cozy and was a good contract from the bright beach. The TV was good and had many great channels. The bed was extremely comfortable and had a mosquito net.
The bathroom was interesting. It was big but you didn't want to spend long in there - the mosquitoes loved it. The shower was ok, not very good flow.
The location was great. It was right on the beach and set away from the rest of the resort. The beach itself was good as well. There are several hotels scattered along it, including some incredibly expensive ones. This also gives you many options to eat and also many places in town to eat and also many convenience stores. There are several boat taxis and car taxis that you can use to get into Haad Rin. We only spent 1 day in Haad Rin and also went in for the full moon party by boat taxi. The rest of the time we just lounged in the many bars on the beach or went for a trek up to the nearby waterfall. One guy we had spoken to had spent three weeks there and not left the beach.
The day we arrived there was a promo tape running for a muai thai match on that night, which is all we could here from our deck. It was just running on repeat all day. Also that night I think was a bit noisy but I was so jet lagged nothing was keeping me awake. In general the room was pretty quiet as long as you didn't want to go to bed before 10. But generally in Koh Phanang nothing starts before 10am in the morning, so most people stay up late.
I think it was a great little resort in an awesome location if you want somewhere quieter and slower than Haad Rin. It was a shame to leave this place and it was one of my favorrite places on our trip. Other places we stayed were generally much more expensive, such as the Four Seasons in Bankok. But the room here felt so cozy and the location was so wonderful, I think I liked this place better.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

So, here we go.

Baan Panburi classes itself as an boutique budget hotel. Got that? It's aimed at budget travellers who want to spend just a little bit more for a pristine beach and better than usual facilities. As long as you understand this then you can decide which reviews to ignore and which to pay attention to.

Located on one of the top 10 beach destinatons in the world (as voted by the Sunday Times), this resort enjoys a prime location right in the middle of the beach. As I understand things Panburi was the original hotel on this beach taking up more or less the entire beach before the owners decided that they could accomodate both budget and luxury travellers. Therefore, they relocated many of the huts to sit sideways to the beach and built a grand luxury resort (Ras An A Da) on the extra space. Star huts, on the other side of Panburi are owned by Panburi but leased to another company - pratically the same. Note, the Ras An A Da is stunning, but pricey.

The Panburi huts are no more that 40 meters from the beach. You can simply role out of bed and hit the beach. Sun loungers are limited so its more likely you'll find yourself lying on a towel which is just fine. The beach itself is simply fantastic. What a location! The trip to the resort took us no more than 30 mins. We arrived at 7pm at night when the jeep taxi fares are a little more expensive, nevertheless we paid 1000 bhat to be the only two people on the jeep - for the time this is more than acceptable. Usual cost during the day is around 250 bhat iper person n a shared taxi to the south of the island. Handsome Sandwiches run taxis fairly frequently.

The village is just that. There is not a heck of a lot in terms of nightlife but there are a few bars, mini marts and ATMS, aswell as a small pharmacy, dive shops, book shops and barber. The Jungle bar was the pick of the bars if it got busy. It's usual an even mix of tourists and locals who are happy to join in with your fun. Nui the owner is a nice guy. He also owns the Lovely Jubbly speedboat in the harbour which is used for water skiing, bananna boat rides etc. Just go to the bar if nobody is on the beach and someone will appear to get all the equipment out. There are also a couple of jet skis run by some french bloke. We never used these but they looked great.
Tanaporn is the best massage place in the village, and very reasonable. Book ahead in peak season.

