LAST VISITED DECEMBER 2012
LAST UPDATED MARCH 2014 Ever wanted your ain budget bungalow inwards the jungle? Here it is, PARADISE LOST surrounded past times rainforest but within five to less than xv minutes walk to three nicer than average beaches.
Or perchance you lot desire an absolute beachfront traditional trend rattan in addition to thatched roof bungalow alongside mattress on the flooring etc – non likewise many of these left inwards the Andaman, but KRADAN ISLAND RESORT tin produce it.
Ko Kradan is a little isle inwards the Trang group, unopen to but a picayune farther S than Ko Ngai in addition to westward of Ko Muk. It is distinguished past times having the nicest beaches in addition to best coral of all the easily reachable Trang islands.
The three easily accessible beaches on Kradan. Note that Google world shows the chief eastern beach going correct to the pointy headland S of the “north” triangle at top – must receive got had goodness sand build upward in addition to a super depression tide when that was shot. When I visited the sand stopped close the lime-green marking some distance south.
THE MAIN EASTERN BEACH
The chief beach is an attractive 1.5km long white sand project mainly facing Ko Muk in addition to the mainland. Water is really clear, in that location is some coral on the fringing reef some distance from the beach, amend towards the southern destination where it curves around to the westward a flake S of the National Park buildings. But H2O does acquire shallow at lower tide levels inwards the northern one-half from Kradan Beach Resort on. This beach attracts quite a lot of day-trip groups in addition to so tin live quite busy at times, although its length allows you lot to honor a deserted spot easily enough. Note this is an oblique angle shot inwards an sweat to select out the hills in addition to has foreshortened the northern one-half of the beach. Note likewise when I visited final fourth dimension the sand ended inwards the due north a curt distance past Kradan Island Resort. Labels powerfulness live clearer if you lot click-expand.
Main eastern beach shot from inwards forepart of the Anantara Trang day-trip facility. Deserted inwards this depression flavor shot – I was the exclusively visitor on the island! But a overnice depression flavor beach because it is sheltered from the sometimes blustery western-quadrant monsoonal winds. Maybe 100m behind the photographic boob tube camera the beach curves around the corner of the isle to the National Park HQ area. The H2O is deep plenty at depression tide inwards the surface area of photographic boob tube camera in addition to behind for okay swimming – but gets really shallow from that boat inwards background north. That is the surface area of Kradan Beach Resort, Seven Seas, Kalume, Coral Garden in addition to Kradan Island Resort – but it is a overnice walk from these downward to this surface area at such times in addition to inwards the top one-half of the tide the H2O is fine for swimming inwards forepart of these resorts.
Same surface area early on Dec 2012 – non yet truly high flavor but far to a greater extent than people around. The sleek ferry is Phetphailin’s day-trip arts and crafts from Ko Lanta. The higher older ferry has brought Thai day-trippers from the mainland. The longtails are perchance from southern Lanta but to a greater extent than probable the other Trang islands.
Starting from the southern destination – National Park headquarters had some quite flash looking concrete bungalows nether structure inwards their chemical compound when visited inwards 2007, but they were unfinished ruins inwards June 2010, alongside these newer nearly-completed joints farther south. Go figure. These to a greater extent than pocket-size newer places hold off similar typical belatedly era National Park invitee accommodation. Could live worth checking for inwards the future. You tin rent a tent for 100baht (um, that’s an onetime price, in all probability to a greater extent than now) or pitch your ain for 30. According to my trip study buddy MV the nutrient inwards the canteen is non great. Used to receive got inexpensive booze but National Park nutrient places receive got been dry out for several years.
fotografamantaspra stayed inwards the National Park bungalows inwards Dec 2012 in addition to was less than impressed every bit you lot tin read inwards the COMMENTS at the destination of this page.
The beach was deserted when I took this shot depression flavor 2010 but was similarly busy to next Anantara Beach Clubs department every bit seen three shots below. However if you lot desire a tranquillity department of beach inwards high flavor …..
—- walk a curt distance farther S to the final 150m of the chief beach to this department – movie taken five minutes after busy shot 2 downward page. If you lot walk around those rocks at the destination of the beach (bit hard to view – perchance click-expand) at depression tide you lot volition attain the S western Ao Niang beach. The bigger far headland is at the south-west corner of the island.
For best snorkelling on the isle go into the H2O at those closer rocks, swim out to the fringing reef (maybe 40m) in addition to follow the border away from the camera.
