A great welcoming option
Longtail Beach Resort is the southernmost spot to stay on Thong Nai Pan Yai and with solid bungalows, friendly staff and spacious leafy grounds, it is worth the walk.
The bungalows come in both fan-cooled and air-con flavours and are quite spacious, with generously sized decks already slung with hammocks and mosquito-net shrouded beds within. Bathrooms are clean and well looked after, nearly all have hot water.
Like the nearby Dolphin, the gardens here are a strongpoint – lush and well tended, but as the bungalows run back in rows from the beach, very few have much in the way of a water or beach view. The restaurant sits by the beach and offers a solid variety of Western and Thai standards, prices, for Thong Nai Pan are not unreasonable – note the plates which stick with the longtail theme.
We've found the staff here to be reliably friendly and obliging and overall Longtail has a fun and relaxing vibe. Thanks to a small reef out front, the waters directly out front are often used for mooring small fishing boats, so it isn't the best swimming (Longtail has no swimming pool) but you need only walk a little along the beach for better swimming.
The sand here is dusty white, making it some of the finest sand on the beach. This end of Thong Nai Pan is very quiet – suitable for families and late sleepers. If full, try Dolphin just up the beach from here, which is another solid choice. Recommended.
Address: Moo 5 Thong Nai Pan Yai
T: (077) 445 018;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º3'45.96" E, 9º46'10.33" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
890 baht with hot water
|550 baht||550 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom|
1,250 baht for a triple
|900 baht||900 baht|
|Family room||2,590 baht||2,590 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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