This island is trying to be sustainable, only ruined by tourists who live in a zombie consumer world. It is a wild climate, with all sorts of bugs. If you are not prepared then stay at home. It is excellent value for money if you want to dive, walk/trek, peace and quiet. Not for families, especially those who cannot entertain themselves and appreciate landscape.
Yes the staff are a bit short, but it is hardly a surprise with the guests they have.
They are extremely efficient in reception, and the housekeeping staff are lovely. There is a nice guy (Chokai) in the massage area who can provide you with his home made coconut balm which is a god send for sunburn, and he had a red tree balm which cures insect bites in 24 hours.
This is a quiet haven for those who have time to explore the rest of the island, and the main shopping/restaurant area is only a taxi ride away.
I don't recommend hiring a scooter unless you are experienced and wear a helmet. I heard there were 11 deaths in one week due to scooter accidents and the varied terrain. The heat makes the roads more slippery too. Although Buddha view are pretty good to hire from, and were honest enough to say not to hire the quad either as they can be more dangerous than a scooter if not on flat terrain.
Don't walk alone at night, many tourists out after the Castle party etc (a castle themed bar on a rural route), be prepared to pay 200-400 baht for a taxi per person all the time.
Back to the resort, food not much to shout about but hey ten mins walk and you have so many cafes etc. The rooms are not luxurious, especially the shower rooms, but be grateful, most locals don't even have that. If you walk around you will see whole familes living in shacks without walls.
Oh also, wi-fi everywhere, but difficult to use regular phone to call out internationally due to limited power system, so peace is certainly available.
This is NOT Disneyland, but if that is your idea of paradise, don't bother coming.
Diving, Yoga, good food, walking, secret view points, abandoned hotels- think famous five! (Enid Blyton)
I loved this place.
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