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Moon Dance Magic View Bungalow
Ranked #56 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
kent
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“Rustic, pretty location”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

We booked online through an agent. Then emailed for further info. The location is beautiful looking over the sea. We used the pick up from the pier which was fine (the pier is a little frantic when the boats get in). Its a little bumpy but not too bad. My teenagers really enjoyed the ride! The rooms are rustic and there were holes in the insect nets. The lighting is also very dim so it would be good to have torch. The balcony looking out to sea with hammock is beautiful. It is not easy to get down to the sea. At one point you need to duck under the rocks. The food was very good and Tony is a really nice bloke. The taxi to town is a little pricey especially if there are a few of you. They organised a snorkelling trip for us which was good.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

When first arriving in Ko Tao I was somewhat disappointed, the west side of the island didnt really do anything for med. But booking with Tony at Moon Dance and taking that crazy pickup ride across the island to the east side changed my perspective completely. In short: Amazing views, just breathtaking. Charming, breezy and basic bamboo huts that make you feel like you're sleeping in the jungle at night. Bathrooms/showers are outside, but are fine. Just put your mask on and walk down a steep path for some great snorkeling. There is no beach, but a big deck for relaxing and sunbathing. And bonus points must go to the man with the plan, Tony in reception. Friendly, energetic and funny, he takes care of everything and loves socializing with the guests. We booked two nights, ended up staying for six. The small restaurant is great for meeting other travelers, and we had plenty of good nights there, drinking, listening to Tony's various playlists and playing games. Good times were had by all. It is off the beaten path, but it only takes about 15 minutes to get to the other side, so its not like you are completely lost. Cannot recommend this place enough, I will definitely go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Our stay here was just what the Doctor ordered. The location is ideal for rest, relaxation, amazing snorkeling and a beautiful environment. It's quite rustic, with outdoor bathrooms which we loved. The food is fantastic and the entire team that words here is friendly, helpful, and made us feel welcome the entire stay, especially tony! It's very easy to coordinate taxis into town, which is an adventurous ten minute drive. Our bungalow had spectacular views. All in all, a magnificent place to stay for the right person. Any bad reviews are from guests that are unwilling or not used to connecting with nature.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

We visited this cute little resort awhile ago, but I have been meaning to leave a review to let others know what a magical place this was. We arrived by a rickety pick up ride through some crazy roads, but this was all part of the experience. We just picked a cab from by the ferry port, as we did not want to wait for a ride from the resort. We arrived at our room and were speechless. The view was one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. The outdoor bathroom was an experience I thoroughly enjoyed as well. The staff went out of their way to accommodate us, and dinner and drinks (reasonable priced considering they are all the way out from the city) were delicious, and the view and service second to none. We honestly would have stayed here for days if it was not for the terribly uncomfortable bed. Maybe some of the bungalows have better beds, but ours had flannel sheets (in 100 degree weather with no AC) and was as hard as sleeping on a slab of concrete. I loved this place so much though, that I would seriously go back with an air mattress. The snorkeling was remarkable as well, though may be dangerous for small children as you had to be careful getting into the sea. All in all this is a place that I dream about returning to, and for the price, it cannot be beat!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ried Im Innkreis, Austria
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We wanted rustic, inexpensive lodging and we got it here. The views from the dining area and hut were magnificent. And we ended up spending all 12 nights here and hung in the dining area every evening cuddling up with the dog, talking to Tony, the down to earth host with a good humor and ordering dinner from the menu. Its secluded , therefore, add to your budget cost of their truck taxi. We leave at 830 am everyday and got picked up every evening in the center. No beach. After dinner drinks and listening to music was our past time, preferring this to the center's loud atmosphere. You must be prepared to feel the breezy evening air and do not much of anything but chat, and feel close to each other. We loved our stay and only recommend it to people who appreciate low key atmosphere. Just remember, since English is not Thai first language, practice patience and be a globally friendly visitor always.

Room Tip: Room 13 , the farthest one. Has the best breeze . Wake up to the sunrise at least once during your s...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Miami
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

The views at the hotel are incredible, they have great people working there as well. The hotel is far from anything you pretty much rely on them for everything. It's also a bit pricey for their taxi because of the hill area they are in. Large balcony with hammock! The food could be priced a bit better as well. The only bad thing about the room is that you hear everything around you including your neighbors. Depending on how long you stay in ko Tao, I recommend you find a place in town but at the end of that stay give this place a go for a night or 2.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

We stayed for three nights and loved it. It was so good to get away from the annoying and hectic Sairee beach.
The eco-friendly bungalows are surrounded by the jungle, looking out onto the sea with views of Lang Khai bay, and the next (I don't know the name) and even across to Ko Pha Ngan. The have balconies with hammocks which were lovely, but beware of ENORMOUS mosquitos that bit us through our clothes.
The walkway down to the beach was a little sketchy, so be careful, but it was so worth it. Make use of their free snorkelling equipment, the water is clear and there are hardly any other people around.
I thought the food was tasty and reasonable and all the staff were friendly.
It would have been useful to know beforehand that this place is only accesible by 4x4 and taxis are expensive, plus the hotel's driver is grouchy and refuses to drive at night. We booked a taxi into town at 5pm (the latest he would take us) and he turned up on our balcony at 4.30, shouting that it was time to go! I was in the shower (this place has out-door bathrooms that don't offer a lot of privacy) ans was not impressed. Then when we left the hotel to go to another on the other side of the island he got really angry with us for not knowing where it was. We had the name and address and he had been told by Moondance staff where we were going, but after a few minutes of driving he kept stamping on the brakes and demanding that we tell him where it was, then he would drive another 100m or so and do the same. Very odd.

Room Tip: Room 10 was mosquito central.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Moon Dance Magic View Bungalow
Address: Lang Khai Bay, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
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Ranked #56 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Koh Tao
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Hotel Class:2 star — Moon Dance Magic View Bungalow 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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