Unusual title I suppose but very true, in a good way. Mai Pen Rai is located on an unspoiled beach cove on the east side of the island, far away from the craziness and development that one finds on the west side of Koh Phangan. This place was a true nature lover's paradise and if it is quiet and stilness and beauty and inspiration you seek, this is the place. If you need noise and lots of other tourists and shopping, you won't like it here. Time stands still here and I don't think I have ever had a similar feeling anywhere I have travelled in the world. The rooms are old Thai style bungalows but that doesn't mean run down- just simple. The family bungalows are big, with huge bathrooms, and are only a bit more money and are so worth it. Excellent balconies with perfect views of the water and the beach- and all the privacy one would want. We didn't really care for the food at their restaurant though, but that was perfectly ok, because at the top of a steep staircase is a place called Plaa's that had some of the best Thai food we ever ate, at very cheap prices- and the views from the top of this place were astounding, early in the morning for breakfast and later at night when it was so dark that all you could see out on the horizon were the lights of the fishing boats. Truly unforgettable and the four days we spent here were over way too soon and I really really hope we will get back to experience Mai Pen Rai Bungalows again someday...yep here is that lump in my throat again!
- 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