The bungalows look very nice and are (relatively) clean. They are set in a wonderful garden. The price for the bungalows is competitive. The mattress of the B650 bungalows is almost like a brick and between 6 and 8AM everyone is woken up by their delivery truck that has its engine idling next to the no. 15-16-17 bungalows and drives past most of the other bungalows. Also the staff are working from 8AM-ish and are not very quiet (I guess it is not a 5star resort where customers sleep comes first...). They just had another litter of dogs and with some barking going on (mostly during the day), dog lovers must be happy here....
You cannot book on their website as their seems to be a conflict with the designer.... and the only way to contact them is to go through booking.com and in the e-mail confirmation you get there is a working phone number (+6677445075).
The free Wifi works fine in the restaurant and from most bungalows you might also be able to pick up Wifi from Longtail or Dolphin next door as their signals are stronger.
The restaurant is not as pretty as the garden and the bungalows. The food is far below average. This is why the restaurant is often empty as one of the best, nicely priced, and prettiest restaurants is next door at Longtail.
The sea is shallow and the beach is very wide at low tide.
A 10min walk along the beach brings you to the “town”, a quiet wide road with a few bars, restaurants and shops, including a 7-11. The “next door” Noi beach can be reached over a steep hill (walking +-40min one way) or you could rent a motorbike for the day B250 (at the entrance to the village (left side) there is a real estate guy who is very honest, his bikes are new with good helmets and he charges low prices for repairs if you have any damage). Be careful when driving as the roads to the beaches (Bottle beach!) are VERY gritty and although I am a very competent driver we abandoned going to this beach after 2 other drivers came back up the road with scratched arms. With 2 people on the bike it was almost impossible to not slip. Maybe when it has rained a little it is better...
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- Natural Thai huts located on famed Thong Nai Pan Noi Beach. Traditional Southern Accommodation with great prices and unbeatable atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baan Panburi Village At Yai Beach Hotel Koh Phangan
- Baan Panburi Hotel