Last visited Feb 2015
One of the to a greater extent than spectacular locations inwards the Gulf, iii modest islands – 2 amongst considerable superlative – joined past times a sugariness sand spit.
The opening shot is from July 2013. This 1 is Feb 2015 when I take keep the novel elcheapo Olympus amongst panorama. Emphasizes proximity of mainland Tao at right.
Note the far (northern) one-half of the spit is underwater – ameliorate seen inwards the shot below.
I take keep visited Nangyuan four times. Only 1 of these saw the northern spit inwards a higher house H2O every bit inwards the July 2013 opening shot. This Feb 2014 shot shows the province of affairs at dead depression tide – most shin deep at this holler for plus wavelets – waves interruption inwards shallow H2O as well as every bit it deepened they disappeared. At highest tide it was maybe breast deep. Detail may live clearer if you lot click-expand.
Bit of a bummer if staying on the far islet hillside (site of the cheaper fan as well as aircon rooms) every bit nosotros initially were – peculiarly every bit at that spot were sudden bits of coral inwards the sand underfoot when wading.
Note that inwards the Gulf at that spot is the weird province of affairs of unremarkably solely 1 high as well as 1 depression tide per 24 hours thus it tin give the axe live a long fourth dimension sitting around waiting for a depression tide piece of cake crossing.
Spits as well as beaches wax as well as wane according to weather condition conditions – fine weather condition wavelets tend to rebuild them thus if you lot see mid to tardily dry out flavour you lot may notice the spit inwards a higher house H2O all tides every bit inwards the opening picture. Wet season/early dry out flavour sees tempest moving ridge assault or insufficient rebuilding fourth dimension as well as things may non live thus hot. Wet flavour inwards the southern Gulf is unremarkably tardily Sept into early on Jan.
Note at that spot is a shot on Trip Advisor showing the other SOUTHERN constituent of the spit underwater inwards Feb 2010. The moisture flavour earlier must take keep had moving ridge assault from the south-east or northward due west (the norm is the south-west as well as north-east monsoons). At to the lowest degree 1 of those temporary floating piers had been gear upwards – the guests on the southern isle pay agency to a greater extent than for their bungalows.
Nangyuan is a curt distance off the north-west coast of Ko Tao – the nearest holler for of which is solely 600m from the island.
In my four visits to NANGYUAN, the starting fourth dimension ii stays were inwards the days earlier the resort headed upmarket as well as hateful solar daytime trippers became the focus of the island. The 3rd see was a day-trip solely (it’s kinda difficult to acquire a vacancy inwards the resort unless booking agency ahead) inwards July 2013 – this is covered past times the starting fourth dimension constituent of the study below. The latest see was every bit a invitee at the resort inwards Feb 2015 – featured inwards the minute department below..
I starting fourth dimension visited Nangyuan over xv years agone – when I was disembarking the ferry at Mae Had on mainland Tao a sweetheart handed me a flyer most this fairly novel resort nearby which had expert introductory prices. Later, non over impressed amongst Chalok Ban Kao on Tao which was inferior to today, I decided to become cheque Nangyuan out. Glad I did, pretty overnice place. I afterwards stayed 1 time again inwards my travel-lite (no camera) days pregnant I had nil to present you lot here. I intended to remain a few days this latest 2013 Tao see but unfortunately all the affordable accommodation had gone several months inwards advance, thus I had to refresh my information past times agency of a day-trip instead.
The biggest alter since my early on visits is the set out of daytrippers visiting. Nangyuan was ever pop amongst people popping over from Tao as well as fifty-fifty coming from every bit far every bit Phangan as well as Samui on speedboats – but I never saw the beach amongst to a greater extent than than a hundred people – maybe one-half of them isle guests. Hell, there’s to a greater extent than than that on the pier inwards the shot inwards a higher house – taken most 1530 when a lot of the around-island snorkelling boats (below) are finishing their few hours call-in.
….the final few meters are a tad tricky, and….
….a fighting of a log-jam because…..
….there’s non a lot of room at the summit, as well as naturally amongst an outlook similar this, people tend to linger. Here’s the thing, if you lot are staying on the isle at that spot volition in all probability live only you lot upwards hither earlier 1000 as well as after 1630. The whole house is pretty serene when the daytrippers are non around….
The viewpoint is 1 of the higher rocks on the southern island. There’s quite a lot of accommodation at that spot – most tend to take keep pretty expert ocean as well as sand spit views.
A lilliputian past times chez tezza at left (hey, I notice from this angle that it is at 1 time a duplex) is the actually flash articulation at right.
