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Baan Rim Nam
Ranked #6 of 107 Ko Chang B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sandbach, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Wish we coud have stayed longer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights and had a wonderful time. It's a beautiful location on the river and has so much charm and character. You can easily paddle up the river to see elephants being bathed, or down to the gorgeous beach. The rooms are simple but are really nicely decorated and have A/C and a good shower. The owner Ian is extremely helpful and organised our transfer from Bangkok, our onward tickets to Ko Kood, restaurant bookings, scooter hire etc. We just loved the laid back, relaxing atmosphere and one of our favourite experiences was going across the river on a boat for dinner without needing to wear shoes. As I said, wish we could have stayed longer!

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ian_on_Koh_Chang, Owner at Baan Rim Nam, responded to this review, 13 March 2013
Thanks Sue. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip as much as you did your time with us at Baan Rim Nam.

Ian
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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2013

When we arrived at Koh Chang we were dropped off far from Baan Rim Nam. After walking awhile in the heat with our packs, we called Ian the owner and he came and picked us up. The location is something from a dream. From the boardwalk to get to the rooms, to the wicker hammocks and Santa the dog, this place is great. Ian is great and is very knowledgable about the island and offers great advice about different food/ entertainment options. I wish I could bring my whole family here. It is located down a long dirt road, but not too far from the main street. We rented motorbikes and it made it easy to go to and from our room without a problem.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank emgott
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Ian_on_Koh_Chang, Owner at Baan Rim Nam, responded to this review, 1 March 2013
Hi 'emgott' thanks for taking the time to review our place and for being one of the few people who have reviewed it after staying outside the main High Season.

Most of our reviews come from people staying between November - April, when (more often than not) the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

In May the weather can be a bit unpredictable but you can still have a good holiday here on Koh Chang. You'll be pleased to know that the dirt track has now been paved for about 2/3 of it's length.

Ian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

We first stayed here last year and were delighted with our decision. The location is idylic and if like us hiring motorbikes are not your thing there is still plenty of things in easy walking distance. This time we brought 5 friends with us and everyone agreed it was an "experience" to stay at such a unique location and one they all plan to repeat some day. Ian is just great and will do whatever he can do make your stay and time on the island meet your needs/requirements. The beach is one of the best on the island and we for sure will never stay on White Sand Beach again Chris and Mark

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MariaandMichael
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Ian_on_Koh_Chang, Owner at Baan Rim Nam, responded to this review, 6 February 2013
Thanks 'MariaandMichael' and for introducing your friends to the Baan Rim Nam "experience" which I hope was pleasurable for them too. :-)

No doubt I will see you again in the not too distant future either here or on Koh Mak.
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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2013

I would just like to thank Ian and Mam again for their hospitality. We spent 7 wonderful nights at Baan Rim Nam this trip . Nothing has changed it is still our favourite place to unwind. We will see you again on our next visit to Koh Chang. Let Mam know the prawn i had for her in HuaHin was delicious. cheers from Sydney.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank chuckyJellie
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Ian_on_Koh_Chang, Owner at Baan Rim Nam, responded to this review, 12 February 2013
Thanks ChuckyJellie. It was good to see you again. Fortunately, nothing changes too much round our way and (local fairs permitting) we're still in one of the quietest spots on the island. Long may that continue.

Mam says thanks for thinking of her when you were enjoying your prawns. She'll do the same next time she's got a kilo of steamed crabs in front of her. :-)

Ian
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

Just arrived back from a 3 week stay at Baan Rim Nam. As soon as we arrived early evening on Christmas Day, my first words were ‘wow this is SO idyllic’. Ian and Mam are exceptional hosts and help in every way possible from organising delayed luggage to arrive to finding me a ‘little car’ to rent for a day to explore the East coast. The bedroom and bathroom are a good size and tastefully decorated in line with the conversion. We took the kayak out a couple of times and were fortunate enough to see elephants bathing in the estuary (supervised, of course!). The beach is a few minute’s walk away and we hired deck chairs there for only 20 baht’s per day. Not that you have to leave Baan Rim Nam at all. The decking area is perfect to chill or to chat to other guests. There are lots of restaurants nearby to choose from and a favourite of ours was a local one at the end of the road, turn right for approx. 50m and cross the road with a menu titled ‘It’s up to you’. The food was cheap and excellent. If a private transfer is within budget, then I would definitely recommend arranging this with Ian. A perfect holiday to unwind and relax – thank you!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MidlandsButterNut
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Ian_on_Koh_Chang, Owner at Baan Rim Nam, responded to this review, 24 January 2013
Thanks for your review 'MidlandsButterNut' . And thanks for the photo of the elephant in the river. I just had someone email, after reading another review here, and ask if it was true you could paddle a canoe to see elephants in the river. Now i can direct them to your photo.

