in Ko Lanta, Thailand was voted
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in the Travel section of the The Sunday
Times on October 11th, 2009.
The Perfect Moment in
Koh Lanta is living that window of time where the rhythm
of life is slow even if one eye is on the island`s soon-to-grow
Sawadee, Thai Airways’ Magazine, of February 2007.
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IT'S THE ETERNAL DILEMMA OF THE TRAVEL WRITER:
What to do, when you visit a place you enjoy so
much that you want to keep it a secret? Do you play down its
merits in the hope that fewer people will go there, or do you
tell the truth and risk it being overrun?
I faced just such a choice after a recent visit to Koh Lanta, a
big, beautiful island in Southern Thailand that seems to have it
all: gorgeous, mostly empty beaches, a mountainous interior
covered with abundant tropical forest and a small but good
selection of hotels and restaurants with a sprinkling of funky
bars and cafes.
Koh Lanta is hardly unknown; it has even been billed as the next
big thing on the Andaman coast after Phuket. But so have
Phangnga, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi, and until now the island has
slumbered in blissful obscurity, just below the horizon of mass
tourism and the big tour operators. Given its natural charms,
this situation will not last forever, but for the moment Koh
Lanta is a delightful, laid-back destination where the roads and
the beaches are generally empty and the rhythm of island life is
wonderfully slow and relaxed.
There is no shortage of lovely islands in Thailand, but what
sets Koh Lanta apart from better known ones like Koh Samui, Koh
Chang and Phuket is that right now Koh Lanta is at that perfect
moment in time when it is just developed enough to enjoy in
comfort but not yet at the point that it has begun to lose its
A holiday on a deserted island may sound like a great idea in
theory but in practice you really do want to have a few other
people around to enjoy it with, not to mention the opportunity
to have some creature comforts like a relaxing massage and a
choice of dining options. Koh Lanta can satisfy those who just
want a simple bungalow near the beach and others who crave the
luxury of a five-star boutique resort with all the extras.
As a result, Koh Lanta tends to attract a more discerning type
of visitor, more independent and apparently capable of enjoying
themselves with simpler and natural pleasures than just shopping
and partying. As yet there is no Patong-style entertainment
zone, and nothing even remotely resembling a shopping mall
anywhere on the island.
Koh Lanta's low profile could also be due to the fact that the
island is still a little off the beaten track. There is no
airport on Koh Lanta itself and most people arrive via the more
popular Phuket or Krabi by speedboat or ferry. A newly
inaugurated hydrofoil service from Phuket to Koh Lanta via Koh
Phi Phi has now cut the travelling time to less than two hours
of very smooth and comfortable sailing.
ALTHOUGH IT WAS THE START OF THE CHRISTMAS HIGH season, the
ferries were full of locals returning from shopping expeditions
to Krabi town rather than tourists. Typical for Southern
Thailand, many of the men were traditionally dressed in sarongs
and the women generally covered their hair with gaily colored
headscarves. Elderly men huddled together on the deck with their
ornamental birdcages, bringing their precious charges home from
a songbird festival.
The season of the monsoon rains was clearly over; the sky was a
crisp, deep blue and the outlying islands were sharply etched in
silhouette on the horizon. As the ferry glided alongside the
pier at Saladan village, the northernmost point of Koh Lanta, a
row of picturesque wooden restaurants built on stilts over the
water came into view. These cater to new arrivals with menus
Typical Thai dishes as well as standbys like mango lassi and
Strolling around Saladan it soon became apparent that Koh Lanta
is very popular with Scandinavian visitors. Apart from the
locals, virtually everyone in the village seemed to be blond and
some of the shops even had signs in Swedish and Finnish on
display. Koh Lanta actually has two Swedish-language schools,
set up so that the kids will not miss out on their lessons while
their families spend up to six months on the island escaping the
cold, dark Scandinavian winters.
The well-surfaced main road runs slightly inland along the
entire length of the west coast. This is where all the best
beaches are found, stretching lazily one after another for
nearly 30 kilometers to the southernmost tip of the island.
