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“Perfect for full moon, or any other time” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Charung Bungalows
Ranked #85 of 128 Ko Pha Ngan B&B and Inns
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
1 review
“Perfect for full moon, or any other time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2013

We arrived in Koh Phangan a few days before the full moon and lucked out with an available beach hut at this resort on the Sunset beach side of Haad Rin, which is the opposite side to the Sunrise, where the main party happens (although it's only a 10-minute walk or two minute drive). It's near enough to feel the vibe, but far enough away to escape when you need some sleep (trust me, it happens).

The accommodation was an absolute bargain, with a large comfy bed and large clean bathroom, and a view of the sea from the hammock on the balcony (although the beach is a bit grim on the Sunset side - but hey, for a view of the sea on the Sunrise beach side we met people paying at least 3 times as much!). The hut did get a bit on the warm side during the day, but we can't blame them for the weather - we just kept the east facing window shut and the door open during the hottest part of the day, or went out for a swim.

However, the thing that made Charung special was that from the moment we arrived the staff did everything in their power to make us happy. They let us check in early (we came on the night boat so arrived rather bedraggled at 7am), the bike they rented us was almost brand new and the best one we've rented on our travels so far, they gave us a discount on the extra night we ended up staying and helped us organise our onward travel.

This last was some of the best customer service we have received in Thailand; hell, anywhere in ASEA. When the lady at the front desk (I'm ashamed that I don't know her name but I think she owns the place) called up and found out that the slow (cheap!) boat to Koh Tao the next day was full (not her fault, this is normal and we should have booked earlier), she not only managed to secure us a booking on the next express boat, she gave us a discount of 50 baht each and organised us a private air-conditioned taxi down to the ferry terminal at no extra cost. When we arrived at the terminal, there was a gentleman waiting for us to register our tickets (mandatory apparently), and he stood in line for us to get this done. Honestly, I've never felt so smug than whilst watching hungover full-mooners fall out of overcrowded minibuses in the midday heat and then have to stand in line for 10-15 minutes at the terminal.

In response to one of the reviews below I really just wanted to say that, yes, in terms of accommodation, you absolutely do get what you pay for, and probably more. But to me the most important factor, the service, was, even in the midst of the full moon madness, priceless.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights during the July 2012 full moon, booked in advance due to the popular demand, paid £11 a night which is pricey for Thailand however paid before we went so didn't feel expensive.
A bit of a walk from the beach, some closer hotels however still a good location to shops/bars and food.
Clean and air conditioning fab!!
Would not stay as long if went again but can only book 5 nights at most places over the full moon time

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2013

We stayed in a standard double room and standard is an overstatement. Our room consisted of nothing more than a double bed and a fan (not adequate to keep the room cool) and we suffered 5 nights in this (5 night minimum stay over full moon period) We tried to upgrade to air con but there was no availability. Only lock on room was small padlock so security was a worry. Bathroom is outside and shared with 6 other bungalows often resulting in a long wait. Only saving grace of charung is its location and friendly staff. Will not be returning.
At £7 a night this is very very cheap, I'd like to say you get what you pay for, but in all honesty I don't even think you get that. Charung is far too basic.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Charung Bungalows
Address: 110/5 Moo 6 , Haad Rin, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
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Ranked #85 of 128 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Charung Bungalows 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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