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Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort
Ranked #2 of 73 Hotels in Ko Chang
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 November 2009

We booked this hotel after extensive reading of reviews, the fact we like small hotels and because it was quiet. Our stay started on 13 Oct for 11 nights which was just before the high season started. We traveled from Bangkok by Bangkok Airlines, you can use the lounge for free, located just near the departure gate. The flight was only 40 minutes to Trat and we got a drink and food. Trat airport is a pleasure. There were only about 26 people on our flight and we were collected from the plane by what can only be described as small electric trams on wheels. Our bags were off loaded within 10 minutes of landing and our hotel driver was there waiting for us in a toyota mimi van with cold water and towels. It was all hassle free. It was about a 15 minute drive to the ferry point and a 45 minute crossing onto Koh Chang, then a further 20-30 minutes to the hotel from there. The road was generally good but check out the incline on those s bends! The track from the main road to the hotel was very bumpy and quite long but we later discovered the hotel take you to and from the main road free of charge so if you want to go out at night and explore, you can. When we arrived we were told there was construction going on and were given complimentary vouchers for drinks and the spa as a sweetner. They are constructing another pool that looks like it will be for the exclusive use of the rooms that surround it. When we left we estimate another few weeks work to finish the job. Our room was great, massive four poster bed with mosquito net, clean sheets and pool towels each day, sofa, chairs, DVD/CD/TV. Air con worked well. Great bathroom, big shower and gigantic bath, fresh supply of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, towels etc every day. The front verranda was a nice place to wind down with a cool drink which we purchased outside the hotel chilled down with free ice from room service. The pool was clean and large enough with plenty of sun beds. There is a waterfall feature to it as well. Loads of further sun beds are available along the front of the hotel just back from the beach which was a good place to view the amazing sun sets. There were a few traders but a polite 'no thanks' saw them walk away. Buy your stuff at the Bangkok night markets. The restaurant was clean, provided good service and good food. The inclusive breakfast was varied and plentiful. For cheaper food that was just as good turn left on the beach and walk 100 meter's to the K.P huts. It's a back packer / cheap end place with a great laid back feel and very cold beer right on the beach front. The spar was on the expensive side, check out the beach massage for a better deal and a good sunburn treatment. There was no entertainment while we were there. Only about six occupied rooms on weekdays (it was low season still) some may say that it's a bit boring but if it's quiet and peace you want then this is the time to go. The hotel put on a free bus twice a day to White Sand Beach. It's not as clean as the hotel one but at night it comes alive with fire dancer shows and has a very laid back atmosphere, we loved it. We hired a 5 seater flat bed truck for 2 days, about £45, 2.5 diesel auto. We went exploring the island calling in at every small place we could find. The East side of the island has no beach to speak of just rocks and mangrove, hamlets are scattered along the road. Check out the Koh Chang Resort and Spa. We stopped there for lunch and used the pool. It's a real retreat, beautiful bungalows rising up the slopes either side. The food was great and the restaurant boasts to be one of the top 50 in the world. You must do the Elephant ride. There are two advertised. The one toward the north end of the island was more authentic, being way off the road etc but the one near the hotel was also good and the Elephant had a great time throwing us off into the river! Staff use your own camera to capture this great event. O.K it's touristy but who cares it's just the best. We also did the 3 island half day speedboat snorkel trip from Bang Bao, the fish are amazing, take bread rolls from the hotel -- loads of them! We booked at the hotel but you can book at Bang Bao where you can also book diving and fishing. On the main road near the hotel are some great little eating places and a few shops. Laundry there is a fraction of the cost of the hotel service and comes clean and pressed, 80 TB per kilo. Overall we loved this hotel and recommend it for couples wanting a quiet romantic break without the need to get dressed up to impress. The beach is perfect, no seaweed, rocks, jellyfish and no 500 room hotels next door! Just beach. A laid back small clean hotel with great staff that we would use again if we returned to Koh Chang.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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GM Paul K, General Manager at Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Greetings from the Panviman Koh Chang!

Thank you for your review about your recent stay at The Panviman, Koh Chang.

