Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai, Koh Phangan
Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach is on Koh Phangan. It’s located in the northeastern part of Koh Phangan. There are two locations for this resort. One is in the jungle and the other is right on the beach. Make sure when you book a reservation that you are sure you are booking the right location you’re booking your stay. Google maps for some reason always sends its users to the jungle location!
Koh Phangan has to be reached by a ferry. Most tourists don’t realize that there are actually a few piers to get from Koh Samui to Koh Phangan. The most popular piers are Nathon Pier and Lomprayah’s Thongsala pier located in Maenam. However, there are some smaller piers that have cheap tickets if you know where to find them. One of these piers is in Bangrak area called Big Buddha pier. This is where the Sea Flower ferry departs from. There is another pier called Bangrak pier which is easier to find. It’s right across the street from the Bootleggers restaurant. It’s nice to know about these extra piers because it opens up more available ferries to take to Koh Phangan in the evening. A ferry schedule is below.
The Dreamland Resort in Thong Nai Pan Tai is really far away from the more populated parts of Koh Phangan. This is a very small town, as in one street small. It’s a thirty-minute drive there from Haad Rin beach. I know, I know that doesn’t sound very far away, but it is a long windy and steep road to get to this beautiful resort. It’s best to go to this hotel with a group of people if possible. The price from Haad Rin beach will cost about 1,000-1,300 baht, which is pretty expensive for one person. The hotel also offers pickups. These pickups cost the same. Once you are leaving the hotel though there is a van that departs at two times a day, if you catch these vans then prices cost 300 baht a person. This price is definitely a steal. They also have a taxi boat which will take guests to the full moon party and back for about 800 baht round trip.
Drinks and NightLife
The drinks at the restaurant are a bit pricey but don’t worry! If you take a stroll down the beach at night or during the day there are some fun interesting bars that serve more reasonably priced cocktails and beers. (Since I live in Thailand, my definition of reasonably priced drinks is different than tourist ideas of drink prices. I consider a beer price to be good at 60-90baht and a cocktail a good price at around100-150 baht.) Dreamland’s cocktails are worth the money in the sense they are made to be very strong.
The buildings at the hotel are made of really nice dark wood. The rooms aren’t spacious but are cozy. One problem that I always have traveling and living in Thailand are hard uncomfortable beds. The beds at this hostel are surprisingly comfortable. With a little bit of bounce in each. Each bungalow has a nice bathroom with a hot shower. That shower gets hot! Believe me! The one bedroom is cozy- cramped for four people, but that’s okay since you won’t be in the room very often. The bungalows don’t have a kitchen but they do have a small fridge. Make sure to turn it on though! Ours was off to save electricity.
This little section of beach is peaceful and beautiful. It’s a cove a little bit larger than Haad Rin beach’s cove. To walk the distance of this entire beach you’d need about an hour maybe longer. Haad Rin’s beach takes about 30 minutes to walk the whole thing. This beach is fun for snorkeling as there are some nice rocks at one end of the beach. These are great habitats for tropical fish, so snorkeling in this area will ensure seeing some colorful fish. Also, the sand is really fine and super soft, one of the softest I’ve been to in Thailand. There aren’t any rocks or coral in the water near the shore. It’s great because I like to run into the water but stubbing a toe while doing this sucks!
I also feel like it’s a great place to watch a sunrise. I woke up early a morning that we were there to watch it. Unfortunately, it was raining and cloudy but I caught a small glimpse of the sun coming up over the horizon and it looked beautiful. It was at this beach I realized I’m a sunrise person.
The Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai has some kayaks and paddleboards for rent. This cove is an excellent place to go kayaking and paddle boarding because the water is really calm and flat. It’s an excellent place to learn both of these activities. It’s also nice to kayak and paddleboard here because the cove mouth opens up really wide which allows for lots of room for kayaking without leaving the safety of the cove.
Swimming in the pool-
Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai has a really nice pool. When we went it was relatively empty because of the weather and it was low tourist season. I love the design. One part of the pool at Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai is a bar with some swim up stools. The stools are made out of metal so be careful around them. One was broken when we were there and there was some sharp metal sticking out. The pool was two walled off areas within the pool for hanging out and for kids. There is also a deeper portion which was cleverly colored a different portion from the shallower region. I also really liked how large and wide the pool is. There is a lot of space. It’s located right on the beach, so there is a lovely view to enjoy as you sip you cocktail in the pool and contemplate what to have for dinner.
These two waterfalls are great hikes when staying at Dreamland Resort in Thong Nai Pan Yai. Both are nearby the hotel but only Thaan Prawet is within walking distance from the hotel. These waterfalls are famous because the old King of Thailand visited them and supposedly left his initials on some rocks at the falls. The other waterfall Thaan Sadet is a ten-minute drive. We never made it to Thaan Sadet.
Thaan Prawet is a 15-20 minute walk from the Dreamland Resort in Thong Nai Pan Yai. Pack water and bug spray. When doing this hike walk to the main road take a right. Walk up the hill and at the only junction turn right continue walking and look for a trail on the left with a sign for the waterfall. We tried to get to the waterfall from the road using the upper route. WE made it but it wasn’t as scenic as we were hoping for as the waterfall was surrounded by houses and water pipes. I think the view from below the waterfall looking up would be much better. It’s a short, fun have day trip.
Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai has a large restaurant. Again, since its low tourist season it was pretty empty. The food they served is standard food for any sort of Thai restaurant. The prices are more expensive than they should be but it’s what you would expect when eating at a fancier restaurant. Overall it is a good place to eat.
I loved this restaurant. It’s super easy to find if you walk out of Dreamland Resort down the dirt road towards town, it’s on your left-hand side. Whenever I walked past it, it always had lots of boisterous laughter coming from the restaurant. When our party went inside to eat we also laughed very hard and had a great time. We felt like true Italians. The food is amazing and delicious. It’s nice to have another option beside the resort’s restaurant to eat at while visiting.
Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach is very nice and worth the money as long as they continue to have affordable prices. I really enjoyed Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach because of its cute bungalows made of beautiful wood, the silent post card ready beach, and its great pool. When you visit Dreamland Resort Thong Nai Pan Yai Beach make sure that you eat at the Italian restaurant it is so, so, good. Super yummy and is worth a visit. Bring your swimsuit, sun towel and prepare to chill. Make sure to let us know about your experience at the Dreamland Resort in Thong Nai Pan Yai. Don’t forget to check out our other posts about Koh Phangan!