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“Nice Beach - Nice Location - Rooms & Paths need some TLC”

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Mai Pen Rai Bungalows
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Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at here twice during a week to visit friends who were staying here.
The owners are friendly & helpful.
I stayed in two different bungalows , a 500 baht double that had a nice bathroom & comfy bed. The Only bugger with this bungalow was finding ones way once darkness arrived with very poor path lighting & lack of sunlight during the day due to it being directly under another bungalow and the over grown surrounding undergrowth.
The other was a 800baht family bungalow with one double bed downstairs & two small small single beds upstairs. All beds had mozzie nets which was imperative as the bungalow only has shutters. The ground floor balcony shutters were impossible to secure due to the latches being either broken or misaligned. Luckily I had a heavy duty cable tie to secure them from the inside whilst I was beaching it during the day.
Another issue was most of the path light bulbs & bungalow light bulbs were blown. Thankfully most of the surrounding bungalows were empty so i could borrow light bulbs to bring light to the path & my bungalow :)
This bungalow was located on the rocks at the seas edge with an awesome outlook. It even had a huge beautiful 1 metre long lizard wondering about (Don't fear it's harmless & more scared of us)

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We really loved our stay at Mai Pen Rai, we just wished we'd stayed longer!
Set in an idyllic bay it really was what we'd hoped the island experience would be like in Thailand, sadly other islands have become over developed.
We stayed in a beach bungalow, only 50 yards away from the sea. The accommodation is basic but this was what we were looking for, it has everything you need, and when you're staying in such a beautiful place you won't be spending anytime indoors apart from to sleep.
All of the staff are really nice, helpful and laid back which all helps create a really relaxed atmosphere.
The food and drinks served are also excellent.
If you want to wake up on the beach with the sea on your doorstep then you really should go.
I can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Toby_Edinburgh
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Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

I stayed 5 nights in Than Sadet at Mai Pen Rai Bungalows. I stayed in a room on the rocks. Normally I would have stayed on the beach, but they were on the process of knocking down the old bungalows and rebuilding them. The new ones look as though they will really comfortable and are a big improvement on the old. It was so quiet and I felt so lucky to be visiting in low season. I would definitely visit again, it is so beautiful here, waterfalls are lovely and there are amazing iguanas in the river that look like crocodiles. The staff are sweet especially Pen who works very hard. If you don't want to go anywhere else this is a perfect place to stay but if you are the type that likes to go out and explore other places, it can be expensive getting taxis, so best to stay put like I did.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Marydona
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

After staying on the very busy Koh Tao, we arrived at Mai Pen Rai and breathed a huge sigh of relief! This felt like going back in time to what we had hoped to find in other parts of Thailand, now sadly over developed. Here is a small piece of paradise, with a very refreshingly laid back, friendly atmosphere, set in a National Park, a wonderful place to go back to nature! We stayed in one of the beach bungalows, which was a very clean, simple structure, and as I'm always worried about mosquitos, we had taken an extra mosquito net, and a coil to burn, and werent bitten once. The beach is beautiful, the perfect setting for sunning, swimming, and relaxing. Everyone working here was very helpful and the food and cocktails were delicious, we just wish we'd had more time to stay, relax, and to explore the surrounds. Being woken to the sound of the waves on the shore from our little beach bungalow is an unforgettable, amazing experience!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tia B
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We absolutely loved this place, infact we stayed 3 days longer than we planned. Very remote and quiet, as its states, feels like your on a private beach! We have travelled all over Thailand and this is one of our favourite places. We first had a hut right in the bay, up some stairs, beautiful, but we wanted to be on the rocks, which was no issue for us to change, the staff were brilliant and showed us a couple of huts we could chose from. We decided on one well out the way, right round the corner, through a little cave, a nice little adventure everyday. We had brilliant sea views, and felt like had the island to ourselves, even though they were fairly full at the time. People whinging about the walk with rucksacks is abit silly as the staff take all the bags if you want them to, infact they generally insist on carrying your belongings, and never expect a tip. All the food we had was excellent, the best food on that stretch of beach by far, although Plaa's is also very good if you can handle the stairs! As for the lack of power...it is very remote..and they actually have a generator so it never effects the kitchen, good quality food all day long, maybe a little overpriced, but its the same as all the Islands, still a hell of alot cheaper than back home! My girlfriend slept better here than anywhere else, we had a nice sea breeze, and yes its frustrating a little that the power isnt on at all times....but you are in paradise! For the price people expect way too much, it was 650 baht a night, so thats about £12, you couldnt get anything for that in Europe. They are currently building new aircon rooms on the beach aswell, although we dont really like aircon as it gives us a cold! But each to their own . We will deffinatley be back, really enjoyed ourselves and were sad to leave but had to do visa run. The staff were brilliant, all in all a great place, needs a little TLC, but im sure they will get to that when the new builds are done.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank harry K
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

I had an amazing time at Mai Pen Rai. Its was just how i hoped it would be, very relaxing and a really good atmosphere. The staff were always very friendly and helpful.
The beach was beautiful. It felt like a bit of paradise.
Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank oda n
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We first booked a 6-day stay, but it was so incredible nice and beautiful there, we stayed until the end of our holidays.
First I have to say... yes, it´s far away from everything. Yes, there are no a/c- or luxury-bungalows. Yes, there are insects....
BUT... for nature lovers, quiet seekers, for people that don´t need loud disco-music ´til the morning, for couples who are searching for way-out-of-top romantic place... IT´S PERFECT!

And to get some things right, the Taxi who goes two times a day to Thongsala is about 200 Baht per person. There is a free WiFi in the main restaurant (Ok, but think again... do you need a internet access so urgently? You are in paradise...)

Long story, short, Mai Pen Rai / Than Sadet is one of the last "RobinsonCrusoe-esk" places on Koh Phangan. The staff and owners are beautiful and friendly people. You can get a real Thaimassage from Mr. Singh (no "wellness", pure health massage which is perfect!).

We will come back.
Definitely.

Room Tip: The bungalows on the rocks were my favourite. Wake up and see the sunrise from your bed with the sou...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Than Sadet Beach, Ko Pha Ngan 84280, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Pha Ngan
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 383 Specialty Lodging in Ko Pha Ngan
Price Range: $12 - $24 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Mai Pen Rai Bungalows 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Mai Pen Rai Bungalows, one of the oldest resorts on Koh Phangan - the place of pleasure for nature lovers and Artists. For an experience of the old Koh Phangan, this is the place to come away and forget all the stresses of the outside world. Mai Pen Rai is situated in a paradise infringed with swaying palms, and green turquoise waters. Here at Than Sadet the bungalows are built in harmony with the nature around with prices to suit travellers and back packers. ... more   less 
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