Next due north is the Anantara Trang’s daytrip facility. Anantara (used to live Amari Trang) has a mega-expensive hotel on the mainland Trang coast alongside a beach non every bit goodness every bit Kradan’s, so they shuttle guests over hither to taste something top-notch. Lots of jetsetter bikini babes lounging around inwards high flavor – no-one but the caretaker when this shot was taken. That sign far left is for Paradise Lost, the budget resort inwards the jungle – the shorter rainforest access path starts in that location – it’s truly a designated world road, but is narrow, has a few steps in addition to trees inwards the middle inwards a span of places.
In forepart of Anantara’s Beach Club in Dec – those speed boats are from Lanta Garden Hill which runs daytrippers (and Ngai resorts’ guests) downward from Lanta each day. Most of those day-trippers volition live on the beach to correct of frame inwards forepart of the National Park bungalow area. To left of shot are Anantara’s ain speedboats summation their longtails which select staff similar waiters in addition to cooks to hold off after the mob. The H2O hither is really overnice – deep fairly unopen inwards at all tides. Lotsa colourful fish which are used to beingness manus fed.
To the due north of the daytrip facility is a fenced department which stretches perchance 100m – towards its far destination is a gap which has the longer but easier access path to Paradise Lost. The Anantara caretaker has a describe of piece of work solid precisely behind the beach hither where you lot tin organise longtail trips to next islands – although whatever resort tin produce this, many using this outfit.
KRADAN BEACH RESORT
Just past times in that location was a novel to me (in 2010) outfit alongside perchance a dozen bungalows started past times Moon, the master copy possessor of Kradan Beach Resort precisely to the north.
Moon used his onetime resort’s master copy call Paradise Resort but obviously the articulation exclusively ran for a few months – H2O provide AND flooding vanquish it. Seems a compassion – those forepart row bungalows looked pretty okay in addition to were precisely behind the beach. The little bungalows inwards the ditch behind had H2O marks one-half means upward the walls.
UPDATE DEC 2012 – obviously Moon’s bungalows were bought past times Kradan Beach Resort at nowadays due north who refurbished the forepart bungalows in addition to incorporated them into their resort. They hold off pretty nice, every bit you lot tin view below.
Immediately due north is the repose of Kradan Beach Resort which has a large attain of bungalows from budget to flash packer.
This house has attracted some scathing reports for poor character overpriced bungalows in addition to crummy nutrient from a release of sources but it seems to receive got lifted its game – nosotros had some okay meals hither inwards Dec 2012 inwards the novel eatery although prices were higher than a lot of Andaman bungalow joints. But nutrient prices all over Kradan are higher than normal.
This is the beach next Kradan Beach Resort at the bottom of depression tide – in all probability the lowest of the calendar month (full moon). Above one-half tide the sand in addition to swimming are fine hither – after that you lot demand to walk a flake S to the sections of the beach shown higher upward this page. Moving away from the photographic boob tube camera most of the surface area off the beach at this fourth dimension is a really shallow lagoon alongside exposed rocks, ideal for fossicking if that’s your thing.
Look, if you lot are considering a resort inwards this northern one-half of the beach, don’t live position off alongside the depression tide blues. I stayed means upward the far destination latest trip, no worries. If depression tide does occur inwards prime number swimming fourth dimension at the engagement of your see (low tide gets i hr later each day) it’s exclusively a occupation for people who don’t desire to walk a few minutes along the beach.
These are the northern-most bungalows of the super high-end Seven Seas, but despite the expense describe of piece of work organisation must live okay because you lot tin view far correct of icon operate on i of close half dozen novel bungalows going inwards during June 2010. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 banking concern check of their website shows the normal high-end facilities. Jimmy C does a review close the destination of this page. This house appeared to live opened upward inwards low-season June 2010 but had no guests. Plenty of people staying hither inwards Dec 2012.
KRADAN REEF RESORT
Immediately due north of Seven Seas was this unfinished articulation inwards early on Dec 2012. Looks decidedly mid-range alongside that puddle etc. No-one could tell me much close it except it is independent from the other places on the beach. The fact that it was less than 2 weeks to peak flavor in addition to no-one was working on it suggests the developers receive got financing problems.
UPDATE MARCH 2014 – Trip reporter wonderingstar sent me an electronic mail on this place:The house alongside the unfinished puddle is at nowadays finished in addition to open. Its called Kradan Reef Resort in addition to is 3500B per night.
