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Reviewed 29 January 2012

I had booked 5 nights at Sunda after reading some amazing reviews on Tripadvisor. When we checked into the resort, we were welcomed by smiling ladies at the reception. This is a rain forest themed resort and if you cannot stand insects/open bathroom/crickets chirping the entire night, don't come here.

Post check-in we were showed our room which was quite smaller than what i was expecting. The bathroom was semi open and becomes a full of insects if you leave the lights on. On the second day of our stay, i saw a pig running around the pool. My wife dropped a potato chip and after sometime our room was full of insects. When i called reception i was told that housekeeping has left. After making repeated calls, two staff members came and cleaned the insects from the room.

The breakfast at the restaurant is pathetic. One morning my wife found a cockroach in a croissant she was eating for breakfast and complained to the staff. The staff did not even bother to apologize.

The resort is quite far away from Aao Nang Beach/Market but they have free transport to and from Burger King/McDonald's which is the only saving grace of this resort. This is a muslim resort so neither do they serve alcohol nor is it allowed in their restaurant if you bring some yourself. You can drink in you room but they don't serve room service. The resort lends you motorcycles at 300 thb/day but they are not insured and if you meet an accident or lose them, then you have to pay 70,000 thb to get your passport back.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Discoverer00
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

after reading the review on here we booked the first 2 of our five night here at Sunda...hoping we would like it and want to stay. Needless to say we moved to the Mercure. For what you pay at Sunda our experience was extremely disappointing. We have stayed at places that are far cheaper and cleaner, with kinder staff who were more helpful...the only thing that was nice was the free transport to town, which beware the signs say go from 7am-10pm but really is only from 8am-930pm' so don't think you will get any help getting to town before 8am. According to the people at the front desk there was no way to town at all and they had no one to call to get us to town earlier and we were the first people who had ever wanted to go to town before 8am and we would just need to wait. I figured they would at least give us the number to a taxi or something but they did not.

also the day before we had been out of the room the entire day and got back at 5pm to a room that wasn't made up, and almost immediately the staff showed up to clean the room and waited at the door until we left to come in which made us feel extremely rushed when we just wanted to take a nap.

there are places where you will pay the same price and have much better service and clean bathrooms.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lizardbeth1000
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We selected this resort based on previous reviews (which were mostly positive) and the photos we saw on the Sunda website. The photos of rooms and facilities shown on their website was to our liking. And what you see in the website is also what you actually get.

Location
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The resort is not along the busy main streets of Aonang. It is close to the Boxing Stadium. Apart from an independent restaurant outside the resort and Krabi Aquamarine Resort, we did not see anything else in the immediate vicinity of the resort. The location is on the quiet side, which is ideal for relaxation. The resort is surrounded by greens and this makes for a serene atmosphere. Getting around to Aonang and Nopparat Thara beach is no issue at all. The resort provides free transportation to these places and back (you have to call them). We bought a pre-paid SIM card for THB49 and it was enough for the 5 days we were there. We used the free transportation service very frequently since we had 3 children and found that the service was good and fuss free. The free transport runs from 8am to 9.30pm. After hours, tuk-tuk's from Aonang to the resort cost total of THB100, for 2 adults and 3 children.

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There are two swimming pools and during the time we were there (last week of Dec 2011), we often had the pool to ourselves. It was most satisfying to jump in the pool after a day of walking around or coming back from a day excursion. The pools go to a max depth of around 5 feet. But there are children areas at both pools which are fairly shallow. Resort provides pool/beach towels and guests are allowed to take these to the beach or on day excursions to the islands. You can get these at the reception. Just do not lose them, you will be required to pay for lost towels.

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Our room rate came with breakfast. There was cut fruits, cereal, muesli, salad, fried eggs, sausages, slices of meat (chicken?), fried rice, fried noodles, porridge, pancakes, french toast, mix vegetables, yoghurt, buns, croissants, sliced bread, an omelette station, milk, coffee, tea, water, and 2 types of fruit juice. Breakfast runs from 7-10am.
Take note of a sign at the entrance of the resort restaurant: alcohol is not permitted in the restaurant.
The resort restaurant is halal, which will appeal to Moslem guests.

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Rooms were clean and comfortable. We slept well. Beds were equipped with duvets (instead of standard blankets), which added to the comfort level. TV is small, CRT type. Some cable channels are available (example: Star Movies, BBC, sports channel etc). Rooms come with a fridge, kettle and a small safe (too small to keep a laptop, but suitable for cash, passport and compact cameras).
Canal room comes with a fairly generous balcony. Balcony is facing the canal and surrounded by trees.
For the canal room bathroom, the photos (on the resort website) seems to indicate that it is an open shower. However, it is fully closed. Part of the ceiling is translucent material, letting sunshine in and giving the illusion of an open shower. Nice concept. Simple but works.

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Wifi comes complimentary with the room. The wifi service was good, fast enough for Youtube and the likes.
If you did not bring your laptop, or any other internet enabled device, there is a desktop computer at the reception area. It is free for resort guests. You can also print from this desktop computer. First 3 pages are free. After that, the resort charges THB15 for each additional page.

Overall this is a pleasant and comfortable resort. Environment is peaceful and there is a "feel good" factor. Staff are friendly and genuine. No reason why I will not come back.

Room Tip: Canal rooms have nice balconies. Balconies are overlooking the canal, so in general you have slightly more privacy compared to garden and pool rooms (which has balconies facing the walkway).
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank Travel_no_more
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Went to Sunda in NOV. Requested for an extra bed of which was already prepared when we arrived. Spacious and clean rooms. 5 mins away from ao nang beach, a great resort to be in with its forest feeling. Convenient shuttle service to Ao nang. Night time, u can sit by e pool and stargaze away. Pool view room a must! Friendly staff who were accomodating. Rectified the wifi Issue almost immediately. Will be back definitely, for the beach, the pleasant resort as well as the pancakes~.

Room Tip: Pool room a must if u like to stay in the resort and chill ur morning away.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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2  Thank up15
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Spend two nights at Sunda after 12 nights in Ko Lanta. One night here costed 500 bahts more than our excellent accommodation (Long Beach Chalet) there, and we did expect s lot more. It's not a four star place for this price, more like two.
So what was wrong? First: cleaniness. The room was close to filthy. Slapped mosquitoes on the walls, tabs very dirty, curtains dirty. They do wash the floor, but do not manage to maintain overall cleaniness.
Secondly: VERY poor breakfast when it's 500 bahts more per night per room with breakfast. Coffeepot was so filthy you could not see trough it. Cold stuff like youghurt is just there with no cooling at all, fruits look like cut two days earlier. Hot stuff is lukewarm. If you must stay here, eat out!
Location is away from all, but the free minivan is nice. It's only till 9.30 pm though.
I did not quite get why anyone would choose Ao Nang overall, since it's beaches are rather poor and the place is rather touristy. And it's pretty pricey with the accomodation. Do go to Khao Lak or Ko Lanta instead, both very relaxed and beautiful.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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2  Thank Elina S
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