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Kradan Beach resort or Paradise Lost?

  • Bigsterrules

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    Hi

    Me and my girlfriend are going to Kradan in November and are wondering what the best place is to stay.

    I have read that Wally's has the best food, but is noisey with the dogs, Kradan Island Resort is on the beach but is infested with rats and Kradan Beach Resort is overpriced and dirty!

    Does anyone have an advice? Ideally we would be on the beach but not at the expense of rats, dirty accommodation and too high a price.

    Cheers!

    #1 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 17:52

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  • furneburner

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    i think they are all overpriced, but most people will for sure say Paradise lost.

    However, im staying at koh kradan beach resort, basically cuz it was 850 baht a night with private bathroom as opposed to 1200 at paradise lost...

    It cant be TOO bad...hopefully anyway haha.

    #2 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 19:05

  • SBE

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    Not a clue as only Wally's and the Paradise existed on my last visit a couple of years ago. I stayed at the former, can't remember if the dogs barked a lot or not... maybe but it didn't bother me unduly. Wally's is not right on the beach but it has access to 3 different beaches.

    In any case I wouldn't worry unduly about chosing the "best" option. Chose one resort for a night, check out the others when you get there and move if you find somewhere that seems better. November isn't peak season so rooms will probably be available in all the resorts.

    There's a new place there now called Kalume resort which looks like it might be quite good option but I don't know where it is exactly and can't guarantee there'll be no rats.

    http://www.kalumekradan.com/2009/03/koh-kradan-beach.html


    PS. Rats.

    It's very doubtful whether any resort in the whole of Thailand is totally devoid of rats. There are supposed to be more rats than people in New York city. I bet you have rats living near you at home too. Sometimes they are just more obvious.

    The best way to avoid having rats running about your bungalow is to avoid having any rat food in it, like crisps or biscuits. They sometimes go for vitamin supplements in blister packs too... now you know how some of em get their thick glossy fur. ;-)

    I'd far rather have a rat in my room than a king cobra anyway. I discovered a cobra cohabiting my beach hut on Ko Phayam once and almost stepped on it one night in the dark when I got up for a pee (I'd been on the beer a bit earlier in the evening). It was probably after the cobra food (frogs) living in my hut. I hope you don't mind other wildlife sharing your hut because I expect you will see some.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8675349@N06/3469092964/in/set-72157600303486647/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8675349@N06/3893779587/in/set-72157600303486647/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8675349@N06/3899869034/in/set-72157600303486647/



    It's a good idea to keep your torch batteries charged so you can see what your bare feet might be accidentally stepping on when the generator goes off for the night. Also I discovered that you can shoo king cobras out of your hut with a powerful torch beam ...maybe they don't like bright lights or something. Check your backpack before you leave to make sure you have no stowaways too.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8675349@N06/527539196/in/set-72157600303486647/

    Hope this helps. :-))

    #3 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 19:40

  • Bigsterrules

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    Thanks both - your info is useful

    I have just tried Kalume and they are shut in November cos its slightly too early (they open in December) - disappointing!

    Its a good point that Kradan Beach Resort is cheaper than wally's for the same thing.

    Has anyone else stayed at Kradan Beach Resort?

    #4 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 20:32

  • tezza

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    I stayed at Wally's, but I took a look at Paradise Beach Resort.
    This joint has a large range of bungalows from ‘budget’ to ‘flash packer'. True, the place has attracted some scathing reports for poor quality overpriced bungalows and crummy food from a number of sources. So naturally I had to check it out. They showed me a second row fairly big bungalow with bathroom, looked okay, 800baht instantly discounted to 500 for a stay of more than a couple of nights, probably really a 400 bungalow most other places. Their website says big discounts are available low season. The big beachside restaurant looked okay, didn’t try the food but I didn’t notice any guests having instant ptomaine attacks. Nevertheless, Wally's had a steady number of Paradise Beach guests at meal times, but that could reflect the fact Wally's tucker is very good and the servings are HUGE.

    TT poster ISLANDBOI321 gave me this info, which reinforces my suspicion that Beach Resort has lifted its game:
    "As for the Ko Kradan Paradise, tezza's experience with the bungalows mirrored mine. I did eat at their restaurant nearly everyday and found the food to be very good, although overpriced. The staff at the restaurant were charming. I was attempting to learn food items in Thai. You know what that is like... I had the whole kitchen staff out watching while the waiter tried to teach me various food items in Thai. All the while they were off in the distance, giggling and smiling. They were so charming. I made a special point of saying goodbye to them when I headed back to the mainland. They were so nice and kind.
    A couple I met from Oz who were there last year said the resort is in WAY better shape than it had been in terms of cleanliness and attentive staff. The young man who was the manager (The guy with the high voice, tezza) was well organized and helpful."

    So maybe that Beach Resort aint such a bad choice. I'm definitely going to try a few days there next visit.

    #5 Posted: 19/9/2009 - 21:18

  • Bigsterrules

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    Excellent, it does sound good

    I think I will plump for staying at Kradan Beach (as long as its open in November), watch the sunrise there, watch the sun set on the other side of the island and eat and drink at Wallys on the way home to KB!

    #6 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 03:30

  • tezza

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    In the past Beach Resort has stayed open all year.
    If you have time, could you give some feedback after your visit?

    #7 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 08:02

  • furneburner

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    I'll be there from the 4-7th December. You stopping in tezza?

    #8 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 09:06

  • Bigsterrules

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    Thanks Tezza, I'll be sure to leave some feedback to hopefully other travellers!

    Jonny

    #9 Posted: 20/9/2009 - 17:03

  • tezza

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    Looking forward to it Jonny.

    Not in Dec Jess. Hope to hit Kradan again in March or April.

    #10 Posted: 22/9/2009 - 18:26

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  • tezza

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    Here's another Kradan place I'd forgotten about - opened in Jan this year - looks nice in the trad beach bungalow style if a bit exxy like all Kradan places and sadly most Andaman places these days:
    http://www.kalumekradan.com/2009/03/koh-kradan-beach.html

    #11 Posted: 26/9/2009 - 12:11

  • SBE

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    I already posted a link to same Kalume resort in #3 tezza...

    #12 Posted: 26/9/2009 - 13:00

  • tezza

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    D'un!!!

    #13 Posted: 27/9/2009 - 14:53

  • LisaIrelanda

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    we've been to Koh Kradan for 4 years now (Dec/Jan) + love staying at Wally's. The jungle setting is idyllic + the atmosphere in the restaurant fabulous. if you want to do it on the cheap he has 'dorms' - which are basically mattresses under a roof, each with a mozzie net + there is a fan for the dorm. In the bungalows the fans are powerful (they blow the mozzies away) + quiet. The generators are always in the background, but I dont mind as you have power 24/7 (very nice to have a fan on a hot afternoon)....... a wonderful experience....
    Wally prefers you to book by text - from UK 0066895872409 - as it avoids confusion if the connection isnt very good + they have a close relationship with KK travel in trang.....go, see + enjoy...

    #14 Posted: 25/11/2010 - 04:34

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