Wonderingstar sent these pix – higher upward shows the opened Kradan Reeff Resort’s grounds nevertheless hold off a flake patchy, although……
…..the puddle surface area at nighttime scrubs upward well.
Immediately due north of the novel Reef Resort is Kalume, an Italian run joint. Had a funky looking beach eatery in addition to the to a greater extent than expensive bungalows looked pretty good. But click this shot to expand it in addition to banking concern check those little boxes inwards the foreground – they are precisely large plenty for a double mattress, no room for bags (shove ’em underneath bungalow?). Access is past times a fold-down forepart wall – no door, no veranda. I don’t think these are specially inexpensive on the website. UPDATE DEC 2012 – these little dog-box places are gone, replaced past times a row of to a greater extent than traditional looking bungalows. Kalume was non opened upward for describe of piece of work organisation inwards low-season June 2010 but had quite a few guests early on Dec 2012.
Next due north of Kalume is Coral Garden, novel to me since my 2010 visit. This house is going for the upper midrange marketplace although its prices were means lower than Seven Seas. There is some connection alongside Kalume – Kalume’s eatery was beingness used every bit a bar in addition to Kalume guests were eating here. Restaurant pricing is western rather than Thai. I didn’t view whatever lights on inwards the rather overnice looking bungalows during out latest visit.
KRADAN ISLAND RESORT
Kradan Island Resort is at the far northern destination of the eastern beach. This house has confused many people, opening alongside lots of mesh publicity after my see inwards 07 stressing the dot that it was NOT Kradan Beach Resort. Yet inwards high flavor 09/10 its website disappeared in addition to obviously it did non operate.
This is how Kradan Island Resort (at i phase it was calling itself Kradan Island Hut Resort) looked inwards June 2010 when I passed by. Interestingly in that location was a handful of Thais who seemed to live doing a flake of operate on the house – you lot tin view their washing on the verandas if you lot expand the shot. Rumour has it the master copy possessor lost interest, so perchance in that location is a novel possessor who intends to reopen come upward high season. Bungalows themselves looked pretty okay – beach upward hither really narrow high tide, really shallow depression tide, but super tranquillity area. Not that anywhere on Kradan is bustling.
Yep, an American guy Bill, his Thai married adult woman in addition to friends are running the refurbished Kradan Island Resort. This is our seafront hut inwards Dec 2012 – the classic traditional island-style bungalow. Rattan walls, thatched roof, rattan windows held opened upward past times bamboo poles, springy plywood floor, double mattress on floor, mutual coldness H2O bathroom. Cool veranda alongside hammock precisely a meter from the beach in addition to the H2O at high tide. Not bully value at 1500 without breakfast in addition to the nutrient was non fabulous or at bottom budget bungalow prices, but for anyone wishing to re-live those backpacking times of final century, this house tin produce it. Great owners in addition to staff. Note the double storey second-row bungalow at left – sleeps four minimum, has cool loft balcony accessed past times the ladder you lot tin view at right. 2000 to 2400 baht.
UPDATE MARCH 2014 – Trip reporter wonderingstar emailed me some fresh tidings on this place:Bill (KIR) has knocked downward a span of forepart row bungalows in addition to replaced them alongside a bar in addition to beachside restaurant. It looked pretty popular. He was out of town so I didn’t acquire the total skinny.
No shortage of H2O towards total tide out the forepart of this northern most resort – I constitute swimming really pleasant at such times. This is shot from the bed thru the forepart window – banking concern check the bamboo back upward pole.
Main eastern beach from the far northern end. Kradan Island Resort is precisely past times that communications tower. There are some abandoned bungalows next those rocks – inwards trend they hold off similar they were i time business office of a bigger Kradan Island Resort. The shot higher upward this shows non likewise much sand left towards high tide but this shows no shortage of the materials at around quarter tide.
KRADAN PARADISE RESORT
UPDATE JAN 2014 – Trip reporter Boleslav emailed me close a novel resort inwards the surface area of the higher upward shot when she visited inwards Dec 13:There is some other novel resort at the destination of the chief beach (closer to the due north point) – a few bamboo huts for 900tb in addition to four quite ugly (the color is blue, pink, xanthous in addition to orange) cement bungalows fro 3200tb). It is called Paradise.