Northern beaches like Khlong Dao, Phrae Ae, Khlong Khoang and
Khlong Nin were the first to be developed and are all well
serviced with bungalows and a handful of new resorts.
But 1 was heading to the deep south of the island, where thickly
forested hills and cliffs plunge dramatically into the sea. The
southern bays of Kantiang, Nui, Khlong Jaak and Mai Phai are all
fringed with perfect crescent beaches of fine sand that are some
of the best in Thailand.
On the slopes above Kantiang bay, the Pimalai Resort and Spa
commands a spectacular seascape over the Andaman Sea. The first
upscale resort to be built on the island, Pimalai is still the
premier boutique property on Koh Lanta. Its standing was
enhanced last year with the opening of 39 luxurious and
beautifully designed pool villas that nestle in the wooded
slopes above the bay. Franck de Lestapis, the convivial general
manager is, not surprisingly, a big fan of Koh Lanta. A native
of Bordeaux, he has called this island home for six years
already and is not thinking of going anywhere else soon. "This
is like Phuket and Samui 20 years ago," he enthused, "perfect
beauty without the crowds."
It was heartening to see that the architects at Pimalai had made
a conscious effort to blend the resort in with the vegetation
and preserve the natural surroundings as much as possible. A
magnificent, centuries-old banyan tree, for example, instead of
being felled was made a centerpiece of the design and now
spreads its branches over a stunning infinity pool and terrace
As a long-time resident, Franck was obviously the person to ask
about what there was to do on Koh Lanta, and during a fine
seafood barbecue I put the question to him. Visit Lanta old town
and the lighthouse at Koh Lanta National Park, he replied
without hesitation. "Later, I will tell you about Lanta by
night," he added with a Gallic wink.
Taking his advice, early the next morning I drove on south
towards Mu Koh Lanta National Park. The tarred road ended a
short distance out of Kantiang bay, and without a four-wheel
drive vehicle I wouldn't have made it much further. The road was
little better than a jungle track skirting the edge of the cliff
with thick jungle on both sides. The forest air smelled fresh
and sweet and through the thick foliage I caught tempting
glimpses of the coastline 100 metres below.
I passed the deserted beaches fringing Nui, Khlong Jaak and Mai
Phai bays and finally abandoned the car by the side of the track
and walked the last few hundred metres to the park entrance.
Only 137 square kilometres in size including 15 offshore
islands, it is one of the smaller national parks in Thailand,
but no less beautiful for that. The views along the coast and of
the surrounding islands from the lighthouse on Cape Ta Noad are
quite spectacular and well worth the trials of the road to get
there. There is also an exhilarating jungle walk starting near
the park headquarters lined with some of the biggest tropical
hardwood trees I have seen anywhere in Asia.
Heading north once again to Khlong Nin, where the road branches
towards the east coast, I came across a local market in full
swing. Koh Lanta's equivalent of a shopping mall, the 20 or so
stalls were selling an eclectic mix of clothes, shoes, fruit,
vegetables, meat and fish as well as tools, household
necessities and tasty Southern Thai dishes and desserts.
In the area are a number of interesting limestone caves worth
exploring but it's advised to use the services of experienced
locals as guides to avoid getting lost in the subterranean and
Lanta old town used to be the biggest settlement on the island
and although it is still the administrative centre it has now
been superseded in size and commercial importance by Saladan
where the car ferry docks. Perhaps this is just as well because
Lanta town is now a time capsule, with its old teakwood
shophouses lining the main street and fishermen's shacks on
stilts over the water.
IN MARCH EACH YEAR, THE LANTA FESTIVAL HELD HERE IS dedicated to
bringing back the old times with musical and dance performances
and of course lots of traditional food and snacks. The festival
is also a chance to see rare Sea Gypsy dances and music
performed by these gentle folk whose village is situated a bit
further down the west coast.
For a different experience from the beach, it is now possible to
spend a few nights in Lanta town at the Mango House home stay
made up of restored wooden shop houses overlooking the island
Joining Franck later that evening at the Aqua bar on the beach
of Kan Tiang bay, we savored something of Koh Lanta by night.
