Before we even stepped off the boat we were greeted by name and welcomed to this lovely spot. Our garden bungalow was cozy and clean. It was right next to the lagoon but still had a glimpse of the ocean. None of the bungalows are more than a few steps from the beach.
The bathroom is open to the outside so you need to be ready to handle a few bugs. The main room of the bungalow is screened and there is a mosquito net. However, one night we still had a mosquito inside the net. After that I kept the insect repellent on when I went to bed
WiFi is technically available only in the restaurant and lobby but we were able to get it from the porch of our bungalow which was handy.
Breakfast is a nice buffet with fried rice and noodles, various meats, omelets made to order, salad and fresh fruit. We had one lunch and one dinner at the restaurant as well and they were good. The other resorts provide variety in restaurants.
Snorkeling from the beach was excellent. It's shallow all the way out to the reef and there's no scary current. At low tide the reef is too close to the surface to swim over it so be sure to snorkel at mid or high tide. We didn't take the resort's boat trip, but it looked like a good value compared to some of the others.
Be sure to bring a flashlight for walking on the beach at night. It gets dark about 6:30. There's an undeveloped area of beach that separates the northern resorts from the southern ones and at high tide you have to take a path on top of the sea wall rather than the beach, so you'll want to have a light and decent footwear.
We had arranged for transfer with our next resort on Koh Mook. When our boat didn't arrive, Thapwarin tried to call them for us and when that didn't work they arranged a last minute transfer for us from their boat. They even apologized that their boat wasn't immediately available and fixed us another welcome drink to sip while we were waiting.
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- Also Known As:
- Thapwarin Hotel Koh Ngai
- Thapwarin Resort Koh Ngai