The Imperial Angkor Palace Hotel

, Koh Samui, Thailand
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The Imperial Angkor Palace Hotel

, Koh Samui
83 Moo 5 Choeng Mon Beach - Koh Samui - 84320 - Thailand Hotel Website | 77-425041
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Lovely place to stay while in Koh Samui

from CALove2Travel
When we arrived in Koh Samui, we didn’t have a reservation and relied on the airport staff to direct us to a hotel. We ended up at a guest house that was adequate, but not great. After taking a stroll down the beach, we came upon the Imperial Boat House Resort and asked to see a room. The Imperial Boat House was significantly nicer than the place we were currently booked (and not that much more expensive), so we promptly packed our bags and moved. Many guide books classify the Imperial as a “luxury” hotel. We were in the most basic room and I wouldn’t quite call it “luxury”, but it was very nice and comfortable. The room was spacious, the beds were comfy, bathroom had a spa tub and separate shower and we had a nice deck. The resort is really impressive – beautiful landscaping and accents throughout. I’m sure if you booked a nicer room, (especially a boat suite – suites the size of small apartments literally encased in boat-shaped structures), the accommodations would be considered luxurious. Whatever your price range may be for “luxury” accommodations, the Imperial Boat House Resort is highly recommended.

Good family-friendly hotel

from ksm100
The Boathouse is quite a large hotel, so was a little impersonal. However, the location and beach were great with plenty of sun-loungers, lots of eating options nearby, and canoes to use. The breakfast buffet was good, although busy.
The baotshaped pool was full of children, and the hotel did seem very geared up for families. The beach is great for kids as the water is shallow with very gentle waves. The garden pool was a little quieter, but the pool area got vert hot with no breeze from the sea.
The rooms were fairly spacious, with a large balcony, although they also got very hot in the afternoon.
We didn't try the restaurant; the service was good at the bar, but not much in the way of a seating area, and very uncomfortable chairs!
The hotels grounds were very well maintained, and well laid out.
Overall, a good hotel, but nothing exceptional.


from redbulllover
This was a late honeymoon for me and my husband. It was our first time to Thailand. The Boathouse was icredible! The staff were so helpful and attentative. The location of the hotel is right on the beach where there are plenty of places to eat. Our room was great, we had a balcony where we could sit in the evenings. The hotel also have a group of massage ladies who offer foot/back/thai massage, they also do foot scubs aswell which is great after walking round Chaeweng all day! We had the buffet breakfast each morning and i have never seen such variety - there was so much to choose from! Another good factor is that they run a minibus to and from chaeweng and so much cheaper than getting a cab. The Imperial Boathouse was part of what made the best holiday ever! We enjoyed it so much at Koh Samui that we have booked to go back this year! And of course, we requested our travel agent to book us into the Boathouse again!

Paradise found

from Gatecliffe
We stayed at the Imperial boat house Jun last year and Feb 2004, each time we stayed there customer service and satisfaction was clearly outstanding.

Set further up from Chawng beach in the quieter location of Choneg mon beach but still within a short 10min taxi ride away from the hustle and bustle of Chawng.

The hotel its self was quite amazingly clean and the staff very polite and attentive to our needs, the grounds are well set out and attention to detail is impressive, there are 2 pools one smaller one for the pool side terrace rooms (which I can really recommend) and a larger pool in the shape of a boats hull. There are 4 types of room boat suite room is a rice barge boat moored on land and made into a large room, A poolside terrace room which is on the ground floor right next to the quieter pool, a deluxe room which is on the top floor (a little disapointing after staying in a poolside terrace room) but still a really nice room and then the standard rooms which I didn't stay in so can't really comment.

Food is perhaps one of the downfalls of the boat house, room service is good and food is of a good quality, although the restraunt by the beach I felt was over priced, there are some fantastic beach restraunts which offer fantastic food for a fraction of the price (we dined like kings every night without having to think about the cost).

The beach is great, but there are a few large rocks in the sand which can be a bit painfully on the feet, but the sand was a beautiful golden color and water clear, the beach is in the shape of a half crescent so keeps the big waves and a lot of the current at bay.

Overall would I visit again, Yes I would and I am doing again this June.

A super setting

from jen1002334
We have just got back from a weeks holiday at the boat house. Its in a perfect location as the beach is lovely and not very crowded. The grounds of the hotel are lovely. I would recommend a treatment at the Imperial spa as it is so relaxing to have a massage in an air conditioned room, even though its more expensive than the ones offered on the beach.
We ate out in Chaweng every night. For a meal with a difference, try Baraduda, on the beach next to Amari Reef Hotel. The restaurant is set right on the beach and each table is set in its own Thai seti or open air 'shed' and you sit on cushions or as the meal goes on lie on the cushions. The food is excellent and is worth paying extra for the expeience. Also the Kantara restaurant at the Blue Lagoon Hotel is lovely too. We were disappointed with Prego and didn't think it lived up to the hype.
Overall a great holiday!!!

