We stayed at Thanya Resort for 7 nights in a garden view bungalow. We arrived to Koh Ngai from Krabi Airport with transportation arranged by Thanya (3500 baht for 2 persons). The transportation went smoothly: there was a driver with a sign waiting for us in Krabi Airport who drove us to Pak Meng Pier from which we were taken with a private longtail to Koh Ngai. We arrived at the hotel before the official check-in time and still got our room straight away.
The bungalow was on the back of the property. From the terrace we had a partial view of the sea and the jungle on the other side of the bungalow. The bungalow was spacious and clean, but showed some signs of wear: one of the windows would not shut completely (fortunately there were separate mosquito screens on the windows which were intact). There was a minibar in our room but no safety deposit box. The A/C was ok but a little inefficient. The bed was a bit hard to sleep in, we had some back pains. The cleaning crew folded clean towels as different figures each day which was nice. The room was quiet apart from the wildlife making noise at night. If you are a light sleeper consider using ear plugs.
The restaurant had very friendly staff and good food. The presentation of the food was a bit as plain but the taste was mostly good. The atmosphere of the restaurant especially at night was great. Prices are higher than in the mainland but still not expensive imho. The other restaurants on the island had very similar prices. The breakfast was also good, but the bacon was too dry.
The rest of the property also showed some aging and could use some maintenance (broken sunlounger and sunshades). They should also do something about the erosion on the beachfront. The staff was friendly and helpful.
The island was very beautiful. All the resorts except one are located on the main beach. There are no independent restaurants or shops on the island. The rest of the island is practically unspoiled jungle which you can explore by following a path from behind Thanya Resort. You should ask for directions because there are practically no markings on the paths and we got lost several times :) If you want to go to the paradise beach or the lookout point, do not follow the power lines but go straight uphill where the path crosses the power lines. The reef in front of the main beach is very beautiful and has lots of sealife. The water is clear if it's not too windy. We would highly recommend Koh Ngai for snorkeling from the beach.
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