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Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Preston, UK
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Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Hi everyone

Eventually got around to booking our flights to return to Thailand and now for the hotels.After spending 1 week in Ko lanta we are returning to Khao Lak.On our previous visit in 2007 we stayed at the Le Meridien based on reports on TA paticularly those of Arandora and we loved the hotel and its setting.

This time we feel we would like to be within walking distance of more resturants and the Mukdara seems to fit the bill.Unfortunately on our last visit we never went down the road to Bang Niang so never saw the Mukdara or other hotels down there.

Anyone out there can compare the two hotels.

Philip

Sydney
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1. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Hi Philip,

We had a brief look at the Le Meridien while picking up a couple going on the same day trip as us and of what we saw it was very impressive. The view from reception down to pool and ocean was beautiful.

The couple we spent the day with were a little disappointed though and told us how they had changed rooms a few times because of one thing or another.

We ourselves stayed at the Mukdara and had no such problems our garden villa was beautiful and the view from reception overlooking the garden pool was awesome. The ocean pool was really lovely but a little more crowded.

There are some really good restaurants within walking distance and a short bike/tuk tuk ride into town.

Plus you have the added bonus of other resorts very close like the Ramada and La flora where you can eat as well.

We loved it.

Glenys

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2. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Hi Philip,

So glad, but not surprided you enjoyed the Le Meridien, and particularly its setting. Not hard to do, is it?

Having returned this year for a longer stay (and longer next) we stayed "down the road" in Bang Niang and had a look around the Mukdara and took some pics for a TA member staying there later in the year. We were very impressed with waht we found, which is supported by SydneyGlennie who stayed there.

Our pics are at:

http://photos.orange.co.uk/album/7597039

The resort is a large one, like Le Meridien, with a good range of accommodation types. The interior shots are of the Deluxe rooms which, like Le Meridien are at the rear of the property. It has beautiful grounds with pools both in the gardens and by the beach. The accommodation is more Thai than the Le Meridien, I think.

Although the beach at Bang Niang is not quite as nice, or spacious as at Pak Weeb as there are more resorts on it, the Mukdara is located on one of the best stretches with restaurants, bars and massage places in either direction on the beach and up the road to the highway, so ideally placed. You only need to walk north across the inlet and you are on the beautiful Khuk Khak Beach and you are only a 10 minute ride from the main centre at Bang La On. You can also walk right down the beach from the Mukdara across another inlet (you may have to go across on a raft for 10 baht) and you are on Nang Thong Beach and can walk into Bang La On (not recommended in the dark).

We really enjoyed Bang Niang and can't wait to return there next January.

Regards

Alan

Cape Panwa, Thailand
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3. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Alan,

When i stay at the Kempinski on Khuk Khak beach will i be able to walk from there to Bang Niang as i would also like to check out the other properties in that area for future reference and perhaps some of the dining places in that area.

Julie

Cape Panwa, Thailand
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4. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Philip,

If you have allready been to LM i would say perhaps try the Mukdara. I have also been informed by locals in Khao Lak that it is is a lovely hotel. Allthough the LM is a super hotel it does lack in having the ability to walk to a good choice of other dining options that you have at Bang Niang.

Julie

Preston, UK
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5. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Hi

Glenys

Alan

Julie

Thanks for helping make my mind up, the Mukdara it is then,on with booking for next Feb now will let you know when confirmed.

Thanks

Philip

Poulton Le Fylde...
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6. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Looks like another one for the February TA get together.

Preston, UK
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7. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Reservations confirmed!! We'll be staying at the Mukdara from 15th Feb to 1st Mar.

Really looking forward to returning to Khao Lak, and a possible TA get together.

Philip

Poulton Le Fylde...
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8. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Watch this space!

Cape Panwa, Thailand
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9. Re: Le Meridien vs Mukdara

Hi Philip,

Changs all round then will keep you posted.

Julie

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