With just a handful of other revelers the atmosphere was chilled
and relaxed as we sipped our cocktails and watched two very fit
young Thais put on a fire-twirling show.
I got talking to Saffron, an Englishwoman who runs the Scuba
Fish dive shop next door and asked her what made Koh Lanta
special for divers. She told me that due to its location, Koh
Lanta is much closer to some of the top dive sites in Southern
Thailand like Hin Daeng and Hin Muang than Phuket. "We have some
great diving around here, and the best thing is that there are
rarely more than a couple of other boats around," she confided.
According to Saffron, the nearby island of Koh Ha has 20 to 30
meters visibility year round offering cave diving, pinnacles and
walls loaded with soft corals and all sorts of interesting
smaller marine life like seahorses and frogfish. The lagoon on
Koh Ha also has some of the best snorkeling in Thailand in water
only three to five meters deep.
My days on Koh Lanta passed all too quickly. Here, months could
slip effortlessly by one tranquil, lazy day after another
without noticing. I wish I could tell you not to go to Koh Lanta,
so I could keep this lovely isle all for myself, but that
wouldn't be fair. Koh Lanta is a place everyone should have the
chance to enjoy at least once in their lives.
for a quiet vacation!”
Reviewed November 8, 2011
Fantastic view from the big villas all day, from waking
up in the morming to the sunset, followed by the
lightning-covered horizon at night. Well equipped
villas, and the friendly staff was very helpfull with
all of our requests. They were wonderfull! 10 minutes
walk to the beach/restaurants/beach. We rented a
scooter(200baht/8euros pr day) that got us around. Nice
beach and a few nice restaurants close by. We will
and still out of this world”
Reviewed October 24, 2011
We last visited Ban Kantinag See Villas last March, and
so looked forward to our second visit. On arrival the
first thing we noticed was the new road going up to the
resort, the owners are investing to make our stay more
comfortable and access easier. We were warmly greeted by
the staff and taken to our Villa. The staff here are
excellent, helpful, warm and focused on making our stay
out of this world. Again our large shopping list was
collected from Saladan, only extra charge was 100 baht
for this service. Laundry is charged at 60 baht per kilo
and returned the next day. I also took advantage of the
foreign currency exchange, the rate was 48 baht, to UK
pounds sterling, which is excellent.
I won't write too much as the previous review by
Jodyodea was excellent, and a very accurate account of
the experience here.
I also must offer an update to my previous review on
BKTS, the cleaning of the Villas is now excellent and of
a very high standard.
As for developmental feedback, I would like to see
improvement in the quality of bathroom amenities, such
as shampoo, shower gel. Also within the Villas it would
be nice to have a few plants and maybe cut orchids to
add that finishing touch, of home from home.
I can see myself coming to BKTS for many years to come
and am already looking to return in March 2012 and
October 2012. This place is truly paradise and excellent
value for money.
Room Tip: The view of Kantiang Bay is excellent, however
most people miss the beautiful sunsets looking over
towards Phi Phi Island which can been seen from
balconies of the Green, Purple, Red and Yellow Villas.
We also found an excellent local Thai restaurant called
Kantiang restaurant, its not in the reviews as yet.
However it is 200 metres south of the 7-11 on the road
towards the Pimalai Hotel, as the road inclines, you
will see a road to the left and it is just there.
week in excellent accommodation”
Reviewed October 15, 2011
I have just returned from 6 nights at BKTS with my wife
and we were so impressed with the standard of the
accommodation as well as Kantiang Bay itself - together
it was the perfect holiday.
Some comments in other reviews are a little odd, and
there is also some points worth mentioning that I
haven't seen in other reviews. So I will try to rectify
In simple terms, the villas are just stunning - with a
contemporary layout, huge balcony, epic views, gorgeous
bedrooms and great mod cons (i.e. computer, wifi,
satellite TV). It's unlikely you will ever have a better
view while washing in the semi-outdoor shower. We slept
with the blinds open so we woke every morning to Andaman
sea views. Plenty of comfortable furniture inside and
out. Lovely bathrooms with some nice toiletries
The kitchen was decent enough - 4 gas rings, coffee
maker, blender(!), microwave, toaster - but no oven.
