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Ao Thian

Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

The narrow beach at Ao Thian offers a quiet atmosphere that's not too far away from the conveniences of Ao Wong Duen. Budget accommodation can be found by walking south, past some rocky outcrops, to a few bungalow joints on neighbouring Ao Lung Dam.

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Ao Thian

Though most of the resorts here are beginning to show their age, Ao Thian and Ao Lung Dam still boast one of Samet's better collections of beachside accommodation in the neighbourhood of 1,000 baht. Note that while some of Sang Thian Resort's rooms perched high up on the hill are interesting, their Thai-only website, lack of English speaking ability and what we found to be a not-so-foreigner-friendly attitude at reception all made us favour the smaller and friendlier resorts further south. We found several of these to be similarly inviting, though none blew us away.

Ao Lung Dam

The guesthouses on Ao Lung Dam are dismal, though some enjoy the laidback atmosphere at the bars -- they mainly only get busy if neighbouring Ao Thian is full.

  • Ton Had Bungalows

    Ton Had Bungalows

    Old-style huts on the beach

    Ao Lung Dam, Ko Samet
    T: (081) 435 8900;

    Formerly known as Apache Bungalows, this spot has become a lot more pleasant in recent years thanks to new young owners who really seem to care. The old wood bungalows with huge porches directly ... Read the full review of Ton Had Bungalows.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker

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