Hidden in a forest on the hill
Moon Paradise is set on the rise above Haad Rin and just before it tumbles down to Haad Saikantang on the far side.
As such it offers the best of both worlds, relatively easy walking access to Ko Pha Ngan’s most famous party beach and one of its most beautiful beaches.
We were shown what they call a deluxe bungalow, in the hillside garden above the restaurant, and while you’re still very close to the beach parties here, perhaps the trees shield you from some of the noise. The rooms are of a good size, with firm beds on a wooden decorative base with a top sheet and peach coloured pillows. Glass doors plus side windows see plenty of light flooding into the room, but it is elevated enough over passers by to remain quite private.
Decks are of a good size with hammocks already hanging and waiting for you. The cheaper huts are fan-cooled only, a little further up the hill and not as enticing. We recommend spending the extra on an air-con hut.
The restaurant and reception area are down by the road and we found both the reception staff and restaurant staff to be friendly and helpful. The downside of staying here is that the beaches are both a walk away but this is about as close as we would want to be to the party and still have a chance of sleeping.
Rates at least double over Full Moon. If you’re looking for something cheaper in the same area, consider Paradise Bungalows down on the beach (from 400 baht) but you’ll be needing industrial strength earplugs for the evenings – there are also a bunch of cheapish and interchangeable hostels in this area, just door-knock.
Address: 130/9 Moo 6 Haad Rin
T: (077) 375 506; (081)895 4366;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º4'2.18" E, 9º40'24.72" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||400 baht||400 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||700 baht||700 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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