The rooms themselves are exactly what it says on the tin. The beds are hard (ish) and I have to admit I would have prefered if our room didn't have additional guests at night - not uncommon to wake and find a few lizards running around. Some of the bathroom is open air - the shower. We had aircon and a hot shower which costs a little more. However, we haggled on the price on check in and got a substantial reduction.
The staff are amazing, especially at the Beach Club restaurant who always greet you with a smile and warm welcome. Don the assistant manager is worth chatting to. He'll arrange beach front tables for you on the night of the weekly parties if you ask. The parties have Thai dancing, cooking classes and fire dancers from the full moon party. One of the guys is fantastic (you'l know which one) and you even get the chance to join in if you are brave enough! Its no wonder that the guests of the 5 star hotels at either end of the beach also choose to dine at the beach club.
We went to the half moon party which was in the jungle near to Bai Tann. The locals say this is the best party and what a night we had. Its a fantastic setting and the atmosphere is fab. I'd recommend it for any age under 50 - not kids obviously! Again, Handsomes organise taxis there and back.
Handsomes seem to have cleaned up in the village and the only area they are lacking in is when doing laundry. Upon return it feels soapy to touch. We felt we need to give everything an extra rinse before letting it dry out again.

So, I'd recommend this resort to those travelling on a limited budget who have knowledge of what to expect and realise that SE Asia is jut not like back home. Great beach, staff and good accomodation.

PS I should also mention Luna, a restaurant at the far end of town - very god.

Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

Undeniably the worst place we've ever stayed. Upon our arrival, we were met with unclean, dark, depressing bungalows complete with a concrete 'bed' and an unsealed bathroom which proved a haven for surrounding insects. The towels were old, dirty and had holes in them and the mosquito nets had band aids covering its wear and tear. While the location, right on the beach, was ideal, this 'resort' inspired a 4am rise and 6.30am check-out. We were waiting at nearby accomodation at 7.30am. If you fall in love with this beach and would like to stay in a bungalow, try some of the other resorts - there are better options.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 July 2009

We were a group of backpackers heading to Koh Phangan for the full moon party. Instead of staying near the mayhem in Haad Rin we decided for somewhere quieter and then commute on a nightly basis there. The location of this place is unbelievable, once you get over the initial 45 min journey over dirt-track there. The beautiful beach is only about 50 yards away from the beach in most of the bungalows.

The staff were helpful enough and we couldn't really complain. They operate taxis etc down to Haad Rin although we took the trip with Mrs Handsome instead (highly recommended!). The beachside restaurant is also really nice, it was maybe too pricey for us but plenty of people were recommending it. The happy hour cocktails however were right up our street!
The accomodation itself isn't perfect, but for the relatively cheap price it was very passable. The only major exception we had was the cockroaches appearing the bathrooms, BEWARE. We ended up renting 1 air-con room and 2 fan rooms due to low availablility. Even with a large amount of alcohol imbibed it was difficult to brave the heat in the fan rooms. Although that's just one of the sacrifices of backpacking...
The beach is almost entirely inhabited by couples but if you want somewhere to chill during the day before hitting Haad Rin hard at night, this is a pretty good spot (minus the long taxi back when the hangover is starting to set in!).

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Bodo, Norway
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

We stayed 5 nights at Baan Panburi as part of our honeymoon August 2008. We had booked the "Ocean Hut" which should have an ocean view, and we were not disappointed. The Ocean Hut is the leftmost of the hotel's bungalows, which means the terrace is very private (just trees beside it). The bungalow and terrace is just a few steps from the beach, it's as close as you can get. The room was nice, with A/C, refrigerator and view to the beach, and bathroom was OK. Our terrace was quite big, with a table and two chairs.

The beach Thong Nai Pan Noi was perfect except for the many straydogs that also lived there. Baan Panburi's restaurant is directly on the beach, and seemed to be by far the most popular restaurant on the beach during our stay. The restaurant was - beside the location - the best thing about Baan Panburi, the food was wonderful. The only downside was a somewhat slow service, and sometimes they forgot one's order. But in this kind of place, you're never in a hurry, and it wasn't really a problem. The hotel staff were always nice, and responded to our requests at once.

All in all, we can think of no better place to spend a relaxing beach holiday than in Baan Panburi. We thought the location of the Ocean Hut right by the beach was absolutely worth the extra money compared to the cheaper bungalows without seaview.

Note: there has been some talk of construction work at the beach, which was still going on when we visited. However, it was on the opposite side of the hotel from our bungalow, and it didn't bother us.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Baan Panburi Village At Yai Beach
Address: Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach | 2 Moo 5, Baan Tai, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Hotel Class:3 star — Baan Panburi Village At Yai Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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