Travelling to Thailand for over 30 years. That´s one of the last places what remained as it was in the past. Located on a small beach, surrounded by rocks and the National Park. There´s still real natural forest around. Mai Pen Rai is managed by the owners, what makes a big difference to the big Hotelcompanies. They will help you with all your problems, if you should have some. I read the recent rewievs and must say the following:That´s no place for people arriving with heavy suitcases and big expectations. The beach is as beaches naturally are. After heavy waves normally some leaves, woods and what ever swimms around will be there.
And if there is some plastic think about what yourself do with waist. The bungalows are mainly built from natural material, except the concrete basis. Otherwise it would fly away every rainy season. There is no big comfort, like hot water and TV and what else some tourist must have. That makes it special charme. It is wrong that they have dirty beds and towels. If you have you can change. And if you take your (borrowed) towels to the beach and leave it there, as some people do, it might get wet and sandy. Dirt, what dirt exept your own.
The restaurant has nice Thaifood, but I often noticed people not really like. It´s not like the Chinese in your hometown, who doesn´t add several spieces after recognizing the guests separate. Thai food has lemongrass and chilies and other typical ingredients, as it should be.Beside there are enough dishes for every taste.
All in all a wonderful spot, what hopefully stays as it is. The road is driveable all the year. I hope they will never build a concrete highway. It´s a place for Asian-travellers, not for spoiled tourists. They better stay at Koh Samui or Phuket or Pattaya. No comment about WiFi and the Internet. I can live without. I´m not such an important businessman that I need to write unnecessary mails every day. You are on holiday !! so relax and forget home for this few days you are away from. You can travel there by road and by boat from Hadrin and Maenam (Samui)
- 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