Hope you & Mr MidlandsButternut make it back to Koh Chang in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

First discovered this little piece of paradise via Ian's website and was delighted that Ian could accommodate me at the beginning of November for a few nights. From the outset he provided detailed information on how to get to Koh Chang from Bangkok and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Koh Chang and the neighbouring islands.

After a very long journey I arrived quite late on a Thursday night. Crossing the little winding "bridge" that leads to the property I fell in love! Nestled among some mangroves and directly on the river was the magical Baan Rim Nam.

The entire property sits on stilts and although the budget room does not overlook the river it was spotlessly clean, had a very comfortable bed and a quirky shower room! If you are looking to get away from it all, as I was, then this is the spot!

Ian offers free use to his guests of kayaks / sea canoes so it was easy to paddle across the river to a couple of restaurants or, if you are not up to it, as I wasn’t when I first arrived, he called one of the restaurants across the river and they came to collect me in their canoe and then, after dinner took me back across the river. There is a communal outside fridge stocked with water, soft drinks and beers which guests can help themselves to and upon leaving empties outside their room, can pay for on departure. Although not proclaiming to offer much in the way of breakfast – Ian makes a serious cup of coffee!

The beach is a short trip away by canoe or via a short walk and the village of Klong Proa, which has some lovely restaurants, a coffee shop and of course a 7-Eleven and a Tesco Express, is about a 20 minute walk.

If you are really looking for something a little bit special yet down to earth in a tranquil setting, I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this little gem.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sandee91607
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Ian_on_Koh_Chang, Owner at Baan Rim Nam, responded to this review, 21 January 2013
Hi Sandee91607. I remember when you arrived, seemed like you had had a bit of a tough journey to get here. So good to know that you found our place the ideal place to relax.

I cant take much of the credit for the coffee, it will have been Pui, our maid, keeping you supplied with that in the morning. :-) For any coffee connoisseurs reading, it's Espresso roast Arabica beans from the north of Thailand that we get sent down to Koh Chang. Strong, but smooth and with a rather nice aroma.

Hope you make it to this part of Thailand in the future.

Ian
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2013

What can say....

This is one of those simple accommodations that you come across from time to time that makes all the bad experiences, when travelling, all worth while.

Owned by Ian (from the UK) and his partner Nam the accommodation consists of 5 rooms built in stilts over a river. The accommodation is built on a peninsula of land river on one side, beach on the other.

The rooms are basic but very clean, and are kept clean on a daily basis, there are lots of sitting out areas on the river, including a big sun deck, where you can watch the world go by.

Ian has kayaks/canoes for free use, paddling along the river or best of all around to the beach for breakfast and then then back, the only way to arrive for brekkie.

Baan Rim Nam serves a basic breakfast toast etc, but has great coffee, in comparison to most of the rest of Thailand!

It also has a 24 hour bar, well a fridge that you help yourself too!

There are a number of restaurants in walking distance and 2 across the river who will send a boat for you (and return you) in the evening great experience.

This place is fantastic nothing like your standard corporate hotel, where you go and you can be anywhere in the world, this is a laid back joy, but book early as it is very popular with return guests and only has 5 rooms.

Running ius great from here as the road is reasonably quite for 1k (then gets busy) but you can run along the beach in an evening as the sunsets!

Room Tip: If you are going to Koh Chang, book this place :-)
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ian_is_homer
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Ian_on_Koh_Chang, Owner at Baan Rim Nam, responded to this review, 18 January 2013
Thanks Ian. We have even had a few people walk in, see the '24 Hour Bar' sign and ask where it was . . . . they never know what to say when I point to the adjacent fridge. :-)

As you rightly say, our place is nothing like a corporate hotel, which for many people who stay who either travel on business a lot or just want to get away from a generic concrete block, is part of the attraction of staying here.

And just want to say a big thanks to yourself and everyone who has reviewed Baan Rim Nam here in the past year on Tripadvisor as this has earned us a spot in the Top 25 B&B's in Thailand. :-)
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Property: Baan Rim Nam
Address: 29 / 3 Moo 4 | Klong Prao, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Chang
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