Maybe this is the isle owner’s articulation – banking enterprise annotation Ko Nangyuan is at 1 time owned past times Thailand’s richest human – the dude who owns Singha.
The opposite northern isle looks to take keep fewer bungalows, but inwards fact there’s a whole bunch obscured past times trees inwards the fundamental as well as eastern areas (right). My bungalows on both afterwards visits were high upwards to the right, amongst magnificent views downwardly over the bay at right. It was sugariness sitting out on the balcony after sunset amongst a bottle of elcheapo Thai rum, watching the lights of the nighttime diving degree flash as well as swirl.
I pinched this shot off http://www.nangyuan.com – my ocean sentiment was a lilliputian to a greater extent than immediate.
UPDATE FEB 2015 – umm, I kinda acknowledge I picked the incorrect shot here. The inwards a higher house is from the SOUTHERN ISLAND where the to a greater extent than expensive bungalows are, non the northern where I stayed on my starting fourth dimension ii visits.
Crazy thing is, I didn’t think to acquire a bay shot from my northern bungalow inwards Feb 2015. Certainly did from my minute to a greater extent than expensive southern bungalow every bit tin give the axe live seen below….
…in fact it seems to live from the identical bungalow.
Interestingly, a expect at the website shows my selection of bungalow dorsum then, the Sea View Standard Fan, hasn’t changed much apart from the add-on of a TV. At a 2013 high flavour toll of 1500, this cheapest choice aint precisely a grapple for the southern Gulf, but plenty of inferior places on Phi Phi as well as some other Andaman islands inquire every bit much.
Note the resort hither calls itself Nangyuan Island Dive Resort – but non divers take keep ever been welcome as well as these days agency outnumber the dudes/dudettes inwards the neoprene suits.
The fundamental “island” hasn’t the superlative of the others. It contains the restaurant, some beachfront accommodation, a novel to me beach bar, the dive schoolhouse as well as to right, some novel accommodation (I don’t know if this is for guests or staff) plus the novel arrivals pier. This is considerably larger as well as inwards deeper H2O than the onetime 1 which tin give the axe even thus live seen most 1 3rd across shot. And it needs to be, seeing the large Lomprayah catamaran at 1 time calls in. The novel set-up has greatly eased boat congestion – at the fourth dimension of twelvemonth this was shot, the beach inwards the far bay would inwards pre novel pier days live packed amongst speedboats as well as longtails. These at 1 time operate the large pier as well as and thus mainly necktie upwards offshore some distance away (or if they are longtails from Tao, become dorsum to base).
The novel pier. Visitors pay an entry fee of 100baht – that Singha dude aint the richest guy inwards Thailand past times accident
More alter – the eatery is considerably bigger now. It needs to live considering hateful solar daytime visitor numbers. Must expect a fighting deserted at breakfast as well as dinner – the resort itself would live apartment out to take keep to a greater extent than than 200 residential guest. And at that spot is a minute eatery – meet downwardly page.
I was a fighting dismayed at the eatery prices. On my previous stays the prices were ever 10-20% upwards on typical isle bungalow prices – at 1 time nosotros are talking 50-100+%. You tin give the axe click expand the epitome to meet for yourself, but I’ll select some comparisons (remember nosotros are talking 2013 prices here) – Phangan Dive Resort/typical isle bungalow: modest Singha beer 105/70 – hot java 80/30 – vegetarian pizza 220/95 – fried rice 150/70 – steamed rice amongst pork garlic as well as pepper 150/110.
Now most of these prices are even thus value compared to western joints, but I take keep stayed inwards several upper midrange Thai resorts agency flasher than Nangyuan Dive Resort – all had nutrient considerably cheaper. As to character – I didn’t consume thus I’ll acquire out that to Trip Adviser etc reports.
The spit has changed too. I’ve already mentioned it tends to have a lot to a greater extent than people from 1000 thru 1630. There is for certain plenty of room for them. More thus these days because the other large alter hither is a lot to a greater extent than sand – on my previous visits the closest northern most department far correct of epitome would live submerged at high tide. New guests staying on the northern mount would live rowed across amongst their luggage. After that they needed to wade across if the tide was high – sometimes upwards to waist deep. Because some guests were non all that keen on this, a minute eatery to correct of photographic idiot box camera could provide meals – the food/service was really expert because the pair running it seemed to live competing amongst the primary restaurant. It is even thus at that spot as well as looked similar it even thus operates at breakfast as well as dinner.
