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Thong Tapan Review
This Review was kindly donated by a Dutch couple.
My wife and I recently came back from an unforgettable holiday in Thailand. We had previously visited Phuket and Koh Samui. These places were nice but we felt too commercial. The prices were inflated for the accommodation, the food and the drink. We also didn’t particularly like the prevalence of hookers everywhere in Koh Samui.
This holiday we were determined to try a place a bit more alternative in Thailand. We wanted a beautiful beach that had good amenities and facilities but that wasn’t overly commercial – somewhere laid back and tranquil.
A friend recommended a beach that she had stayed at a few years ago on the sister island of Koh Samui called Koh Phangan. My wife and I pulled a face when our friend said 'Koh Phangan'. We definitely didn’t want to get caught up with the hormonally charged masses bingeing at the Full Moon Party; but, then she went on to describe Thong Nai Pan Noi to us. It sounded heavenly. A remote beach set in a double bay with palm trees and white sand; a beach with a variety of accommodation options and some good bars and restaurants, and a place devoid of morons on motorbikes continually whizzing past looking for Thai girls whose virtue cost only a few dollars.
So we planned our holiday. In the end we decided to book online a bungalow at Thong Ta Pan Resort. Thong Ta Pan is a mid-range establishment at the northern end of Thong Nai Pan Noi beach.
When we eventually arrived at the main port of Koh Phangan a friendly chap from Thong Ta Pan Resort was waiting with a pick-up truck to meet us. He drove us carefully down the bumpy road to the beach. The journey was extraordinary – it was through thick virgin jungle. Already my wife and I were happy we had chosen to come to Koh Phangan. We didn’t see this much nature the entire two weeks we stayed on Koh Samui.
The journey to the beach took about 40 minutes. We got out and our luggage was carried to reception. The girl at the reception was very nice. She quickly got through all the formalities of checking in and found a young man to help us with our bags and show us our bungalow.
We walked up a hill through a beautiful garden full of exotic plants and bird calls. The bungalows at Thong Tapan Resort were well spaced out. Many of them looked brand new. Ours was immaculately clean. It looked rustic and simple from the outside but inside it was smart, stylish and comfortable. The double bed was massive and attractively laid with small dark green cushions. The walls were painted a fresh terra cotta colour. There was plenty of closet space and the bathroom had a great hot water shower. We also had much needed air-conditioning.
Our room had a big glass door which opened out onto a delightful elevated verandah with a view of our own private garden.
And it got better. After a little nap to shake off the jet lag we put on our swimming costumes and made the short walk down to the beach. It was stunning. Thong Nai Pan is easily the most beautiful beach we have stayed at in Thailand. The water was limpid blue and so warm. The sand was soft with not a trace of litter to be seen. There were only a few people on the beach. We floated in the calm water and unwound to the sound of nature.
That night we tried the Thong Ta Pan restaurant. We met the family who ran the resort. They spoke good English and were very hospitable. The music was quiet and there were no drunken yobs to spoil the atmosphere. We had a romantic Thai set meal on the beach marveling at our good fortune.
Our two weeks just flew by at Thong Nai Pan Noi. Everywhere we went the people were friendly and polite. The prices were most reasonable. My wife found an excellent Massage House called Tanaporn. She went several times to get massages and facials. While she went off to beautify herself I found a beach bar to quaff a few cold draught beers.
I’m not sure if I want to recommend Thong Nai Pan as a holiday destination because my wife and I want to keep it a secret from the masses. It is our secret paradise. We don’t want it spoiled by the madding crowd.
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