Nangyuan Island Dive Resort

Nangyuan Island Dive Resort

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#19 of 20 resorts in Koh Tao
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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2.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
2.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
2.5 of 5 bubbles
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We offers several different levels of comfort to fit your budget and expectations. All bungalows come equipped with a refrigerator and some of bungalows with video,or living room.
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Property amenities
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Beach
Diving
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Shops
Laundry service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Private balcony
Bottled water
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Hidden Gem
Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English, Thai

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46 Moo. 1, Koh Tao 84360 Thailand
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Car recommended
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Tomenning wrote a review Dec 2023
Stockholm, Sweden8 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Really beautiful place and the water is crystal clear. This island is absolutley worth a visit.

The low rating I gave it is because of all smoking guests.
The rules on the island is that you can’t bring plastic bottles to the beach (really good rule) but it’s ok to smoke on the beach. Why? A lot of butts in the sand and the water.

And the restaurant have big signs of No Smoking… but they don’t care.
It’s 2024.. come on. if you really have to smoke, walk to the side and Bin your F****ing Butts.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Derek L wrote a review Jan 2014
Gold Coast, Australia6 contributions18 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is our second stay on the island. First time was just over 2 years back. Sadly it has regressed badly in that time. The food quality was okay last time, but really bad this time. Staff just sit around and have no formal skills in service or food preparation. Some are just kids who have absolutely no idea. Bungalows are still okay but in need of some serious maintenance. The big NEGATIVE is the litter. The day visitors are now more than ever before and although they pay an entry fee which one would assume should be used for cleaning the beaches daily the litter is everywhere and having a huge impact on the marine life. Plastic bags, bottles, tins, life vests, shoes to name just some of the crap is everywhere to be seen on the beach and on the reef. I did not see one dustbin on the beach or nearby, so although visitors should also be more responsible they don't have much option either! There is even this dude who collects money to use beach chairs and he misses nobody, believe me, but yet he couldn't care less about picking up the crap at the end of each day. Obviously day visitors is what keeps the place rolling. Sadly in a few more years the place will be another piece of paradise lost if the owners/management don't catch a quick wake up call and clean the place up or reduce day visitors to manageable numbers.
Koh Tao may be a better option overall these days.
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Date of stay: January 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: D6 is a good location for a family of 4 but day visitors practically sit on your doorstep all day...
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k2881q wrote a review Nov 2013
20 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Look, I get the negative reviews for this resort, but on their website, they don't try to hide the fact that you're getting a scraggy room for a big price. It says you're getting a cold shower. If a room doesn't even have hot water, it's probably not going to have much more.

We stayed in the resort for four nights and had an amazing time. Yes, the room was Basic with a capital B. It was dirty (mostly from the beach sand we tracked in ourselves), the toilet doesn't flush automatically so you have to flush it with a little bucket of water and the shower's cold (and honestly, what is cold? If I have a cold shower at home I'd exit the shower with blue lips. The shower was the same temperature as the sea which you're in all day anyway). The bed indeed is rock solid and you only get an old, shabby blanket, and fresh towels every two days. The air conditioning works like a crazy, even if it gets so cold you nearly freeze. The room is far, far from perfect, and during the day, the beach is overrun with annoying, loud day tourists. The staff, however, in our experience, was very nice, and we do recognize the complaints about the food as it was basic and not the best Thai we had, and definitely overpriced. My personal biggest complaint was the poor picking of trash, and although the beach would be cleaned somewhat after the day folks would leave, I found the staff lacking in the cleaning of the beach.

But honestly? To be able to stay in a place that is so magical once the tourists leave was worth it all to us. The day tourist catamaran arrives at 10 and leaves at 3 (not at 4!), and it pretty much is deserted after that. Especially when we were there, during low season, we had a private island. We were the ONLY ones sitting on the beach most of the evenings, watching the sun set and hear the cicadas start to sing at exactly 6pm every day. We were the only ones aside from one or two more couples having dinner and breakfast in the huge restaurant and the only ones snorkling early in the morning. We snorkeled every day, mostly, sometimes before the day tourists would arrive, sometimes after, and once during. We saw amazing creatures (squid, rays, barracuda, huge schools of tiny fish that almost strand on the beach and circle around you beautifully, triggerfish, etc etc)...

