Kradan's original resort seems to pull in customers through its centrally located office in Trang town and reception situated smack in front of where the boats drop incoming visitors.
Though the place looks somewhat appealing at first glance, it's an uninspired resort with a temperamental owner, apathetic staff and overpriced rooms. With hardwood floors and walls, large glass windows, spacious terraces, TVs, mini-fridges and hot-water bathrooms, the wood-and-bamboo air-con villas spread over the beachfront aren't too shabby if you're willing to pay for them, but things go downhill fast from there. The faded orange-pink concrete air-con bungalow that we checked out had tile floors, springy beds on bamboo frames, tiny TVs, fridges and some ugly art to go with a musty smell. Further back and constructed out of dark-grey cement, the cheapest bungalows and standard rooms in a longhouse setup are like musty caves with thin beds and grimy cold-water bathrooms. Both of these options are awfully overpriced. Kradan Beach does have fast WiFi to go with several beach hammocks, and you can enjoy both if you buy a drink at the restaurant, which serves bland Thai food and barbecue. You might have no choice but to stay here if arriving without reservations at a better place in December or January. Air-con runs only from 18:00 to 09:00 but electricity is on 24/7. Closed for low season.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 16th January, 2015.