Note high tide spit flooding tin give the axe reappear – some crude oil weather condition tin give the axe take sand pretty quickly.
No affair what part, the spit is a pretty overnice place. This is downwardly the far (southern) halt from the previous shot.
And yes, this is 1 of those white sand beaches a lot of people seek (my elcheapo Olympus’ color residue may live a fighting dodgy) – I take keep it on my THAILAND’S BEST BEACHES page every bit 1 of the ameliorate ones.
Nicest constituent for swimming would live inwards a higher house correct inwards November/April when the north-east monsoon blows – at other times when the S due west monsoon dominates the surface area at left inwards the previous shot (the north-east bay): this was the province of affairs when I visited – banking enterprise annotation how smoothen as well as protected the H2O is inwards that shot.
The best snorkelling off the beach on my previous visits was inwards the north-east bay – at that spot were some overnice lilliputian coral bommies scattered across the sandy surface area non far from the beach as well as the fish were thus used to existence hand-fed they would crowd around whenever individual entered the water. Things had deteriorated latest see – DO NOT FEED THE FISH signs (fair enough) saw agency fewer piscines as well as at that spot was thus much fresh sand that the closed to shore coral seemed covered. Things improved most 100m out but the H2O at that spot was maybe 3m deep which is a fighting much for surface snorkellers to meet detail.
Back inwards the hateful solar daytime at that spot was interesting materials farther out along as well as around the headlands but I didn’t take keep a gamble to cheque this latest visit.
The western bay chez tezza halt was next best off the beach as well as had no shortage of people checking the scene latest visit. But frankly I was disappointed – lotsa dead broken coral nigh the beach; a fighting ameliorate farther out as well as amongst a few fish – but nil for hard-core snorkellers to write abode to mum about. No dubiety novices would notice plenty to involvement them.
As mentioned, this resort was started every bit a dive resort where non-divers were welcome. These days the opposite seems to live the case. The fact is Nangyuan is a major dive site amongst several expert reefs etc next the island. These attract dive boats from nearby Tao as well as fifty-fifty Phangan/Samui. Nangyuan’s dive schoolhouse has the payoff of existence able to become off the beach for some sites (check the divers 2 shots up, in all probability a learners’ class). The island’s dive schoolhouse naturally has a boat for to a greater extent than distant locations.
Dive boats working over 1 of Nangyuan’s reefs.
The expert intelligence is that the Lomprayah big fast catamaran at 1 time calls inwards at Nangyuan on its Surathani-Samui-Phangan-Tao-Chumpon as well as opposite runs. The fastest access from Bangkok is in all probability flight to Samui, jumping on Lomprayah’s costless shuttle from the aerodrome to their pier at due west Mae Nam as well as and thus going the 2 hours upwards to Nangyuan.
Chumpon is a lot closer as well as I think I saw a poster or maybe their website saying Lomprayah has a necktie inwards amongst 1 of the smaller airlines via Chumpon. Bucks downwardly people volition notice Lomprayah’s coaches from Bangkok (one comes overnight) which become straight to their ferry pier some 30km S of Chumpon would live the go. Some people prefer the sleeper develop – Lomprayah take keep a Chumpon constituent non far from the station from which they run a costless shuttle to the pier.
Other companies run hateful solar daytime as well as nighttime ferries from both Chumpon as well as Surathani, but solely to Tao – from where you lot volition take keep to acquire a boat over to Nangyuan. Check the Tao page for to a greater extent than details.
Speedboats run from Samui as well as Phangan, mainly for daytrippers but I take keep used this inwards the past times to access as well as remain on Nangyuan – inwards crude oil weather condition this is non a comfortable or dry out trip (don’t inquire how I know) as well as because the drivers tend to whorl off the throttle, in all probability slower than Lomprayah as well as some of the other fast ferries.
In the past, the resort has had a costless shuttle for guests several times a hateful solar daytime across to mainland Tao. Mae Had town is worth checking – looks a fighting daggy but the streets leading inland from the piers take keep a total make of shops as well as services these days. And if you lot give yourself a total hateful solar daytime or so, at that spot are some really overnice spots on Tao to check. Once again, take keep a expect at my Tao page. If the costless shuttles no longer run or are sick timed for you, you lot should live able to cutting a expert grapple amongst the many longtails which convey daytrippers across from Tao as well as would otherwise render empty.
FEBRUARY 2015 STAY – DAY-TRIP CLIP JOINT
I think Nangyuan is 1 of the to a greater extent than visually spectacular spots inwards the Gulf thus I was keen to present it to Lady Tezza. I made sure I booked good ahead. Maybe non such a expert thought – Nangyuan these days seems all most the daytrippers. The resort tends to accept minute house as well as represents wretched value.
