Pleasant budget digs
Chao Lao Beach T: (039) 369 294, (087) 974 8907
One of a string of small budget spots offering 500 baht bungalows across the road from the bigger and pricier beachfront resorts, Baan Nam is run by a friendly Swedish-Thai couple whose hospitality puts them slightly above other similar options.
Rooms are set in relatively new Thai-style cottages (two attached rooms to one building) and come with air-con, simple hot water bathrooms and TVs. Beds are a little hard and the rooms aren't huge, but they are well kept and cheery, and the spacious front porches with tables make pleasant spots for enjoying a beer. The beach is just a three-minute walk from here and several restaurants are close by. If Baan Nam is full, any of four neighbouring small resorts offer similar accommodation for the same price.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd December, 2014.