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Review of Coral Bay Resort

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Coral Bay Resort
Ranked #70 of 89 Hotels in Ko Pha Ngan
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The reason to come to Thailand...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2009

I cannot impress enough how wonderful this resort is..

I had originally come to Koh Phangan for a wedding and was staying on Leela Beach (the quieter side of Had Rin) - once the nuptuals had been done and the happy couple had ventured off to Koh Lipe I decided to get my rough guide out and pick a more secluded spot on the island - finally deciding on Haad Khom.

Firstly - it is a little out of the way (this was a bonus for me!) so we had to rent some scooters and take a ride up toward Chaloklum (40 mins or so) to the north of Phangan. Then the road ended..ooop's. A little nervously we decided to persevere and follow the jungle road to the beach. It was worth it!

The resort is basic - and cheap. But clean, all the bungalows have their own toilets and running water, mozzie nets and electricity from 5pm till midnight. Prices when we went ranged from about 300 to 650 baht. No complaints at all- lets face it - you dont go on holiday to spend it in your room! We even had a curious Tokay Gecko living in our room which intially made me nervous but consequently killed any nasty's that came near by! I

The surrounding area is lovely and clean, well kept and secluded..the beach is delightful and quiet, 2 other resorts and a beach bar. The water is clean and the reef (once you get past the dead coral and the sea cucumbers!) is close buy and teeming with interesting fist etc for snorkelling.

The best thing here though was the service - friendly, great food, laid back and genuine. The first night we were there the electricity generator broke..oh not you might say..But with a little help from the staff we were helped down to the main restaurant/bar where we sat down by candlelight, brought a free chang and nibbles for the inconvenience..the staff in the open kitchen were cooking with head torches (brilliant) and brought us beautifully cooked fresh fish and chips thai style. A german holiday maker sat nearby singing Bob Dylan on his guitar while the staff cane round to welcome all the new guests and make conversation. By the next day the electricity was back on and no further issues.

Other additional facilities - bikes for rent, free transfers to the port, free snorkelling gear and book exchange. And staff genuinely happy to help!

A stay i will never forget - thankyou for making it wonderful for us.

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hamilton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2007

I really enjoyed my stay at Coral Bay Bungalows at Haad Khom.
It's probably one of the last 'real' (old school) resorts left on the island. It's calm and relaxed, no full-moon, half-moon or all-inclusive guests. It's quiet, private and laid-back.
The electricity only runs from the evening until midnight.
With the threat of Ko Phangan turning into a strip mall like Ko Samui (yuk!), it is nice that there is still a refuge like Coral Bay Bungalows. I hope it will never change. No room service, no internet, but great food, terrific water sports, motor scooter rental and a friendly staff.

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Property: Coral Bay Resort
Address: 113/5 Moo 7 | Haad Khom Beach, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Hotel Style:
#46 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Pha Ngan
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Coral Bay Hotel Koh Phangan

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