UPDATE MARCH 2014 – Trip Reporter wonderingstar sent me some farther info:The house North of KIR that Boleslav mentions is called Kradan Paradise resort.; I’m prettysure it’s owned past times the master copy Kun Mun (the possessor of most of Kradan!)……the ‘quite ugly’ huts…they were bespeak 2500B for these every bit of yesterday. There was also a unmarried large bamboo forepart rower (similar to KIR’s) for 2000B; I didn’t inquire the prices of the bamboo dorsum rowers, but I got the impression that they were shortly to live upgraded inwards a force for mid-range-itude.
This secluded westward coast beach tin live reached inwards close 10-15 minutes via cross isle tracks from the Anantara Daytrip surface area via Paradise Lost or from Kradan Beach Resort. This is much smaller, perchance exclusively 250m across, has goodness deep H2O all tides, some reasonable snorkeling in addition to driblet dead gorgeous sunsets. I never saw to a greater extent than than a one-half dozen people on this beach on my high flavor visits in addition to oft it was deserted. There are 2 overnice viewpoints over the beach each side of the access runway although they receive got been a flake overgrown my past times 2 visits.
Wally at PARADISE LOST told me this beach gets surf inwards moisture flavor in addition to he’s had surfers rest at this time, summation remote-control kite flyers from Singapore attracted past times the updrafts of the onshore winds against the depression cliffs behind the beach.
Note the administration triangle should live labelled EAST – but it takes me likewise long to alter i of these images.
Wet flavor June 2010 shot of Sunset Beach shows heavy erosion. In dry out flavor the sand extends out to around the start moving ridge describe 25% across photograph from left. Don’t live dismayed if you lot think to see early on dry out flavor 2010-11, beaches tin rebuild when fine conditions hits inwards a affair of days. No surf inwards dry out season.
Beach was covered alongside a huge amount of wind-blown debris inwards June – Wally from Paradise Lost told me they pass a calendar week cleaning it upward at the start of dry out season. This is shot from the southern viewpoint over the beach – in that location is a bench spot hither for fantastic sunsets, but the vegetation was slightly out of control, volition demand a flake of a cut come upward high season. I constitute access to the northern viewpoint over the beach really hard – in addition to the walking runway from Kradan Beach Resort was pretty overgrown. Okay from Wally’s Paradise Lost.
Sunset Beach Dec 2012 – Wally told me moisture flavor 2012 had some large seas alongside extensive erosion of Sunset Beach – in addition to that a lot of sand had since moved dorsum onshore. Hell, it must receive got been bad because in that location is a lot to a greater extent than to become to select the beach dorsum to what you lot tin view inwards the Google world icon 2 upward page, which is what I retrieve from my 2007 trip.
The curt haul out of Sunset Beach is much steeper than it looks inwards this shot (something to produce alongside my elcheapo camera’s focal length I think) – inwards 2007 in that location were helper-ropes but since in addition to so Wally in addition to the boys receive got installed these steps.
UPDATE – March 2014: wonderiinstar sent this information in addition to the next pic :KBR has cleared the onetime runway from the dorsum of their resort to Sunset beach in addition to receive got position upward a sign advertising drinks (actually ‘dring’) at the top of the Sunset beach steps.
At the south-eastern corner of the isle is the Ao Niang surface area – 2 adjoining beaches which receive got overnice sand in addition to goodness snorkeling past times Thai standards on the fringing reef close 70m off the shore. Closer to the beach are some reasonable lumps of coral for poorer swimmers. This reef attracts day-trip snorkel boats both large in addition to little from the other Trang islands, Ko Lanta in addition to the mainland . However the surface area is large plenty that I was never crowded when snorkelling inwards my high flavor visits. In previous visits I never thought this beach suffered the depression tide blues, but latest trip coincided alongside a really depression tide in addition to in that location was some exposed stone close the beach. At such times it is really piece of cake to access the beach past times wading the shallow H2O around the little headland at correct from the chief eastern beach. At high tide the sand from hither to the “N” of Ao Niang Resort tends to disappear.
At such times you lot tin attain the beach close Ao Niang Resort past times cross isle runway – xv minutes from Anantara Beach Resort via PARADISE LOST. The runway came out out at a little body of body of water fishermen’s small town on the to a greater extent than eastern beach inwards 07, but in that location was the novel resort when I returned inwards 2010. To acquire to the adjoining to a greater extent than western beach follow a runway behind the little farther headland if you lot don’t hear jumping the novel resort’s fence. It’s non likewise hard to rock-hop around the body of body of water side of this headland.Eastern-most of the twin southern beaches – in that location is at nowadays a budget resort behind the trees this end. The National Park headquarters surface area of the chief eastern beach is precisely around the far headland which is non likewise hard to cross at lower tide levels. The smaller adjoining beach tin live seen below.