It's worth noting that they provide some basic cooking
supplies to get you going - and some bits for your first
breakfast, and they stuck some beers and soft drinks in
the fridge as well as enough drinking water to last a
week (2 people anyway!).
I was very impressed with the layout of the development,
and the infinity pool more-or-less in the centre is
really as beautiful as the photos - we couldn't believe
it! It helps that we were offered a really great
low-season price, and the weather was pretty much
perfect. We had one big storm which was actually quite
exciting to see come in from the sea - and it was fun to
watch it under the safety of our balcony canopy! Lovely
gardens throughout and lots of nature to be seen if you
have a keen eye.
Getting there was fine - we took a shared mini-bus from
Krabi (200THB p/p) which left us at Khlong Nin - and we
were picked up there by the BKTS driver.
Alot has been written about the road up to the villas,
and I really don't understand what the fuss is about.
The villas are built on a hill-side (as is obvious from
the photos) and naturally you have to get up there
somehow! It's a steep lane, but easily walkable if you
are reasonably healthy and mobile - we did it at least
twice a day. It's a 10 minute stroll from reception to
7-11 (I timed it!). You will only need transport if you
have mobility problems, or are planning lots of day
trips. You can rent mopeds at reception.
There is a 7-11 in the village down below, but it does
not sell ANY groceries - just snacks, drinks (inc. beer)
and breads - so you might want to stock up at a
supermarket on your way there. If your coming from Krabi,
then you should factor in a trip to Tesco Lotus (it's
beside the airport) and load-up. Any private transfer
driver should would reasonably allow you this stop-off.
The only supermarket on Koh Lanta is in Saladan, 20 mins
drive away, and it wasn't worth the drive. It's pretty
awful and pricey too.
To be honest, there is a range of great little
restaurants in the village, all good value for money -
so we didn't feel the need to cook meals. Drunken
Sailors serves western breakfasts and burgers, pasta etc
- so you won't be caught short. You can also order a
selection of Drunken Sailors' menu through reception -
there will be a menu in your villa.
Any negatives? Only minor things really - not worth
mentioning as anything we asked of reception they were
able to sort straight away (fresh towels, extra pans for
the kitchen, change the bins).
Overall this place is just fantastic, especially when
you gaze across the bay to the 5 Star resort on the
other side - the only difference is the price! I really
can't recommend this place highly enough. And Kantiang
Bay is the perfect little spot to be based. We will be
coming back next year for another low season holiday!
Room Tip: All villas are identical have exceptional
views to the sea. White and yellow villas (and orange
villa to a certain extent) have the most private feel as
they are furthest down the hill (also a slight bonus
when walking back from the village), whereas all other
villas have balconies which overlook the pool area and
pathways. If you have children it would be preferrable
to have one of these - particularly the blue villa. That
way you can watch them play in the pool from your
little house for the price of a room”
Reviewed October 5, 2011
These villa's are awesome. great views, comfortable
furnishings, free wifi, a nice pool and your own
kitchen. Everything you would want for a family or group
holiday if chilling is your thing. The basic restaurants
in town serve good cheap food and there's a 7-11 in town
to get all your groceries. You do need transport of some
kind so it's more of a place to stay if you're an
independant traveller than wanting a resort with all the
place for family vacation”
Reviewed August 24, 2011
this is the most beautiful place i visit. the view of
the villa is great and all my family loved it very much.
spacious villa, lovely pool”
Reviewed April 25, 2011
We found the villa at the last minute and decided to
book it right away when they offered us 50% off the
usual rate. What a bargain right?
Our ride from the airport was a fancy new 4WD. Our
driver Musa spoke good English and was extremely helpful
and knowledgeable. Even though we arrived at the villa
at around 10 in the morning, they already have our room
ready for check-in. Although not all the staff were able
to communicate fluently in English, the friendly
attitude of the staff and constant smiles on their faces
more than make up for this minor inconvenience.
