Kradan’s star attraction is home to seven resorts spanning from the lower flashpacker range up to the luxury bracket, plus a campground and budget rooms at the beautifully located national park station.
Not to be confused with Paradise Lost or another resort called Paradise Beach on Ko Ngai, Kradan Paradise Beach Resort easily overlooked place has a few concrete air-con rooms and simple bamboo bungalows overlooking the far northern end of the beach. Painted royal blue, the air-con room with tall glass windows that we peeped was spacious, clean and outfitted with a quality bed, a lot of... Read our full review of Kradan Paradise Beach Resort.
Providing a solid option for self-sufficient budget travellers, Hat Chao Mai National Park offers a campground to go with a few spartan rooms overlooking a mind-blowing beach within steps of a reef that people come all the way from Lanta to snorkel at. Set in a bunker-like cement structure facing the sea, the few private rooms were full when we last passed through but a friendly park staffer... Read our full review of National Park accommodation.
One of a handful of popular Italian-run spots on Kradan, The Reef is probably the best of the midrange resorts. A long attached concrete building houses 18 rooms with high wood-shingle 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, fridges, safes, wide glass... Read our full review of Reef Resort.
Managed by a laid-back Italian named Mario, Kalume Village offers a handful of simple bamboo bungalows and larger wood cottages on a compact slice of land just off the northern side of the beach. Set on either side of a great beachfront restaurant and bar, bamboo bungalows are well kept but tiny and rudimentary, with thatch roofs, firm mattresses on bamboo floors, cement cold-water bathrooms... Read our full review of Kalume Village.
By far the largest and most luxurious resort on 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 in high season) 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. ###9178 The room was immaculate... Read our full review of The Seven Seas Resort.
Hidden around a rocky corner towards the southern end of Kradan, pretty little Ao Nieang hosts one old-style bungalow joint with some great snorkeling right off the beach. You can easily walk here at low tide but at high tide you’ll have to take a trail through the forest that begins behind Paradise Lost.
With no online presence or even signs posted elsewhere on Kradan, it's a wonder that anyone knows about the old-style bungalows at Ao Nieang Resort. Arriving here feels like stepping back a few decades to when Kradan drew only intrepid backpackers. The dozen or so wood-and-bamboo bungalows with metal roofs stand just back from the sand among coconut trees. All of them come with direct sea... Read our full review of Ao Nieang Resort.
The lone place to stay in Kradan’s forested interior is Paradise Lost, located a three-minute walk to Sunset Beach and a five- to 10-minute walk to the main beach or Ao Nieang.
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 very popular thanks to its relaxing vibe, affordable accommodation and owners who really care, the place is one of a kind. Onlookers thought... Read our full review of Paradise Lost.
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