The novel southern resort is called Ao Niang Beach Resort in addition to seems built mainly to cater for Thai visitors. Its futurity may non live likewise hot because of problem alongside National Parks close beach setback in addition to alongside Thai Forestry over illegal logging.
The people in that location seem to receive got adopted a seige mentality – they had blocked the runway from the due north alongside fallen vegetation fifty-fifty though it is a designated world “road” (National Parks was giving them grief close this likewise – non that those lazy ineffectual dopes ever attain anything) in addition to had thrown upward a fence a for a goodness 2oo+ metres across the beachfront – the exclusively gap beingness hither inwards forepart of the restaurant.
The caretaker guy in addition to his lady friend seemed astounded when I appeared from the blocked runway – lady got on telephone in all probability to the possessor inwards Trang who yelled at me inwards terrible English linguistic communication – I told him I didn’t know what the hell he was saying, handed dorsum the telephone in addition to walked on.
When I went to receive got this shot the caretaker guy said NO NO – but I was bigger in addition to means nastier looking than him so when I went ahead he hid behind the tree at right! WTF – who did they think I was? Certainly non an inspector from Thai National Parks or Forestry. Maybe individual from Green Peace- because obviously the illegal logging had been dobbed inwards to the tree-huggers likewise in addition to in that location had been a helicopter taking pix a few days before.
Anyway, come upward high flavor I can’t view the blocked runway lasting – the other resorts won’t allow it on describe of piece of work organisation human relationship their guests access the beach for snorkelling.
UPDATE – wonderingstar gives a goodness describe of piece of work organisation human relationship of this house inwards his Trip Report – link downward page. Sounds similar a worthwhile house to banking concern check out. And come upward high season, the blocked runway wasn’t. UPDATE OF UPDATE – resort opened upward in addition to relaxed inwards early on Dec 2012 although it seemed to receive got few guests.
PARADISE LOST is a flake of a precious stone – situated inwards a jungle clearing close a curt walk inwards from the chief eastern beach, you lot literally receive got your native hut inwards the jungle, every bit some of those shots on the website show. It consists of a few smallish trad trend bungalows – woven-bamboo walls in addition to thatched-roofs – alongside exterior bathrom, summation a few bigger attached-bathroom bungalows. Between my 07 in addition to 2010 visits Wally had added a little dorm which is truly precisely a sleepout, some to a greater extent than bungalows alongside bathrooms, rebuilt the kitchen, expanded the 2nd eating surface area because he attracts so many diners from other resorts inwards high flavor in addition to sound-proofed the generators which run 24/7. He was preparing to build 2 novel bath bungalows when I visited inwards June 2010. The website volition give latest bungalow prices – inwards full general they are on the expensive side but non compared to KRADAN BEACH RESORT or KALUME. One of the reasons Kradan tends to live to a greater extent than expensive is in that location is no hamlet alongside a world boat to the mainland – everything has to live brought inwards past times longtail – inwards June 2010 this boat was costing Wally 1200 each trip summation the cost of carry to the pier from distant Trang. Your native hut inwards the jungle (image Paradise Lost Resort)
Like most large guys, Wally is non afraid of nutrient in addition to is specially disdainful of “small Thai helpings”. Consequently the nutrient at PARADISE LOST’s airy opened upward sided thatch-roof eatery is non exclusively really tasty, but HUGE inwards quantities. If you lot monastic tell the muesli-fruit-yogurt for breakfast don’t monastic tell anything else except perchance a juice or a coffee. Prices are higher than most budget restaurants, inwards proportion to the helpings in addition to the fact Wally goes for top character ingredients. As said PARADISE LOST has 2 eatery seating areas, only because people come upward across from other resorts (Wally told me he gets a boot out of the arrival of super luxury SEVEN SEAS guests for a reasonable priced feed), in addition to passing boaties are constantly dropping in. The eatery offers ice-cream, vino in addition to for you lot Aussies, VEGEMITE!! I constitute the service pretty quick.
