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Trip report Ko Kradan, Dec 2009

Posted by boleslav on 17/4/2010 at 23:40

This is a big thanks to Tezza for keeping up great web site on the Thai islands and replying to all the questions.

We are back from Paradise lost, spent a week there, loved it, it was not that easy to find much info, Tezza's web site is the most reliable source:
The owner, Wally can be reached at +66-89 587 2409, either call him, the connection is bad sometimes or send him a text message, he does not have internet hooked up, so do not send him an email. Wally will reserve the space for and his reservation system is reliable(I booked in September for December stay,had our bungalow ready for us no problems. His resort is 5 minutes walk into the heart of the island , if you have lots of luggage, Wally will pick it up by the small motorcycle with side car.

there are 9 bungalows there
the bungalows are either without shower (for 700TB/night)
smaller with shower (900TB/night)
larger with shower (1200TB/night)
all have mosquito nets,
there are 4 dorm beds in the open verandah for 250tb/night)

Wally can help with the transportation to the island from Trang or other places. We used Tigerline ferry, but there are cheaper options

The cost of food: (note that the portions are generous)
breakfast : from TB 80-150 (selection of American breakfast, sandwiches, omelette, muessli,fruit...)
average price 120-200TB per meal, beverages extra, selection of Thai meals or spaghetti, French fries hamburger... or if you are really hungry, you can get New Zealand steak either 1 kilo for gents (1800TB)or 1/2 kilo for ladies (1200TB)

cost of the rent:
snorkeling gear- 100tb per day (note that the selection is very limited)
kayak: 150tb/hour or 400tb/half day
Wally can organize 4 island snorkeling tour visiting: Emerald cave (the best time to go there is around 8:30 before the hordes from day boats get there and you have the pirates cave for yourself) Ko Chuk, Ko Ma and Ko Ngai, 2400TB/ longboat, so if you get more people together, it'll be cheaper.

The activities:
kayak around the island -took us 3 hours with the stops on some lonely beaches Snorkeling from the beach - the best is in from of the national park, when looking into the sea, there is orange buoy, swim right from there or snorkeling from the South beach (access via path from Paradise lost)
Swimming- from anywhere really, just a bit more difficult when the tide is low
Sunset watching- heavenly from the Sunset beach or the viewpont above Sunset beach, access to the beach from Paradise lost
Sunrise - from the main beach in front of the resorts

Other note:
Wally has 9 Thai ridgeback dogs, who will greet anyone with nice bark, but are friendly, some shy.
Wally looks like he does not pay attention but that's very deceiving, he knows what's going on, will ask you every morning if everything is OK, make sure his manager books anything you requested, just the perfect manager, not in your face, but making sure all's running smoothly.
He runs generators 24hrs, so there's TV, very cold beer, water, homemade ice cream and lights around the resort.

The only downside is that it is so far from my country otherwise we'd fly there for the short time trips all the time

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