Kradan's accommodation selection is a lot more varied than neighbouring Ko Ngai's, with a couple of soulful backpacker options joining the flashpacker, midrange and upscale spots that have filled in the beach's northern half over recent years. One traveller called the northern stretch "Italian Beach" thanks to a pair of Italian-owned resorts found there.
Update: In February 2015, legendary founder of Paradise Lost, Wally Sanger, died of natural causes on Ko Kradan. He will be missed. Paradise Lost is more than just a quality bungalow joint. Legendary among sailors and backpackers, it’s also a compelling story. The mini-resort was carved out of Ko Kradan’s jungle-clad interior, said to be infested by cobras and spirits. Now immensely popular... Read our full review of Paradise Lost.
With no online presence or even signs posted elsewhere on Kradan, it's a wonder that anyone knows about this tiny bungalow spot. We were told that a trail cuts here from somewhere around Paradise Lost, but we found the place by wandering to the far, far southern corner of the beach at low tide (pass the national park headquarters and keep going). Arriving here feels like stepping back a few... Read our full review of Ao Nieang Resort.
This refreshingly straightforward midrange resort has 18 comfortable villas in a long attached concrete building with high wood-tile roofs overlooking the beach. Designed more for function than style, the large and immaculately kept rooms are equipped with soft beds raised off white tile floors, air-con and fans, minibars, electronic safes, wide glass windows, high ceilings and small terraces.... Read our full review of Reef Resort.
By far the largest and most luxurious resort on Ko Kradan, Seven Seas has around 50 villas spread over a prime stretch of beachfront. We were shown one of the least expensive rooms (still 7,000 baht a night) on the ground floor of a two-storey polished concrete building at the back of the grounds, with a tasteful minimalist design but no sea view. The room was immaculate and very spacious, with... Read our full review of The Seven Seas Resort.
Run by a group of young Italians, Kalume Village offers a handful of simple bamboo bungalows and larger wood cottages clustered close to one another just off the northern side of the beach. The bamboo editions are well kept but tiny and rudimentary, with thatch roofs, firm mattresses on bamboo floors, cement cold-water bathrooms and tiny porches with hammocks. Directly facing the sea, the wood... Read our full review of Kalume Village.
Not to be confused with Paradise Lost, this easily overlooked place has a few brightly coloured concrete bungalows overlooking the far northern end of the beach. The yellow one with tall glass windows that we peeped was spacious, clean and outfitted with good-quality bed, air-con, moveable fan and modern hot-water bathroom. A couple of rattan loungers sat on the porch overlooking the sea,... Read our full review of Paradise Beach Resort.
Opened in 2012, Island Resort's very basic bamboo and thatch bungalows look almost identical to the ones at neighbouring Kalume Village and Paradise Beach Resort. Expect an entirely bamboo design with a few windows that can be propped open, firm beds on the floor with mosquito nets, grass mats and cold-water bathrooms with sinks and flush toilets. The huts are placed close to one another just off... Read our full review of Kradan Island Resort.
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... Read our full review of Kradan Beach Resort.
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