I read a blog saying do not plan ahead when you go to the islands, which for me was a struggle because I'm always worried about being stranded somewhere without a place to stay, but I just let go, and I'm so glad I did. My boyfriend and I arrived at the airport in Ko Samui and we were greeted immediately with all these options, boats and ferry's to take you to any island, transportation to the piers were included. We took a ferry to Koh Phi Phi Island, where again you are greeted with many options for places to stay or boats to take you to your next location. Everything went fast there were no long lines for assistance. This booth showed us pictures with prices for all the hotels, we picked the Banyan and took a quick walk from the pier to the hotel. The reviews for this entire island, and other islands in Thailand were brutal. I'm going to just give it to you straight, this is a VERY small island, and I didn't even see any bicycles, the only thing I saw with wheels, were the carts people used to transfer food. The hotels are dated, small, and all stacked up next to each other. You can walk from Ton Sai Bay to Loh Dalum Bay in minutes. If you are use to 5 star accommodations and will get pissed if it’s not up to your standards, maybe just explore the island for a day. The beds are clean, the furniture is dated, but you have everything you need. If you want a resort experience, then go to a resort, if you are up for new experiences and completely different cultures then you will be just fine at the hotels. The only thing that annoyed me, was the gym, I walked up to it and they were just snobby and said I needed a pass from the front desk to prove I was a guest, something the hotel should just give you when you check in. We spent one day at the hotel pool after a late night, there are only 6-8 lounge chairs and the pool is small. I really liked staying in the busiest part of the island, it was exciting and sometimes we would just people watch because it’s really a melting pot of different cultures. Rent a kayak in the morning and go to Monkey Beach it was one of the prettiest beaches we saw there. To conclude, don't go to this island for the hotels, go for everything else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Phi Phi Banyan Villa locate only 5 minutes walks from Tonsai Pier. From the pier, just turn right down along the beach road. You will find a big banyan tree with the hotel reception on the left and on the right is the hotel's beach front restaurant Tonsai Seafood. Phi Phi Banyan Villa is a second hotel of Phi Phi Hotel Group. The hotel has just renovated and finished on November 2009. Bed room and bath room are clean and brand new Banyan Fitness Center is free of charge for the hotel guest. The fitness consist of work out machines, sauna room, stream room and yoga class which guest have to pay extra to join. Please note to use the fitness, a pair of proper sport shoes is needed or you have to rent one at the fitness. The hotel is 2 story building. Two room type are Banyan Wing Room and Garden Wing Room, wooden floor for Banyan Wing Rooms and tiled floor for Garden Wing Room. All rooms are with balcony facing the garden. Please note extra bed at this hotel is only a mattress on the floor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Phi Phi Banyan Villa Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Phi Banyan Hotel
- Phi Banyan Ko Don