I had made my reservation via Expedia and paid the full amount in advance. When I arrived at Jerung, I was told that I did not have a room due to overbooking. The person at the front desk called the manager immediately and she gave me a room at a different hotel nearby (about 10 minutes walk), which was closer to the beach and had better rooms (I know because I visited my friends who were staying at Jerung). The manager personally gave me a ride to the hotel and to my appointment later that day. I'm not sure if it's the hotel or Expedia who is responsible for overbooking, but I thought I'd let people know what happened.
Great two nights at Tonys lodge, easy to book, staff were friendly, the room was clean, large, had a nice balcony and has a 7/11 and markets/bar across the road.
Only thing was there werent many options for breakfast/dinner in walking distance from Tonys lodge.
But it is only a short tuk tuk ride to the main Centre of koah lak, where there are loads of restaurants and shops.
I stayed for 2 nights. Overall i would pay for it again, though my room was in need of some tlc. This may not be the case with other rooms.
Pros: location is central Khao Lak, but a bit of a walk to the beach. Atm and stores right outside the front doors. Staff was kind, but could have done more. Massage parlor at the bottom of the stairs.
Cons: my safe key had been lost by previous customer and I was not helped any farther then that. Construction or loud neighbors behind building. Thin walls. The A/c in my room was ancient and didn't actually change setting when I used the remote. It seemed to be stuck in high mode, which meant turning it off and on throughout the night when I woke up freezing cold. The springs in my twin stiff mattress helped to wake me up as well.
Again, this was just my experience with one room. There aren't many affordable places in khao Lak ($100/night is the average).
Ask to see the room before booking if possible.
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