Note the 2nd eating surface area has a TV in addition to video set-up, which seems a flake incongruous for such a place, but Wally likes to go along abreast of the news. It is far plenty from the bungalows non to live noisy.
To attain Wally’s from the chief beach, receive got either runway which runs inland each side of the white Amari Beach Club. The left manus i (facing inland) is shorter (a flake over five minutes) in addition to has to a greater extent than shade, although it has a slight hill.
From Wally’s to the overnice sunset beach on the westward coast is a litle nether 10 minutes past times jungle runway – the twin southern beaches alongside the goodness snorkeling on the fringing reef is a flake over 10 on a similar track.
In 2007 I took a 400 bungalow, sturdy in addition to create clean but a flake squeezy for 2 people in addition to their gear. There were no shelves but a span of hooks. The bed seemed to live 90% the size of a normal double alongside a comfy mattress, fantabulous mozzie mesh in addition to overnice large soft pillows. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 fan, broom in addition to towels were supplied, but no mirror – in addition to no hammock on the large veranda which was a overnice house to pass some time. Lights both in that location in addition to within were bully for reading.
The exterior toilet/shower block was clean, had western toilets in addition to the H2O pressure level was excellent. Grounds were create clean in addition to attractive, although the surface area around my veranda precisely failed the no ciggy butts, no plastic band pulls test.
On my render trip I got a bigger bungalow alongside bathroom. Cost 600 which is expensive for depression flavor – but nosotros should element inwards the cost of staying opened upward depression season. This was a large spacious house alongside the traditional woven bamboo walls in addition to thatched roof. Lots of stained timber for floors, veranda in addition to interior beams. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 large super comfortable bed. Good lights, tranquillity fan. Bathroom was large alongside goodness H2O but getting a flake worn – Wally said it volition live renovated soon.Chez tezza June 2010
The human himself. Wally alongside Nok.
MARCH 2015 – RIP Wallly. Wally unfortunately died on February 24 of a pump attack. He volition live missed. Our condolences to Nok. travelfish has an informative tribute here.
Paradise Lost carte board – click to expand for June 2010 prices (UPDATE DEC 2012- Wally told me they receive got non been changed). These seemed 0 to 100% upward on cheapest Andaman budget bungalow restaurants, (but I constitute inwards 2012 they were non likewise much to a greater extent than than at Kradan’s 2 other lower priced restaurants at Kradan Beach Resort in addition to Kradan Island Resort)* in addition to a lot less than Coral Garden in addition to Seven Seas)
In defense – Wally’s portions are HUGE, cost of bringing materials inwards past times longtail is high, ingredients are top attain (rice is highest cost variant – H2O ice cream comes non from nearby Trang but from a specialist Dutch guy inwards Phuket – steaks are imported) There are half dozen coolers alongside 24/7 electricity so goose egg spoils. Range of materials on offering is really wide. On residual cheapskate tezza thinks things are nevertheless a flake beloved – but the fact the eatery is so pop alongside outsiders says a lot. As does the fact I receive got eaten the bulk of my Kradan meals here.
This board is inwards the 2nd eatery surface area which suggests come upward high flavor this is at nowadays the chief dining area. You tin view the other surface area thru the railing. Note Wally lurking inwards his favourite spot far right.
DECEMBER 2012 – Wally was justifiably proud of his 2 newest bungalows – spacious polished wood interiors, huge tiled bathrooms. Only 1200 baht blew my 1500 Kradan Island Resort retro project out of the water. Okay, this is non beachfront but many would fence a bungalow inwards the jungle is every bit romantic every bit a beachfront i whatever day.
Phone – Mr Wally (0066) 089 5872409
New website http://kokradan.wordpress.com/
NOTE – ANY OF THE FOLLOWING UPDATES DATED BEFORE JUNE 2010 I’VE RETAINED FROM MY ORIGINAL KRADAN PAGE BECAUSE THE INFORMATION IS STILL RELEVANT.
UPDATE SEPT 09 – several people receive got constitute contacting Wally a flake difficult. I precisely got a message from Karoolsie – “I was in that location inwards June. He is non likewise keen on E.mail Cell: 0895872409 Also (0066) 09567 2409 But he said that must regulars brand bookings alongside a SMS.”
Tito also gave this data on the Forum page:
Update on Ko Kradan Paradise Lost phone.
I precisely spoke to Wally today in addition to made a reservation. To attain him from the United States, you lot dial 011-66 every bit usual, in addition to and so 89-5872409. I could non connect using 9, 09 or 089 every bit a prefix. Finally succeeded alongside 89.
