Old-style huts on the beach
Ao Lung Dam, Ko Samet T: (081) 435 8900, (089) 747 0389
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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 overlooking the sea remain, and at time of writing they were working on a few new ones set back near the open-air restaurant/reception area. With chipped plastic floor covers, worn sheets and hard beds, the rooms we checked out were looking rather faded, though in a charmingly rustic way that will remind some of the days before Samet was so developed. They also appeared reasonably well kept and you can't beat the seaside setting. Air-con rooms come with TV, fridge and hot water while fan editions have hot water and ceiling fans, though we gathered that all rooms were undergoing some sort of upgrade. The atmosphere here is perfect for a laid back getaway -- staff are friendly yet relaxed, hanging sea shells faintly chime in the sea breeze and a few well-taken-care-of beach dogs are quick to befriend guests. Note that a stone's throw further south, the very similar wood huts at the old Lung Dam Bungalows are also still going strong. A more welcoming staff was the reason we opted to list Ton Had, but backpackers should do fine at Lung Dam as well. At either, midweek discounts can be expected.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 10th November, 2013.