If you're expecting a high-end resort on a very lowly developed island, don't go here. If you take everything with a grain of salt (or beach sand), you'll find it a great experience, even if your back aches after a few days due to the bed. The sense of total peace once the people leave, the sunsets and the beach and the coral and snorkling were worth it to us. We had a great time, and would not hesitate to go back next time, except we would maybe pay a bit more to get a slightly better room, but we wouldn't expect much of it anyway. It's part of the charm of the island and I'm happy it is not built full with large, towering resorts, with loud, annoying people that don't leave in the evening, either.
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Date of stay: October 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stefan L wrote a review Feb 2022
Diano Castello, Italy23 contributions9 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Nang Yuang in 1994, and we remember that it was really a paradise.
The 6.2.2022 we came back.
When You arrive they tell You that You can not bring plastic bottles or food with You. No fins and beach shoes are allowed, and no towels on the sand. They want to protect the coral! I said that I would go for free diving and snorkling to the Japanese gardens, where the water is at least 6m deep. No way!
Once You are on the island, You will see diver rookies with the whole equipment on the beach. You will find sunbeds for rent (no towels on the beach...). The main part of the island is covered with constructions like restaurant, storehouse etc. (no plastic bottles, no food …).
ATTENTION on the beach:
It seems that there is nobody, who takes care of the beach:
This means that You can find in the sand everything that the sea delivers:
plastic bottles, every kind of floaters, LIGHT BULBS etc.

I spend 20 minutes in collecting rubbish from the beach, and brought it to the lady, where I paid 200 baht entrance fee asking her if that is what I paid for. She told me that the island is rented out to a private company for 30 years.
I recommend to watch the pictures with attention!!!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Ameli wrote a review Sep 2020
Chiang Mai, Thailand20 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oh man, It was amazing trip here. I love when I just walked on the beach then I can saw the fish or baby shark there. Also walked to the hill, was amazing views. I will be back one day and will bring my family with me.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Timi T wrote a review Jan 2024
Budapest, Hungary22 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For us this place was like heaven...
It is simple, but the surroundings make up for everything....
First we visited the island on a day trip, were happy to find out that you can stay here.
I just sat on the terrace and I've felt the happiest.
Tourists come during the day, but after3-4 pm you have the island for yourself.
Lots of fish and beautiful corrals- bring your snorkel gear!
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Vadim S wrote a review Jan 2022
Moscow, Russia2 contributions11 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
beautiful place, very rude and unfriendly staff, we arrived on the island at 8-30 in the morning, we got there without any problems, but after 100 meters a woman attacked us with a scream, trying to kick us out, because the island opens at 10-00, the boat on which we sailed already left and we could not return, the woman started hysterical and completely lost her face, we calmly tried to explain to her that we physically cannot leave the island, then she began to call someone and tell something extremely emotionally, for our luck her interlocutor was much more adept and allowed us to go for 200 baht per person. Later we watched as the rest of the tourists who arrived before 10 were forced to stand on the pier in the sun, while the staff sat in the shade, doing nothing and laughing at people in the sun. If you decide to visit this place, be prepared for something that you are not welcome here
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dao wrote a review Apr 2021
Bangkok, Thailand4 contributions7 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
i feel upset to choose stay here as room not as my expectation.it not clean ,dirty and smell bad like no people ever stay here. i m allergy to dust and can not sleep well. not recommend for solo traveler as you will not pay attention like family group. Travel alone in Thailand still weird for them.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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HonestPerkins wrote a review Aug 2011
Toronto, Canada33 contributions38 helpful votes
+1
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I guess I should have taken the reviews hereore seriously. I read about the horrible experiences people had, but to experience it first hand was something else. I'll sharer experience here jn hope that no one will have to go through this. Again.

