I have been in two minds whether to ask Trip Advisor to add these bungalows to their list becuase it actually does seem to be Thailand's best kept secret.
However, we have over the years had the warmest welcome and the best service here and we feel it is only fair that we share it with others who are looking for somewhere very special indeed.
We first chanced upon these bungalows in about 2002, and subsequently stayed there for the next 3 times we visited. We then visited again this year and unlike so many other places we have stayed which had changed almost beyond recognition, this was a real haven of peace and tranquility, we had the beach almost to ourselves, and we felt like we had been landed on our own private island.
Accessed either by long tail from Hat Nopparat Boat Pier or by taxi from Ao Nang (either the pier or the town) althouth many drivers will not know how to get there! once you are there you can have the owner call car/motorbike for you and give directions.
It is becuase it is a little awkward to get to that it is so special and they do not currently have a website BUT you can email them on ,
I could ramble on for hours so here is the good stuff;
* Good variety of bungalows, fan, bamboo, concrete and aircon
* Really spacious and well tended gardens, the bungalows are well spaced
* Large wooden built restaurant and large bar, both v comfortable
* All directly on to hat Napparat beach - remember this place is across the river from the Pier
* Daily cleaning service, clean towels every day, fresh flowers on the bed!
* Great menu and lovely food, but ask the owner to pick up something at the fish market the next day, he cooks up a storm in the kitchen!
* The beach is gorgeous, very clean and natural, there are islands you can walk out to at low tide
* The beach is a haven for wildlife - crabs, hermit crabs like you have never seen, starfish, box fish, even monkeys at the far end
* You can while away days and days just beach combing
* Gorgeous sunsets and sun rise as it is south facing
* Friendly happy staff who have been there for years, nothing is too much trouble
* The owner speaks great English and has lots of contacts for anything you mist need (he was able to beat our best mini bus price to Lanta by over 1000 Baht)
* There is a real chance you might not see anyone else on the beach all day (or maybe not now they are on TripAdvisor?)
* You will hear almost no boat noise, long tails do not frequent this beach because of how low the tide goes
* The sea is extremely calm and safe for children swimming and paddling
And the stuff you might not like
* Ok, it really is more awkward to get to but if you get off the ferry at Hat Napp from Lanta or Phi Phi just charter a long tail to drop you over the river - about 100B
* There fore it is not easy to just 'pop' into Ao Nang, but then once you have been there once you might not mind that?!
* At low tide you cannot swim in the sea - the sea goes out for probably a km, and this is when you will see all the amazing sea life.
* HOWEVER, some areas of the beach are quite muddy at low tide
* I tihnk that's all but I will update this as things occur to me
Check out the pics anyway, make up your own mind but email them if you are interested;
We paid 1800B for a huge concrete built family bungalow with aircon and our travel companions paid 1500 for a slightly smaller one, there wooden fan bugalows were only 800 B I think, you will need to negotiate.
If you want to follow the crowds go to railey/phi phi/phuket - but if you want to be brave, try this, it's worth it!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC