We were a group of three staying at Fevrier for a week. We arrived from Trang via speedboat transfer (only 450 baht return including hotel transfer via K K Tours) and had lunch while our rooms were made available. The owner Lek was incredibly helpful and kind, she gave us plenty of information and invited us to cook with the chefs for free, which we did one evening. It was a lot of fun. The food there was by far the best in Klong Nin as it was done properly Thai instead of being toned down for Western tastes. Breakfast was standard Western fare, but you could request Thai food.
The rooms are nine individual bungalows, half are cement bungalows with large beds, large showers, television, refrigerator and air conditioning. I stayed in one of these rooms which was very nice, my only complaint was that the shower pressure was very low. Otherwise it was very comfortable and we had a nice porch.
The other half are wooden bungalows with the same amenities as the cement ones, a bit smaller. The final room was a small wooden bungalow with a fan. This room had an outdoor bathroom that you had to go outside to enter though it was attached to the room. This wasn't too hot at night but was a bit stuffy during the day. Some of the windows wouldn't close but had screens. The bathroom was coldish water only but had very strong water pressure. Due to availability my friend stayed in this room for half of the trip and in the a/c wooden bungalow for the other half. Her wooden a/c bungalow was nice, but the fan room had ants in it (unavoidable on tropical islands) and she found it a little awkward taking a cold shower in the rain.
The hotel also offered many services such as laundry, massage and motorbike rental. Some of their services are brought in from the outside so you have to plan in advance.
We were there for the start of New Year's Eve which was a lot of fun, Lek had a small party for staff and guests which included free appetizers and she made gifts for each of the guests. We all partied together there and then went out for the night, it was a great time.
Some notes about the island:
Klong Nin beach is flat, sandy and warm. The hotel is right across the street from the beach and it is perfect for a quiet day in the sand or water. The beach is fairly large and not too crowded. The sunsets are amazing. This is a Muslim area, more so than the other beaches, you will hear the call to prayer throughout the day, and you cannot purchase alcohol from any shops other than 7-11 and only during certain hours. However, this does not affect how people dress or act, it is still very much for tourists. You have to leave the beach area if you want to find street food, all the area is basically resort restaurants and bars. Near the 7-11 are some great little restaurants and you will find delicious pancakes everywhere.
Tuk tuks are the only way to get around the island and they know it. If you want to travel anywhere expect to pay 100 baht per person to Long Beach and 250 per person to Saladan. If you don't drink and plan on going out, rent a car for 1500 baht for 24 hours as it is cheaper. Or a motorbike for 250 a day. It is not recommended to rent the tuk tuks to drive yourself. They are difficult to balance, don't have outer wheel brakes, and shake terrible on hills.
We had a wonderful time at Fevrier and in Klong Nin. The island was fun to explore and we saw a lot of wildlife while traveling around. The beach was by far the best, though the others were fun to visit. Prices in this area are higher than up north but lower than down south. The eastern part of the island has stunning views, but no swimming.
Lek was an amazing host and took excellent care of us. We had a very relaxing time, great food, and a lot of personal attention from Lek and the resort staff.
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