Could be better
The Nangyuan Island Diver Resort has turned a tiny and gorgeous island into a cash cow that charges a premium for everything from a rustic fan bungalow to a beach mat.
Most of the resort’s efforts seem to go towards handling the endless boatloads of tourists who come on day trips. The restaurant gets absolutely slammed at lunchtime with sticky bodies waiting for overpriced burgers as frantic staffers shout over customers. A full squad of resort staff has the cantankerous job of forcing all beach loungers to shell out 150 baht for mats or chairs from the resort. In the lobby, a receptionist brusquely told us a few prices before handing us a brochure and telling us to look online; she then disappeared as we watched three guests stand around for several minutes, waiting to be helped.
If you still think you want to stay here, be prepared to pay 1,500 baht for the type of crumbling wood bungalow that can be found for 700 baht or less on Ko Tao, although Nangyuan’s do come with TVs and fridges. That’s the cheapest of the 14 different types of freestanding bungalows and villas made from a mix of wood, stone and concrete, and placed over immense boulders or uphill amid the trees. While some of the priciest rooms are set in fairly private quarters behind roped off areas, the midrange rooms overlook wood footbridges that are heavily trafficked by day trippers.
It could be worth putting up with the haphazard resort in exchange for experiencing Ko Nang Yuan at first light, before it’s overrun by the swimsuit hordes, and you could always take a longtail boat taxi over to Ko Tao during the daytime. The resort could be a lot better, but with such a magnificent location it can get by with greed and mediocrity.
Address: Ko Nang Yuan
T: (077) 456 088-93; (081) 958 1766; F: (077) 456 088
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º48'49.04" E, 10º7'10.2" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||1,500 baht||1,500 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||2,000 baht||2,000 baht|
|Superior double room|
Several other options up to 6,000 baht.
|3,500 baht||3,500 baht|
Several other family options up to 14,000 baht.
|7,500 baht||7,500 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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