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Why Tonsai Restaurant is special ?
Green curry with chicken -100 baht
Chicken with cashew nut -100 baht
Banana fritters -50 baht
- Best restaurant in Ao Nang
- Good value and tasty food
- Excellent value and quality
- Basic little restaurant
- The restaurant if you are on budget
- Main cuisine Thailand
- Noise level Normal
- Budget Budget
- Alcohol YES
- Air condition YES
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card YES
- Serve breakfast YES
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian YES
Klong Prao Beach, Ko Chang, Thailand
The location is stunning and the Rooms fantastic with huge wrap around balconies but the hotel lets itself down.We enjoyed a very relaxing 8 night stay here in early December 2012However there is a lack of attention to detail that I expect from a 5* resort and access to/from the hotel needs to be improved.Housekeeping was inconsistent, sometimes they re stocked the toiletries, sometimes they didn't. One day we had no toilet paper! We asked for an ashtray and finally received it 5 days later!There are signs everywhere that "management accept no responsibility for just about everything"We walked the "monkey trail" most days and it is in a dreadful state of repair. (While its in a National Park and not the managements responsibility as the signs state - surely it's not beyond the managements ability to make a donation to the National Park to cover the cost of repairs (After all its used by all the hotel staff as its their only way to work.). The hotel has obviously given this a lot of thought and broadcast information about the monkey trail on the info channel on the tv in your room to ensure you are aware that they are not responsible.We had no difficulties booking the free shuttle boat to Had Nopparat Pier (and the hotel was fully booked while we were there) BUT it's a 3km walk to Ao Nang centre. (Its 40 baht tuk tuk ride)The obvious solution is for the hotel to offer a free longboat service to/from Ao Nang - it's only 600m distance around the headland. Instead they charge you 150 Baht. Longboats from Ao Nang to Raylei beach or Chicken Island which are ten times further away only cost 100 Bhat. In fact you can hire a longboat all day for 2500 Bhat.I would recommend this hotel with reservations its stunning location and fantastic rooms are marred by a lack of attention to detail and poor access.Would highly recommend the Tonsai restaurant in Ao Nang we had three excellent meals here (we paid on average 450 Bhat for a meal for two including beer). It's up the hill just passed and on the opposite side of the road from McDonald's.We used phuket shuttle.com for our transfers from Phuket airport to Kamala Beach, from Kamala Beach to Had Nopparat, and from Had Nopparat to Phuket airport all worked very smoothly would highly recommend.We flew from Manchester to Phuket via Abu Dhabi with Etihad/Air Berlin - this was appalling. We had booked both sectors as a code share with Etihad. The transfer was chaotic. It took us 40 minutes after landing to be bussed to the terminal. Air Berlin then left our bags (as well as 10 other people's) in Abu Dhabi, On the return the Air Berlin flight was delayed by 2 1/2 hours (1 hour due to late arrival of the inbound aircraft, a further 1 1/2 hours due to Air Berlin,s disorganisation)Consequently all the Uk bound passengers missed their onward connection. We met another couple at the Centara who had had similar problems and no bags a few days later. If you've already booked with Etihad/Air Berlin, make sure you take all necessities and spare clothes in your cabin baggage.
We have just returned from our adventure holiday in Thailand and stayed at the Centara. Do not go if you have difficulty with walking as it would be difficult for less able people to get to and from the hotel.Saying that we managed and I even did the monkey trail four times!! Yes it is not the best layed out climb but if you take it easy and look where you are walking it is not to difficult. Wear sensible shoes, do not take any carrier bags and carry on walking past the monkeys even if they are in front of you on the path. I actually did the trail in flip flops once but I wouldn't recommed it We had no problem with the monkeys at all, but then again we were not afraid of them and apart from taking a few snaps we just walked past them. We did witness another couple stop and were afraid to go past them, which made the monkeys more curious and less likely to let them past.The monkeys get fed early on a morning by the Centara staff, about 7.00am and they come running along the trail to get their food. Generaly the monkeys just play on the beach and if you stand there you become part of their playground. Yes they will climb up you and i had one gripping on to me by my hair, but they were easily knocked off. If you have food on you you may have problems with them. But we never saw any agression from them to people, saying that you always have to remember that they are wild animals.The staff at the Centara are lovely, very helpful and always smiling. The resort is in a fabulous location, the beach is very clean, but I would agree with others that this is not a five star resort. The rooms do need some maintainence work or up dating, but are quite nice just not 5 star. the food is delicious, but the menues are a little limitted.We attended a Hawkers night which was fabulous, the food was great and the entertainment was very good. The quality of food including breakfast was excellent.The little shop in the resort was not very well stocked and you wer unable to buy any refreshments except for in your mini bar. This was quite expensive, so a trip into Ao Nang is required to top up on drinks and choccy. We did not think the prices for the food in the resort was expensive for the quality, but I guess compared to Ao Nang it was more expensive. A MUST IS THE BAHT BONANZA for 10,000 Baht's you get 15,000 and the more you put in the more you get free. Absolutely fantastic savings for around the resort, but you must do it within 24 hours of arriving.We had a fabulous time and would like to thank all the staff there, one big adventure
With the exception of the guy who greeted us at the entrance, every time we arrived at the hotel, the rest of the staff we encountered looked like they had all had a bad day at the office. They looked like they were "touristed out". Just another guest to deal with for a few days, was the way we felt.The hotel itself was ok. Our room was opposite the next door hotel's air conditioning unit, but that was not audible from the room. We went for the least expensive option, so no grumbles. The rooms with pool access looked cool.Location is fine, as long as you have transport. People looking at Lonely Planet need to inflate any price for Tuk Tuks by at least 25%, or face walking everywhere. Renting a bike (scooter) is a cool option, but, a little daunting when they tell you that "nobody does insurance, around here".... For those who take the plunge, two days cost us 400thb, or the cost of about two return Tuk Tuk rides to town. It also lets you explore all the local beaches and the roads are not busy.All in all, I would not book here, again, but I guess that won't worry the hotel....
Would highly recommend the Tonsai restaurant in Ao Nang we had three excellent meals here (we paid on average 450 Bhat for a meal for two including beer). It's up the hill just passed and on the opposite side of the road from McDonald's.