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Ao Nuan Bungalows

Idyllic, secluded, exotic

Photo of Ao Nuan Bungalows, Ao Nuan, Ko Samet. , Ao Tubtim

What we say: 4 stars

Ao Nuan's lone place to stay is an old-style bungalow joint that blends seamlessly into its serene surrounds rather than overtaking it. When kicking back under the towering trees with thick branches that hang low over this tiny beach, you really do get a sense of isolation. It's one of the few spots left on Samet where you're more likely to hear the song of birds and drill of cicadas rather than the noise of families or party-goers. Accommodation is simple but tasteful, with each bungalow seeming to have materialised naturally from the lush hillside. Thatched A-frame fan cottages have mosquito nets over simple mattresses on bamboo floors to go with a movable fan, and the views from the deck outside are exactly what we'd hope for on an island getaway. Note that fan rooms rely on shared cold water bathrooms that require a short stroll outside. Romantic air-con bungalows are located further up the hill and have ensuite hot water bathrooms to go with grass mats on the floor, traditional Thai cushions and shelfs on either side of the room. The resort finally got a phone, but there's still no internet. Even if your visit is fleeting, make it a point to enjoy one of the simple seafood dishes that are made with love by a very relaxed and welcoming staff. Rates seem high, particularly those rooms that rely on shared bathrooms, though we feel it's worth it as you won't find a more tranquil spot on the island than this. For the right sort of couple, this would even make a great honeymoon spot. Just don't forget to bring a torch.

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Contact details:

Ao Nuan, Ko Samet.  T: (038) 644 334 

What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Bungalow fan share b'room 800 baht 800 baht
Bungalow air-con private b'room 1,500 baht 1,500 baht
Family room 3,000 baht 3,000 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 19th January, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 10th November, 2013

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Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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Ao Nuan, Ko Samet. 
T: (038) 644 334 

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