Mai Pen Rai exceeded all my expectations. Yes it's basic, but that is the whole point! If you want A/C, marble fittings, pool side service etc.. then there are plenty of very expensive 'resorts' on the islands which will meet all these needs - and they are largely identical to resorts all over the world! Mai Pen Rai captures the pre-development essence of the Gulf Islands. It massages the senses. You wake to the sound of the sea lapping gently against the sand and a sun rise which must be seen to be believed.. You cool down and go to sleep by opening the shutters and letting the sea breeze waft through your bungalow. You sit on your balcony in the evening and absorb the rhythmic sound of the rain forest which lies all around you. This little place is S. E. Asia at its very best. At $200 U.S. for 7 nights - it is beyond good value. Enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mai Pen Rai Bungalows Hotel Koh Phangan