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“Large pool” 3 of 5 stars
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Thong Nai Pan Yai (South Beach), Ko Phangan, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #44 of 107 Ko Phangan B&B and Inns
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“Large pool”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We booked a family room for three nights. The first room really smelled awful of moth balls. moving into the secound room, there was a huge spider near on the wall. of course it disappeared, but neither of out two children would sleep in their own beds. We ended up "sleeping" four persons in one double bed.... The next night we fond spiders and roaches in the childrens room. After there nights we were really happy to leave. The staff was quite sweet, but breakfast was disappointing. Large pool that was fun to play in - especially when it was raining :) Not staying there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

This location was absolutely beautiful.

The beach had very few people on it in comparison to other area's and the locals were all extremely friendly. The rooms were minimalist, however lived up to our every expectation. The food served at Candle Hut's restaurant is some of the best you will find in all of Thailand.

I would recommend this place for friends, family & solo travelers.. However couples may wish to invest in somewhere with nicer bathroom facilities (Not sure if their pricier rooms have nicer bathrooms or not). Overall the staff were great & helpfull, the location was unbeatable and the rooms were great for the price.

Room Tip: If you're like me then you'll appreciate the rooms with aircons, well worth the slight addit...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

I recommended this accommodation to those who want a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing holiday. It's quite far away from the action of Koh Phangan and full moon party, but this can be a good advantage. The staff are very friendly and happy to help when we wanted to upgrade to a room closer to the water. I would recommend this place for 5 days maximum, any longer and may run out of things to do and places to eat. The accommodation is very clean and new and loved the outer shower!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

They gave us a tiny discount because it was off season. We looked at a bungalow on the beach, and were told they would hold it for us for 24 hours. When we got back the next day, that room was gone, and we had to take the one right next to the bar if we wanted to be right on the water. They told us the music from the bar would be off by 10pm, but it played until all hours more than once. We complained almost every day, and they always said they would fix it and didn't. The bar was DESERTED almost all the time, and we were the only guests there who didn't have small children, so we never figured out the point of blaring loud obnoxious music all night.

The room was tiny, the carpet was filthy, the door didn't seal up very well against mosquitoes (and no mosquito nets), the sheets and towels were stained, and they only changed our sheets once in our entire 7 day stay. When we checked out, they told us they could provide taxi service, but even though checkout time is noon, they told us we couldn't have a taxi until 3pm, so we had to arrange our own in the end.

The staff was friendly, and we did have an amazing view of the beach. During the day it was a nice, relaxing place, with lots of hammocks and beach chairs (and a pool, for what it's worth, but it was teeny, and right on the ocean, so what's the point?), but we would not have stayed the full 7 days if we hadn't prepaid.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Place consists of older wooden huts along with hastily-built(as testified by locals) brick bungalows. Attention to detail was almost nil, e.g. no mirror in bathroom to shave,no reading lights by beds, no shade at all on hot concrete patios. most uncomfortable wood chairs ever sat in. Filled mostly with families,lots of little kids,which made it hard to explain why the nearly empty bar/restaurant was playing "doof-doof" music loud enough to stop us sleeping in our closed-uo hut a 100 metres away at 10.30 p.m!

Politely asked manager if he could turn it down & was given this exact reply..." you should check out in the morning!

We promptly did & explored further along the beach & found Central Cottages. Very laid-back, catering to different budgets,nothing was any trouble for the staff. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

the internet sight is promissing-but it was the most extreme case of difference between the sight and reality: we paid in advance for 4 nights. arrived and really disapointed- the grass is yellow, the sea from sea view villa is far , the roofs of other villas are in bad shape and its ugly. the sheets are full of stains and there was a blood stain on the mosquito cover!!!
the air-con was half broken and the pool is small ugly and the deck around needs urgant maintenenss.the only good thing i can say is that we told tham about how we feel and they gave us back our money so we could go to a nice place.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We booked for 9 nights and stayed only one. First appearances can be deceiving as was definately the case here. Stayed in newest, most expensive bungalows that looked Ok but after checking in noticed they lacked some very basic necessary facilities. No attention to detail inside and out along with the grounds which were very untidy and dirty. We did not use the pool but noticed that all the decking around the pool was in a very sad state of repair and quite dangerous in parts with splintered timber and broken decking. Restaurant is the worst and most expensive on the entire beach. ( We tried them all) Food very ordinary and overpriced. Very loud music 'til all hours of the night. Given the majority of guests were non- english speaking families with very young children it was difficult to understand why. No party crowds here. When we asked why they had to play the music so loud, the manager was ARROGANT, RUDE AND OBNOXIOUS and basically said if we didn't like it we should check out. So we did without hesitation the next morning and checked into Central Cottages further down the beach.( We stayed 8 nights here)
BE WARNED..DO NOT STAY at CANDLE HUT there are much better places further along this beautiful beach offering better facilities, fabulous ambiance and restaurants together with very friendly staff for less money.

Room Tip: Don't bother with Candle Hut much better rooms/accomodation further down the beach
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Thong Nai Pan Yai (South Beach), Ko Phangan, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
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Ranked #44 of 107 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Candle Hut Hotel Koh Phangan

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