Fabulous Hotel

from Bimble
This was the first place my husband and I stayed on our honeymoon in Thailand. It was absolutely wonderful. This was our first visit to the far east and the welcome we received was overwhelming. The staff are fantastic nothing was too much trouble. There was always a friendly face to welcome you at breakfast and the waiting staff were very happy to teach us some Thai expressions.

My husband lost his wedding ring on the first day and we had lots of staff members helped us look for it, until we decided it was probably at the bottom of the sea!

We stayed in a Premier room which we could not fault, and received fresh fruit and clean beach towels every day. We spoke to one lady who said that the rooms were much better than the rice barges.

The beach was absolutely beautiful during the day and was very pleasant to stroll along in the evening. There are plenty of good restaurants in the beach.

The Boat House Hotel was an excellent start to our honeymoon.

Lovely Hotel

from MacKenziefamily
Myself & my husband stayed at the Imperial Boathouse in June of last year and I cannot fault it. Upon arrival, we decided to upgrade to a deluxe room(which comes recommended to anyone who is after something a bit more special). The room came with a lovely large double bath which was nice to relax in after a hard day's sightseeing!

Choeng Mon Beach is a great location compared to the much busier & more commercialised Chaweng Beach. The local beach restaurants are lovely, especially Bongoes which was a favourite of ours. It was wonderful to get seats just by the waterfront, where we enjoyed our food. Followed by a cocktail or two by the bonfire afterwards.

Third visit

from A TripAdvisor Member
We love the Boat House! We stay in a premier room, not the barges. Every little detail is taken care of. The breakfast is the biggest and best.The grounds are amazing. The beautiful beach has become busier and more commercial with time share sellers but you can still find a quiet spot away from the hotel. The beach bars and restaurants are well worth visiting and cooler than those on the road or in Chaweng. We totally relax at the Boat House.

Boathouses a little disappointing

from A TripAdvisor Member
A fairly good hotel in its location - there were a lot worse, but the thing that let the hotel down were the rooms. We had a traditional boathouse which was small and hot. The pool was large with a good bar. There was a very good and inexpensive restaurant and the staff were very nice. No hotel bar to speak of and as the hotel is away from any town it could have done with one. The shacks on the beach were good for a drink with a friendly atmosphere. We wouldn,t return though.

Nice hotel

from debbiestothert
Just today came back from the Boat House and stayed in a rice barge. It was a unique experience, but I have to agree with the other reviewer when he said it was very dark in the "below decks". It also creaked a lot as you might imagine! If I went again I would ask for a boat suite overlooking the beach pool because they were the best with the best views. Whilst there a poolside sunshade umbrella blew away and into me because it wasn't secured properly and bruised all my right side lacerating my chest. It was a horrible experience which I saw happen to a few people although now with the same consequences as myself. I complained to the management as I think one day a child will be hurt and yet to my knowledge nothing was done about it. Also, around the pool bar mice are clearly seen running in and around which was rather offputting and quite surprising for this class of hotel. I also pointed this out to the manager, but the pool bar never stopped operating whilst the vermin were controlled. Still, in saying all the above I would have rathered stayed in the boat house any day than in Changwen which was a cesspit in my opinion. Prostitutes everywhere and a lot of old men with their hands all over young Thai girls which made me cringe. I spoke with my nephew who was staying in Changwen at the time and he said it was far, far worse in Pattaya, so maybe I am just an old fuddy duddy!! The beach at Chang Mon was beautiful too, and something to behold. Still, all in all, I don't think Thailand has what I was looking for and I don't think I would be going back in a hurry. Oh, before I forget, noone seems to have mentioned the airport at Koh Samui which is something to behold!! It has won awards for its design and it is sooo cute!!

Top Local Tips for Koh Samui

Local taxi Avoid taking "meter taxis" which never actually put their meter on and are overpriced. Instead go for the local taxi which effectively means sitting in the back of a (comfortable) truck but is good fun and much cheaper. Don't pay more than THB 100 per person from Chaweng to Choeng Mon (as at Feb 08)

Local taxi Avoid taking "meter taxis" which never actually put their meter on and are overpriced. Instead go for the local taxi which effectively means sitting in the back of a (comfortable) truck but is good fun and much cheaper. Don't pay more than THB 100 per person from Chaweng to Choeng Mon (as at Feb 08)

Learn the Lingo try to learn just a few words and the locals will love you for it, don't worry if you get it a bit wrong, the Thais are all about fun, and will try and put you right.


Other names for The Imperial Angkor Palace Hotel

  • imperial boat house koh samui
  • imperial boat house
  • imperial boat hotel
  • hotel imperial boat
  • Address: 83 Moo 5 Choeng Mon Beach - Koh Samui - 84320 - Thailand
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