The big plus regarding Ko Ra Ecolodge is the stunning location, and the peace and relaxed feel of the place. The facilities are quite spartan and the lack of water was a little irritating at times (the shower only worked once in the 5 days we were there); although water shortage is, apparently, a problem across Thailand at present.
Should we have expected more of an ecolodge, other than very basic amenities? It would have been nice to have felt that Ko Ra was more than a very simple place to stay on a beautiful island; but any sense of promoting the enterprise as something more than a relatively expensive accommodation resource, by Thai standards, didn't come across. Apart from the publicity info on the web-site, there was little evidence of Ko Ra being part of a philosophy of sustainable living, or of any particular interpretation of what an ecolodge is (or could be), apart from being very economic in terms of facilities.
The optional extras seemed quite pricey: 3200 Baht (£64 / $99) each for a snorkelling trip to the Surin islands; 500 Baht (£10 / $15) for a relatively short guided walk. The American owner, Kim, appeared relaxed to the point of somnolence and was not particularly forthcoming with information, and seemed somewhat disinterested in building relationships with his guests. The food was OK, but not as good as others have reported.
Pros: Stunning location
Cons: Little sense of the ecolodge being much more than a very basic, if not particularly cheap, place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Koh Ra Ecolodge is located in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand (2.5 hr. drive north of Phuket airport). If you are looking for a truly unique nature experience in Thailand, then we invite you to stay with us on Koh Ra and explore the pristine jungle, private beach, coral reefs and hidden bays of this amazing island. Our goal is to offer guests a simple yet comfortable place to stay in the heart of the most natural stretch of coastline remaining in Thailand, and the closest island to world-renowned Surin National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Koh Ra Ecolodge Hotel Phang Nga