We stayed at Mai Pen Rai back in December 11, and although we were hit by the bad weather that came in over Christmas we still had a wonderful stay.
We had a bungalow on the rocks - it was family sized/duplex so huge for the two of us! The build quality was amazing. Obviously we saw a few ants and the occasional spider, but they kept out of our way. This is built on the edge of a rainforest so is to be expected!
Getting through the cave to our bungalow was a challenge during the storm waves - suggest either wearing some waterproofs or travel up the cliff via Plaas and Silvercliff to avoid the cave route if the waves do get too big! Also a torch is essential for getting back at night.
We found the service to be friendly and the food great (particularly the breakfast). Did find the food and drinks a little pricey though, and found ourselves going to Silvercliff to eat most of the time (it was worth climbing the steps!)
Apart from the weather the only other downer was the Christmas buffet - very expensive for the food that was served and in retrospect we wish we hadn't signed up for it. Maybe if it had been better weather and there had been a BBQ/fire on the beach it would have been a different experience.
We wanted somewhere to stay for Christmas that was a bit cut off from the rest of the world and where we could relax, and Than Sadet/Mai Pen Rai was definitely just what we needed!
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- Welcome to Mai Pen Rai Bungalows, one of the oldest resorts on Koh Phangan - the place of pleasure for nature lovers and Artists. For an experience of the old Koh Phangan, this is the place to come away and forget all the stresses of the outside world. Mai Pen Rai is situated in a paradise infringed with swaying palms, and green turquoise waters. Here at Than Sadet the bungalows are built in harmony with the nature around with prices to suit travellers and back packers. ... more less
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