UPDATE SEPT 2011
Kradan trip reporter Boleslav precisely drew my attending to this information:
Wally in addition to PARADISE LOST has WIFI since the fifth August 2011, I installed it.
JAN 2015 – Boleslav has been dorsum to Wally’s in addition to reports the dorm is opened upward – five beds at 300bt each per nighttime – also reports nutrient prices are much the same, house is every bit friendly every bit ever. Included inwards the electronic mail was this movie of the dorm:
I called inwards on a daytrip inwards November 2014 in addition to spoke to Wally briefly, goodness to view he is doing well
Amari Beach Resort’s (now Anantara) rather swish beach gild on the chief eastern beach (image Amari Trang Beach Resort)
GETTING TO KRADAN.
Details of trains/planes in addition to buses to Trang tin live found here.
billp recently indicated that the forenoon Nok Air flying into Trang is met past times reps from town locomote agents who volition carry you lot into town in addition to adjust bookings/transport. I should imagine they volition come across flights from whatever other carriers.
The Trang Island daytrip boat (Phetphailin) has been bringing people downward to Kradan from Lanta for years – according to its schedule which varies alongside tide times you lot may acquire to snorkel those karst islands precisely off Ngai in addition to become into the fabulous Emerald Cave on Ko Muk although these places are to a greater extent than probable on the render trip to Lanta.
Daytrip longtails come upward downward from southern Lanta beaches in addition to many volition driblet guests off at the Trang islands. The longtail guys hanging around Lanta onetime town pier would no incertitude select you lot downward likewise but if you lot receive got to charter a whole longtai lwithout a bunch of daytrippers to percentage the cost it wont live cheap.
Pulling into the Ko Ma snorkelling surface area on Phetphaillin betwixt Ngai in addition to Lanta. I receive got visited this surface area many times in addition to was disappointed inwards the deterioration of coral this latest hold off – really ordinary. The materials on Kradan’s south-east reef is amend although it has gone downward loma too. Plenty of fish at Ma, but no large stuff.
That’s a four islands daytrip longtail inwards shot, perchance from S Lanta but to a greater extent than in all probability nearby Mook, Ngai, Kradan or Libong. I fifty-fifty saw i from Ko Sukorn Beach Resort pulled upward on Kradan’s chief beach – Ko Sukorn is a fair haul away.
Phetphaillin arriving at Kradan. One disadvantage of this outfit is that it lands a flake S of the Anantara Beach Club in addition to if your resort is on the northen one-half of the beach it tin live a existent haul alongside your bags. At Ngai similar Tigerline it stops exterior the fringing reef in addition to longtails transfer resort guests to the beach next the resort for 50baht. At Muk, isle resort guests were loaded into a longtail at the Emerald Cave for the curt trip around to Farang Beach.
I didn’t view Tigerline at Kradan so I don’t know what the physical care for is. Resort in addition to other longtails tin access the beach next resorts unless the tide is hopelessly depression – ditto speedboats but they demand a flake to a greater extent than water.
Looking at the Trang Railway station from the chief street which runs upward to the clock-tower. Most of the booking agents are around the far corner to the right. Ko Kradan Beach Resort’s shopfront is correct on the corner. Some are truly inwards the chief street this end. These people tin adjust carry in addition to accommation for the islands, summation provide minibus in addition to other carry tickets to distant areas. (image
billp adds that if you lot wing inwards on the forenoon Nok Air flight: “In the airdrome you’ll live approached past times reps from locomote agencies which are legit. They volition motorbus you lot into town, sign you lot upward for the trip to Kradan via minibus in addition to longtail, in addition to mass you lot for i night’s accommodation inwards Kradan Paradise. This is the simplest, most problem-free means of getting there. You tin motion on to Wally’s the next day.”
I honor these locomote agents really reliable, in addition to their cutting seems to come upward out of the normal bungalow in addition to longtail/ferry prices.
