I can only sum up our stay by saying we were very happy to get the hell away. I admit that decent budget accommodation is hard to find in Phi Phi Don, and this accommodation just reflects the general feel of Tonsai village - i.e. a bit of a dive - but we hated it here and for the next 4 months travelling SE Asia our motto when arriving at accommodation was "it can't be as bad as Chongkhao"! The bamboo huts are not just basic but very poorly maintained, with worryingly bad security (a padlock on a weak wooden doorframe?!), incredibly cramped rooms (why fill the room with a massive TV and chest to put it on when room to move or a proper bed would have been nicer?!), the bed is a mattress on the floor with an old mossy net (we used our own), and the bathroom, and its hard for me to relive these memories; situated at ground level, dirty, and full of life - we counted at least 4 roaches. The guy who ran it was okay if a bit weird. It was a short walk into "town", though not a very pleasant one, or to Dalam Bay in the other direction - neither places to write home about. My recommendation: certainly give Chongkhao a miss, and unless you can afford to stay in a fancy pants resort, just visit Phi Phi Leh from Phuket or Ko Lanta instead.
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- Directions: Between Ao Ton Sai and Ao Lo Dalam, west of Phi Phi town. ... more less
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- Chong Khao Bungalow Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don