I was looking forward to the stay on Koh Adang, the undeveloped island in the Tarutao National Park where you can stay in National Park accommodation, for a taste of the quiet life and the sparking turquoise waters that I'd seen pictures of online. Perhaps it was the weather (cloudy at best, sometimes torrential and always disappointing) or perhaps it's me and that I'm getting too old for budget accommodation, but I had a dismal time. The accommodation itself is very good value at £16 a night for a private bungalow with bathroom, and it was certainly clean, but I had the most uncomfortable two nights there on account of the beds (other travellers have complained of the hard beds in Thailand and I've had to disagree - but this really was like sleeping on a board), the shortage of electricity (available from 18:30 to 23:30 only) which put paid to the electric fan overnight, and the very chilly cold water shower. I was also very disappointed with the view from our bungalow (of the Rangers station. If you do decide to go here, I would advise you to book bungalow 1 or 2) and the scenery in general. As I mentioned, the weather was poor so the sea was not the emerald/turquoise mirror I had hoped for), but the beach was largely without shade and the sand very gritty. All in all, it wasn't a good spot to hang out in, and neither was the restaurant, which was extremely utilitarian and, much worse, built right away from the beach. This may seem trivial, but it would have made all the difference being able to gaze out to sea on a shady terrace with a cold drink to hand. On the plus side, we did see a colony of hornbills and were delighted by the birdsong of what is still a mystery bird whose whistles came in bursts of 8 to 10, each more piercing than the last, until they stopped abruptly only to begin again a few minutes later.
If you're looking for the simple life and don't mind a bit of discomfort, then this could be the right place for you, especially if the sun is shining - but I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend it.
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