The island was recommended to me by the agent claiming it to be Thai's best island!! Judging from the pic, you have no reason to doubt that. I paid 2000 baht for an AC standard room with no hot showers (that's about 70USD... and relative to everything else in Thailand... That's expensive!). I thought for a paradise island... Why not? Big mistake! We spent a sleepless night there... And here's why.

Apparently, the manager created a 'class system' on the island. If you live on the west island (where the deluxe bungalows are), you'll be treated like king's and Queen's. Whereas if you are on the east island, you are like a second-class citizen to the managerial group. It was the first time I booked a resort but still have to pay for the towels! However, guests from the west island have their towels included in the rooms. Even when comes to selecting DVDs, guests from the west island have the priority. Honestly, I've never been treated so unkindly by a hotel staff before. Also, if you live on the east side, prepare to get wet everytime you get to the main island! It wasn't very pleasant at all to sit there at the dinner table soaking wet from waist down. As for the food... Mediocre at best and definitely overpriced! Now to the room... It was basic alright (see pictures)... The room was small and compact... The AC didn't work at all... The mattress was the hardest I've slept on... And the toilet area smelled like a sewer... To top it off: bugs, bugs, bugs! Cockroaches were crawling out of the hole next to the toilet with ants and mosquitoes coming in and out of your 500-sqft room... 70 bucks for this?!

The last straw for me was the safety... Or the lack there of for guests living on the east island. The water was up to your chest during high tides and down to your knees in low tides. The workers told me that we will be transported by a boat at night. But there was no boat and no LIGHTS at night. With the rushing current... I didn't even know where to start crossing... There were rocks, bridges, and stairs on the other side of the island and you can't see them. One of the worker told me that the manager don't usually visit this side of the island and hence there are no lightings. Someone could have easily slipped from the rocks or bang their heads on the bridge (because it was built so low). When confronted why there was no boat, the receptionist said in a very condescending way that she could ask one of the workers to carry us across the river, then she laughed.

The beach was a dissapointment as well... Filled with dead corals, it was hard to walk bare foot in and across the water. As for snorkeling, there were fish... And water was clear. But when I booked a snorkeling tour from the island, they took me back to Koh Tao's lighthouse bay to do it... which has a much better corals and wider variety of fish.

