Still undecided on AI or B&B at The Merlin resort , any views would be helpful
Definitely breakfast only - you can get bored of a hotel's food and you also miss out on the fun of setting out each night to a different restaurant or bar. Eating out in Thailand is not expensive so you don't need to worry about your budget.
Bear in mind that AI in Thailand is very uncommon and very recent and resorts do not offer the same level of facilities (water sports for instance) that established and often exclusively AI resorts in other parts of the world that you may be used to. You will be sharing the facilities with non-guests, food and possibly drinks will be specially prepared for AI guests and not necessarily with the same choice as paying guests. Food will certainly be more restricted than that in the many excellent restaurants both in the vicinity and in particular over the mountain 10 minutes away in Bang La On, the main township of Khao Lak where there are also more bars and shops. Only you can decide whether the difference in cost between AI and B&B is worth it. Personally having stayed in AIs in both the Caribbean and Mexico Where there was much in the resort and little outside it, B&B every time in Khao Lak for me.
Hi. Totally agree drinks and food not as good and this isn't the place to go all-inclusive it's a place to go and eat out and experience all it's got to offer
Eating in the local restaurants is an indispensable part of what makes holidays in Khao Lak so wonderful. Take your chance of these daily surprises, you won't regret.
We are also having this dilemma.my only reservation is that we are going in June low season and restaurants will be closed,particulaEly the beach ones. We are staying at the Sands and we don't want to go bb only to find everywhere closed and end up eating there anyway but paying more
Some restaurants will be closed but most in Bang La On where the Sands is located will be open. So will many up the road in Bang Niang. You wil still have a great selection of the best restaurants in Khao Lak e.g. Smile, Orchid Cafe, Tiffy's, Kgao Lak Seafood, Busabba, Mojo, Hill Tribes, Walkers Inn, Dao Thong, most of which you would be using for dinner as the nearest beach restaurants are a 15 minute at least walk along the beach which is dark on your return. AI is a very restricting option in Khao Lak even in the Wet Season.
Thank you for you reply. We did think about taking torch :-) we have emailed Smile and they have emailed back to say they are closed in June :-( which is disappointing as the food looks lovely. hope others don't do the same.owner says Khao lak is very quiet and not worth them opening
Smile usually closes for a month but it depends each year which month they choose. KL will be quiet but still plenty of restaurants staying open.
We can only reinforce the comments previously provided by Arandora.
There are literally dozen's of good quality restaurants open in low season.
The Sands is in a great location to sample many of them. You could be missing one of the best attractions in Thailand if you don't eat out.
Damn I was looking forward to visiting smile in June. Do you know which dates they are closed in June?