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“Great location, felt uncomfortable”

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Thiw Son Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Ko Yao Yai B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Denver
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“Great location, felt uncomfortable”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

We booked the deluxe beach front bungalow for several nights and really enjoyed the islands slower pace of life. Had some great experiences and would recommend it to anyone. The resort was everything we anticipated and truly beautiful, however we could never get past how we felt the family was not happy with us staying at their home and there was a shadowing uncomfortableness. Hard to explain, but very noticeable. From the minute we checked in and they asked to double check a printed version of our confirmation, through the end of our stay. There is an advertised bar, however after getting a look ordering a beer at the restaurant with dinner, would feel very uncomfortable ordering a drink. I never saw one person at the bar in over a week so guessing I'm not the only one that got the vibe. We walked next door and had several meals (and drinks) at the Better View Resort and the Koh Yah Yai Resort and felt very at home. If I did it all over again would look to stay at the Better View Resort or at Koh Yah Yai Village but wish the family the best.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We stayed here for 5 nights and are so glad we did. The resort is on Yao Yai, which we got to by speedboat from the Bang Rong pier.

The resort is family run, and the service was great. During high tide, the swimming is good, in very warm waters. During low tide, swimming becomes a chore. The rooms were clean, were made of beautiful wood, and very charming.

We had tons of fun relaxing on Yao Tai, toured the island by motorbike, found random empty beaches, did an island tour by long tail boat, and finally checked our the Yao Noi island, which is much more commercialized.

Overall, I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing stay away from the crazyness of Phuket.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Chester
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We booked this hotel after reading about it in the Lonely Planet guide to Thailand. It was off the beaten track as far as tourists go and there was a real feel of authenticity to the island. Getting to the island was slightly more challenging than we had hoped for but well worth it in the end.
We arrived at Phuket bus station and then took a local bus to Phuket town. It was very hard to understand where the ferries were departing from to be able to work out if we could get there by bus, taxi or walk. I wish I could now write and tell you where we actually departure from but still don’t know! When we arrived at Phuket town we then decided to get a taxi for 300 baht to the pier for the island. We then bought our speed boat tickets as the last ferry for the day had already departed. The Speed boat was 200 baht each 1 way and took 30 minutes , the last one of the day departures at 5pm. When we arrive at Koh Yao Yai we then needed to get a taxi to the hotel which was 400 baht (supposed to be 500). The taxi driver -Bangsit was very very friendly and gave us some excellent history about the island and also stopped off to take some photos of us. We didn’t feel under pressure to give a tip as we had done on almost every other occasion when someone had given such a kind turn.
We arrived at the Hotel and the views from our room were amazing just like we had dreamt. The room was spacious and had a nice sofa to chill out on. The resort was very quiet which made a lovely change to our otherwise very fast paced holiday. Other hotels and restaurants are only really accessible by scooter or taxi. We made the journey one night to Koh Yao Yai Village resort for an evening meal which was expensive but excellent.

Only thing of note is to beware of the crabs on the main beach when the tide goes out. The main beach is a mud flat but you don’t really need to go onto this as you have a small bit of beach next to the resort which has chairs and lounges on it to use free of charge. Free Wifi.
Bangsit picked us up on the last day, as we were leaving early to head on to our next destination h stopped off and his lovely wife made us some banana pancakes for breakfast for no charge. It goes without saying that we tipped well t cover the cost of these.
He also organised for when we were arriving near the pier to get dropped off at the other pier for boars heading to Phi Phi Don which was great.
This was our most expensive accommodation whilst in Thailand but if you want somewhere away from the main tourists, excellent view from your room, beach front accommodation then this is the place for you.

Room Tip: We stayed in A2 which is a beach front bunglow with AC. Excellent and worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 April 2013 via mobile

Clean rooms with a choice of budget fan rooms, airon/TV, or villa. We took budget fan room. Nice outdoor loo and shower. Cabin nice with dimmer lights and curtains.

Booked island boat tour with hotel boatman. Walked along mudflat at low tide. Walked to village for fruit but its a bit too far.

Happy with our stay here.

Only quibble is i wish they'd sell large bottles of water (1.5L) as small ones are not eco friendly. Also swimmers beware that one cannot swim at low tides but we dd not mind.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

This review is about the restaurant as I have not stayed at the hotel. The food is pretty good and although not very efficient service, the family that is serving is extremely friendly. Unfotunately we found out this place in our last day at the island. I strongly recommend.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this beautiful remote place. The owners are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. The food was fantastic. The bungalows are very clean, well equipped and with outdoor bathrooms. Go for one of the beachfront bungalows to enjoy an early morning sunrise and amazing views of the Adaman limestone formations.

Though you can only swim at high tide you can opt for a beautiful walk on the beach when tides are low or simply take a stroll or rent a motorbike to discover the island.

Room Tip: The beachfront bungalows are definitely worth the extra penny, but garden bungalows are great value...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Our family of four really enjoyed our stay with Thiwson. So the pro's: Our two small kids age two and four loved hunting crabs in the mud banks at low tide and to play in the water at medium tide. The adults liked swimming at high tide and the gorgeous views of the bay. And the food. Having traveled most of Thailand and eaten more than 1000 tom yam goong, the ones they make at Thiwson are definitely in top three. In fact, I particularly liked the tom yam pra - the vegetable version. The staff were very friendly, in particular the owner who was admirably patient and caring. So I don't agree with the previous review, but staff changes every year, so that might be one reason.

The downsides might be remoteness, the muddiness of the sand at low tide, the breakfast (but at home I would find toast, omelet and mango shake delicious, and the coffee is good), the sometimes slow food service (but hey, good food takes time). Only thing really missing is a pool and here's the thing: They're building one this low season (2013).

You almost don't have to, but if you also consider the price, this is tremendous value.

Room Tip: Front row and second row are the best values. B1 is not a bamboo bungalow, but spacious and with one...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Thiw Son Beach Resort
Address: 58/2 Moo 4 | Koh Yao, Ko Yao Yai 82160, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Phang Nga Province > Ko Yao Yai
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Yao Yai
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Hotel Class:3 star — Thiw Son Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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