Very early in the morning, I hired a boat to take me from Tonsai beach to Ko Poda and it was quiet and lovely until about 11am. I noticed a small resort and some slightly rundown looking bungalows that seemed to have no guests. This is apparently Ko Poda Resort and may or may not be run by the national park authority.
I thought this would be a lovely place to spend a couple of days (the middle of the day would be an assault of snorkelling but that's OK). I know the restuarant does a roaring lunch trade but it seems they only do walk in bookings. I guess a travel agency in Ao Nang would be the best place to book if I didn't want to risk getting over and finding they they no longer have people staying?
I probably should have tried to find out when I was there, but I was too busy looking at the sea!
Extensive googling led me to most of the above! I was there in Dec 2008 so it may well have changed, but it didn't look particularly posh or anything. Andaman Island Hopper said a few years ago that they have stopped recommending it due to people not getting what they were expecting, but I noticed on their site they are suggesting 2010 prices as 1,100 Bht. The long boat guys I asked didn't have a clue (which I thought was strange as they must go over all the time on day trips) but they suggested 800.
Which Ao Nang place did you hear was running it?
Sorry, can't remember the name, it was a fair time back. I think it was that nice big place just north off the corner of beach road where it turns to go up the hill over to Noppharet Thara. Is that Krabi Resort?
Funny thing - on my very first visit to Ao Nang last century some guys down near the beach were handing out flyers for their new bungalows out on Ko Poda - at bargain introductory rates. All I wanted to do was stay on Railay. I've kicked myself since.
Listen, if you can find out anything more please update us - I reckon at 1100 a night it may be worth the risk for me to try a night or two.
mmmm - just checked the website http://www.kohpoda.com/koh-poda-accommodation.php - the bungalows certainly aint whelming - maybe a step or five down from what you'd expect from a non-elcheapo hotel. And maybe 600 worth, not 1100. All the same, location location location - I'd pay 1100 just for the experience of overnighting on the island.
Hi Tezza, I got this reply from yourkrabi.com:
"Thanks for your email. As far as I know there is no longer any bungalow resort on Koh Poda. There are still a few bungalows there, yes, but they were officially shut down by the National Park a few years back (illegal operation).
It may be that the people who run the restaurant there are somehow opening them up for tourists who pay them money, but I don't really know about this. And if this were happening it would definitely be a case of turning up there and asking - no advance booking!"
So, there we go. I guess I'll check it out in a month or so.