Travel arrangements to get TO the island were not that straightforward for us. But when we finally arrived, the hotel staff - specifically Dom - were very welcoming and accommodating. Throughout our entire 4-day stay, Dom was amazing - kind and helpful. We must say that when we first arrived to Thiw Son Resort, we were very disappointed because the beach-front ocean was not there...instead, there were 200 yards of mud and sand. It was not the picturesque Thai island view we envisioned. Upon closer look, however, we realized that this stretch of sand and mud had some of the most amazing low-tide wildlife! Crabs, sand dollars, fish, etc. - and many local people "fishing" in the mudflats. And during high-tide, the swimming was great. The ocean is not as crystal-clear as in other parts of the island, but being removed from the big resorts (with crystal clear water) was more important to us than having clear water outside our doorstep. As aforementioned, the swimming was great, and when we wanted clear water, we rented Thiw Son's scooters to tour the island and go to different empty beaches. The food was great, the coffee was great, and the view of the surrounding islands was beautiful. Our bungalow had a private outdoor shower, A/C, fast WiFi, and a mosquito net over the bed (which we ended up needing!). The island itself is not for people who want a nightlife scene - it is laidback, slow, and has a more authentic Thai fisher-people feel. The island is 99% Muslim, and so it would be good for women travelers to respect the custom of modesty (no tank tops, exposed knees, or risqué clothing). Apparently locals who do swim, which is rare, go in the ocean with clothes on...but we didn't see any travelers following this custom (and we didn't follow it either - but we chose not to swim on the beaches where locals were). It was affordable and we plan to return! The only other thing is that they were doing construction when we were there. They were working on building their swimming pool, which we imagine will be finished soon.
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