I was pleasantly surprised by Kaw Kwang Beach Resort. It is probably fair to say that it feels a bit like a large medium-range resort that it past its sell-by date, but at the price we paid, it was a really good deal.
Our room was in the second row from the beach. I was a decent size, and the bathroom was serviceable. The TV set was probably from the year the hotel was built, but who goes to Koh Lanta to watch TV? All the bungalows are located in a well-kept garden with a fair bit of shade and just a moment's walk from the beach.
The staff were all friendly and helpful although a few of them did not seem to speak much English. The restaurant was a bit of a mixed bag, but served some reasonable food if you really don't want to eat out. The usual breakfast was available. The pool was pleasant enough, and had a good view over the beach and the travel office had the usual selection of day trips and connection services, although it always pays to shop around a bit. There were kayaks available to hire.
Kaw kwang is in a slightly unusual location - the walk into Saladan is a pleasant enough trek during the day, with some nice views and shady trees - perhaps not recommended very late at night though. However, there are always motorcycle tuk-tuks available at a reasonable price. The beach directly outside the hotel is okay, but you can stroll round the bay to Klong Dao Beach which is a bit nicer for swimming and has a selection of beach-front restaurants and windsurfing etc.
Having said this, Kaw Kwang beach does have some interesting rocky areas right at the end were you can see some crabs and small fish. A short walk up a path at the far end of the hotel grounds takes you to the neighbouring (and more luxurious/expensive) Crown hotel - and stairs down to a little, secluded sandy beach in a bay that was virtually deserted when we visited it.
So all in all, I felt like I got something that was not quite up to the standards of a medium range resort, but at a price that compares favourably to the some huts-on-the-beach types of places
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