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Laem Yai Hut House

Beach bum village

Photo of Laem Yai Hut House, Northern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet. , Haad Sai Kaew

What we say: 3.5 stars

This long-running backpacker establishment has a hotch potch of concrete bungalows on a sandy hillside at the far northern end of Haad Sai Kaew. It's one of the better locations and atmospheres on the beach, with bungalows spread far apart under the shade of towering palms. The older fan bungalows were full during our last visit, but they appear simple and rustic, with mosquito nets, ceiling fans, basic bathrooms and inviting front porches, some with sea views. They come in different colours and sizes, and you get the sense that a new one has been added every year for the last 20 years. Closer to the beach, newer white cottages come with air-con, fridge, TV and sliding glass doors that allow for a view of the sea. Despite this move towards the midrange, Laem Yai still feels like an old school beach bum joint. If you end up here, be sure to have a yarn with the hilarious house bartender -- he's proud of his new little corner concrete bar hut. Note that prices are negotiable, depending on which bungalow you're willing to take.

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Northern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet.  T: (038) 644 282, (086) 315 9833 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Bungalow fan private b'room 800 baht 1,100 baht
Bungalow air-con private b'room 1,500 baht 2,200 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 20th 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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Laem Yai Hut House
Northern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet. 
T: (038) 644 282, (086) 315 9833

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