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Thapwarin Resort
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Ko Ngai
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Absolute Godsent!!! V.nice!!!”
Reviewed March 13, 2009

If you haven't read my other review on Koh Ngai Resort, then i'll explain briefly, we had booked to stay there and the place was so disgustingly awful we moved to the Thapwarin after only being in Koh Ngai Resort for an hour and a half!

The welcome we got from the staff was a welcome relief after our previous bad experience at another resort, the young girl came to the beach (spoke brilliant english) greeted us with a 'Sawasdee Ka' and said I walked you walk all the long way up the beach you poor things' and then she took us both into the main resort and introduced us to her boss, who was a lovely lady who gave us drinks and took us into the reception, she grabbed our room key and said how glad she was we came to stay with them! She took us into the room, and showed us how everything worked, from door locking system to aircon system to fan to hot water everything! The room had so much character, no TV but none of the rooms here have any TV's! We said we liked it so she got the staff to take our bags to the room whilst she took a few small details from us. Then she gave us our breakfast vouchers etc and explained every kind of opening and closing time for every facility! She gave us a room jus off the beach, with a beach view, when I asked hor much expecting it to be about 4500Bht she said it was only 2500Bht!!! This is value for money, all the staff are happy and smiley and interested in talking to you and making sure they cater to your needs! All in all, brilliant resort!

Food is also excellent, the fresh fish to die for and reasonable price for fish as well, something in the restaurant are definately expensive in comparison though. However all in all I would say 3/4 days is more than enough on Koh Ngai, there really isn't too much to do other than relax and there is a trek you can do alone through the jungle which takes you to good snorkelling points and a paradise beach, all resorts will have a map of this, however its not as easy as they say and there are things us women don't like to think about like monitor lizards, snakes etc! Just becareful, me and my boyfriend got half way there and I had to turn back expecially as we climbed it in the heat and I saw a monitor lizard come flying out of the bushes across my path!!!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 29, 2008

I stayed at Thapwarin for 3 nights in April 07.

Our bungalow was absolutely stunning, it was right on the beach, about 10 steps from the water, it was thatch roofed and ratten, the interior was lovely and the outdoor bathroom amazing.

The island is very secluded, there is no village no nothing, nothing to do at night. Great for a couple of days getaway, we had come from Samui and was heading to Phi Phi and Phuket so was perfect for the in between.

The beach isnt very nice, lots of rocks.

  • Liked — The design and location of the villa
  • Disliked — primitive and everything withoin the resort overpriced
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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Cashiers, NC
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Reviewed January 25, 2008

My son was recently married at Thapwarin, and it was wonderful. I thought the rooms were very comfortable. The staff were extremely courteous. The food was much better than expected. The sun is intense in January so use sunscreen. The transfer to the island is an adventure not suitable for elderly. The shoreline has some coral pieces so wear proper footwear. We had a great time with snorkling and relaxing. Internet is available on property if you need to check back with reality.

  • Liked — Setting, food and staff
  • Disliked — Limited wine
  • Stayed January 2008
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Essex, England
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Reviewed April 2, 2007

We booked a beach front villa for 4 nights at a cost of 4500 baht a night (including breakfast) to coincide with my birthday in February 2007. We booked through Asia Rooms, who were perfectly efficient.

We were given beach villa one. It had an excellent sea view. The bedroom was large with a separate area for the fridge and wardrobe. We also got a dressing table and sofa. There was a really cute open air bathroom and we did not experience any problems with people looking in, perhaps because they would have been seen by the bungalows behind us. We had a number of wasps building nests in the bathroom (not the room) and thought them quite cute. I was concerned about mosquitoes but didn't see one the whole time, and they usually hunt me down if there are any.

We received a friendly welcome, and the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. They have internet for 3 baht a minute which works reasonably.

We found the included breakfast to be fresh and varied and the evening meals were very good, especially their fish cakes. We had a nice seafood platter from the BBQ but my boyfriend wasn’t too impressed by the mixed grill. Perhaps stick to Thai food.

I liked the beach and the snorkelling and had no real problems with jelly fish, although you can't swim at low tide. We enjoyed watching the swifts dive through the trees as the sun set. It is true that the
sun does set behind and therefore, the sun is lost late afternoon, but it does provide lovely sun rises.

There is not a lot to do here other than chill out. However, the resort organises boat trips and we had a laugh one day kayaking out to the nearerst rock (25 minutes each way). There is some reasonable snorkelling at the rock, although agressive Sergeant Major fish. If you fancy a hike, go up the beach to Fantasy resort (approx 20 minute
walk), go to the top left hand bungalow and then walk through the jungle for about 30 minutes to get to Paradise beach.It is not signposted, so take a map, but the jungle is so real. There is a resort there (so you can take a boat) and they have one restaurant.

