More together than most
You know that Lime n Soda is doing something different as soon as you arrive through a long tunnel of bamboo trees.
The small resort offers clean concrete bungalows – all painted white with green stripes – that are suitable for backpackers who want to get a little more out of a resort than a dirt-cheap hut and nonexistent staff. Some bungalows have a circular design while others are in a more traditional triangular shape. They all come with thatch roofs and concrete terraces with a couple of chairs tucked behind bamboo and umbrella trees.
Fan rooms have cold-water showers while air-con editions come with hot water and TVs. These were some of the better 500-baht fan bungalows that we looked at on Pha Ngan’s south coast. Lime n Soda also has a small emerald-tile pool along with a bar, restaurant, kitesurfing school and free WiFi. The beach here is pretty, though narrow at high tide, and Thong Sala town’s night market is only a 10-minute walk away. The resort offers all-in Full Moon Party packages and we reckon you’d be in good hands here.
We found several welcoming and helpful staffers ready to show us rooms and lay out rates at the snap of a finger and with a smile. Nearby Coco Garden is a similar choice with perhaps a better beach bar, but the staff there were not very present during our visit. Lime n Soda is the sister property of Milky Bay Resort over in Baan Tai, which is also excellent (and more expensive).
Address: Ao Thong Sala, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 239 520; (081) 188 7354;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º59'28.11" E, 9º42'24.93" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||500 baht||500 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||900 baht||900 baht|
|Family room||1,100 baht||1,100 baht|
|Beachfront bungalow||1,400 baht||1,400 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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