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Nangyuan Island Dive Resort
Ranked #64 of 92 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Crappy place in te middle of the paradise.”
Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

Just a bunch of lazy Thais trying to get as much money as they can from this lovely pice of destroyed paradise.
Come for as little as you can , and leave.
The people on the "resort" or huts is deplorable. The F block doesn't have a crossing only on low tide there is a small pice of dead coral to walk through.
As soon as we got here they said they have an opportunity to change to another room for double the price!!
When we said no. They told us we have to wait up to 6pm to access.
Bottom line to all readers: the island was gorgeous. It should cost 500uss per night but it costs 50u and you get what you paid for: the worse everything.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Look, I get the negative reviews for this resort, but on their website, they don't try to hide the fact that you're getting a scraggy room for a big price. It says you're getting a cold shower. If a room doesn't even have hot water, it's probably not going to have much more.

We stayed in the resort for four nights and had an amazing time. Yes, the room was Basic with a capital B. It was dirty (mostly from the beach sand we tracked in ourselves), the toilet doesn't flush automatically so you have to flush it with a little bucket of water and the shower's cold (and honestly, what is cold? If I have a cold shower at home I'd exit the shower with blue lips. The shower was the same temperature as the sea which you're in all day anyway). The bed indeed is rock solid and you only get an old, shabby blanket, and fresh towels every two days. The air conditioning works like a crazy, even if it gets so cold you nearly freeze. The room is far, far from perfect, and during the day, the beach is overrun with annoying, loud day tourists. The staff, however, in our experience, was very nice, and we do recognize the complaints about the food as it was basic and not the best Thai we had, and definitely overpriced. My personal biggest complaint was the poor picking of trash, and although the beach would be cleaned somewhat after the day folks would leave, I found the staff lacking in the cleaning of the beach.

But honestly? To be able to stay in a place that is so magical once the tourists leave was worth it all to us. The day tourist catamaran arrives at 10 and leaves at 3 (not at 4!), and it pretty much is deserted after that. Especially when we were there, during low season, we had a private island. We were the ONLY ones sitting on the beach most of the evenings, watching the sun set and hear the cicadas start to sing at exactly 6pm every day. We were the only ones aside from one or two more couples having dinner and breakfast in the huge restaurant and the only ones snorkling early in the morning. We snorkeled every day, mostly, sometimes before the day tourists would arrive, sometimes after, and once during. We saw amazing creatures (squid, rays, barracuda, huge schools of tiny fish that almost strand on the beach and circle around you beautifully, triggerfish, etc etc)...

If you're expecting a high-end resort on a very lowly developed island, don't go here. If you take everything with a grain of salt (or beach sand), you'll find it a great experience, even if your back aches after a few days due to the bed. The sense of total peace once the people leave, the sunsets and the beach and the coral and snorkling were worth it to us. We had a great time, and would not hesitate to go back next time, except we would maybe pay a bit more to get a slightly better room, but we wouldn't expect much of it anyway. It's part of the charm of the island and I'm happy it is not built full with large, towering resorts, with loud, annoying people that don't leave in the evening, either.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2013

I recently went to Nang Yuan to get my PADI certification with my wife. Our first contact was made with the South African dive-master running the dive shop, through their website. He was very helpful and made a great effort to answer any questions and concerns as the time between my booking and stay closed in. There was a special offer for board if you are doing a full PADI course at the dive shop which I thought made this a really good deal.

Over the course of four days, I did 5 dives with my wife and an American instructor who was also as friendly and helpful as one could ask for. He had a perfect mixture of serious instructor and the laid back personality of Thailand. It was only the two of us in the"class" so we had very personalized attention; our instructor tried to take us to cool places to dive and was very down to earth. We felt very safe and well taken care of by the dive shop, and even spent a couple evenings hanging out and chatting with them. This is an excellent place to learn how to dive because you are not thrown in with a huge group of tourists and pushed through the certification process like cattle; we left feeling like friends as much as customers.

The resort is managed separately from the dive shop. We stayed in the cheapest room, a fan room in the F block, for which I think they charge 1500 baht/night. The walk to the room was long, which I did not mind one bit for the privacy you get. The bathroom was clean, bed quite comfortable, and there was a nice little fridge, and TV (which we didn't use) in the room. It was quiet there and the view was stunning. In the early morning and evening we walked down to the beach and basically had it to ourselves.

