We chose New Heaven diving school and this accommodation beforehand and because it seemed ecofriendly option. We think the diving school does important work for the ocean and so does Baan Talay, but it still has too big problems that I could recommend it.
When we arrived this place, it first looked like paradise and away from hustle of busy beaches. Bathroom was really really nice!
First we had to buy overprized drinking water – nearest shop or other restaurant is 1 hour away on foot. Then we really felt like swimming in the ocean after long journey to Ko Tao….
We really agree with this previous comment from bluesfan89:
“Heading down to the water you have to navigate a winding and steep set of steps before trying to climb down a disused dirt road, probably as much as 5 tricky minutes in total. Still, that was not the end of the world. Getting to the water however, that was. The secluded area is essentially just a set of dirty and slippery steps in to a rocky patch of water. Trying to navigate my way in I was knocked over by the strong waves, leaving me with multiple cuts to my arms and back as a memento.”
but in that time we didn’t even try to go to the water. It seemed to me, while staying 3 weeks after this in Koh Tao that this kind of weather is quite usual.
Then there was more disapointments coming. We actually agree with Bluesfan87 about everything really.
The staff was friendly but like bluesfan87 said, there is strange feeling… The food we ordered was not so great and a bit overprized. Nothing like what there is elsewhere in Koh Tao. But if you stay here… you have to eat your dinner here if you don’t have a scooter. And actually, even if you have, you must be a good driver, the road is really extreme!
In a couple hours we decided to leave next day. But more was coming… When it was getting dark, we went to our bungalow. This was most expensive accommodation during our visit in Thailand so I was amazed to see A BIG RAT inside the bungalow. It came from one of the holes between roof and the wall. We tried to scare it away, but I knew it could come back at any moment.
Actually, I am use to all kind of little friends, like cockroaches, ants, mice, spiders, but never I have seen before this big rat inside any room! I told about this to one worker in Baan Talau and he laughed to me and said, “Yeah, all kind of little friends we have here.”. In that time I felt a bit embarrassed, maybe it wasn’t so big thing at all? Or was it?
So they didn’t even apologice about happening, no discount from the room, no anything. Only they made me felt like I would be some diva from the big city who cannot stand day in a forest. Actually day in a forest is common to me, I am wilderness guide back at home – I JUST DON’T LIKE RATS INSIDE MY 800Baht bungalow.
There is a plenty of nice bungalows in the Island starting from 400 Baht, next to the ocean and near of good restaurants and sandy beaches so I cannot really recommend this one…
Unless you really want to meditate on your own. And with your hairy friends:)
But I still want to say that this place has a good potential to become a really nice place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eco resort for nature lovers, nestled in the tropical forest, with access to first class snorkelling amongst beautiful coral reef. Yoga classes and courses available on scenic open-air sala. Authentic Thai food served throughout the day, peaceful, secluded and natural environment. Amazing location in the gulf of Thailand. ... more less
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