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“The last budget gem left on the beach!” 5 of 5 stars
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Thongtapan Resort
2.5 of 5 Resort   |   22 Moo 5 | Thong Nai Pan Noi beach, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #35 of 92 Hotels in Ko Phangan
Sydney, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The last budget gem left on the beach!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

My first visit to Thong Nai Pan Noi...and I absolutely loved it. However was told by those who had visited in the past that things are much different to what they were.

It used to be a budget holiday-ers haven but the beach is now lined with 5 star resort...no restaurants or bars left on the beach front an Thongtapan is the last of the cheap accomodation left.

We stayed in the standard wooden bungalow for a week and I wouldn't have had it any other way. If you're after luxury, this isn't the place for you but the bungalows are clean and comfortable.

The girl on reception was absolutely wonderful...very helpful (I wish I could remember her name!).

If you're after a relaxing time on the beach with cheap (and amazing) food a massage and a quiet drink just a 5mins walk away, this is paradise.

If you're after a bit more action, Thong Nai Pan Yai is probably more up your alley (only a 5 mins cab away anyway)

Would have liked to have experienced TNP Noi before all the development, but to me this place is still pretty special :)

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Augsburg, Germany
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

Only a few notes about the "resort":

We stayed there for 5 nights in September 2011. It is next to all the 4 and 5 star resorts. There is another budget option next door but without AC. Also it´s quite an adventure to get there, so don´t arrive on Koh Phangan too late in the evening.

negative:

- it feels more like a youth hostel than a resort
- if you are expecting the Thai hospitality Thailand is famous for, don´t expect it at Thongtapan Resort
- Beds are terrible, really terrible
- bed linen is old, stained and worn
- towels are old, stained and worn
- food in the two restaurants is mediocre at its best, better walk about 500m into town and eat there ("Som Tum" or "Luna" are very good options)
- hot water is available, but it´s more dripping than flowing

positive:

- the rooms are spacious and cleanliness was ok
- the beach is beautiful
- drinking water at the restaurant costs the same as in the shops in the little village

Another advice: We would recommend a half day trip around the island, especially Bottle Beach is wonderful!

Room Tip: there is no real difference between the "superior garden room" and "garden suites&quo...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

I stayed here for 4 nights at the end of August.

Getting there:
It is an approximately 30 minute taxi ride from the ferry. The taxi cost between 200 - 300 baht per person and the ferry from Koh Samui was 350 baht (both prices one way).

Location:
The position on Thong Nai Pan Noi is absolutely stunning and the northern end is particularly peaceful. The beach is tree-lined and relatively flat, with 3 - 4 restaurants dotted along this section. Food was standard Thai budget stuff but the setting more than made up for it. Enjoyable beach bar run by Coco.

Accommodation:
Accommodation was clean, but somewhat basic. Bungalows are scattered in a pretty garden setting up the hill behind the beach, with a few bungalows with sea views. The bungalows with seaviews looked quite dated though. Most, if not all bungalows had air conditioning, as well as fans. Bathrooms had cement sinks, an electric shower and flush toilet (no bucket needed!).

Negatives:
The biggest draw back with the place was the rubbish and general mess/building rubble located alongside the northern border of the resort. Although you couldn't see the mess while lying on the beach or at the restaurant/beach bar, it kind of ruined the tropical, peaceful, far-away feeling when you walked to your room and looked at the squallor next door. There was also at times a sewage smell that wafted through, but there are few budget places in Thailand where this doesn't happen! If they could sort this out and clean up this mess, it would be a very beautiful budget resort.

Other facilities:
The reception area had an internet cafe and free wifi if you brought your own laptop. For a fee you could also apparently get wifi in your room. From the beach you can hire jet skis and organise dive trips. Longtail boats were available to take people to various dive sites/snorkelling.

Overall:
Despite my comments on the neighbouring squalor, the stunning beach, very peaceful atmosphere, clean but simple bungalows and cheap price (less than 1000 baht per night) would definitely lure me back.

Room Tip: Garden bungalows looked more modern/newer than seaview ones
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

i stayed here over the full moon period in July, for 5 nights.

It's quite hard to find, being about an hour away from the port, and to get to this place you need to get your taxi to drive you through the grounds of two expensive luxury resorts.

But when you get there it's totally worth it. Its nice and quiet, the bungalows are clean and very nice. But the best thing is, they are affordable! Certainly compared to the really expensive resorts you pass through on the way to the place.

The beach is very quiet, with very few people, but its a nice place to recover after the full moon party. You can get boats to the party itself, just remember to save some money aside for getting back here in the morning!

The staff were very friendly here, and shared some of their food with us (things that we had never heard of).

Room Tip: You need to drive through two other resorts before getting here!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at Thongtapan resort. The clean and simple bungalows are between the beach and the - almost- wild garden, in the nature just like we love. The two restaurants are delicious : Krua tapan is perfect for good thai family food and Baantapannoi just looks like a movie picture : Pirate of the Carribean ! People working at Thongtapan are very nice, smiling and very helpful for everything, and always kind with children. This place is perfect with small kids : soft sandy beach and turquoise sea, only 5 hotels to share the whole beach, a lovely village at 5 mn walk. It is paradise !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

We stayed 2 nights here. The location is of course wonderful. Sitting right on Thong Nai Pan Noi. Just beautiful. The bungalow is too pricey, especially since breakfast is not included. They didn't clean our room either, so on the secound day, the bathroom smelled so bad that I almost got sick every time I had to use the toilet.
Don't think we would like to stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

We've loved the fact that those bungalows were enough apart from each other in a luxuriant coast line setting, away from town.

I'm usually a well tempered empathic person, but this time, I couldn't had taken more...
We reserved in person* ( it took us 40 min. drive -back and forth- on a very bad road to especially go reserve "The" bungalow previously visited because the phones on the island were down.). And when we arrived the next day, our booking had vanished ! They had booked a couple in our specific reserved bungalow, few hours after our reservation!
There were not going to take the blame for it... a story who just got more frustrating with days...

The other guests were to leave after two day. So we waited, thinking, as they told us, that they had made some arrangement with the other guest who was supposedly to change of room or leave. But nothing happens. Our daily follows up was inconclusive; the receptionists just entertained us with vaporous claims. It's only a week later that we learned from the concerned guest that they didn't had really spoken to him about the double booking. He assured us spontaneously that he would had agree to move right away, as he didn't care about the location as we did. This other guest also qualified two of the front desk personnel (except for Bo) as "not in charge and of little reliability".

If you don't mind staying in a place where the front desk staff is IMMATURE and don't care, then go for it !! I must say I've enjoyed that hot spot anyway, despite our bungalow location and the two single beds we've tolerated instead of a double bed.

Fée L
French Canadian

*The spacy front desk guy had reassured me a few time that I didn't had to leave a deposit which I found suspicious enough to ask for reconfirmation twice. The credit card machine wasn't working and he decline my cash proposition. Day after what, he dared accuse me of not having done so !

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 22 Moo 5 | Thong Nai Pan Noi beach, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#21 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Phangan
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thongtapan Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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