Our starting fourth dimension room was a measure fan on the northern island. The solely alter from backpacker days to the room was a TV which showed snowfall solely as well as a refrigerator. It was only large plenty for 2 people as well as gear (there was a musty whorl upwards mattress [blue thing next to ‘frig] presumably for a 3rd diver – these rooms are comp accommodation for dive schoolhouse students). There were no hanging facilities or shelves apart from the idiot box stand. The bed was extremely hard, as well as I unremarkably similar theater mattresses. Lights were poor. The john was tiny amongst no towel runway as well as a western bowl amongst bucket flush. Shower was mutual frigidity only. Water provide disappeared completely our starting fourth dimension morning time as well as didn’t seem to desire to recover. The room was make clean but looked due for refurbishment. It was maybe 250 meters along a winding-climbing path from the halt of the spit – fairly good lit at nighttime but convey a torch for the steps as well as dips. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 definite plus was the slightly vegetation-filtered sentiment on the northward eastward bay from the high balcony. The house was fairly tranquility at nighttime – a distant booming of the generator on the fundamental islet. Actually the whole isle is serene away from day-tripping hours (1000 to 1700).
Overall this fan room was worth one-half the 1500 rack rate. Maybe a fighting to a greater extent than for lucifer people who volition pay for a sentiment as well as don’t hear wading the spit when it is underwater every bit at the fourth dimension of our visit. There are several varieties of aircon rooms – the cheapest is otherwise identical to this as well as non recommended.
The spit at its shin-deep shallowest during our 2015 visit. Later got over waist deep – non much fun to sea-hating LT who also wasn’t impressed past times the sudden bits of coral embedded inwards the sand. Note that on arrival/departure your handbag is carried past times hotel staff. Must live the fittest dudes inwards Thailand considering the steps upwards the hills after the spit.
The disappearance of H2O provide to our starting fourth dimension bungalow next a nigh sleepless nighttime on the really difficult mattress was the final straw for The Lady, thus I negotiated an upgrade to a ameliorate bungalow on the ever inwards a higher house H2O southern island.
I was offered a Jr Suite high on the hill. With a 40% discount from the 6000baht rack charge per unit of measurement minus 1500b refund on the fan room this came to 2100b which I thought was fair value for the room. No agency was it worth 6000b or the 40% lower 3600b (which is what I actually paid). People of average fitness may non live impressed past times the long steep stairways (once 1 time again ok lights but best convey a torch) as well as unfit people volition in all probability negotiate for a lower room if 1 is available. I thought the outstanding sentiment of the spit/bays/opposite islets was worth the climb (view almost every bit expert every bit Nangyuan’s famous viewpoint peradventure 20% higher – tip, become at that spot before/after the hateful solar daytime trippers when at that spot are no lines waiting for access). Note that the resident department of the loma is blocked to hateful solar daytime trippers thus at to the lowest degree you lot don’t take keep them wandering most your bungalow.
This was an older manner bungalow but pretty overnice inside. The room was really spacious amongst a comfy Rex bed plus a hateful solar daytime bed. There was plenty room for some other bed. Hanging as well as storage infinite good. The aircon was slightly noisy, the onetime manner TV even thus showed snowfall solely (although at that spot was a dvd player). The house had a jug. Lights were good. The bath had a western even out wc, expert hot H2O although H2O provide was ofttimes a trickle as well as the cistern needed a jiggle at times. This southern surface area was fifty-fifty quieter at night.
Our bungalow was the highest of the inwards a higher house (at center). If you lot click-expand you lot may live able to meet dude at the higher viewpoint.
View from our large bungalow deck almost every bit expert every bit from viewpoint (seen below)
Several one k brand it each day, starting around 1000. Some, peculiarly from distant Samui as well as Phangan, remain all hateful solar daytime – others a few hours. By 1600 the large groups take keep left – 1800 may meet a few long-tail using straggles from nearby Tao left but most of these are gone past times 1700.
80% of hateful solar daytime trippers inwards Feb 2015 were Chinese (as were resort guests) – every bit a people watcher I establish their slightly weird beachwear as well as high end-cameras, snorkelling gear as well as other ‘stuff’ (all the gear as well as no idea?) expert value – but those who loathe crowds could live less than whelmed.
