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‘MaiPenRai' is situated in a tropical paradise infringed with swaying palms and green turquoise waters. MaiPenRai Bungalows at Than Sadet Beach is still a special treasure of this world, where the pace of life is still sacred. Mai Pen Rai consists of 50 bungalows all unique and original in their own way. PLEASE NOTE - THAN SADET IS PART OF THE THAI NATIONAL PARKS. THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT ELECTRICITY, AND ELECTRICITY IS RUN BY GENERATOR FROM 11 AM - 4 PM, AND 6 PM - 5 AM. THERE IS ONLY MOBILE COVERAGE WITH 'TRUE' NETWORK. ALL BUNGALOWS EXCEPT FOR THE BEACH FRONT BUNGALOWS FEATURE COLD WATER AND ...More details
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Off the beaten track, but...
Reviewed 24 february, 2020
Well, you have some options here: go to Than Sadet on day trip, and sleep elsewhere. It’s pretty, but can also be rough and windy at times. The Mai Pen Rai Bungalows on the rocks are truely spectacular, but worn and need refurbishing. They got the basics you need though. Some of Plaa’s bungalows seemed better off. The bar at the beach is overpriced and you get tired of reggae. The two other retaurants have better food. Don’t forget to buy the homemade banana chips at the Silver Cliff Restaurant! And do some hiking. Go see the waterfalls or hike to Thang Noi Pan and visit the cool Hide on High bar for a great view of the coast and sea on the way.
Wonderful guest houses
Reviewed 22 february, 2020
We spent 6 days in a hut high above the small beach - a wonderful spot, right in nature, with a river and waterfall nearby. Lovely family run place, restaurant right on the beach, quiet, individualistic, to be remembered well. A pet pig is a beloved member of the house! Simple life though, you need to like it.
Beautiful but busy and fairly poor service
Reviewed 7 january, 2020
Back after 11 years and things have changed a lot. I can't agree with another recent review that little has changed. At a glance, yes, but after a week.... Than Sadet is now a protected area apparently, so you'll be relieved of 100 baht each on the way in. No big deal. What is a big deal is the road. You can get to Mai Pen Rai all the way by modern road now. No more 45mins off road in a 4x4 taxi. This means it is no longer a mostly cut-off sanctuary. You get day trippers, LOTS of them. The beach is no longer tranquil. Full of hectic holiday makers and screaming kids. The mass arrival happens around lunchtime and clears at around 5 so things do return to normal. The bar has moved to the middle now. The old middle bar & shop has gone. The restaurant on the entrance side is now derelict. So only one beach at now, instead of three. The reggae is no longer played, infact, music is rarely played. The female staff seem indifferent at times, and service can be glacial at lunchtime due to sheer numbers, and a very very laid back waiting style. No hammocks or lounging area. It's just a bar now. We used it rarely. It was almost empty most evenings. When we did eat there at night it felt a lot like they were waiting for us to leave (put some music on!). After 9pm they clear up all the table candles as people leave, then sit watching videos on thier phones at full volume ( I watched customers moving to get away) clearly waiting to go home . On our last night we tried the bar in earnest . Had one drink. After that no one offered another. All on their phones. We gave up at 9.15 They also have a limited lunch menu, with it returning to normal in the evenings. Not seen this in Thailand before. I want no-name for lunch, and at their prices, I kinda expect it. We ate almost exclusively up the cliff side, mostly at Plaas, and often at Silvercliff restaurant. It's a schlepp up the hill but worth it. Much much better value food and beer. It's a shame because I've spent at least a month here in the past and never felt the need to eat up the hill. The "secret beach" is fenced off but still easy to get to. Our cliff side rocks family bungalow was great, and they now have a gas heated shower which was a joy to discover on the 3rd day ( you had to turn it on and off a load to get it to ignite). Progress and the road are not their fault, along with the crowds of day trippers that brings, so I'll still mark high at 4 stars. But it's not the paradise I once knew any more. And the staff have some odd ways of dealing with people. We noticed it often. Nonchalant would be the word I'd use. Would I return ? No. Would I recommend it, absolutely, as long as you are not expecting serene peace all day long ( there is some construction going on behind all day too, and often in the bar itself. Chainsaw for breakfast?) or attentive service. Edit. 3 stars now. They totally messed up our ferry and bus booking to Krabi. They forgot to book it. We were then told they had booked it on a different service. It was supposed to be high speed ferry, then bus to Krabi by 17.30. It was actually a car ferry, an old bus, and now, instead of a minivan we are being put on a local bus at 6pm that takes nearly 4 hours so we will end up in Krabi around 10pm. Not happy at all. 12 hours of travelling and I paid far too much for it. My partner gets travel sick on long coach journies so we now have that too look forward to.
Authentic Unspoilt Paradise
Reviewed 17 september, 2019
The key with this place is to know what you are getting. Basically a wooden hut in paradise, think camping and add a bed and mosquito net and you are about there. If you are ok with that and happy to leave 5 star pampering behind then you'll love it. True beach bum territory and completely authentic. Having read some of the other reviews I think they didn't really understand what they were getting into. The weather is clearly important as this is very basic accomodation on a beach, so pick your time accordingly. Also in my opinion it's well worth going for the bungalows on the beach if you can. You are in the wild so will get creatures in your bathroom so be prepared for that too!! The beach is amazingly beautiful...a small private cove and you step from the beach bungalows right onto the sand. A fab little funky restaurant with great value food and drink considering the location and friendly staff. Also I'd expected the electricity to only be available at certain times but that wasn't the case for us...we had it for 24 hours. Go with the knowledge of what to expect and enjoy!!
Welcome to paradise
Reviewed 12 september, 2019
I gave this accommodation a 4 star because of the location and it's beauty and specifically for the friendliness and hospitality of the staff / owners. They were always laughing at / with us and made sure we had everything we need. The accomodation is very basic, but an experience within itself. Don't expect luxury in your room - rather marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and how lucky you are to be at this wonderful place. Thank you Mai Pen Rai Bungalows for a wonderful stay!