In conclusion: Do NOT buy into the hypes or pictures... If you are curious... Do a day trip from Koh Tao before committing to the booking. Check the rooms to see if it's up to your standards... And check which side of the island your room is located. Or my suggestion-take your money somewhere else where you be treated like a guest. Hope this helps!
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Date of stay: August 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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LucaSora wrote a review Jun 2016
Sydney, Australia21 contributions26 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We are currently on the island and can't wait to get off. The resort spans over two islands connected by a beautiful sand bank. The cabins are spread out all over the two islands ..some on the hill with magnificent views some behind the reception area if you don't like climbing to your cabin. Some of the steps to your cabins are wooden and in very bad condition ..if not to say dangerous. The cabins are politely saying "not clean" and in desperate need of a proper renovation. The bed is hard as hell. The toilet is right behind the shower so you always get wet feet ...no shampoo just a small soap. You can't fix the shower head ...so it's either you soap yourself OR you use water. You only get one bath towel..no beach towel. The sand on the beach is wonderful clean and white and nice to walk on it but most areas in the water are covered with stones and sea cucumbers ...so shoes are recommended even for swimming. If you wish to have a shower next to the beach after your swim the unfriendly staff tells you the showers are not working!!! Even tough you see the wet floor! The reception then tells us that the showers belong to another management and it costs 50 Baht! We are aware that everything needs to be brought to the islands but still.... the prices charged for the quality of food is outrageous. The staff in the restaurant is some of the unfriendliest we have encountered in Thailand. We had the impression they were trained to be unfriendly! No welcome when you arrive at the table ....just what is your room number and what do you want to eat. And no it's not a matter of language ...my partner is Thai and he got the same rude attitude. There is plenty of staff, but they all rather spend time on their mobile phones than to see if you are ok or wish to order something more. We had a tasteless steamed fish and an even less tasty soup a beer and a water for 950 Baht! We asked for a pancake with ice cream which is one of their speciality...only to be told they run out of ice cream. It came in a bath of oil which still sits on my stomach. We had to ask to clean the table before getting the desert! The breakfast is very basic and all is self serve. Coffee is undrinkable and all juices are caned. The chewy croissants are cut in half....to make sure you don't take too many??? We ordered two omelets and sat back to our table while they were cooking them. When ready ..one of the waiter walked from the egg station to our table to tell us our omelets were ready but refused to bring them to our table ...instead just walked away with attitude. The only two fruits which are served are watermelon and pineapple. All cooked food is presented in heatable serving pans but with no fire underneath ...so all cooked food is cold....but really no one cares! There were at least 15 staff in the breakfast area...all more concerned to update their social media status on their phones or chatting with their colleagues rather then cleaning the used tables and maybe wiping the floors which still had the leftovers from dinner spread out. The only two friendly people on the island are the receptionist and the little Burmese boy who carries all luggage to your room. All others are just sitting bored around their dedicated area and demonstratively show you how annoyed they are to see another tourist. The island is nice and tranquil from 5 pm til about 9 am when the first onslaught of day visitors arrive. They all pay 100 Baht to visit "paradise". To get off from the island they also charge you 200 Baht for a return trip (10 min) to Koh Tao. I am doing this today in the hope to see some friendly Thais. We were told that the local government has given exclusive rights to the management of this island ...so no competition! You can feel it in every aspect! So don't expect any major changes anytime soon. So come here for a day...bring your own food and enjoy beautiful Nangyuan Island but think twice if you really want to stay at the resort! We leave tomorrow on the first ferry.
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Date of stay: June 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Glenn A
Oslo, Norway179 contributions84 helpful votes
if you are to stay one night, I would recommend upgrade to deluxe. well worth the extra charge..
Answer from SuziW
Sydney, Australia4,096 contributions240 helpful votes
You are in the tropics - of course there are insects, bugs and lizards! None were overly apparent though and I did not see any reptiles - there are cats on the island so i am sure they look after them!
FrannyGoh asked a question Oct 2015
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Which room's view is the best among K rooms? Please advise.
Sarah H wrote a tip Jun 2023
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom102 contributions55 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t stay in the hotel The island is beautiful "
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Zanna R wrote a tip Oct 2017
2 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"No good rooms, go somewhere else, really, anywhere will do"
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SuzeeQ_10 wrote a tip Jan 2017
Sydney, Australia9 contributions9 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"D17 comfortable and has a nice view."
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SuziW wrote a tip Jul 2016
Sydney, Australia4,096 contributions240 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to get right on the beach - D12 or D14 or up a few steps D11"
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ScubaFred wrote a tip Dec 2015
Chicago, Illinois119 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We booked a room that was further up the island and were glad for the seclusion from the daily crowds walking up to the viewpoint."
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PRICE RANGE
C$78 - C$124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
nangyuan island dive hotel koh phangan
LOCATION
ThailandSurat Thani ProvinceKoh Tao
NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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Frequently Asked Questions about Nangyuan Island Dive Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Nangyuan Island Dive Resort?
Nearby attractions include The Beer Masons (2.7 km), Sai Nuan Beach (4.8 km), and John Suwan View Point (6.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Nangyuan Island Dive Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Nangyuan Island Dive Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Nangyuan Island Dive Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Gallery Restaurant, STUFFED North China Taste, and Gambero Rosso Andrea.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Nangyuan Island Dive Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Thai.
Does Nangyuan Island Dive Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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