The villa is situated a bit far away from the main
village, so we decided to hire a car to travel around,
plus the driveway leading up to the villa was just way
too steep and uneven. At the end of the day, we felt
really bad for the guy we rented the car from as the
road was so bad its really only meant for 4WD.
They do not provide fresh towels everyday because the
laundry only comes every few days. I don't know if this
only happens during the low peak season or if its the
On the last 2 days of our stay the power went out in our
whole suburb for a few hours. I was told its common
during low peak season. If you are the type that needs
air-con to sleep in the tropics, this can be a major
problem. But since we were only paying 5000baht a night,
we weren't complaining. If I had to pay for the full
price, I think I would have felt ripped off.
My favorite is their salt water infinity pool. I wanted
to stay in there forever. The view from our villa is
spectacular and the hammock in the balcony is great for
enjoying the stars and cool night breeze. Please bring
lots of insect repellent! You will need it!
a view"... Priceless!!”
Reviewed April 19,
We flew into Krabi on 12 April and stayed a night at
Anyavee resort ....before heading onto Ko Lanta the next
morning... the sun was out... and browsed weather
forecasts saying there would be little or no
precipitation the following days.. so we were set... we
rented a SUV and drove down... it took us a bit longer
to reach.. due to the songkran festivities on the
road... with all the color..and buckets of water being
splashed around... guess a holiday is not complete
without a fun mix of weather, location, cuisine and
people... getting to Baan Kan Tieng was easy ... with
gps on our phone.. do recommend mobile.google.com
(maps.google.com). The climb to the resort was dicey...
the road is mostly rubble.. and would think twice before
driving up or down in the rain.. .but once at the
resort... it was pure heaven... the white house is
amazing... 2 decently large sized rooms with attached
bath rooms all tastefully done... great detailing...
felt like home on vacation.. and great living area with
a huge fully functional kitchen.... the icing ofcourse
is the largest sun deck with the most spectacular view
day or night.... of the bay and star lit night sky..
simply gorgeous... having full wifi internet access and
all media hooked up to the LCD was a bonus... we mostly
ate outdoor but did stay 1 rainy night in... i was
surprised by the prompt service and courteous staff...
being late and stormy they managed to deliver our meal
on time + threw in a couple of cornettos without any
fuss... i would recommend the villas on higher ground
for older couples...... but if you dont mind the climb
up and down.. .the white house perhaps has the best
view....that said.. the villas are all designed to have
a view of the bay... if you are looking for a home away
from home... relax, space, freedom, privacy and a
spectacular view... then this is the place for you... if
you are looking for a resort experience... then would
recommend layana or pimalai.. the only difference is you
would be paying double and get half the experience you
would get at Baan KanTiang See
Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
terrace, fantastic views”
Reviewed April 11, 2011
The villas are really
spacious, with good facilities. The pool is very
beautiful. Kantiang Beach is only 800m away, but the
road down from the resort is very steep and unmade
(though I believe it is going to be made up soon). Going
down is difficult, going back up is exhausting.
There is a friendly restaurant immediately at the bottom
of the path, the 7-eleven is a further 5 minutes' walk.
The staff were friendly and attentive, but the daily
housekeeping left something to be desired - only 3 cups,
batteries in only one of the remote controls, bath
towels not changed daily, shower extras not replaced, no
tissues, no hairdryer, inadequate tea towels.
But these niggles failed to upset a stunning setting and
a most enjoyable stay.
Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
place if thisvis what you are looking for” ****
Date of review: Mar 7, 2011
I think there are not many places like this. If you are
looking for your own little house in thailand this is
The villas are huge, plenty of space and great
facilities. The pool is exceptional and incredibly nice
Fir us wit very small children thiugh a couple of things
turned iut difficult: the road to the beach is very very
steep and so for us only taxi was the choice (which was
fast and not very expensive). Add to this that there are
no restaurants or shops really around close and you
become a little isolated. Of course, if not for our
small kids this could have been worked around fairly
easily and eg hiring a car is an option.
