Lets it all hang out
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Naga is something of a one-stop shop on the island.
Along with basic accommodation, this well dug-in backpacker favourite has a post office, bakery, internet shop, mini-library, money exchange office, bar, restaurant and even a muay Thai ring. Up the steps, which have the namesake mythical naga snakes for handrails, the cheapest wooden fan bungalows are very basic -- mosquito net over a firm bed, small porch with plastic furniture that looks like it could have washed up with the tide, and basic cold water shared bathrooms that are a decent walk away. The air-con room we checked out was gloomy and musty, and with “private” bathrooms that actually require you to walk outside the room, we'd opt for a similarly priced air-con room at Jep's. What Naga does have going for it is a fun atmosphere if you're a younger traveller looking to meet others over cheap buckets next to the rowdy kick boxing ring -- it doesn't get much more romantic than that. Some reports have mentioned a somewhat crazy British staff member, but the only staff we met were two bubbly younger Thai ladies with good attitudes.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 10th November, 2013.