Magic Resort is most definitely more of a ‘Thai style’ beach bungalow resort. It’s the sort of place you stay when you want to park outside your bungalow, plug in the rice cooker and crank up the mobile karaoke machine.
As the majority of guests are Thai the emphasis is on food – the resort has a large restaurant built over the sea and keeping out of the sun, the bungalows are mostly tucked away in shandy gardens. Most of the rooms are quite old but look fairly well maintained.
But prices are cheap and they also have larger family bungalows. The type of people who stay here tend not to expect to be waited on hand and food and can organise themselves and don’t rely on hotel staff to book a trip for them. Kai Bae village is under 10 minutes walk along the road and 10 minutes walk along the beach brings you to much better sandier area. The beach in front of the resort is good if you plan on doing some crab hunting.
Some newer, brighter more upmarket bungalows have been built at the rear of the resort and they are value for money. Magic Resort is still more a place to stay if you are visiting with Thai friends or extended family. Or you are Russian and on a budget.