The staff was the best we have met in our entire trip
though, sooo friendly and attentive. They can bring food
from restaurants, get you things from supermarket etc
etc. They allowed us a little earlier checkout since our
youngest had priblems with the steep paths for which i
am very thankful!!
All in all if you are looking for your very own place,
you have it here. Quiet, great views and fab pool!
we could ever dream of, and more” *****
Date of review: Feb 20, 2011
We are just back from our first family trip to Thailand,
staying three weeks at the Baan KanTiang See. It was
really all we could ever dream of, and more. The
apartments are modern, well equipped, lots of space and
has a really nice and homy feeling. Our apartment had
two large bedrooms, kitchen, living room, two bathrooms
(with amazing open air showers) and a huge terrace. It
was perfect for our family but could also be great for
one or two pairs of adults. The apartments are nicely
positioned on top of a hill with an amazing view over
the KanTiang Bay.
Staff at the Baan KanTiang See was extremely friendly
and helpful. They helped us with everything from
arranging trips, room service, grocery shopping,
cleaning, washing of clothes and driving us wherever we
wanted to go. Ordering food at the room service is
Baan KanTiang See also has a really nice outside area
and an amazing pool. And the pool is not busy, as you
could expect. Even though we visited during high season,
most of the time we had the entire pool to ourselves.
Koh Lanta is an amazing island with lots of things to do
and places to see. We can especially recommend the
Mangrove Kayaking, Scuba diving and snorkelling, Bu Bu
Island and cooking classes at Time for Lime. Another tip
is renting a scooter if your family situation allows it.
We did and had an amazing time exploring the island.
From all the apartments we saw and visited during our
stay, this is by far the nicest. We highly recommend
staying at the Baan KanTiang See, and guarantee that we
will be back.
made in heaven” *****
Date of review: Feb 12, 2011
What can I say.......what a wonderful experience,
amazing views, you pay the price, by walking up the step
hill to the villas. The staff are amazing, helpful and
friendly. You can arrange your shopping list and the
staff will collect from Saladan for 100baht. I needed
foreign exchange, my money was taken and exchanged in
Saladan, free of charge. If you need beers or soft
drinks, the reception has a fridge with this in for a
small fee. The 7 11 at the bottom of the hill, only
sales alcohol, after 5pm.
The pool is amazing, yet quiet, with only a few guests
using it. Tours are best arranged from Kantiang bay, we
hired a long tail boat visiting 4 places for 4500 baht,
which is for private hire. I would recommend this place.
My only developmental feedback is, the room cleaning was
very poor. Two maids came to clean our room. One carried
the cleaning bucket and sat on the sofa the entire time.
They did as little as possible. On arrival there was
still dirt on the floor, with pencils and small
children's toys. This was mentioned to receptions, but
nobody returned to clean. The cleaning of the TV
involved wiping her hand along the top. The cleaning of
the floor was like a comedy sketch. It did make us laugh.
Hopefully the hotel management will read these comments
and improve upon. Yes we did address the issue with
YES i would still recommend.
seriously excellent.” *****
Date of review: Jan 30, 2011
quiet and cosy, situated up on a hill side, with
excellent views of the sea.
each bungalow has 2 double rooms en suite showers that
are open air. the only glitch is that it can get very
windy hence making showering a chilly business. the wind
also slants the water that flows from the shower head
making showering a tricky business.
beautiful pool situated at an edge overlooking the sea
horizon makes swimming a pleasure.
kitchen is fully equipped, take this opportunity to shop
around ko lanta for ingredients and make yourself a
pleasant meal. drinking water is provided.
living room is spacious, has a flat screen with access
to cable tv and a pc as well with free internet and wifi
connection for those with a lappy.
staff are very friendly and helpful. ask them for
recommendations for places to eat and visit, their
suggestions are quite good. they have no restaurant, but
you can order from the reception, they will order from
the restaurant situated at the bottom of the hill. Not
very tasty though, but the price is not too bad.
