The island actually looks like that crap they shovel you in travel agents, beauty. There is a beastly trek through the jungle to long beach which is worth it for a visit and more so for sun set.
Accommodation was pretty standard, white rose was my favourite, the three kittens living there may make me bias but the food was also good and the staff were friendly. There were a few bugs in all the places I stayed but your in South East Asia. There are bugs. Don't be snobby this is what you signed up.
The title for best food goes to island boys BBQ man sized portions with plenty of choice. Highly satisfying but is more expensice that some of the other BBQs on the island such as Bamboo which is also rather good. They all take a while to cook, it is a BBQ after all, you can have it done fast or you can have it done right!
The Brownies are horrendously strong which is not at all a bad thing, but don't plan anything for the rest of your day!
Buy coconut oil, the sand flies are savage which show no mercy.
At 2 am when the power turns off is when the magic happens.. So don't forget to look up and pray you have a clear sky or jump into the ocean and be amazed by the plankton. And I mean jump in, you aren't a toddler, splashing your feet in the water doesn't cut it. It's worth getting wet.
In addition there are also puppies and kittens always running around where ever you go so take advantage and physically terrorise them with hugs and strokes they will refuse to accept as their parents could not care less.
Snorkeling is nothing spectacular here but always a bit of fun. If you take a kayak out for the day you can chug over to the only island which isn't a lord of the rings like distance away and have a nice day there, a standard small temple in the middle but a grand view.
I visited during low season, not to many people so everything was really relaxed. There's a little bit of adventure to be had and cannot speak for the party but during low season its perfect for just getting away.
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