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Sinsamut Guesthouse

Arguably the best cheapish option on the beach

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Compared to its similarly priced neighbours, Sai Kaew Villa and Ploy Talay, Sinsamut is a budget diamond on Diamond Beach. It's also one of the quirkier spots on the island. A ground-floor reception/restaurant area feels tired and cluttered, but that's okay because the owners have obviously funneled profits into upgrading the rooms instead. After climbing a flight of stairs, you can't help but notice the four adorable wooden fan bungalows clustered around a lawn with little ceramic gnomes and mushrooms. It feels a bit like you've entered Munchkin land in the Wizard of Oz. It almost seems like the whole thing is just there for show, but the small wood cottages are reasonably comfortable. Each has a simple mattress on the floor draped in mosquito net, a tiny hot water bathroom and an old fridge and TV -- nice bonuses given the price and location. This mini bungalow courtyard is surrounded by two three-storey buildings attached by a walkway. Air-con rooms in either are the same price, so be sure to opt for one of the newer rooms which are bright and pleasant, with colourful pastel walls and two twin beds that can be pushed together. While the older air-con rooms come with the same fixings -- TV, fridge, WiFi -- they're considerably darker and more run down. At time of writing, what appear to be pricier air-con rooms were being constructed downstairs. The laid back family in charge also runs a boat tour company.

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Contact details:

Southern Haad Sai Kaew, Ko Samet.  T: (038) 644 134, (038) 644 303 F: (038) 644 207  
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 1,000 baht 1,200 baht
Bungalow fan private b'room 700 baht 800 baht

Added to Travelfish on: 10th November, 2013
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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