I saw a review that said it was clothing optional. Is that only for the beach area or is nudity allowed at the pool or bar area?
This is totally not a clothing optional resort. I found that out the hard way, after reading the same review, and deciding to get out of my comfort zone to try something new, showing up, getting naked and getting flagged off the beach and told how many laws we were breaking. After a lot of investigation, the best we can figure out is that the website lists skinny dipping as an activity and apparently has no idea what that word means. A single nudist couple showed up, and took that to the extreme, and since it was the off season and no one else was there, the staff let them be. They then posted everywhere as though it WAS an actual nudist resort and the staff never corrected it. So like, if you go there and get naked it might lead to public humiliation.
I saw only a couple of people swimming and sun baking naked on the beach. This definitely did not extend to elsewhere in the resort. There is no pool.
Get an answer from Baling Hai Beach Resort staff and past guests.