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“Blissful Relaxation Resort”
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Bananas Bungalows
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Seattle, Washington
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“Blissful Relaxation Resort”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

First, you can't beat the price for the Krabi area. For the ACTUAL peace and quiet you get here, that it'self is worth it. Plus the view is incredible. I spent a lot of time in hammocks in Thailand and this place hands down as the best one. Ollie, the owner, is incredible resourceful/genuine and can help you arrange anything from transportation to tours. The only negative I would had to say is that there isn't much around it, but then again if you want to get away from it all, that's why you're there. Taxis or motorbikes are easy enough to come by and great for exploring the area so it's not that bad. Just don't expect to have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. The good news is that the food at this place is some of the best I've had in Thailand and I am a food snob. Particularly an Asian food snob. The prices aren't bad considering the quality and convenience of it all. I would highly recommend the curry noodle dish (I think it was 60 or 80 baht?). We celebrated new years here and it was fantastic. If you're looking for pretty photos of the place and the surrounding area, you can see them on my blog: http://sandytlam.com/travel/bananas-ban-tha-lane/

Room Tip: Definitely go for the bamboo bungalows. You won't need the AC at night and there are fans.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Karlsruhe, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

We spend a great week with our two seven year old girls at Ollis Bungalows. It is a very nice place and a perfect starting point for trips to the islands of Phang Na Bay and into the mangroves. Olli is a great host and does all he can to make sure you have a great time. Just ask him for an organized tour which is great, because you are with a very small group and thus can decide on where to go and how long to stay when going from island to island by boat. Last but not least, the food is fantastic - it was among the very best we had on our trip to Thailand. Also the overall atmosphere of this place is very familiar and gives you a unique feeling of beeing far away and still feel at home.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Tetbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2012

My husband and I stayed at Bananas for 4 nights in November last year as part of our honeymoon. It has been almost a year yet we never go a whole week without mentioning it. The setting is gorgeous, we had a sea-view bamboo bungalow which was great. It took an hour or so the first night to get used to the insect noises but the nets do a great job at keeping them out and we didn't have any problems. Olly is an excellent host, we really felt at home and the food was amazing! We went on a kayak trip, rented a motorbike twice and had 2 days of rest. In fact we had such a great time that we are thinking about going back soon...
It really is a secluded place and even though it is right by the sea it is not right by a beach which didn't bother us at all but some people may mind.

Room Tip: We really liked our seafront bungalow, it gets nice and cool at night guaranteeing a great quality o...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012

Between the great food and a bamboo bungalow - it is hard not to relax.

Our bamboo bungalow was:
- basic but had shower and flushing toilet...
- clean and fresh...
- private - but open to the local conditions (appreciated the mozzie net)
- welcoming to the local wildlife - geckos and some beautiful frogs will visit you

We didnt look at them, but there are other bungalows made of bricks with air con and the like

We had a lovely time and although we could get to Krabi easily (on the local bus) or ride our motorbike (reasonably priced at Bananas) to the other small towns... we spent most of the time:
- hanging out in the hammocks
- swimming when the tide was in
- walking on the flats when the tide was out
- sitting and chatting to the other guests

Olli was a charming and gracious host and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to unwind from the world.

Cheers

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

There's lots of reasons why people might not enjoy there stay here but it really is a gem. When you arrive you might be put off by not perfectly clean bed sheets in fairly basic huts and the wide array of wildlife living around you but Olli will help you forget about your hang-ups fairly quickly. His relaxed attitude and humour is really infectious and the food is reason enough to go there. I fell in love with the masaman curry and roti but all the food on the menu was excellent and very reasonably priced. The Kayak trip through the mangroves was great for us and its fun to rent a moped and explore some nearby sites as the surroundings are beautiful.
It is a bit tough to find the first time as locals in Krabi are no help and Olli's directions were a bit vague but if you manage to find the old local bus to Ta Lane Pier you'll be fine as it seems like the driver is the only guy in Krabi who actually knows what Bananas bungalows is.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

I stayed at bananas with 3 friends and had a fantastic few days. Oli the host was excellent from point of booking to our departure. The bamboo huts are above basic with lights and fans!the atmosphere is great with a very chilled out living area with plenty of books although mainly in German. The food by the local cooks was outstanding, I would highly recommend the masaman curry with a roti, best Thai food I tasted in my 3 weeks there. Pancakes are pretty tasty too. There is a little board walk out to the sea through the mangrove forest...a great place to chill and forget about the rest of the world, or attempt to swim to one of the nearby islands if you are feeling super energetic. The only bad point I have to say was the kayaking trip booked with the hostel was poor, although its the hostels recommendation, I guess its not their fault if the guide is poor on the day. All in all a great place to spend a few days!

  • Stayed November 2011
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Lovely place and beautiful. It is a very nice atmosphere and I strongly recommend "the bananas" if you want a very relaxing holidays or stay. Ana Cristina Perdomo Gomez

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Bananas Bungalows
Address: 54 Moo 2, Ban Tha Lane, Khao Thong, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Khao Thong
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Khao Thong
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Number of rooms: 4
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