My wife and I both speak Thai, so we had an easier time warming up the Thai members of staff than most visitors probably do (many are Burmese), but still had a strangely impersonal experience with most. You are offered a free breakfast, which is decent, but for the most part the western food and Thai food were very poorly done, small portioned, and both quite expensive. You are pretty much stuck paying these prices if you stay on Nang Yuan unless you pay the 200B/person round trip to Ko Tao. The food situation pretty much sums up the operation of this resort. Everything is way more expensive than it seemsto be and is set up to maximize profit without much concern for customer experience. The island is FILLED with day travellers from 10-4 every day making it crowded and ruining the beauty of this stunning place and probably impacting the coral with less obvious environmental impacts than the dozens of unnecessary plastic straws left on the beach.

Bottom line: Beautiful island with a great dive shop and a resort whose management needs a wake up call from his nickel and diming management model. You can have a good time here if you are an early riser, dive a lot, bring food with you, and don't ask too much of the people being paid to help you. When the day trippers are gone, and you are on this tiny strip of sand, it is a splendid place.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

The trip advisor pic makes it appear that the water is right next to the porch but its misleading as there is a hill and a fence in the way even in one of the best rooms which we stayed in.
The sliding doors to the entry and wardrobe didn't work properly so was a struggle every time. There was a hole in the wardrobe and the tower rail had come off in the shower room.
The bed has uncomfortable with cheap itchy sheets.
The food in the restaurant was average at best and beach was quite unkept and full of dead coral.

Overall nangyuan is a nice day trip for the snorkeling and the view point but don't stay in the hotel or have food there as its overpriced and not looked after very well.
It's a shame because if they put more effort in, the place could be much nicer.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Haifa
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

We booked two nights at this resort but left in morning after the first night. Although it is a reserve and an beautiful island with great sea-life, the way it's managed ruins the experience.

The beach is private and very small (all of it is in pic), but even though they clean it daily, they somehow manage to miss a lot of garbage on it. meals are disgusting and restaurant looks dirty. Staff's attitude is the worst I ever encountered. EVER. (I'm 34 years old and have been around). Room was very dirty, toilet seat was broken, fridge was stinky (and warm), spiderwebs, ants, floor has a crack about an inch wide, Lord know what came in through it, and all this was in the very expensive executive suite.

As I mentioned before, it's a lovely place but there are other beaches just as good for snorkeling and diving. and for free!!! This place charges entrance fee and is packed with tourists during the day so you either endure that or you stay the night and endure what we did. either way, you pay a lot for something you could get for free elsewhere.

We chose to leave and lose 5000 Baht for the second night (off season rate). This was the great disappointment of and otherwise super vacation and a contrast to Thai hospitality.

Please help the world become a better place by NOT GOING THERE.
Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Few good points :
Corals and fishs are really splendid. Enjoying the beach and the sunset after tourists left. The luggage man and reception are very nice. Free boat from and back to Koh Tao for hotel clients. Breakfast buffet (includ in the room price) is good.
Bad points :
Rooms are poorly maintained. Food and drinks (except breakfast) is over expensive (Pad thai 150B Curry 250B) AND AWFULL, which is a real performance in a country where you can find excellent food in the street for 40B !!!! Service is horrible (a second performance !). The beach is dirty because 1) you can only find 2 small trash cans at the end of the beach (so no one goes there) 2) trash cans are not cleaned every day 3) cleaning staff only collect bottles and cans after tourists left and all the straws, plastics bags, paper stay on the beach… When you know that every tourists (and there are hundreds per day) must pay 100B on arrival, you really wonder why the cleaning staff and equipements to save this beautiful place can not be more developped
My advice : Take the free shuttle from Koh Tao at 3.00PM so you arrive when the island is quiet. Enjoy the beach, the snorkelling and the sunset. Bring some sandwichs with you or order Pad thai for your diner (the only meal that was OK). Enjoy again the beach in the morning and before leaving with the free shuttle in the afternoon, "admire" hundreds of tourists messing up the beach, shouting everywhere and frightening the fish…

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Good view , good food , love to snockle in the very clear sea with many fish there. Very nice and quiet beach in the morning and evening. On day time , there was many traveler from other place but when they was gone. The beach was quiet as you stay in your privat island. Dont forget to go to the view point.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Nangyuan Island Dive Resort
Address: 46 Moo 1, Tumbon Koh Tao, Ko Pha Ngan 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Hotel Class:3 star — Nangyuan Island Dive Resort 3*
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