EARLY UPDATE 2008 – TT poster ISLANDBOI321 gave me this info, which reinforces my suspicion that the beachside KO KRADAN PARADISE RESORT (now Ko Kradan Beach Resort) has lifted its game:
“As for the Ko Kradan Paradise, tezza’s sense alongside the bungalows mirrored mine. I did swallow at their eatery nearly everyday in addition to constitute the nutrient to live really good, although overpriced. The staff at the eatery were charming. I was attempting to larn nutrient items inwards Thai. You know what that is like… I had the whole kitchen staff out watching spell the waiter tried to learn me diverse nutrient items inwards Thai. All the spell they were off inwards the distance, giggling in addition to smiling. They were so charming. I made a special dot of proverb goodbye to them when I headed dorsum to the mainland. They were so overnice in addition to kind.
A span I met from Oz who were in that location final twelvemonth said the resort is inwards WAY amend shape than it had been inwards terms of cleanliness in addition to attentive staff. The fellow who was the director (The guy alongside the high voice, tezza) was good organized in addition to helpful.
I receive got to reiterate the fact that this ‘drop dead’ gorgeous beach vanishes at depression tide in addition to you lot receive got a huge expanse of slimy, rocky, smelly nothingness for half dozen hours.”
That’s pretty interesting – It seems similar the house has responded to the bad publicity. I reckon I powerfulness rest a few days at Paradise Resort next fourth dimension I visit.
As for the beach, it sounds similar IB321 was in that location during the extra-low “Spring” tides alongside occur twice a calendar month around total Luna in addition to no moon. The tide was no-where that depression for that long when I visited. Note Spring Tides also receive got extra-high high tides. So tidal attain is at a maximum.
Note, those other 2 beaches were overnice depression tide, specially sunset beach.
Further update – I think individual has afterwards posted a link to TRIP ADVISOR user reviews of (old name) Paradise/(new name) Beach Resort inwards the messages below. Weren’t good.
** EARLY UPDATE AUGUST 08 – looks similar high destination tourism is coming to Kradan –
Seven Seas Resort opening November 1 08.
There is also a newish budget house called Kradan Island Resort. UPDATE OF UPDATE – was non operating high flavor 09/10.
And some other – Kalume’ Kradan Village
UPDATE FROM DEC 08 – Jimmy C sent me this on the novel Seven Seas:
Just dorsum yesterday. Of all the places nosotros stayed i thought 7 seas was worst value. That beingness said it is a fine facility in addition to the four beachfront units are exquisite in addition to perchance live worth 300$—we exclusively paid 250$ us.(if i were rest in that location again, i would definitely natural springtime for the beachfront units) the 2nd row units are ok, but the hotel block units inwards dorsum are goose egg special.
The hotel is nevertheless nether structure in addition to exclusively some units are open. The hotel is also nevertheless working out some kinks—no landscaping yet in addition to i’d avoid the restararaunt-slow in addition to wildly overpriced.
The beach itself is close perfect—and in that location is fantabulous snorkeling correct offshore inwards forepart of national common station—say 500 metres or so from the hotel (a white sandy beach alongside clear H2O in addition to coral correct offshore is a rarity for me).
I asked Jimmy the locaction in addition to from what he said it is next either Kradan Beach Resort or Kradan Island Resort on the chief eastern beach – in addition to every bit he says above, 500m from the National Park station.
UPDATE FROM APRIL 09
claire precisely provided this information on the FORUM page:
“thought you lot powerfulness live interested to hear that my partner in addition to I visited Wally on Ko Kradan inwards May final year. He has no plans to sell upward (as I’m certain you lot know past times now!) in addition to was inwards the physical care for of edifice a span of novel bunglows – i of which was earmarked to live a dorm. Wally seemed inwards fair spirits but was walking alongside a stick most of the time.
As for Kradan Beach Resort – it looked similar it needed to heighten its game to me. Budget-mid attain rooms were pretty basic in addition to a flake run-down in addition to the staff seemed fairly disinterested…”
ALSO IN MAY 09 was this update sent to me past times Eddie (Mytsicpaki)
See napster’s (aka V00888DOO’s) overnice pix including this one, summation descriptions from his Dec09 see inwards the novel Readers’ Trip Report section.
If you lot desire to burn downward inwards a trip study on Kradan or whatever other location, delight send text in addition to a few shots if you lot receive got them to
UPDATE – latest trip report from March 2011 comes from wonderingstar – has some goodness novel information in addition to lots of pix.
UPDATE OF UPDATE – truly Boleslav precisely sent a newer trip study of a Dec 2011/Jan 2012 revisit on the start link inwards this section.
STOP PRESS OCT 2012 – trip reporter wonderingstar has his ain snorkelling weblog in addition to has a really goodness page onKO NGAI