Wide choice of rooms, okay choice
Haad Khruad, Ko Pha Ngan T: (077) 34 9242, (081) 085 7251
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Haad Gruad is an affordable and very laid-back setup with its own stretch of partially-shaded but rocky and muddy beach — no need to worry about crowds here — even if the staff here are uncommunicative and slow with little English.
The large central common area is a cool place to hang out and has a corner terrace for watching movies and a few internet terminals in addition to plenty of space to sprawl out and relax with a book or a good friend — or a new friend. The restaurant's selection and price are good, especially for such an isolated place. The older, cheaper bamboo huts are very ropey, with holes in the floors and siding in some cases, but are accordingly cheap. The wide range of accommodations — 17 room types — spans from basic huts to large brand new chalet-style rooms, with everything and every price in-between. Some of the concrete huts are cosy and still well-priced, the basic huts aren't recommended, and the high-end rooms are pretty good value. The pool could be cleaner and most mattresses, linens and indeed, bungalows could do with an overhaul but all-in-all a fine choice if you won't miss a pristine beach. Snorkels are available, and a boardwalk takes guests into deeper water where the swimming and snorkelling are better than in the shallow water of the beach.
Last updated on 3rd December, 2010.