Quirky and cosy
Ao Thian, Ko Samet T: (038) 652 525, (089) 914 5585
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This relaxed backpacker spot has a string of simple stilted tin-roofed wood bungalows perched on a hillside just back from the beach.
Because they face sideways, you'll miss out on direct sea views, but front porches with ice blue tables to contrast the dark wood exteriors are still worthy of an afternoon beer. Inside, the rooms are basic but inviting and relatively spacious, with lots of windows, ceiling fans, small TVs, fridges and basic hot water wet bathrooms. While the bungalows have a rustic cottage vibe, the Mediterranean styled reception area and restaurant is surprisingly stylish. It's a fine spot to sit back with a meal and a cocktail while enjoying free WiFi or a book from the little on-site library. The owner is president of the Koh Samet fishing club, so if you're into that, this place is for you. Neighbouring Candle Light Resort closes from June to October so we weren't able to check it out on our most recent visit, but it's probably also worth giving their slightly pricier seaside bungalows a peek if you arrive during the busier months. Rates are negotiable and subject to change depending on season. Walk-ins only.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 10th November, 2013.