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Mai Pen Rai Bungalows

Than Sadet Beach, Ko Pha Ngan 84280 Thailand
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#35 of 537 Specialty lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
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.
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Free parking
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Private balcony
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Ocean view
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Thai
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Thomas1806 wrote a review Feb 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark7 contributions9 helpful votes
Well, you have some options here: go to Than Sadet on day trip, and sleep elsewhere. It’s pretty, but can also be rough and windy at times. The Mai Pen Rai Bungalows on the rocks are truely spectacular, but worn and need refurbishing. They got the basics you need though. Some of Plaa’s bungalows seemed better off. The bar at the beach is overpriced and you get tired of reggae. The two other retaurants have better food. Don’t forget to buy the homemade banana chips at the Silver Cliff Restaurant! And do some hiking. Go see the waterfalls or hike to Thang Noi Pan and visit the cool Hide on High bar for a great view of the coast and sea on the way.
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Date of stay: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
Vaccinator wrote a review Feb 2020
Hamburg, Germany39 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent 6 days in a hut high above the small beach - a wonderful spot, right in nature, with a river and waterfall nearby. Lovely family run place, restaurant right on the beach, quiet, individualistic, to be remembered well. A pet pig is a beloved member of the house! Simple life though, you need to like it.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from ThanSadet, Owner at Mai Pen Rai Bungalows
Responded Feb 23, 2020
Thank you for your comments on Mai Pen Rai. I hope we can welcome you back another time.
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OntheSpectrum wrote a review Jan 2020
London118 contributions107 helpful votes
Back after 11 years and things have changed a lot. I can't agree with another recent review that little has changed. At a glance, yes, but after a week.... Than Sadet is now a protected area apparently, so you'll be relieved of 100 baht each on the way in. No big deal. What is a big deal is the road. You can get to Mai Pen Rai all the way by modern road now. No more 45mins off road in a 4x4 taxi. This means it is no longer a mostly cut-off sanctuary. You get day trippers, LOTS of them. The beach is no longer tranquil. Full of hectic holiday makers and screaming kids. The mass arrival happens around lunchtime and clears at around 5 so things do return to normal. The bar has moved to the middle now. The old middle bar & shop has gone. The restaurant on the entrance side is now derelict. So only one beach at now, instead of three. The reggae is no longer played, infact, music is rarely played. The female staff seem indifferent at times, and service can be glacial at lunchtime due to sheer numbers, and a very very laid back waiting style. No hammocks or lounging area. It's just a bar now. We used it rarely. It was almost empty most evenings. When we did eat there at night it felt a lot like they were waiting for us to leave (put some music on!). After 9pm they clear up all the table candles as people leave, then sit watching videos on thier phones at full volume ( I watched customers moving to get away) clearly waiting to go home . On our last night we tried the bar in earnest . Had one drink. After that no one offered another. All on their phones. We gave up at 9.15 They also have a limited lunch menu, with it returning to normal in the evenings. Not seen this in Thailand before. I want no-name for lunch, and at their prices, I kinda expect it. We ate almost exclusively up the cliff side, mostly at Plaas, and often at Silvercliff restaurant. It's a schlepp up the hill but worth it. Much much better value food and beer. It's a shame because I've spent at least a month here in the past and never felt the need to eat up the hill. The "secret beach" is fenced off but still easy to get to. Our cliff side rocks family bungalow was great, and they now have a gas heated shower which was a joy to discover on the 3rd day ( you had to turn it on and off a load to get it to ignite). Progress and the road are not their fault, along with the crowds of day trippers that brings, so I'll still mark high at 4 stars. But it's not the paradise I once knew any more. And the staff have some odd ways of dealing with people. We noticed it often. Nonchalant would be the word I'd use. Would I return ? No. Would I recommend it, absolutely, as long as you are not expecting serene peace all day long ( there is some construction going on behind all day too, and often in the bar itself. Chainsaw for breakfast?) or attentive service. Edit. 3 stars now. They totally messed up our ferry and bus booking to Krabi. They forgot to book it. We were then told they had booked it on a different service. It was supposed to be high speed ferry, then bus to Krabi by 17.30. It was actually a car ferry, an old bus, and now, instead of a minivan we are being put on a local bus at 6pm that takes nearly 4 hours so we will end up in Krabi around 10pm. Not happy at all. 12 hours of travelling and I paid far too much for it. My partner gets travel sick on long coach journies so we now have that too look forward to.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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1 Helpful vote
markvincent_glos wrote a review Sep 2019
Stroud, United Kingdom9 contributions12 helpful votes
The key with this place is to know what you are getting. Basically a wooden hut in paradise, think camping and add a bed and mosquito net and you are about there. If you are ok with that and happy to leave 5 star pampering behind then you'll love it. True beach bum territory and completely authentic. Having read some of the other reviews I think they didn't really understand what they were getting into. The weather is clearly important as this is very basic accomodation on a beach, so pick your time accordingly. Also in my opinion it's well worth going for the bungalows on the beach if you can. You are in the wild so will get creatures in your bathroom so be prepared for that too!! The beach is amazingly beautiful...a small private cove and you step from the beach bungalows right onto the sand. A fab little funky restaurant with great value food and drink considering the location and friendly staff. Also I'd expected the electricity to only be available at certain times but that wasn't the case for us...we had it for 24 hours. Go with the knowledge of what to expect and enjoy!!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Karlien Smit wrote a review Sep 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates10 contributions22 helpful votes
I gave this accommodation a 4 star because of the location and it's beauty and specifically for the friendliness and hospitality of the staff / owners. They were always laughing at / with us and made sure we had everything we need. The accomodation is very basic, but an experience within itself. Don't expect luxury in your room - rather marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and how lucky you are to be at this wonderful place. Thank you Mai Pen Rai Bungalows for a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: August 2019
2 Helpful votes
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mai Pen Rai Bungalows
Which popular attractions are close to Mai Pen Rai Bungalows?
Nearby attractions include Thong Nai Pan Noi (1.8 miles), Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach (1.8 miles), and Bottle Beach (4.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mai Pen Rai Bungalows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Mai Pen Rai Bungalows?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Mai Pen Rai Bungalows?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mai Pen Rai Bungalows?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurant Ratatouille Koh Phangan, Friends Cafe, and Bite Delight.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mai Pen Rai Bungalows?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Thai.
Does Mai Pen Rai Bungalows have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.