Be aware that there is no real shop on Koh Ngai, so take provisions.
There are limited supplies at Fantasy or Ko Hai Villa. There is also no ATM. Due to the limited provision and few restaurants, you will be charged over usual Thailand proces for food and drink.

We did experience some noise from barking dogs at night, and being at the front of the resort there was quite a lot of long tail activity.

Thapwarin also organised our speed boat transfer to Koh Lanta for 650 baht each.

  • Liked — Friendly staff and good food
  • Disliked — Poor lighting and no mirror in bedroom made getting dressed/ready a little tricky
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed March 2, 2007

Such a shame about this place. Aesthetically the area is stunning, like somewhere you never thought existed, but a slight scratch under the surface reveals a different story. The first thing is that, despite the inference on the website, the huts are not on the beach, they’re on rocks that are elevated from the beach that have sand over them so it’s a beach effect. We could have got over this. Then we were put in a room that was almost in the restaurant, meaning we would have got woken up when breakfast was being set and would have been kept up until the last person left the bar in the evening. But we were will to let this go as it was so beautiful. But then we went into our room. Like a lot of Thai rooms the bathroom was open, no problems there, we’re used to that. The problem was that the room was open to the bathroom and there were holes / gaps / general openness everywhere. This has two effects – one was that the air con was completely ineffective, the other was that a rather large wasp had decided to build a nest right above the bed (the nest was still being built, so it was flying up to the nest and putting whatever it is wasp put on nests, then flying out over the bed and through the bathroom to get more nest stuff). And there was no fridge so pointless trying to keep drinks cold so you’d have buy everything at the bar / restaurant, which was one of the most expensive I’ve ever encountered in Thailand.
We told the receptionist about the nest and said we couldn’t stay in the room, she just shrugged and pointed to the nest in the reception area. When I eventually persuaded her that something needed to be done they just got some boy to bash the nest with a broom. Hmmmm. You can just imagine. Now we had one half of a wasp’s nest and on whole of a seriously angry wasp. There were no more rooms left in the resort. We left on the first speedboat to Lanta. Simple. We went on the discover a hundred jellyfish on the tiny beach and a very rough sea (lying in it would have resulted in being carried out to a land far away, standing in it looked no fun whatsoever), as well as the wasp problem being in more than our room and the sun disappearing behind a mountain at about 4pm so you lose a load of heat and get no sunset (Thailand beach without a sunset? I don’t think so)
I’m aware that I’m over things like this and if these issues don’t bother you then it’s a truly amazing looking island that’s worth a visit, but if you’re even remotely into creature comforts then it’s maybe not the place for you.

  • Liked — Dream setting
  • Disliked — The website misleads you about the beach setting, and of course the wasp nest
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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dudley england
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2007

After a day visit to Koh Ngai,(Koh Hai) Thailand, in Jan 06. My wife and I decided to book 3 nights for this Jan 07 as part of our tour. Staying at the Thapwarin Resort

We emailed the resort about May 06 to reserve a Beach Front cottage room; we were told that the rooms were being upgraded, with hot water and a more comfortable interior. This of course would mean an increase in room rate. After visiting the web site which looked very good we decided to book our room.

We had been looking forward to this part of our trip so much, that you can understand our disappointment when we arrived.

The beach was is very narrow at high tide, but at low tide a lot of rock is exposed making it quite difficult to walk on.

The room had air conditioning which was pre set at 27C. No cupboards or wardrobe space, clothes had to be kept in the case. The rooms which look very neat on the website were not. The rooms are very dark with old cloth curtains which drag along the floor. Numerous gaps in the doors & exterior panels, allowed allsorts of flying & crawling things into the room. The mosquito net over the bed was very much needed. The toilet area was o/k, but the shower room was a hastily constructed open air block, finished in rough bare plaster added to the rear of the cottage. Entry via a door with a 2ft drop into the shower room. Not suitable for any kind of disability. The shower was with hot water, but the wash basin in the room had none.

Breakfast was included in the room rate at about £51.00 pr night, but this again was very poor. Consisting of cereal, pre cooked omelettes, and tea. This was made even worse by the fact of an evening when people were paying extra for the meals the resort could deliver decent food.

We decided after only 1 night to move to another resort on the island, better standard of room at half the cost, we did complain to the staff but had very little joy and were told we would have to pay for the 3nights as not all rooms were sold. Not surprisingly when we passed the next day our room was taken.

If you decide to go to Koh Ngai I urge you to go soon, as the Island had changed a great deal in only 12 months, with many resorts opening along the coast line.

In the past I have read reviews from people who seem to have a score to settle against a hotel. I t

  • Liked — LEAVING IT
  • Disliked — poor quality but expensive
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
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Property: Thapwarin Resort
Address: Moo 4, Koh Lanta Yai, Ko Ngai 81150, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Trang Province > Ko Ngai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Thapwarin Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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