Fun backpacker pad
Named after a planet in Episode 220 of ’Star Trek - The Next Generation’ (yes, seriously!) Shiralea markets itself as a backpacker resort and that is pretty much exactly what it is.
While it lacks a beach of its own, there is a swimming pool and if you want a beach you can cut through the monstrous Bayview Resort and you’re on the sand at the northern end of Haad Yao in just a few minutes.
The rooms are scattered in a couple of clusters (we were shown one in the "Bamboo Village" cluster behind the reception) and up towards and beyond the hilltop bar. The fan-cooled room we were shown was simple but clean, with a western bathroom, a bed and a hammock. They have plenty of bigger rooms, each with two beds, which would work well for families or groups of friends happy to share a room. Rates are generally very reasonable, but the Full Moon Party rates here carry a significant markup (and a minimum stay of three nights).
The restaurant and bar is set up above the pool and has low slung tables with axe-pillows and a fun, jovial atmosphere (at least when we wandered through) and the resort throws regular parties. Shiralea also apparently has an air-con dorm (a rarity in these parts) – we were not made aware of it when we passed though, but spied it when checking their website worked.
While we preferred the far sleepier Ling Sabai which is close by here, if you’re not fussed about being off the beach and are looking for a social backpacker vibe, this is a very good choice and the rates are reasonable.
Address: 58/18 Moo 8, Haad Yao, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 217;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º58'6.35" E, 9º46'43.28" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Dorm air-con||200 baht||250 baht|
|Standard double room||500 baht||600 baht|
|Superior double room|
|800 baht||1,100 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
|1,100 baht||1,300 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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