Mai Pen Rai Bungalows is one of the oldest resorts on Koh Phangan Island, founded by Teep about 20 years ago. MaiPenRai Bungalows is situated at Thansadet Beach on the east coast in a tropical paradise infringed with swaying palms and green turquoise waters. ‘Mai Pen Rai’ which means ‘no problem’ is as the name implies – the restaurant is easy going with funky and artistic decoration, the ambiance is chilled out and unpretentious.
For those who come here to Thansadet Beach to enjoy and appreciate the pleasures of Than Sadet, they take away memories that stay in the mind forever. Whether it is the beach that appeals to you, or the majestic hill top views, the hideout places at the waterfall, or the shade of the deep dense jungle behind, Thansadet draws all kinds of people here, from all walks of life, and from many corners of the world, and shares her charm with all these kindred spirits.
In a world where rapid change and development is taking over, Mai Pen Rai Bungalows at Thansadet Beach on Koh Phangan Island is still a special treasure of this world, where the pace of life is still sacred.
This corner of Than Sadet has a unique, simple rustic feeling, that of the old Koh Phangan and is surrounded by wild jungle behind and a coast line of rugged wildness – ideal for treks and boat trips to the neighbouring beaches on the East coast of Ko Pha-ngan. The atmosphere in Thansadet is still simple, rustic, and slightly bohemian, with the emphasis on keeping in touch with the roots of nature around. This can be felt whether sitting in the restaurant, enjoying one’s meal, while a Bharan meanders past in the river, or sitting on the verandah of one’s bungalow where every effort has been made to incorporate the beauty of the surrounding natural features into the design of the rooms.
The bumpy and difficult road, and indeed the lack of electricity at night, add to the charm of this special place, for it is indeed one of the last areas in Koh Phangan, where very little has changed.
Here the famous Thansadet river meanders down the mountainside through the dense jungle and exits into the sea beside Mai Pen Rai restaurant. The river and waterfalls once visited by their Majesties King V, VII and IX, who carved their initials on the huge granite rocks that grace this river, have now become one of the most tranquil and popular places on the island to visit and relax. Parts of Thansadet beach and Waterfall due to these royal connections are National Park land. A short walk across the bridge and over the hill, brings one to the neighboring smaller beach of Thong Reng, infringed with beautiful palms, and soft white sands.
Mai Pen Rai offers a large variety of bungalows to travelers on different budgets, with more than 40 bungalows on the beach, on the river, and on the rocks. Each bungalow is totally different, not one being the same. All the cabins are artistically and thoughtfully designed to harmoniously blend in with the beautiful surroundings, incorporating the large granite boulders into the design of the bungalows.
The paths up through the rocks and through the famous little cave have been re-landscaped artistically to fit in with the rocks to provide a beautiful and scenic route to your room. The rooms themselves have more special touches with the sense of the traveling spirit always in mind, making your Mai Pen Rai Experience something even more special and memorable.
Mai Pen Rai Bungalows Thansadet Beach Koh Phangan consists of 40 Bungalows. Each bungalow is special and unique with its original, artistic and spacious design, harmoniously blending with the nature around. Bungalows on the Beach and on the Rocks have been recently renovated to give more space, and an even more special feel, with the emphasis on maintaining the natural feel of Thansadet and using natural and raw materials in the building of these rooms, incorporating some of the surrounding natural features into the design of the rooms. The new layout of the bathroom has a rustic but modern and clean design, using slates, stones and pebbles for the flooring and the walls, The rooms are bigger and more spacious and have been designed with the traveling spirit in mind for comfort, space and relaxation.