Been There, Done That

STARTING DATE: 3 Oct 2019

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TOTAL UPDATE: 45 STORIES

Bangkok Post's weekly hotel reviews.

Been There, Done That
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15 Oct 2020

X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere

Ban Amphoe, an up-and-coming beach destination south of Pattaya and Jomtien, reminds many people of what its famous neighbours used to be like decades ago. This boutique hotel in the area is popular among Thai holidaymakers, thanks partly to its modern design and good value for money. It offers Deluxe rooms (35m²) and Corner Suites (55m²). From some of the units, despite the fact that the property is about 150m from the beach, you can get a distant view of the sea.

15 Oct 2020
X2 Vibe Pattaya Seaphere
8 Oct 2020

Grand Kokkod Khao Kho Resort

Khao Kho has long been a popular holiday destination for Thai families and couples to indulge in the year-round cool climate. Standing at 888m above sea level, this property is one of the best places to admire the sea of mist in Khao Kho.   Opened last December, it offers 20 rooms, ranging in different types and sizes of 45m² and 90m². The decoration looks simple in modern loft style and every corner is designed to offer a photogenic backdrop for vacationers to enjoy taking selfies.

8 Oct 2020
Grand Kokkod Khao Kho Resort
1 Oct 2020

Banyan Tree Samui

Over the past several months on Koh Samui peacefulness has prevailed, so much so that for the first time in six years green sea turtles came to lay eggs on the island. The ­secluded beach in front of this property was where three nests were found in February. In early April, 200 hatchlings emerged from the buried nests and hastily made their way into the sea which is their true home. I visited the all-pool villa resort earlier this month but, unlike the turtles, found the place not that easy to leave.

1 Oct 2020
Banyan Tree Samui
24 Sep 2020

Lazy Day The Resort

Located on a 20 rai plot of land on the sandy Ao Khao Beach, this resort is a pleasant place to stay because you can see the beach when you wake and listen to the sound of the waves, as well as watch fireflies at night.

24 Sep 2020
Lazy Day The Resort
17 Sep 2020

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

There are not many places where ultimate luxury becomes one with the wilderness. This resort nestled on a forest-covered hillside on the bank of the winding Ruak River that separates Thailand from Myanmar, not far from the point where the waterway reaches the larger Mekong, is one of the rare few. Despite its location on the northern border, the property is ­convenient to reach from Bangkok. And thanks to Covid-19, the exceptional experience it offers is more affordable than ever.

17 Sep 2020
Four Seasons  Tented Camp Golden Triangle
10 Sep 2020

Wintree City Resort

The property looks small from the outside but it has several buildings that house a total of 168 rooms including rooms with direct access to swimming pools. The room space starts from 32m² (Superior Room) to 65m² (Duplex Suite). The hotel also has a large lobby, meeting and function rooms including a 470m² convention hall that can accommodate up to 450 guests.

10 Sep 2020
Wintree  City Resort
3 Sep 2020

Bed Nimman

Bed is a Chiang Mai-based chain with only four properties. However, you may find several hotels in the northern city that have a similar name and even design, which reflects the small's chain reputation since imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery.

3 Sep 2020
Bed Nimman
27 Aug 2020

Imm-Unn Farmstay

The family-run property has recently been renamed from Tan Khu Na Mo Kratai Ten to the present Imm-Unn Farmstay to highlight its new concept that offers good food from local farmland.

27 Aug 2020
Imm-Unn Farmstay
20 Aug 2020

The Ville Jomtien Pool Villa

Pattaya has been one of the most popular holiday destinations since the end of the lockdown. This property is not in the beach area but for couples, families or groups of friends travelling with their own cars and seeking luxury accommodation with a private swimming pool that doesn't break the bank, it might be a choice worth considering. The place is made up of pool villas of different sizes, from two to six bedrooms. The one I stayed in was good for eight people.

20 Aug 2020 2
The Ville Jomtien Pool Villa
9 Jul 2020

Tower Club at lebua

Despite its international fame, I'd never been to this award-winning property housed in the iconic skyscraper crowned with a golden dome, and never felt I missed out on anything. Recently, however, I visited the hotel on the first day it resumed operation and realised I was wrong all along. This place has a few things unlike any other. On its reopening day, for example, its restaurant guests were asked to pay whatever they felt like. Surprisingly, it turned out none of the 100 or so guests paid less than the prices listed on the menu. Proceeds of 421,843 baht then went to charities.

9 Jul 2020
Tower Club at lebua