Quiet and isolated
When you walk into the reception at Haad Thian Resort, look for the photo on the door of the swaying bamboo and thatch bungalows – oh how places change over the years. While the bungalows here have grown up over the years, what was a problem then remains a problem now – the beach is quite small.
Most of the resort is sheltered behind a many times cracked and resurfaced concrete and stone seawall which is now home to great shade trees with hammocks slung among the low branches. There is also a good size rounded swimming pool and a comfortable restaurant to take it all in from.
Bungalows, in basic fan-cooled flavour and a few different air-con styles look out over the water from behind the trees. The largest of the air-con rooms have two double beds, making them ideal as family rooms, while the fan-cooled bungalows are right at the other end of the scale and will appeal to single budget travellers or travelling couples.
When the water is calm here you can swim off of both the seawall and the sliver of beach to the south, but you’ll more likely find yourself in the swimming pool than the ocean. This is a sleepy and isolated spot, reached by a winding and hilly road – having your own transport would be a good idea if you plan to do anything other than hang out at the resort.
We preferred nearby Haad Gruad Beach Bungalow for its more rustic almost overwater bungalows, but if you’ve got kids, the swimming pool here will probably swing the deal. Note, this is a very isolated spot.
Address: 59/1 Moo 8, Haad Thian West, Ko Pha Ngan
T: (077) 349 009; (085) 798 1267; F: (077) 349 010
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'59.25" E, 9º46'54.42" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom|
Up to 800 baht
|500 baht||600 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||1,000 baht||1,400 baht|
Up to 3,000 baht
|1,900 baht||2,300 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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