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Araya Buri Resort Phi Phi

4 out of 10 stars (1 vote)

Room rates from USD $136.00 per night.

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Arayaburi Resort Phi Phi Araya Buri Resort Phi Phi Offers seaview and garden view villas with private balconies and is situated close to Laem Hin Beach and with easy access to bars, restaurants, and shops, at Laem Hin Beach, Phi Phi Island, Krabi.

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2 out of 5 stars The Good and the Bad
I stayed at Arayaburi Resort which is actually a new wing of the Bay View Resort from February 1st to 5th. I had a Garden Grand Deluxe room and paid 3,700 Baht (USD 97) per night. The location is in the crowded part of the island but in a far and reasonably quiet corner with adjacent nice and relatively quiet beach (except the long tail boats, of course). Upon arrival to a dull, uninviting reception area, I was surprised not to be greeted by the cordial Thai greeting but by two rigid and stern, unsmiling young Europeans. The lady lectured us mechanically about all the details and strict laws and I had a hard time understanding her. She didn't like to be interrupted for questions and gave me the sensation she was doing me a great favor even talking to me. She also offered a snorkeling tour which didn't include the fins and cost twice what I eventually paid elsewhere. The guy explained to me earnestly that it was the policy of the Bay View to demand full advanced payment upon check in so I had to pay all in advance! When I asked about the luggage I was told to wait half an hour, so I took it myself. The room was about 7 minutes walk from the reception area and many rooms are further. The resort contains dozens of bungalows, either Bay View or Arayaburi. My room was air-conditioned, new, spacious, with a balcony and clean enough though not completely maintained (e.g. holes in the mosquito nets and the space between the bathroom wall and roof were filled with squashed toilet paper). The bed was big and nicely hard. It was well equipped and 2 water bottles a day were provided, though no chairs inside. The bed sheets were stained, one set I asked to replace. Ants were all around though mothballs were seen (and smelled) everywhere. I could easily hear my neighbors, especially in the mornings. The TV had no English news channels nor any movies, Discovery, History, etc. There were, on the other hand, a Portuguese, Italian and many Chinese channels. The swimming pool was nice and clean, located in front of the jungle (not by the sea). The restaurant (for breakfast), was a mess, food spilled, dirty tables, oily dishes, food missing from the buffet, shouts everywhere, but it was the busy season.
Tzach Sarid, Feb 23 2006 12:00AM.

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