Lodging Review--Had Tian Beach Resort Ko Phangnan

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Surat Thani,
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

On Ko Phangnan Island Had Rin Beach is party central.  Lots of Ecstasy and alcohol, some meth, no pot that I saw or heard of.  Not my thing.

WM stayed about 40 minutes by motorcycle north of Had Rin at the peaceful and friendly Had Tian resort.  It is a family run place, staffed by family with a South African woman named Elzann as manager.  (If any reader has ever been to Zackry's in Langkawi, Elaznn is like a kid sister of Neve. Gracious hostess, fussing to make sure everyone is happy, even a small cabal of grumpy Germans).

The bungalow was 300 baht, included was a pool and free wi-fi.  Motorcycles could be rented for 150 baht a day (less than $5) to explore.

This place is a gem.  The beach is rocky and a five minute moto ride to the north gets you to a beautiful sand swimming beach.  They arranged my onward ticket to Malaysia (taxi to ferry terminal, ferry to Surat Thani, bus from Surat Thani to Train Station, and  2nd class A/C sleeper 13hour train to Butterworth)--the whole thing costing me less than $60 USD.

WM strongly recommends staying here if X and noontime inebriation is not your thing on Ko Phangan.  And say hi to Elzann for WM and tell her good job.
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