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Mandalai Hotel
Ranked #49 of 91 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Reviewed March 6, 2009

The Mandalai is a very stylish hotel and looks just like the pictures. The rooms are great, lots of nice touches like lighting, dimmer controls for fan & lights, huge jacuzzi in the room. The hotel is probably one of the nicest on the island. However, the smell from the fish processing is pretty unpleasant. Every morning there are trays placed along the beach in front of the hotel and squid is placed on these trays to dry out. The smell can be very strong and there are a lot of flies due to the bits of fish lying about.
Some parts of the hotel are in need of maintenance although the rooms are very well maintained. The staff are very friendly but as they have no work to do (we were the only guests in the hotel) they tend to sit around doing things like doing each other's hair. We were in the pool one day and there were a lot of leaves in the pool (as it had been raining). One of the staff members started to remove the leaves but then stopped whilst he went to apply hair dye to another member of staff's hair and then came back to finish removing the leaves!
The freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee at breakfast are great but the eggs are almost inedible due to the herbs which the chef uses. Don't get the eggs benedict - the sauce is not hollandaise and is pretty horrible.
Chaloklum is a small village which has a few great little restaurants. It's very much diving-oriented and has a lot of dive shops offering equipment and trips. As it's a small village everyone is very friendly and you will see the same faces often. The World's End does great food and plays brilliant music. The italian restaurant near the hotel is amazing, best pasta & pizza anywhere! The restaurants don't look much from the street but they all have little areas on the beach front which look lovely at night with lots of little lights.
The beach in front of the hotel is very dirty (another example of lack of maintenance) with rubbish and bits of squid. The beach at the other end of Chaloklum is about 5 minutes walk away and is white sand/clear water so worth the walk. We went snorkelling at Mae Haad about 5 minutes away by taxi which was amazing.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 10, 2009

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Reviewed January 17, 2009

We stayed at Mandalay with my husband in the beginning of January 2009, for 5 nights. Although the weather wasn't that great all the time, we enjoyed our time. We had booked a garden view room, but when we arrived to the hotel, we got upgraded to a pool view room. The interior of the room was very nice.

If You although want to be part of the party scene, prefere staying elsewhere, Chaloklum hasn't got any nightlife. If You want a getaway from tourism crowded places and want to see how the locals live, this is a good choice. Ok, there's basically almost no beach at the front of the hotel, but there was a very good beach at the end of the bay ( to the left looking to the sea from the hotel). The beach there wasn't that crowded, if you go there early in the morning, there's a big possibility of being on the beach just by Yourselves and the restaurant by the beach is ok too!

We went also to Koh samui and Koh Tao on our trip. The best part of our trip was in Koh tao and Koh Phangan, here at Mandalai. Koh Samui was more a place for package-tourists in my opinion, with loads of huge new resorts being built.

If we went to Koh Phangan again, I would like to stay a couple of nights at Mandalai again because of the great rooms, lovely restaurant (very good food (try the green curry here and the bruschetta for starters (its veeery good)). And the staff was very friendly all the time.

Here are a couple of things to do in Chalokum: play pool at the lost dog (i think that was the name of the place), there was about 5 ok restaurants, but we liked the hotels own restaurant the most. Walk to beaches nearby following the paled roads or just stay on the whitesanded beach in Chalokum (appr. 1km from the hotel). Take a kiteboarding course at that beach, lasts about 4 days.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed January 15, 2009

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Reviewed January 14, 2009

fabulous hotel in real thailand. really cannot fault the mandalai. staff were really friendly and helpfull. we had a sea view room and it was perfect. a great view from our bed and bath! the hotel and chaloklum are both quiet, but what more do you want? if you want to be out partying then best to go elsewhere, but we really enjoyed seeing another side of thailand that hasnt just turned into rows of bars like you see in the mediteranean (or phuket!)beach was about 5 yards from our room and about 100 yards away is the clearest, quietest piece of beach we saw on our travels, where hardly anyone walks up and down. it felt like it was our beach everyday. as for the pier - yeh there is a pier close by, but we couldnt see why it could possibly be a problem. we would go back tomorrow if could afford to and could get the time off!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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An Agoda Traveler
Reviewed January 12, 2009

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Reviewed January 12, 2009

The hotel itself is a nice place but the location Ao Chaloklum is not. It is located next to the pier.

Rooms are nice.

But what is the best room worth, if complete environment isn´t.

No beaches close to the hotel and a rate of approx. 6.000 BAHT is more than tripple of an A/C bungalow on other beaches with a much better infrastructure and surrounding.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: 61/1 Moo 7 Chaloklum Road, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
#33 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: $55 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mandalai Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mandalai, under new management has re-opened and was the first hip boutique hotel on the Island. The hotel is located in the heart of Koh Phangan's fisherman village in Chaloklum Bay. Superbly situated on the beach front enjoying spectacular sea views and surrounded by the necklace of mountains. Many outdoor activities are available. Restaurant and cafes can be found in the village and all over the island. Mandalai is a room only hotel catering for the full moon party clients. ... more   less 
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Mandalai Hotel Ko Phangan
Mandalai Boutique Hotel

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