The face of Haad Farang
Stretching almost the length of Haad Farang under towering coconut trees, long-running Charlie seems to pull everything in its direction.
Even if you're not staying here, you'll have to walk through the fairly large resort any time you go to the beach. The majority of rooms are concrete air-con villas, some with direct sea views. The one we peeped had a faint musty smell and some visible mould on the bathroom sink, but otherwise was spacious, clean and inviting with tile floors, small wall-mounted LCD TV, mini-fridge, good-size hot-water bathroom and quality linens on the soft bed. A framed portrait of the Thai goddess of water was hung from the wall, and the large porch equipped with wood furniture. While the fan-cooled bamboo bungalows are better than what you'll find elsewhere, the value is questionable. Good-quality mattresses are placed on the floor and draped in mosquito nets, and clean cold-water bathrooms have flush toilets, sinks and shower curtains. Mini-fridges and safes are also included, but a couple of axe pillows are the only furniture; the resort should really get some hammocks for the porches so that guests can actually enjoy the direct sea views. Charlie has a small army of pink-and-purple clad staff and we found reception to be friendly and patient, though service in the pricey restaurant is hit or miss. Facilities include a good swimming pool, beach bar, bakery, mini-mart, Thai massage and Rainbow Divers. Prices are inflated across the board and the beach chairs will cost you a ridiculous 50 baht per day. Charlie is the only real resort on this side of the island. During peak season, add another 350 to 1,000 baht to the prices listed here.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 12th February, 2016.