We had booked for 5 nights, stayed one and moved on! This place on first viewing looks terrific. Wonderful beach location, lots of private bungalows in tropical gardens. On closer inspection however, the resort is really run down and clearly hasn't been repaired or maintained properly for a long time. The bungalows were full of cracks and gaps so consequently were full of creepy crawlies, evostick had been applied messily around toilets to fill in gaps, tiles were falling away from ceilings providing nice walkways for a wide variety of insects, water from bathroom taps came out light green and full of brown rusty bits. There were stagnant pools of water outside rooms attracting mosquitos and so forth. The swimming pool just looked grim, a greenish brown colour with unidentified bits floating on the top. No one was going to swim in that. The place was simply dreadful. It had obviously been splendid once many years ago, but now it was just neglected and sad. Certainly not fit for purpose as a modern day hotel resort. I think the Manager must have regretted coming over to us to ask if we were happy with our rooms. Clearly we were not and we did tell him honestly about our concerns, adding that he really shouldn't be selling rooms that were of this poor quality, let alone charging people £80 a night for the privilege. To give him credit, the Manager did offer to move us to better rooms which we did that same night, but it wasn't much of an improvement. Next day we were up early and found somewhere much nicer to stay which by the way was also cheaper! The other thing to say about the Mooban Talay Resort is that it is quite isolated. We moved to somewhere on the island that had a little more life, not noisy particularly but a few bars and restaurants nearby, which Mooban Talay lacked. I would definitely advise fellow travellers to give this place a miss and find somewhere else to stay on Koh Samet. One day the Mooban Talay Resort may be restored to its former glory. It will be a wonderful resort if they ever achieve that. Until then, stay somewhere else!
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- Mooban Talay Hotel Rayong