I stayed here for a few days at the end of my Thailand journey and the pace of the island (very slow) was just right! I walked one day to a local store for bananas and beer. Another day we wandered the beach and used some of the provided snorkel gear. Finally we managed to get enough people together for a guided snorkel trip to the pristine waters of nearby Ko Rang.
Service: was good/acceptable. They were extremely nice but a bit laid-back forgetful at times. So some of the snorkel gear was broken ("we'll get new stuff soon") and the bikes they loaned out had flat tires; and other "little things" just weren't always as one might think they should be.
Food: good. Don't expect master-chef, but better (especially for the price) than you'll get back home and I hear there are some good restaurants "in town" during tourist season (most were closed as I visited in very early June).
Accommodations: great. Very modern with showers, A/C, etc to suit your needs. There are lots of creepy-crawlies outside, especially at night, so it was welcoming to see the stilts on the building - although I did still imagine that they *could* get in if they really wanted to.
Island/local/etc: Amazing. It's too small if you are one of those people who wants to really get off the beaten path, but to get away from most civilization, this is perfect. I was there off-season, so it might perk up a bit in-season, but everything there seemed to move at a slow pace, which itself was relaxing.
Overall: 4 stars. Don't expect perfection in this off-the-beaten-path resort, but if you relax into the idiosyncrasies and think about the truly amazing place you are on the planet, you're sure to have a great time.
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