The resort fancies itself every bit greenish thus don’t convey whatever of the inwards a higher house onto the island. Guests volition notice 2 500ml drinking glass bottles of H2O inwards their refrigerators which is agency insufficient for 24 hours – knowing the exorbitant toll these modest bottles inwards the eatery (30b) I made sure I had 2 large 1500 plastic bottles of H2O (20b each from the 7/11 opposite Phangan’s Thong Sala pier) hidden inwards my luggage. Plus the common large elcheapo bottle of Thai rum.
THE BEACH as well as BAYS
The white sand beach is pretty gorgeous, but given the drowned southern spit as well as the influx of visitors from 1000 thru to 1700 it tended to live really crowded. 80% was covered past times sun-lounges (free to resort guests but acquire 1 earlier the rush – 150baht to day-trippers which, because many brand it inwards waves of 2 to iii hours, tends to plow the chairs over several times a hateful solar daytime as well as is a pretty expert earner. Hell the day-trippers also are charged 100baht isle entry fee as well as pay over the plow over for nutrient as well as drink.
Late arrivals were generally westerners on around-Tao snorkeling trips (80% of other arrivals were Chinese) – these latecomers ofttimes establish all lounges taken, but they unremarkably managed to notice a strip of sand to lay a towel.
Water inwards the bays was pretty overnice too, really clear as well as calm inwards the western bay (see inwards a higher house shot) – the air current this fourth dimension of twelvemonth is unremarkably off the shore here. The nation of the coral had non improved but at that spot seemed to a greater extent than fish than my final visit: thing is at that spot was plenty of both to proceed novice snorkelers entertained.
Lifeguard supervision was quite expert – supplied past times both the isle as well as the bigger day-trip boats. It needs to live seeing most Chinese can’t swim. BTW the bays are quite rubber for people who tin give the axe swim – no deep holes or tricky currents.
Boats these days are kept good away from the beach/bay areas……
….but Nang Yuan is a plow over diving location as well as at that spot tended to live a bunch of dive boats from Tao as well as farther afield parked offshore anytime from 0600 to 2200. Watching the underwater lights of the nighttime diving classes flash ans swirl from 1 of the higher advantage points was pretty expert value.
Nang Yuan itself has a dive outfit.
Day trip boats tend to jam the long pier when loading/unloading, waiting some distance out inwards the bay inwards between. Smaller longtails ofttimes become dorsum to Ko Tao unless instructed to wait. Some frantic manoeuvring occurs when the large fast Lomprayah ferries brand it from neighbouring islands, Surathani as well as Chumpon, hooter blaring. Except ours was running tardily as well as decided to salve fourth dimension past times unloading us at the primary Tao pier where nosotros transferred to the resort’s shuttle. On arrival at the inwards a higher house pier nosotros had to clamber across ii of the bigger day-trip boats, non thus piece of cake for women amongst babies, the elderly as well as those amongst heavy luggage.
THE RESTAURANT – ALL THE AMBIANCE OF Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 KOWLOON CAFE
(but Kowloon cafes take keep expert nutrient at fair prices)
—um, based on size, maybe I should take keep made that a Kowloon nutrient hall. Prices were higher than the dozen or thus midrange places I take keep stayed at inwards Thailand inwards recent years as well as xx to 100+% upwards on the average eatery on nearby Ko Tao (transport may justify a 10% hike). Pad Thai at 140b, hamburger 180, modest H2O 30, modest beer 110 are ridiculous. Food was non peculiarly memorable except I picked upwards a ripper example of diarrhoea the minute day. The house was thus crowded at lunchtimes that the harassed director advised us to expect for a spot at the beach bar which had the same food. The spot turned out to live a backless stool at a picnic table. Service inwards both areas was tedious as well as non that friendly – I don’t blame them, they were overwhelmed at luncheon times. The inclusive breakfast buffet was non all that good. It was gear upwards mainly for Chinese tastes although at that spot was plenty selection for western guests. There was no estrus below the service dishes as well as nutrient was mutual frigidity fifty-fifty early on inwards the setting.
Beach bar – expensive food, expensive drinks, lack of comfort
Ko Nangyuan no longer cuts it every bit a stay-at destination unless peradventure you lot are a diver. The resort represents wretched value for normal travelers.
That does non hateful you lot should avoid the isle – I consider the landscape/seasape as well as viewpoint some of the best inwards the southern Gulf. The beach isn’t shabby as well as the snorkeling is fine for novices. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 day-trip is the best agency to meet this. The access fee of 100b as well as carry costs from nearby Tao (a long-tail was 100 to 150 1 way) are reasonable. People who don’t similar crowds should maybe think of hiring a long-tail to brand it after 1600.
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