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Mai Pen Rai Bungalows
2.0 of 5 Ranch   |   Than Sadet Beach | Suratthani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand   |  
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Middletown
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Absolutely gorgeous! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My stay at Mai Pen Rai was fabulous. The staff is friendly and very helpful. The beach is quiet and clean and the water beautiful and deep enough for a good swim. It is truly one of the prettiest places I have ever seen.
My bungalow was unique and comfortable with a wonderful view. When I accidentally left my insulin there the staff put it on a boat and got it to me the next morning! I can't think of anything to complain about at all. I hope i get to return some day.
Please don't ruin it!

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fort Erie, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Absolutely loved our time spent at this relaxing retreat. Stayed in a beautiful new beachfront bungalow and was lulled to sleep by waves lapping against the shore. The porches have hammocks which provide a great place to watch the ocean. The Scottish-owner Fiona is so friendly and helpful & makes you feel at home straight away. I could not believe how delicious the meals were. I would recommend having a massage here in the open-air hut by the river. The man had magic hands. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I have just spent a very happy return visit to "Mai Pen Rai Bungalows" on Than Sadet Beach on Koh Pha-Nang island. Since 2013 the original beachfront bungalows have been removed and exceptionally nice and spacious, brand new Bungalows have been built in their place. The new beds, with their firm mattress's are a joy to sleep on. My girlfriend and myself had a brilliant time there. The prices are roughly the same as before and if anything, the food is even better than before. The Scots owner, Fiona, along with her wonderful Thai husband, Teep, run the place incredibly well. Their staff are all terrific and very helpful. Just getting there, over the high hill road, surrounded by thick virgin jungle, is an adventure in itself. Once at "Mai Pen Rai", with its peace and tranquility, you wont want to leave.
Andrew Bruce, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, U.K.

Room Tip: If you can afford it and if one is available, get a Bungalow that faces the Ocean.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Ko Samui, Thailand
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

My husband and I always said that if we were to get married, Mai Pen Rai would be the place. After falling in love with this amazing place back in 2005, we returned with 24 guests in August 2013.
I had been talking to Fiona for about 6 months, back and forth over email going over the details. She is a dream to work-with and helped me finalize the small details that I had missed. Our ceremony was in the perfect location, she had beautiful flowers brought in and an amazing buffet meal that amazed all of my guests. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day.
Mai Pen Rai will always be home for us. Fiona and her staff always know how to make you feel welcome. We miss it already

Room Tip: The best view is still the Bungalows on the Rocks. However I do love the the Huts on the beach
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Kommetjie, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

What a unique gem this is, after an exciting jeep drive through the real Jungle, 40min. This surreal picture unfolds, palm trees, white beach sand, blue water, and limited people. The beach and restaurants are never crowded, and arguably the best Thai food in Thailand.
The bungalows on the beach and rocks have been upgraded and now offer a gentle and calming experience with Hot water as well. Do not miss this rare find to visit.

Room Tip: Beach bungalows are great for the kids, and for couples or artists and writers, the bungalows on the...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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norvège
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you want to be in a lost and beautiful place, far away from everything, if you like to sleep in a beautiful treehouse bungalow above the sea, very clean and with basic comfort, then Mai pen rai is the place that your are looking for. This place is peaceful, beautiful and relaxing. Nothing much to do than relax on the beach and hike to the waterfall. The bungalows on the rocks are impressing. You hear the waves, the birds and your bathroom is on rocks. From your big balcony you can see all the fishermen's boats at night. Beds are big and very comfortable. The beach is beautiful and perfect with small kids. You can rent kayaks on the beach and take a trip around. And the restaurant is so nice. Dishes are generous and delicious. The atmosphere is laid back and relaxing. Last but not least, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
important advice: if you can, organize your transfer from the pier in Thong sala in advance with the hotel. We couldn't do it and when we arrived at 19.00, we had to pay the local taxi 1200bht as the road is really bumpy and difficult. With the hotel's taxi, it costs 800bht.

Room Tip: bungalows on the rocks are incredible
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Paris, France
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51 reviews 51 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Stayed 3 nights there and it was a great experience that I will do again if I have the opportunity ! Why an experience ? Because the Thaansadet beach is very far from the port (approximately 20/30 minutes by car) and the road is no longer paved for the last kilometers ! However, after this short "safari trip", if you are looking for a quiet and lovely place, Mai Pen Rai is for you ! The restaurant is on the beach with a very cool decoration and the food is correct (but quite expensive). My bungalow was on the rocks and it was amazing. View on the sea, large room and bathroom (cold water) with a hammock on the balcony. A very peaceful place, great for couples.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Than Sadet Beach | Suratthani, Ko Phangan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Phangan
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 201 Specialty lodging in Ko Phangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mai Pen Rai Bungalows 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Mai Pen Rai Bungalows, one of the oldest resorts on Koh Phangan - the place of pleasure for nature lovers and Artists. For an experience of the old Koh Phangan, this is the place to come away and forget all the stresses of the outside world. Mai Pen Rai is situated in a paradise infringed with swaying palms, and green turquoise waters. Here at Than Sadet the bungalows are built in harmony with the nature around with prices to suit travellers and back packers. ... more   less 
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