Each bungalow is priced at 10000Baht originally. but
they had a promotional rate of 5000Baht. but they
further deducted the rates to 3500Baht when we decided
to stay another night. so all in all, it is an excellent
deal for such an awesome accommodation.
the drive up the hill is not paved, but gravel. so
renting a scutter or vespa might be a problem as the
ascend to the resort is quite steep and treacherous when
it is raining.
definately a place to consider for those wanting a
relaxed and romantic place to stay that doesn't burn a
hole in their wallet.
little peice of heaven” *****
Date of review: Jan 18, 2011
My boyfriend and I have just arrived back from spending
10 days staying at Baan KanTiang See Villas. I cannot
reccomend this place enough - absolutely perfect to
celebrate turning 30. The views over the beach and
surrounding areas is just beautiful, the villas have
everything you need to relax into your stay and the pool
provides the most special views I have seen in Thailand
before. The staff are friendly and attentive and always
willing to help with any questions you may have, as well
as making your stay as comfortable as possible. Be
prepared for the walk up the hill (it's a killer) but
you can get taxi's easily from the reception (complimentary
bus to and from the beach at 10am and 2pm) We'll
certainly be back.
choice for family” *****
Date of review: Dec 22, 2010
Koh Lanta is a laid back, quiet island. The Baan
Kantiang See Villa is a pretty cluster of "private"
villas centered around a pool, perched up on a hill
overlooking a quiet beach and small cluster of shops and
restaurants. We prefer total privacy when we rent a
villa, but this was the best we could find at the busy
Christmas season. The villas were very well laid out,
the service was EXCELLENT, the location was just grand (sunsets
are beautiful!). We rented a car most days, but you can
walk down the hill to the beach and to restaurants if
you want a day without car. Hint: The Jungle View
restaurant has really nice food and great service!
recommended... Maybe my fave place in whole of
Date of review: Dec 8, 2010
My girlfriend stayed here with 3 of her friends and
enjoyed it so much that when my parents came out we all
stayed here again!
Consists of 8 or so large villas... all with incredible
views. The photos on the site don't do the near 360
views of sea and forest justice. The villas are very
comfortable, lots of different places to sit, large
amount of private outside space both covered and
uncovered, fully equipped kitchen, tasteful decoration,
strong wifi, cable TV, air-conditioned bedrooms, two
large bathrooms - one of which enables you to shower
looking out on the ocean. Good sized shared swimming
The service we got was excellent. The staff are very
helpful and discreet - they quietly go about their
business making sure your villa and the environs are
clean and tidy. You can dial reception and order meals
to be delivered from nearby restaurant or food and drink
to be delivered from supermarket. It arrives at your
door within an hour with seemingly no mark up at all.
Situated a 5 minute walk from Kantiang Bay Beach. It is
a relatively steep walk up from the main road to the
villas... but absolutely worth it for the view and the
tranquility once you are up there.
I heavily researched alternatives in Kantiang Bay and
considering the quality of the accommodation Baan
Kantiang See represents very good value for money.
of total relaxation & beautiful view” *****
Date of review: Dec 7, 2010
Me and my girlfriend stayed 10 days at this beautiful
new resort. It was the perfect place to spend my very
late summer holiday. The staff was very friendly, and
always ready to help you with whatever your needs. The
whole resort has a fantastic view, and the swimming pool
area really is superb place to be.
It´s a 10 minute walk from the resort to the beach and
several nice restaurants and some nice laidback
I think this is the closest you get to not being stuck
in a place full of busy tourists, although it feels like
there are many things to do if you tend to not spend
your holiday by the pool / beach.
I will most certainly go back !