First of all, please let me take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with our resort. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday and had a great time with us. I am glad we were able to accommodate all of your needs. Thank you for your positive feedback. Our goal is to always exceed our guests’ expectations and we value your comment.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to paradise again soon!

Best Regards,

Paul Porada Srisuwanporn
Panviman Koh Chang
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Reviewed 27 September 2009

  • Stayed: September 2009
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Reviewed 14 February 2009

Me and my husband stay at the Panviman hotel for 13 nights.
It´s was a very pleasent stay.
Bungalows: Nice. Bathroom excellent. A litle bit hard beds but we sleep very well.
Garden at the hotel: Lovely.
Restaurant 4 Angels: Breakfast buffé very good. Dinner at night you can choose från à la carte both western food and thai food.
The food was very frech and taste very good.
Staff at the hotel was very friendly.
Beach: Every day we take a long walk at this lovely beach.
I think Klong Prao beach is better than White Sands beach.
Massage at the Panviman: Highly recommended. While you get your massage you can see the sunset. Lovely.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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GM Paul K, General Manager at Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Greetings from the Panviman Koh Chang!

Thank you for your review about your recent stay at The Panviman, Koh Chang.

First of all, please let me take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with our resort. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday and had a great time with us. I am glad we were able to accommodate all of your needs. Thank you for your positive feedback. Our goal is to always exceed our guests’ expectations and we value your comment.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to paradise again soon!

Best Regards,

Paul Porada Srisuwanporn
Panviman Koh Chang
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Reviewed 3 August 2008

Stayed for 10 days at panviman and had a great time!!
Yes, the dirt road sucks... Yes, they do not speak the best english but when traveling trough thailand.. how many people speak fluently english?? And you'll need a motorbike to go around the island anyway (if you want to see more than just the stunning swimmingpool and beach) So walking this road is not nescessairy... And if you do not want to rent a motorbike, the resort is happy to arrange transfer for you for a little price... (2 times a day is complimentary from the resort!)
I think that people working at panviman are doing their best! They really try to help you and I think that the "real" management (probebly a german guy or an other european person) makes it sometimes quite hard for them...

As for the amazing bungalows, they are very clean! The bathroom rocks and you'll have a nice terrace to chill out in the evenings...
We stayed in july wich is low season at koh chang. Booked the "shock shock" rate at their site and had a very cheap stay for only 3200bht per night (excl breakfast, which we had once and is ok but 400bht pp.) (normal rack rate is 5500..)
so my advise: check their own website! and if traveling in the low season, waiting might save you a lot of money!

Staff is very freindly and very very polite..! Always happy to help you (if they can..) And also had complimentary pick up at ferry..! So call/mail them in advance when arriving!

Next time when I'll be on koh chang, I'll defenitly stay here!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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GM Paul K, General Manager at Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Greetings from the Panviman Koh Chang!

Thank you for your review about your recent stay at The Panviman, Koh Chang.

First of all, please let me take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with our resort. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday and had a great time with us. I am glad we were able to accommodate all of your needs. Thank you for your positive feedback. Our goal is to always exceed our guests’ expectations and we value your comment.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to paradise again soon!

Best Regards,

Paul Porada Srisuwanporn
Panviman Koh Chang
General Manager

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Reviewed 16 June 2008

This is a great resort, centrally located on Koh Chang Island about 13 Kilometres south of White Sand Beach, it is a bit isolated and we hired a motor cycle which was great. The resort has good size room and a big bath room off the bedroom. comfortable beds, a big swimming pool and located right on the beach.

Down side, no internet in the rooms and it has a dirt road access to the resort, they do supply transport to and from White Sand Beach (free) twice a day.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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GM Paul K, General Manager at Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Greetings from the Panviman Koh Chang!

Thank you for your review about your recent stay at The Panviman, Koh Chang.

First of all, please let me take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with our resort. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday and had a great time with us. I am glad we were able to accommodate all of your needs. Thank you for your positive feedback. Our goal is to always exceed our guests’ expectations and we value your comment.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to paradise again soon!

