A Second Place to Stay on Ko Kradan.
PARADISE LOST is a bit of a gem - situated in a jungle clearing about a short walk in from the main eastern beach, you literally have your native hut in the jungle, as some of those shots on the website show. It consists of only 3 smallish trad style bungalows - woven-bamboo walls and thatched-roofs - with outside toilets, plus 2 bigger attached-bathroom bungalows. At 400 and 700 baht in March, these are a bit overpriced, but not compared to KRADAN PARADISE on the beach.
It is run by a big old bear of a guy, Wally, originally from Hawaii, who is an ex-yachtie, knows the Trang islands intimately and is a real expert on local landowning and politics. He is particularly keen to stop big (and small) developers grabbing public and National Park land. I don’t think Kradan will do a Phi Phi while Wally is around.
Like most big guys, Wally is not afraid of food and is particularly disdainful of “small Thai helpings”. Consequently the food at PARADISE LOST's airy open sided thatch-roof restaurant is not only very tasty, but HUGE in quantities. If you order the muslii-fruit-yogurt for breakfast don’t order anything else except maybe a juice or a coffee. Prices are higher than most budget restaurants, in proportion to the helpings. PARADISE LOST has 2 restaurant seating areas, simply because people come across from KRADAN PARADISE, and passing boaties are constantly dropping in. The restaurant offers ice-cream, wine and for you Aussies, VEGEMITE!! I found the service pretty quick.
Wally runs the generator 24/7, which keeps that ice-cream and all the other food safe and allows you to run your lights, fan and Big Boy #10s etc whenever you like. The downside is you always can hear it - it is not overly loud, but it is always there.
Note the second eating area has a TV and video set-up, which seems a bit incongruent for such a place, but Wally likes to keep abreast of the news. It is far enough from the bungalows not to be noisy.
To reach Wally’s from the main beach, take either track which runs inland each side of the white Amari Beach Club. The left hand one (facing inland) is shorter (a bit over 5 minutes) and has more shade, although it has a slight hill.
From Wally’s to the nice sunset beach on the west coast is a litle under 10 minutes by jungle track - the twin southern beaches with the good snorkeling on the fringing reef is a bit over 10 on a similar track.
I took a 400 bungalow, sturdy and clean but a bit squeezy for 2 people and their gear. There were no shelves but a couple of hooks. The bed seemed to be 90% the size of a normal double with a comfy mattress, excellent mozzie net and nice big soft pillows. A fan, broom and towels were supplied, but no mirror - and no hammock on the big veranda which was a nice place to spend some time. Lights both there and inside were great for reading.
The outside toilet/shower block was clean, had western toilets and the water pressure was excellent. Grounds were clean and attractive, although the area around my veranda just failed the no ciggy butts, no plastic ring pulls test.
Hey, pretty nice place, PARADISE LOST.
Phone - Mr Wally (0066) 089 5872409