Date of review: Aug 31, 2010
It was a quit place. Few tourist's. Many things to do if
you rent a car
Baan KanTiang See
Mar 27, 2010
We where a group of 11 with 2 small children and 3
teenagers,and the children was thrilled to be at the
Baan Kantiang.They could play around and swim in the
popular swimmingpool,and we could keep track of them all
It was very quiet and relaxing up in the hills of
Kantiang,and you get a very exclusive view of the beach.
of exceedingly beautiful.” *****
Baan KanTiang See
London, United Kingdom
Mar 25, 2010 | Trip type: Friends getaway
I stay here about a week. What is more beautiful. You
can see the view around. If most beautiful sunset I have
the opportunity to return to live here is certainly
exists. And I will recommend friends and relatives to
come live here as well.
Baan KanTiang See
Mar 21, 2010 | Trip type: Family
We were a family of 9 who lived here in 17 days. It is a
wonderful place that we are already longing to return.
The houses and the swimming pool is absolutely fantastic
with a view you can only dream about. Would also like to
thank the employees who helped us to book soom very nice
day trips too islands around.
We will come back.
Baan KanTiang See
Mar 18, 2010 | Trip type: Business, Family
We are a family from Norway. We lived at Kantiang See
for 3 weeks.
What a view! What a pool! What a perfect paradise!
at first sight” *****
Baan KanTiang See
Mar 18, 2010 | Trip type: Family
Stayed at Baan Kan Tiang See for to weeks. 6 persons
included 2 children. It was our first trip to Thailand,
and we simply fell in love with the place. The villas at
BKTS was beautifull situated on a hillside with nice
view to the sea. We just loved to sit at the large
terasse and enjoy the sundown and the quietness. We also
discovered several good resturant near by. The
beach,10min. walk away, was just beautifull, with white
sand and the clearest water. The villas contains to
bedrooms, to bathrooms, livingroom and kitchen with all
you need for cooking. Very nice decorated and all new,
with plenty off room. We also loved to walk in the nice
garden or take a swim in the swimmingpool, where we also
could enjoy the wiev. The stab where friendly and
serviceminded and did their best to make our stay
comfertable. We will be back. Regards from Reidunn og
Kåre, Arendal Norway
best place for holliday - ever” *****
Baan KanTiang See
Mar 16, 2010 | Trip type: Family
We are a ecxended family from Norway traveling, 3
generations, 6 persons including 2 children.
We have been in Thailand before, this stay was
absolutely and difenetly the best place to stay.
We stayed all in one of the 8 villas. There was plenty
room for the 6 of us. The villa was placeced next to the
pool, with a fantastic wiew to the beach, and the sea.
The villa consists of about 200 square meters living
area and a huge balcony about 100 square meters.
2 large sleeping rooms with dobbelbeds in both, 2 large
bathrooms, a very large open kitchen with everything you
A big living room with nice funiture and a brand new
huge LCD screen and computer.
All you need is here.
On the huge balcony there is a big table for 8 people.
and other nice funiture for relaxing.
Next to "our" villa there is a totally amazing pool
overlooking the bay.
you are worth it” *****
Baan KanTiang See
Feb 28, 2010 | Trip type: Family
We are a family from Denmark traveling with 2 small
We have been in Thailand 15 times and this place is
absolutely and difenetly one of the best places we ever
we stayed in one of the 8 villas placed on a beautiful
hill side, overlooking Kantiang bay and the small
village "Baan Kantiang".
The villa consists of about 200 square meters living
area and a huge bacony about 100 square meters.
2 large sleeping rooms with dobbelbeds in both, 2 large
bathrooms, a very large open kitchen with everything you
need for cooking thaifood or europian food.
A big living room with brand new huge LCD screen and
All you need is here and everything nicely decorated in
thai/europian style, thai cultural element mixed into
minimalistic style in wich we just loved.
On the balony is everything, even a bamboo hammock in
wich the children stayed most of the time. A big table
for 8 people and everythig made of look a like teak wood.
Near by the villa is a totally amazing pool overlooking
the bay and a fantastic sunset.
You can easily stay 8 people here, 4 extra matresses you
can use and lots of space to put them.
We stayed 7 days, but not enough so we have to come
we payed 5000 bath a night only, for this paradise.
We come back in July and will stay a least 1 week.
Peter and Sandy, Copenhagen
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