Best Regards,

Paul Porada Srisuwanporn
Panviman Koh Chang
General Manager

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Reviewed 13 April 2008

We ( myself, my husband and 5yr old son ) have just returned from our Thai holiday, and spent a very pleasant 9 nights at the Panviman. I must say we pondered for a long time on where to stay on Koh Chang, getting very confused with various conflicting reviews, but were extremely pleased with our choice.
The hotel is charming, located on an idyllic stretch of beach. The room was very spacious and very well equipt and decorated.
We found all staff very pleasant and keen to please.
The only real negative point was the food. Not great. Even breakfast was lacking in the usual standard you would expect. I'm still not sure whether this is a Panviman issue or a Koh Chang issue. Despite this, we were still very pleased with our stay and would consider returning again, as the the location was so good.
We never ate in the hotel in the evening - a combination of being put off by breakfast, and there being 2 excellent restaurants a short walk along the beach. Excellent food at silly prices. The 'fire show' at the Barracuda was a particular highlight for our son. We did have lunch by the pool a few times, and this was fine.

The 'dirt track ' approach to the hotel was not really a problem as the hotel does run a shuttle service to White Sands beach, and also provided various other taxi trips for us at reasonable prices.

Koh Chang is certainly not as sophisticated and developed as Phuket or Samui. Don't expect much in the way of shopping outlets. However, for a fabulous setting and a real sense of 'getting away from it all', we would all highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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GM Paul K, General Manager at Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Greetings from the Panviman Koh Chang!

Thank you for your review about your recent stay at The Panviman, Koh Chang.

First of all, please let me take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with our resort. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday and had a great time with us. I am glad we were able to accommodate all of your needs. Thank you for your positive feedback. Our goal is to always exceed our guests’ expectations and we value your comment.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to paradise again soon!

Best Regards,

Paul Porada Srisuwanporn
Panviman Koh Chang
General Manager

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Reviewed 10 February 2008

this 3 star hotel is located on a nice stretch of beach. the architecture is hideous, mock thai palace, really ugly and out of place on a lovely beach. service is ok for a 3 star hotel, certainly not 5 star as mentioned in a previous review.
i cant remember staying at a more hideously ugly theme park like hotel anywhere in the world.

  • Stayed: January 2008
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GM Paul K, General Manager at Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2014

Greetings from the Panviman Koh Chang!

Thank you very much for taking the time and writing about your stay with the Panviman Koh Chang.

I am sorry to hear that we were not able to fulfill all of your expectations during your stay. I am sincerely sorry you did not experience the wonderful time other guests have written about. We'd love the chance to welcome your return and meet all of your vacationing needs next time.

Thank you once again for your review!

Paul Porada Srisuwanporn
Panviman Koh Chang
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Address: 8 /15 Moo 4 | Khlong Prao Beach, Ko Chang 23170, Thailand (Formerly Panviman Koh Chang Resort)
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Region: Thailand > Trat Province > Ko Chang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Chang
#2 Spa Hotel in Ko Chang
#2 Luxury Hotel in Ko Chang
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Chang
Price Range: £82 - £382 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SANTHIYA TREE KOH CHANG RESORT (Formerly Panviman Koh Chang Resort) We are in the process of rebranding Panviman Koh Chang Resort, which will be called SANTHIYA TREE KOH CHANG RESORT effective immediately. We look forward to welcoming you to our new Santhiya destination soon! Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort is located at Koh Chang, the second largest island in Thailand, only about 300 km east of Bangkok. Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort is a traditional Thai retreat majestically set on the stretching fine sandy beach at Klong Prao. Klong Prao beach is not only tranquil but also idyllic for swimming. Not to mention it is one of the most spectacular spot to enjoy the view of sunset. Santhiya Tree Koh Chang Resort nestled at Klong Prao beach, a tranquil part of the island and idyllic for swimming, offering a unique blend of serenity and relaxation within a traditional Thai architectural setting. Great value for money and a unique experience of traditional Thai hospitality. All of the resort’s 50 deluxe rooms are majestically set in a tropical lush garden; it reflects the mood of pure comfort. All rooms feature private spacious terraces, and beautiful back-to-nature style bathrooms. ... more   less 
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